4000 Miles

By Amy Herzog

Directed By Alana Byington

April 28, 2015 – May 4, 2015

Morrison Theatre

A cross-country bike trip from the Pacific NW brings 21-year-old Leo, unannounced, to his 91-year-old grandmother’s West Village apartment. Trapped in inertia and trying to escape his past, the young man’s world views are rattled by his grandmother’s recollections of her radical, bohemian past. Ideological sparks fly in this subtle, comedic drama as the two discover where their worlds intertwine. 2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist. TIME Magazine’s #1 Play of 2012.

  • Designs by Resident Artists Kristeen Willis Crosser & Rodolfo Ortega
  • Portland Premiere

RUNNING TIME: Approximately 1 hour & 45 minutes. There is NO intermission.
RECOMMENDATIONS: For adults and older teens.

Cast

Joshua J. Weinstein +^

Leo Joseph-Connell

Vana O'Brien +^

Vera Joseph

Carolyn Marie Monroe ±

Bec

Danielle Ma ±

Amanda

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

± Equity Membership Candidate

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist

Director

Alana Byington

Playwright

Amy Herzog

Production

Scenic Designer: Kristeen Willis Crosser #

Costume Designer: Russel Terwelp

Lighting Designer: Carl Faber #

Composer/Sound Designer: Rodolfo Ortega ^

Props Designer: Natalie Rae Heikkinen

Assistant Director: Rebecca James Ridenour

Production Assistant: Emma Wykes Ruhlig

Assistant Scenic Designer: Sarah Kindler

Assistant Costume Manager: Sara Ludeman

Board Op: Jason Coffey

# The scenic, costume, lighting, projection & sound designers are represented by United Scenic Artists

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist

Press

“Funny and Poignant, Just Like Life.”

Broadwayworld.com

“In ‘4000 Miles’ beautifully drawn characters meet the right actors.”

Barry Johnson, ArtsWatch

“O'Brien's transformation is mesmerizing: The shaky hands; the small, scooting steps; the struggle for words and the sharp tongue when she finds them.”

Lee Williams, Special to The Oregonian/OregonLive

“Herzog unravels the details slowly, with uncommon narrative skill....Everything about 4000 Miles seems fresh, particularized, plausible....4000 Miles is the family drama that really sticks with you, easily the best play of the season.”

TIME Magazine

“No one currently writing for the theater has a sharper grasp of character, or more sheer storytelling technique.”

TIME Magazine

“A funny, moving, altogether wonderful drama ... a heartening reminder that a keen focus on life’s small moments can pay off in a big way onstage.”

TIME Magazine

“What a touching and personal play.”

“I got so caught up in the ease and sweetness of the story.”

“It really got to the heart of human connections.”

“What a sweet, delicate story. Really wonderful acting by Vana and the rest!”

“A thought-provoking, hopeful play.”

Some reactions from our audience

Production History

4000 Miles premiered as part of Lincoln Center Theater’s new works initiative LCT2 in 2011 and became the first play from LCT3 to graduate to a full Off-Broadway run at Lincoln Center Theater in 2012. The production won the Obie Award for Best New Play, the New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award, and TIME Magazine’s #1 Play or Musical in 2012. Herzog’s play was also a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2013

About the Playwright

Amy Herzog graduated with an MFA in playwriting from Yale School of Drama. Only a few years after her graduation, Herzog’s career as a playwright took off. Her plays include After The Revolution (Williamstown Theater Festival; Playwrights Horizons; Lilly Award), 4000 Miles (Lincoln Center; Obie Award for Best New American Play, Pulitzer Prize Finalist), The Great God Plan (Playwrights Horizons), and Belleville (Yale Rep; New York Theatre Workshop; Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist, Drama Desk Nomination). Herzog is also the recipient of the Whiting Writers Award, the Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Helen Merrill , the Joan and Joseph Cullman Award for Extraordinary Creativity, and the New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award.

About the Director

Alana came to Portland in 1979 to become a member of The New Rose Theatre, founded by friends she knew from her undergraduate years at the University of Minnesota. Some favorite shows from that era include Hay Fever, Design for Living, Hedda Gabler, Crimes of the Heart, Talley’s Folly, She Stoops to Conquer, A Moon for the Misbegotten and Long Day’s Journey into Night.

She soon began to work at other theatres in town and her history with Artists Rep goes back (almost) to its very beginning. She directed The Mound Builders, the theatre’s second show, followed by Angels Fall, and Toys in the Attic in the next two seasons. Alana then attended graduate school at Ohio University, where she earned an MFA in Directing; spending her summers at The Monomoy Theatre on Cape Cod.

Upon returning to Portland she directed Ten November and A Lie of the Mind for Storefront Theatre. She became the Associate Artistic Director of The Oregon Stage Company, where she directed The Heidi Chronicles, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Misanthrope and Smoke on the Mountain (where she met her husband, Grant Byington).

She returned to Artists Rep several times over the years, as an actor and director, most recently directing Enchanted April and String of Pearls. Other recent credits include several shows at Northwest Classical Theatre Company, among them Bloody Poetry, Arms and the Man and Hamlet.

Resources

STUDY GUIDE:

A great resource for all but beware of SPOILERS!! Download it here.

PLAYBILL:

Click here to check out the production's playbill.

MEET OUR RESIDENT ARTISTS:

Click here to check out a Q&A with actor Joshua Weinstein, who plays Leo in 4000 Miles.

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