- $55 for one ticket to see Theatre for a New Audience presents The Killer starring Michael Shannon (up to $82 value)
- When: select dates, June 15–27
- Where: Polonsky Shakespeare Center
- Seating: orchestra, mezzanine, or balcony section
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
When Eugène Ionesco, writer of The Killer, was just a boy, he reportedly had an extraordinary experience. While walking in the summer sun, he suddenly felt as though he were lifted off the ground and embraced in a light that instilled in him an enormous sense of well-being. But that feeling didn't last. When he floated back to the ground, he saw that the real world was comparatively dull and full of death. Yet this didn't mean he was entirely stripped of his humor.
In The Killer, Ionesco's autobiographic protagonist, Berenger, stumbles with childlike naivety upon a "radiant city" that bursts with pristine gardens, striking architecture, and people shining flashlights on everything. But Berenger's elation quickly withers when he discovers that the city harbors a serial killer. When a woman Berenger falls in love with is the next victim, he hunts down the killer and tries to convince him that murder is wrong. Although he draws upon everything from sympathy to patriotism to nihilism, he finds that the killer is harder to persuade than he imagined.
With Michael Shannon embodying Ionesco's everyman, The Killer takes on new dimensions. The veteran actor known from his role as General Zod in Man of Steel and for his Academy Award-nominated supporting role in Revolutionary Road, Shannon lends his dramatic range and frightful posture to the drama. Joining him are Boardwalk Empire's Paul Sparks and Tony-nominated actress Kristine Nielsen. Combined, these talents create what New York Magazine's Jesse Green calls "the season’s must-see, must-fail-to-understand theatrical event." Linda Winer of Newsday agrees, declaring it “a stunner … sprawling yet intimate, scary yet hilarious treasure from the futurist past. Michael Shannon, full of power and grief, dazzles."
Theatre for a New Audience
Theatre for a New Audience has been turning new audiences into loyal audiences for more than three decades. Called "the most sophisticated purveyor of revivals in the major Off-Broadway leagues" by the New York Times' Charles Isherwood, the company has racked up nominations and awards from Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle for its stagings of both Shakespearean and contemporary plays alike. And the company doesn't just treat audiences to performances by F. Murray Abraham and Kathleen Chalfant, or productions guest-directed by Tony winners Julie Taymor and Bartlett Sher. It also introduces public-school students to Shakespeare through hands-on workshops—a less haunting introduction to The Bard than a Ouija-board interview.