27 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

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Closed January 6, 2013

There are moments in this play that I don't think I will ever forget - scenes that tap the beauty that can live and resound in silence.

Adam Feldman, Time Out New York

Why See Tribes?

Billy was born deaf, into a hearing family, and raised inside the fiercely idiosyncratic and unrepentantly politically incorrect cocoon of his parent's house. He has adapted brilliantly to his family's unconventional ways, but they've never bothered to return the favor. It's not until he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, that he finally understands what it means to be understood. Yes, Billy's family can hear, but will they ever listen?

Written by playwright Nina Raine, Tribes combines drama and comedy beautifully to create a highly memorably account of family relationships, and the languages of love and friendship.

The production premiered in 2012 at London's Royal Court Theatre to rave reviews and was nominated for an Olivier Award during it's hugely successful run on the West End. It has since won several high-profile awards including the 2012 New York Theatre Critics Circle Award, the 2012 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play and 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.
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Opening night: 4 March 2012

Cast and Creative


Russell Harvard - Billy
Susan Pourfar - Sylvia
Lee Roy Rogers - Beth
Dina Thomas - Ruth
Will Brill - Daniel
Jeff Still - Christopher


David Cromer - Director
Lucille Lortel - Director
Nina Raine - Playwright


2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play
2012 New York Theatre Critics Circle Award
2012 Off-Broadway Alliance Award ? Best Play

6 Lucille Lortel Award Nominations
4 Outer Critic Circle Nominations
2 Drama League Award Nominations


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