The final plays in Richard Nelson’s Apple Family quartet explore the immediate present and evolving future of the United States. Over meals at the family homestead, the tensions and compromises, affections and resentments of the Apple family’s lives play out against a rapidly changing America. The Apple Family Cycle reunites the “generous, feisty ensemble of DC’s finest acting talent” (DC Metro Arts) from Studio’s 2013 production.
Sorry: It’s 5am on Election Day 2012. Obama’s bruised reelection campaign is almost won and the Apple siblings have gathered to move their ailing Uncle Benjamin into an assisted care facility. Over orange juice and cold Chinese food, they grapple with their unease about the paths they are taking, as a family and a nation.
Regular Singing: Late into the night, the Apple Family keeps vigil for a beloved family member on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination and raise their voices together one last time—in discussion, dissent, hope, and song.
A landmark, must see event for DC theatergoers…
The last plays in Richard Nelson’s Apple Family quartet, Sorry and Regular Singing, continue the Apple family’s gentle but deeply humane exploration of American history and what it means to revisit the past from the lens of the present.Read More
Oskar Eustis, the Artistic Director of The Public Theater in New York, was frustrated that he hadn’t read any big-cast, big-idea political plays about the current American moment. So he took Richard Nelson out to breakfast and made the pitch: If Nelson was game, Eustis would commission him to write a sprawling, idea-rich play, perhaps a documentary-style chronicle of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan...Read More
Regular Singing is set during the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Take a look at the current events that inspired Nelson and set the stage for the Apple family’s reunion...Read More
Richard Nelson is a prolific writer, the author of roughly 50 plays and adaptations in the last 35 years. Born in Chicago in 1950, Nelson was exposed to the stage at an early age because his mother, a former chorus dancer, loved musical theatre; Nelson estimates he saw between 25 and 30 musicals—and no plays—between the ages of twelve and sixteen...Read More
In his afterword to Regular Singing, Richard Nelson writes of his hopes that the play, and the Apple Family Cycle as a whole, is about “the need to know, in small and even some bigger ways, that we are not alone.” Read more to explore the literary allusions in these plays...Read More