Hunter Theatre Project presents an Independent Theatre Production of What Happened?: The Michaels Abroad, a world premiere play and the final in the Rhinebeck Panorama, written and directed by Tony Award winner Richard Nelson. The limited engagement will run August 28 to October 8 at Frederick Loewe Theatre at Hunter College in a very intimate 74-seat configuration, with press opening night on Wednesday, September 8, the same day the play is set. General admission tickets, on sale now, are priced at $39.50 with student tickets $17.50, including service charges.
“I have been inspired by producing my last two Apple Family Zoom plays independently and it has led me to create a new ad hoc theatre venture that I am calling An Independent Theatre,” said Playwright and Director Richard Nelson. “For the production of What Happened?: The Michaels Abroad I have joined forces with Hunter Theatre Project and its producer, Gregory Mosher, with whom I did Uncle Vanya in 2018, continuing my relationship with Gregory that has now spanned more than 40 years. Theatre is coming back to New York and I am so pleased that The Michaels Abroad will help welcome audiences and actors back to the stage, and together again in our intimate 74-seat theatre.”
“We’re delighted to welcome Richard Nelson back to Hunter College,” said Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab. “The Hunter Theatre Project is another example of Hunter’s ongoing commitment to the arts. While attending a public university, our students are able to engage in professional productions while learning from our talented faculty in both the intimate Loewe Theatre and our new Baker Theatre Building. With this project, Hunter College continues to play a leading role in the cultural life of New York City.”
Begun 12 years ago with the four-play Apple Family play series, and continued with the three plays of The Gabriels, and again last summer with A Pandemic Trilogy (three Zoom plays), Nelson’s Rhinebeck Panorama has followed the lives of families from a small Upstate village for over a decade, with a total of 12 plays. The Michaels, about the third family in this series, premiered in the fall of 2019 and What Happened?: The Michaels Abroad, Nelson’s latest and last of this series, brings the Rhinebeck Panorama to a close.