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Closed June 18, 2017

"Any doubt that John Guare's 1990 sharp-edged comedic drama 'Six Degrees of Separation' is one of the finest contemporary American plays should be put to rest by the terrific new Broadway revival."


Why See Six Degrees of Separation?

Nominated for two 2017 Tony Awards!

Tony-winning drama Six Degrees of Separation is revived on Broadway in 2017, with acting royalty Allison Janney and John Benjamin Hickey leading the cast. This acclaimed revival has earned two nominations in the 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Play! Inspired by the true story of con man David Hampton, Six Degrees begins with a young man (played by Corey Hawkins) turning up on the doorstep of a wealthy Manhattan couple, bleeding from a knife wound and claiming to be the son of Sidney Poitier. Endlessly charismatic, he insinuates himself into their lives, and brings on something of a spiritual awakening in the couple, before events take an unexpected turn.

Seven time Emmy winner and two-time Tony nominee Allison Janney is best known for her role as C.J. Cregg on TV's The West Wing, and was last seen treading the Broadway boards in 2009's musical 9 to 5. John Benjamin Hickey's many Broadway credits include Cabaret, The Crucible and The Normal Heart, which won him a 2011 Tony Award.

What is Six Degrees About?

Art dealer Flan Kitteridge and his wife Ouisa are living out their comfortable existence in a Central Park apartment when a knock on their door changes their lives, and relationship, forever. Outside is a young black man named Paul, who claims to know their children at Havard, and more extraordinarily, that he is the son of the actor Sidney Poitier. Flan and Ouisa invite him inside and, over the ensuing night, Paul regales them with his wit and intelligence, giving them a glimpse of the rewarding relationship they wish they had with their own children.

Yet Paul is not who he seems, and when his charade is revealed, the couple are left reeling. For Ouisa at least, Paul's deception has triggered a profound change deep within her, and she's determined that his visit should be remembered for the amazing moment of connection it was, and not just another bizarre anecdote to pass around at dinner parties.

Did You Know?

While the notion that everyone on the planet is linked by 'six degrees of separation' has been around since the 1920s, it was John Guare's play, and the subsequent 1993 movie adaptation with Will Smith and Stockard Channing, which really popularised it.

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Previews from: 5 April 2017

Opening night: 25 April 2017


May be inappropriate for children aged 13 and under

Run time

90 minutes, no intermission

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Image: Mingle Media TV (cropped)

Cast and Creative


Allison Janney as Ouisa
John Benjamin Hickey as Flan
Corey Hawkins as Paul
Tony Carlin as the Doorman
Michael Countryman as Larkin
James Cusati-Moyer as the Hustler
Ned Eisenberg as Dr. Fine
Lisa Emery as Kitty
Keenan Jolliff as Woody
Peter Mark Kendall as Rick
Cody Kostro as Doug
Sarah Mezzanotte as Elizabeth
Colby Minifie as Tess
Paul O’Brien as the Detective
Chris Perfetti as Trent
Ned Riseley as Ben
Michael Siberry as Geoffrey


Directed by Trip Culman
Written by John Guare
Sets by Mark Wendland
Costumes by Clint Ramos
Lighting by Ben Stanton
Sound by Darron L West
Projections by Lucy Mackinnon
Wigs by Charles LaPointe
Casting is by Daniel Swee


2017 Tony Nominations

Best Revival of a Play

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play - Corey Hawkins

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