The Evening

Richard Maxwell / New York City Players


New York Premiere


March 12–28, 2015

COIL 2013

The Evening
Richard Maxwell / New York City Players (NYC)

The New York premiere by celebrated playwright-director Richard Maxwell, The Evening is the first installment of a Divine Comedy-inspired triptych that charts a journey across landscapes, toward redemption. This elegiac and musical work concerns three archetypes: a fighter, a corrupt manager, and a prostitute, as they clash and reckon with one another in a remote dive bar:

“I like this place, I’m not going to lie. Can’t really think of any better place to be. Where can you go when you want to get away? The city doesn’t let you run away to just anywhere so go where you need to be when you just want to hang out…”




Sunday, March 15th’s performance will be followed by a talk back with Richard Maxwell moderated by artist Malik Gaines (of My Barbarian).
Wednesday, March 25th features a talk back with Richard Maxwell moderated by Jay Sanders, Performing Arts Curator at The Whitney, with introduction by Tim Griffin, The Kitchen’s Executive Director and Chief Curator.


New York City Players is a theater company founded by Artistic Director Richard Maxwell in 1999. NYCP has been presented in New York and in over twenty countries and has received national and international recognition, including five Obie Awards.
Richard Maxwell (Playwright/Director) is the recipient of the 2014 Spalding Gray Award from the commissioning consortium of Performance Space 122, the Andy Warhol Museum, On the Boards, and the Walker Art Center. He is a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist and has received a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship, two OBIE Awards, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, and was an invited artist in the Whitney Biennial (2012). Recent projects include Maxwell’s play Neutral Hero; Devotion, a dance by Sarah Michelson with text by Maxwell; Ads, a video play conceived by Maxwell; House of Dance, a play written and directed by Tina Satter; and two sections of the 24-hour, site-specific adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest in Berlin. His book, Theater for Beginners, was published in January by TCG.


The Kitchen is a non-profit, interdisciplinary organization that provides innovative artists working in the media, literary, and performing arts with exhibition and performance opportunities to create and present new work. Using its own extensive history as a resource, the organization identifies, supports, and presents emerging and under-recognized artists who are making significant contributions to their respective fields as well as serves as a safe space for more established artists to take unusual creative risks.
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Richard Maxwell/New York City Players: The Evening is co-presented by The Kitchen and Performance Space 122 and was commissioned by the 2014 Spalding Gray Award (Walker Art Center, On The Boards, Performance Space 122 and The Andy Warhol Museum), supported in part by an award through the National Endowment for the Arts. The Evening is a co-production of Kunsten FESTIVAL des Arts, with additional generous support provided by Greene Naftali Gallery and The Kitchen. This presentation is made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the city council and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and with additional support from the Axe-Houghton Foundation.

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