Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Off-Broadway comedy The Spoils transferring to the West End

It has been announced that The New Group’s off-Broadway comedy The Spoils will receive its European premiere later this year.

Written by and starring Jesse Eisenberg, the show opens at Trafalgar Studios on 2nd June (previews from 27th May) for a limited run to 13th August 2016.

Marking Eisenberg’s third play, The Spoils originally ran off-Broadway in 2015 at The Pershing Square Signature Center. This piece cements his reputation as a talented playwright whose tragicomic work explores questions of American privilege and the nature of family and relationships. 

The production is directed by The New Group’s Artistic Director Scott Elliott and stars Eisenberg as Ben, alongside his original co-star Kunal Nayyar as Kalyan. Further casting to be announced. Set design is by Derek McLane with costume design by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski, sound design by Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen and projection design by Olivia Sebesky.

A cuttingly satirical glimpse of a lost soul searching to assent the reality of his situation. Perceptively disconcerting, The Spoils speaks to the exasperated, self-analysing millennial generation. A painfully awkward comedy.

Nobody likes Ben. Ben doesn’t even like Ben. He bullies everyone in his life, including his roommate Kalyan, an earnest Nepalese immigrant. When Ben discovers that his school crush is marrying a straight-laced banker, he sets out to destroy their relationship and win her back.

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