Sarasota's Asolo Rep stages '4000 Miles'

Acclaimed comic drama comes to Historic Asolo Theatre

March 27, 2014 

Benjamin Williamson and Lois Markle in Asolo Rep's production of "4000 Miles." Slaven Vlasic/publicity photo

Amy Herzog's "4000 Miles" is one of the most acclaimed plays of the past few years. Its New York run earned an Obie Award for Best New American Play in 2012, and Time magazine called it the No. 1 Play or Musical of that year.

Bradenton-area audiences will get a chance to see it when Asolo Repertory Theatre stages "4000 Miles" at the Historic Asolo Theatre. Its four-week run starts with preview performances April 2 and 3.

The comic drama revolves around a 21-year-old man on a cross-country bicycle trip who stops at the Greenwich Village apartment of his 91-year-old grandmother. He stays for weeks, and his visit forces them to examine their lives.

Their differences of generational viewpoint eventually dissolve as they form a deep bond.

The Asolo cast features Lois Markle, who appeared on Broadway in "True West" with Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Benjamin Williamson, whom Asolo Rep audiences saw earlier this season in "Other Desert Cities."

Tea Alagic directs. She's directed extensively in New York, across the country and abroad, and she directed David Ives' "Venus in Furs" for Asolo Rep last season.

All three Tuesday performances will feature talkbacks with the cast immediately following.

Details: April 2-27, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Show times: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15-$37. Information: 941-351-8000, asolorep.org.

-- Marty Clear

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