That Hopey Changey Thing: It’s 7 pm on the eve of Obama’s first midterm election, and Barbara’s hosting dinner for the family at her Rhinebeck, NY home. Over the course of a meal, the Apples delve into lost family history, the social meaning of manners, and the fragile state of the American body politic.
Sweet and Sad: One year later, Barbara hosts a lunch on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Uncle Benjamin is going downhill, Marian has moved in, and Richard—who was working in the Trade Center a decade before—tries to treat the day like any other.
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Richard Nelson’s play include many figures from history, including Christopher Columbus, Frank Lloyd Wright, George Balanchine, Igor Stravinsky, and with The Apple Family Plays, an ordinary family over historically important moments in the past four years.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
When Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of The Public Theater, was hoping to commission a large-scale, documentary-style chronicle of the 2000s when took Richard Nelson out to breakfast. Nelson’s counter-offer, which led to The Apple Family Plays, took a distinctly different tack.Read More