"Perhaps the greatest American experimental theater auteur of his generation." —New York Times
Evening Plays, three new dramas by award-winning playwright Richard Maxwell are a response to Dante's Divine Comedy. The Evening centers around three archetypal barflies who together form an elegy of universal loss. The loss of a loved one seeps poignantly into his illustration of the stark reality and emotional tumult of coping with death. Samara is a mythic tale of redemption that follows a messenger through a bleak frontier in his quest to collect a debt, though the human cost of the journey may be more than he bargained for. And Paradiso, which takes place in the not-too distant future, describes three great loves: family, country and God.
Richard Maxwell is a playwright, director, and the artistic director of New York City Players. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, and was a Doris Duke Performing Artist. In 2018, his play Paradiso premiered at Greene Naftali. Also, Maxwell will present a new work, Queens Row, at ICA London and will participate in the Chinati Foundation's artist in residency program in Marfa, Texas, where his work Ads will be shown in the fall. Publications include The Theater Years, published by Greene Naftali and Westreich Wagner (2017), Theater for Beginners (2015), and Plays, 1999-2000 (2004), both published by TCG.