Rehearsals for SAMARA Beginning

Dear Friends,

Next week, I start rehearsals for SAMARA with Richard Maxwell, Steve Earle and an incredible cast and design team.

I first got to know Rich’s work on the page when I was still living in the UK and soon afterwards got my hands on an old VHS tape of his play HOUSE. I immediately fell in love with his incredible writing and my interest in his intensely human and uplifting plays has only grown since then.

Rich and I are both huge fans of Steve and his work. So when I decided that the text demanded music, we were both thrilled to include Steve as the composer and an actor in the show. Steve sees more theater than nearly anyone I know and moved to New York City to be able to experience more plays and to be a part of making them — something he has never done in this way before SAMARA.

We are all embarking on an experiment with this piece: Rich mostly directs his own work, Steve is writing a score for the play using uilleann pipes and a raw piano harp — instruments that he does not play. And I am figuring out, along with our phenomenal cast, how we tackle this play that traverses time and place with an epic scope.

I can’t wait to share SAMARA with you! See you at the theater.


Sarah Benson
Artistic Director