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COST OF LIVING
by Martyna Majok (YSD ’12)
directed by Edward Hall
starring Adrian Lester
followed by Q&A with the cast
Thursday, 28th February 2019
6:30 Networking Drinks at Theatre Bar
Post show Q&A in the Theatre
Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage
London NW3 3EU
Please Note: Tickets will be distributed on the night by May Gibson.
YCL General Admission: £35
About the Event:
Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Martyna Majok’s (YSD’12) Cost of Living receives its highly anticipated UK Premiere at Hampstead Theatre.
John, a wealthy, brilliant, and successful PhD student with cerebral palsy, hires Jess, a recent graduate who has fallen on hard times, as his new carer. Across town, truck driver Eddie attempts to support and re-engage with his estranged wife, Ani, following a terrible accident that has left her quadriplegic. As four very different lives collide and entwine, roles are unapologetically flipped, reversed and exposed – who is actually caring for whom?
Martyna Majok’s exquisitely original, honest and deftly funny new play explores our need to connect and be loved regardless of the gulfs that disability, race, class, and wealth place between us. Martyna attended the University of Chicago (BA English Literature, 2007), the Yale School of Drama (MFA Playwriting, 2012) and the Juilliard School (GrDip Playwriting, 2017). She received the Playwrights of New York (PoNY) Award, the Dramatists Guild’s Lanford Wilson Prize, the Lilly Awards’ Stacey Mindich Prize, The Greenfield Prize (first female recipient in drama), Helen Merrill Emerging Playwright Award, and The Merage Foundation Fellowship for the American Dream.
Hampstead Theatre’s Artistic Director, Edward Hall, has directed many of Hampstead’s greatest successes including the Olivier Award winning Sunny Afternoon, Chariots of Fire,Filthy Business and I and You.
Adrian Lester makes his Hampstead Theatre debut in the role of Eddie. He is joined by Katy Sullivan, who will make her UK stage debut as Ani. Emily Barber, in the role of Jess, and Jack Hunter, in the role of John, also make their Hampstead Theatre debuts.
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