The Pulitzer-Prize Winning Play "Cost of Living" Makes Its Boston Premiere
SpeakEasy Stage Company will present the Boston premiere of "Cost of Living," a riveting drama by playwright Martyna Majok. Set to run from March 8 through March 30, 2024, at the Roberts Studio Theatre in the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, this production brings to life a story of connection, resilience, and the human condition in a way that resonates with audiences universally.
"Cost of Living," the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama and a 2023 Tony Award nominee for Best Play, delves into the intricate lives of four individuals navigating the complexities of existence and dependency. The narrative weaves together the tales of Eddie, an unemployed truck driver, and his ex-wife Ani, who becomes a quadriplegic following a tragic accident, alongside the story of John, a bright PhD student with cerebral palsy, and his aide Jess, a Princeton graduate struggling to make ends meet.
This play not only explores the dynamics of caring and being cared for but also challenges perceptions around disability and interdependence, shedding light on "the various tendernesses of simply being human," as noted by The Daily Beast.
Acclaimed Origins and Impact
Since its world premiere at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2016, "Cost of Living" has been lauded for its insightful exploration of relationships between disabled and non-disabled individuals. The original cast featured actors Gregg Mozgala and Katy Sullivan, who brought authenticity to their roles with their real-life experiences of disability.
The journey of "Cost of Living" from its premiere to its Off-Broadway engagement in 2017, and its Broadway debut in 2022, underlines the play's significant impact on audiences and critics alike. With a narrative that is both achingly human and surprisingly funny, it has earned several accolades, including two Lucille Lortel Awards and nominations for the Drama Desk and Drama League Awards.
For those seeking a theatrical experience that combines depth, humor, and humanity, "Cost of Living" at the SpeakEasy Stage Company is an unmissable event. Join the Boston community in experiencing this remarkable play that challenges, entertains, and inspires.