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Sea Wall/A Life


Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Tony nominee Tom Sturridge star in an evening of back-to-back monologue plays that grapple with profound questions about life, death, and identity.

The Off-Broadway production of Sea Wall/A Life closed March 31, 2019. For current Off-Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.

From the producers: Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Tony Award nominee Tom Sturridge make their Public Theater debuts in an unforgettable and incredibly intimate evening of theater. Sturridge, in his third collaboration with Tony and Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens performs "Sea Wall", an astonishing monologue about love and the human need to know the unknowable. Gyllenhaal continues his artistic collaboration with Olivier Award-nominated playwright Nick Payne in "A Life," an emotional examination of how sons become fathers and the transformative power of love.

English playwright Simon Stephens is best known for his plays "Heisenberg," and "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," which won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2013, as well as the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play. British playwright and screenwriter Nick Payne's play "Constellations" received the 2012 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play and was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best New Play. He won the prestigious George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2009, the 2012 Harold Pinter Playwright’s Award and a 2014 Oliver Award Nomination for Best New Comedy for his play "The Same Deep Water as Me."

Tom Sturridge is known for his work in the films "Being Julia," "Like Minds," and "The Boat That Rocked." He was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in the play "Orphans." In addition to his numerous film roles, Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal made his Broadway debut in Nick Payne's "Constellations" in 2014, followed by the 2017 revival of "Sunday in the Park with George."

What is the Public Theater? Founded in 1954 by the legendary showman Joseph Papp, the Public Theater is one of NYC'c preeminent non-profit theaters. Dedicated to the development of new plays and musicals, the theater has spawned many Broadway shows (including "A Chorus Line and current Broadway mega-hit "Hamilton") and has 54 Tony Awards to its credit. More here.




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