Abby and Zack traded the comforts of America for noble adventure abroad, moving to the trendy Parisian enclave Belleville for his prestigious post with Doctors Without Borders. Their lives seem perfect. But when Abby returns home early one afternoon, she uncovers a few seemingly inconsequential surprises. Chillingly precise and psychologically astute, Amy Herzog (4000 Miles) anatomizes the consequences of deceptions small and large and the terrifying, profound unknowability of our closest relationships.
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Thrilling! You could feel the entire audience holding its breath until the simmering breaking point.
Under David Muse’s direction, Jacob H Knoll and Gillian Williams do excellent work in outlining the disturbances in Zack and Abby’s union.
All four actors are superb at playing these layered characters.
Amy Herzog forged her career by transforming incidents from her life into stage-worthy explorations of family secrets, misunderstandings, and hard-won connections—in After the Revolution a woman grapples with the reveal of her grandfather’s long-hidden betrayal; in 4000 Miles, a grandmother and grandson navigate their own evolving notions of mortality.Read More
Paris’s Belleville neighborhood—nestled in the hills of four arrondissements northeast of the city—is built on narrow streets and offers an eclectic cultural blend. Film connoisseurs may recognize the name from the 2003 animated movie The Triplets of Belleville, or as backdrop to the 1956 movie The Red Balloon. With one of the highest elevations in Paris (128m) near Place des Fêtes, the area rivals Montmartre for the best view of the city—but despite its visibility on screen or as backdrop to Paris, Belleville remains largely undiscovered, unvisited, and unknown.Read More
Perhaps because she came to theatre as an actor, Amy Herzog’s writing is one of nuance and intimation. Where some writers angle for the pleasures of flawlessly articulated arguments or extravagant theatricality, Herzog’s interests are character-based. “More than anything,” she says, “I hope people connect to the texture of relationships as they emerge during the course of my plays.”Read More
Amy Herzog’s chilling and precise Belleville kicks off Studio’s 2014-15 season on September 3rd. The cast, designers, staff, and supporters, gathered earlier this month to celebrate its first rehearsal. Artistic Director David Muse—who also directs the production—introduced the full company and spoke about the play’s origins and influences.Read More