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Birthday Candles

Fall 2020

American Airlines Theatre

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Birthday Candles

Fall 2020

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Season Update

Thanks to the dedication of our staff and artists, next season will feature our productions of Caroline, or Change and Birthday Candles beginning this fall on Broadway, Exception to the Rule in the Underground, and …what the end will be off-Broadway. They will join the previously announced 1776, English, The Wanderers, and The Year to Come for our 2020–2021 season.

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Debra Messing (Will & Grace) returns to the stage as Ernestine Ashworth, who spends her 17th birthday agonizing over her insignificance in the universe.

Soon enough, it’s her 18th birthday. Even sooner, her 41st. Her 70th. Her 101st. Five generations, dozens of goldfish, an infinity of dreams, one cake baked over a century. What makes a lifetime…into a life?

A writer of "freewheeling ambition" (Charles Isherwood, The New York Times), Noah Haidle makes his Broadway debut with a poignant new play as fearless in scope as it is tremendous in heart.

Birthday Candles Cast

Ernestine
Debra Messing
Matt
Andre Braugher
Kenneth
Enrico Colantoni
Joan/Alex/Beth
Crystal Finn
Alice/Madeline/Ernie
Susannah Flood
Billy/John
Christopher Livingston

Birthday Candles Creative

Playwright
Noah Haidle
Director
Vivienne Benesch
Set Design
Christine Jones
Costume Design
Toni-Leslie James
Light Design
Jen Schriever
Sound Design
John Gromada
Original Music
Kate Hopgood
WE GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGE
THE ROUNDABOUT LEADERS FOR NEW WORKS
  • Alec Baldwin
    James Costa and John Archibald
    Linda L. D’Onofrio
    Peggy and Mark Ellis
    Jodi Glucksman
    Sylvia Golden
    Angelina Lippert
    K. Myers
    Katheryn Patterson and Tom Kempner
    Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater
    Ira Pittelman
    Mary Solomon
    Lauren and Danny Stein
    Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust
    The Tow Foundation

Birthday Candles was originally commissioned and produced by Detroit Public Theatre (Detroit, MI; Producing Artistic Directors: Courtney Burkett, Sarah Clare Corporandy and Sarah Winkler).

Birthday Candles was developed as part of Chautauqua Theater Company’s New Play Workshop series, 2017, underwritten by the Roe Green Foundation.

Presented at

American Airlines Theatre

227 West 42nd Street

between 7th and 8th Avenues