Golden Globe-winning stage and screen actor Michael C. Hall (Lazarus, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Dexter) is set to star in a staged reading of Will Eno's Gnit, a unique take on Henrik Ibsen’s five-act, 40-scene play Peer Gynt in June. The Debate Society's Oliver Butler, who recently helmed the acclaimed world premiere of Jordan Harrison's The Amateurs, will direct the reading at Theatre for a New Audience.
Gnit will be presented June 18 at 7 PM at Polonsky Shakespeare Center, located at 262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn.
Eno's Gnit received its world premiere at Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American Plays in 2013, directed by Les Waters. There, the play was billed as a "faithful, unfaithful, and willfully American misreading" of Ibsen's 19th century text.
“TFANA is committed to producing classic plays in new adaptations, translations, and versions by contemporary authors. TFANA’s 2016 production of Strindberg’s The Father in a new version by David Grieg was, for example, thrilling. To give Will, Oliver, and Michael an opportunity to explore Gnit with our audience is exciting,” says TFANA Artistic Director Jeffrey Horowitz.
The reading of Gnit is presented through the TFANA’s Studio program. Tickets are $45 and $25 for subscribers, including a complimentary beverage at the post-show party.
Eno's plays include Wakey, Wakey, which premiered at the Signature Theatre last year, The Realistic Joneses, The Open House, and Thom Pain (based on nothing).
Butler is co-artistic director of The Debate Society, whose works include The Light Years (Playwrights Horizons), Jacuzzi (Ars Nova), and Blood Play (Bushwick Starr). Off-Broadway, he has directed Heidi Schreck's What the Constitution Means to Me, which will return as part of NYTW's 2018–2019 season, and Eno's The Open House, among other productions.