The Apple Family Plays
Tony Award winning Richard Nelson’s celebrated four play cycle has been described as ‘one of the great accomplishments in American theater to date this century’ (New York Times).
Centered on the fictional, liberal Apple family of upstate New York, these interconnecting dramas explore politics, change and family dynamics in the 21st century with remarkable immediacy. First commissioned by The Public Theater, each play premiered on the night on which it was set. Featuring the original ensemble cast that has come to embody Nelson’s fascinating family,See More from Series
The Guardian theatre critic Michael Billington interviews Tony Award winning playwright and director Richard Nelson about his production of The Apple Family Plays and the process of creating it.
One of the nation’s most prolific playwrights, Richard Nelson wrote the book for the musical James Joyce’s The Dead, which earned him a Tony Award in 2000. Among his other works are Franny’s Way (Drama Desk Award nominee), Goodnight Children Everywhere (OlivierAward), Two Shakespearean Actors (Tony Award nominee), Some Americans Abroad (Olivier Award nominee) and Principia Scriptoriae (London Time Out Award). Nelson also won the 2008 PEN/Laura Pels Master Playwright Award and a 2008 Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, both for his career. He is an honorary artistic associate of the Royal Shakespeare Company, which has produced 10 of his plays.