This play is set at the Westport, Connecticut farmhouse of Lucia Davidova, which the playwright says is fictionalized. However, since Lucia spent much time with her friend Alice De Lamar at Stone Brook in neighboring Weston, it’s possible he was aware of this connection.
“How often do you get to see a cast of this size and quality working in such harmonious disharmony, as arranged by an ensemble master like the director David Cromer?”
-Brantley, The New York Times
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“A richly detailed drama, beautifully designed. The entire cast is excellent.”
-Farrar, The Associated Press
“An inspired new play with a company of actors that are simply spectacular!”
-Gerard, Bloomberg News
It’s 1948 and during a spring weekend in Westport, Connecticut a close-knit group of Russian emigres, including choreographer George Balanchine, composer Igor Stravinsky, conductor Serge Koussevitsky, painter/set designer Sergey Sudeikin and composer Nikolai Nabokov, gather to eat, drink and talk.
In Nikolai and the Others playwright Richard Nelson (Some Americans Abroad, Two Shakespearean Actors) imagines the relationships between Balanchine and Stravinsky, their friends, lovers, wives and ex-wives, partners, supporters and dancers (including Maria Tallchief and Nicholas Magallanes), at the time of their historic collaboration on the balletOrpheus.
Later that year, Orpheus would be the spectacular inaugural production of the newly formed New York City Ballet. With this in mind, the play also explores the controversial ways American art and artistic institutions were funded at the outset of the Cold War — including the subtle hand of the State Department in the post-war cultural scene.
This will be the world premiere of Nikolai and the Others, commissioned by Lincoln Center Theater. It will be directed by David Cromer (When the Rain Stops Falling at LCT, and acclaimed productions of Our Town and Tribes at Barrow Street) who takes this momentous weekend in the country and brings it to life with a wonderful cast. Interspersed throughout the action of the play will be moments of Balanchine’s original Orpheus choreography.
Read Richard Nelson’s Playwright’s Note.
Join us on Wednesday, May 29th at 6pm in the Beaumont lobby for a free Platform Series Talk with Nikolai and the Others cast members Blair Brown, Michael Cerveris, John Glover and Stephen Kunken. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 5:45pm.