John Guare’s critically acclaimed play Six Degrees of Separation returns to Broadway on April 25, 2017 in a revival starring seven-time Emmy Award winner Allison Janney (Mom, The Girl on the Train) as Ouisa and Tony Award winner John Benjamin Hickey (The Normal Heart, Manhattan) as Flan. Trip Cullman (Significant Other, Punk Rock) directs the production.
The piece premiered off-Broadway in 1990, transferring to Broadway later that year. The play received the 1991 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, an Obie award for the playwright, and the 1993 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play. It was a finalist for the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play.
Inspired by a true story, the play follows the trail of a young black con man, Paul, who insinuates himself into the lives of a wealthy New York couple, Ouisa and Flan Kittredge, saying he knows their son at college. Claiming he’s the son of actor Sidney Poitier, Paul tells them he has just been mugged and all his money is gone. Captivated by Paul’s intelligence (and the possibility of appearing in his father’s new movie), the Kittredges invite him to stay overnight. After finding him in bed with a hustler, their picture of Paul changes, and Ouisa and Flan turn detective trying to piece together the connections that gave him access to their lives. Meanwhile, Paul’s cons unexpectedly lead him into darker territory as his lies begin to catch up with him.
Performances begin April 5 at Barrymore Theatre:
Apr. 10 – 23 – Monday and Tuesday @8pm, Wednesday @2pm and 8pm, Thursday @8pm, Friday @8pm, Saturday @2pm and 8pm, Sunday DARK
Apr. 24 – 30 – Monday @8pm, Tuesday OPENING, Wednesday @2pm and 8pm, Thursday @7pm, Friday @8pm, Saturday @2pm and 8pm, Sunday DARK
May 1 – 7 – Tuesday @7pm, Wednesday @2pm and 8pm, Thursday @7pm, Friday @8pm, Saturday @2pm and 8pm, Sunday @3pm
- PLAYWRIGHT: JOHN GUARE