Flesh and Blood, by Peter Gaitens, adapted from the novel by Michael Cunningham (Pulitzer Prize winner for The Hours), is the epic story of three generations of an American family, beginning in the 1930s with the arrival of Greek immigrant Constantine Stassos in New York City. The story spans one hundred years, illuminating how, like many American families, the dreams of a single immigrant are played out and transformed by succeeding generations. In an on-going cycle, each generation of the Stassos family both alters and is altered by its moment in time, until we find a family remarkably different than that of its roots. Directed by NYTW veteran Doug Hughes (A Question of Mercy), the cast of Flesh and Blood will include acclaimed performers Jessica Hecht, Cherry Jones, Martha Plimpton, and Jeff Weiss.
Flesh and Blood is the third in an on-going series being produced by the Workshop entitled Cradle and All: The Changing American Family. Four works, beginning in February, 2003, with Prudence Wright Holmes’ Bexley, OH(!), will explore how powerful historical forces – economic, social and political – have radically transformed American family life over the last century, as well as how these forces will continue to impact this essential human structure into the future. Other works in the series include Cavedweller, play by Kate Moira Ryan, based on the novel by Dorothy Allison, directed by Michael Greif; and Alexander Thomas’ Throw Pitchfork, which was first produced at NYTW last season and will be remounted for a limited engagement. The series will culminate in a weekend symposium examining the American family circa the year 2050.
Set Design Christine Jones
Costume Design Paul Tazewell
Lighting Design Scott Zielinski
Sound Design David Van Tieghem
with Patricia Buckley, Airrion Doss, Sean Dugan, Peter Frechette, Peter Gaitens, Jessica Hecht, Cherry Jones, Chris McGarry, Martha Plimpton, John Sierros, and Jeff Weiss