2012-13 Season

Last Performance:
February 24, 2013

Picnic

“Packed with fine performances from a wonderful ensemble.” —Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News
 
“There's a charge crackling in the sultry Kansas air.” —Scott Brown, New York Magazine
 
“Theatre you can sink your teeth into.” —Robert Feldberg, The Record

William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Picnic returns to Broadway in a striking new production helmed by acclaimed director Sam Gold (Roundabout’s Look Back in Anger, Seminar). Academy Award® winner Ellen Burstyn stars alongside theatre veterans Reed Birney (The Dream of the Burning Boy) and Elizabeth Marvel (Other Desert Cities), rising stars Maggie Grace (“Lost”) and Sebastian Stan (“Gossip Girl”), Emmy® Award winner Mare Winningham (recently seen in Tribes), Madeleine Martin (August: Osage County) and Ben Rappaport (Hope Springs). 
 
It’s a balmy Labor Day in the American Heartland, and a group of women are preparing for a picnic... but they'll have to lay a lot on the line before they can lay out the checkered cloths. When a handsome young drifter named Hal (Stan) arrives, his combination of uncouth manners and titillating charm sends the women reeling, especially the beautiful Madge (Grace). When Hal is forced out of town, Madge must decide whether their fleeting encounter is worth changing the course of her life.
 
Sensual, passionate and delightfully funny, Picnic is a timeless American classic about the line between restraint and desire.
 
Picnic ran from December 14, 2012 to February 24, 2013 at the American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd Street). It was a limited engagement through February 24, 2013.
 
 

“Packed with fine performances from a wonderful ensemble.” —Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News
 
“There's a charge crackling in the sultry Kansas air.” —Scott Brown, New York Magazine
 
“Theatre you can sink your teeth into.” —Robert Feldberg, The Record

William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Picnic returns to Broadway in a striking new production helmed by acclaimed director Sam Gold (Roundabout’s Look Back in Anger, Seminar). Academy Award® winner Ellen Burstyn stars alongside theatre veterans Reed Birney (The Dream of the Burning Boy) and Elizabeth Marvel (Other Desert Cities), rising stars Maggie Grace (“Lost”) and Sebastian Stan (“Gossip Girl”), Emmy® Award winner Mare Winningham (recently seen in Tribes), Madeleine Martin (August: Osage County) and Ben Rappaport (Hope Springs).

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American Airlines Theatre

227 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036  |  Ticket Services: 212.719.1300  |  View Seating Chart

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Cast

Reed Birney
Howard Bevans
Maggie Grace
Madge Owens
Elizabeth Marvel
Rosemary Sydney
Sebastian Stan
Hal Carter
Mare Winningham
Flo Owens
Ellen Burstyn
Helen Potts
Madeleine Martin
Millie Owens
Ben Rappaport
Alan Seymour
Cassie Beck
Christine Schoenwalder
Maddie Corman
Irma Kronkite
 
Lizbeth Mackay
Mrs. Potts's Mother
Chris Perfetti
Bomber
Peter Bradbury
u/s Howard Bevans
Dani De Waal
u/s Madge Owens, Millie Owens, Christine Schoenwalder, Mrs. Potts’ Mother
Matthew Goodrich
u/s Hal Carter, Alan Seymour, Bomber

 

Creative Team

William Inge
Playwright
Sam Gold
Director

Andrew Lieberman—Set Designer
David Zinn—Costume Designer
Jane Cox—Lighting Designer
Jill BC DuBoff—Sound Designer
Tom Watson—Hair and Wig Designer

Chase Brock—Choreographer
Christian Kelly-Sordelet—Fight Director
Kate Wilson—Dialect Coach  
Jill Cordle—Production Stage Manager
Aurora Productions—Production Management
Jim Carnahan, C.S.A. & Carrie Gardner, C.S.A.—Casting  
Denise Cooper
—General Manager
Boneau/Bryan-Brown—Press Representative

 

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