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Orpheus Descending

Opening Date: Jul 09, 2023

Closing Date: Aug 06, 2023

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Playing @

Polonsky Shakespeare Center

262 Ashland Place Brooklyn, NY 11217

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Tennessee WilliamsOrpheus Descending tells the story of the passion of two outcasts—Lady Torrance, a storekeeper’s wife and daughter of a murdered Sicilian bootlegger and Val, a wandering guitar player—and their attempt to escape from a Southern Hell. Set in a small town dry-goods store in the Deep South, Orpheus Descending is a toxic brew of racist violence, bigotry, misogyny, sexual passion and longing for liberation.

Maggie Siff (Billions, Mad Men and Sons of Anarchy) plays Lady Torrance and Pico Alexander (Catch 22, Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock and A.R. Gurney’s What I Did Last Summer) is Valentine Xavier. Erica Schmidt, who adapted and directed Shakespeare’s Macbeth for seven schoolgirls entitled Mac Beth and wrote and directed this season’s Lucy, stages, in her Theatre for a New Audience debut, this seldom-seen Williams masterpiece.
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COVID-19 Safety Information

Masks are required for Tuesday evening and Sunday matinee performances only.

Performance Schedule:


No 2 PM performance July 9 and 15


Erica Schmidt

Written by

Tennessee Williams

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Full-price tickets

$97 - $132


Directions Subway

Atlantic Av Station [2, 3, 4, 5, B, Q]; Lafayette Av [C]; Fulton St [G].

Assisted Listening System

Assistive Listening Devices that transmit sound via headsets are available for all performances. For an Assistive Listening Device, please visit the box office before entering the mainstage theatre.


Gender diversity is welcome at Theatre for a New Audience. All are welcome to use the restroom that best fits their identity. In addition to men’s and women’s restrooms on the first floor, there is a gender neutral single-stall private restroom on the mezzanine level (third floor).

Wheelchair Info

Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available on all floors of Polonsky Shakespeare Center. For questions about accessible seating, please email or call 212-229-2819 x10

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Public Transportation

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By Subway:

Atlantic Av Station [2, 3, 4, 5, B, Q]; Lafayette Av [C]; Fulton St [G].

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