A dramatic comedy by Amy Herzog
Directed by Fred Gloor
About the Play
4000 Miles is a funny and moving dramatic comedy about two outsiders finding their way in a complicated world.
Sponsored by Margaret J. Dietz
Leo is a 21-year-old who has spent several months biking across America. After beginning his epic cross-country trip in Seattle, he has arrived in New York City. In the middle of the night, he pays a surprise visit to the Greenwich Village apartment where his elderly grandmother, Vera, resides.
At some point during his epic journey across the country, Leo had stopped communicating with his family back home in Minnesota. His unanticipated appearance causes Vera to worry about her grandson’s emotional state. Tired and muddy from his ride — and smelling just like the outdoors in which he has been camping during his trip — Leo agrees to stay a while at Vera’s apartment but insists that she not tell his mother.
After enduring a terrible loss during his cycling trip across America, Leo struggles to come to terms with his past while grasping to write the next chapter of his life. Reaching across the generation gap, grandson and grandmother come together as two unlikely roommates — infuriating, bewildering and yet ultimately reaching out to each other.
► Warning: Due to adult language and situations, the play is not recommended for children.
About the Play’s Production History
4000 Miles first opened at The Duke Theater in New York City on June 20, 2011, presented by Lincoln Center Theatre/LTC3, as a Steinberg New Works Program production, under the direction of Andre Bishop and Bernard Gersten, and Paige Evans, LCT3 Artistic Director. The director was Daniel Aukin. 4000 Miles moved to the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in New York City, opening on April 2, 2012, presented by Lincoln Center Theatre, under the direction of Andre Bishop and Bernard Gersten. The director was Daniel Aukin.
Finalist! 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Winner! 2012 Obie Award, Best New Play
Winner! 2012 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award
Winner! Time Magazine's No. 1 Play or Musical of 2012
About the Playwright
AMY HERZOG’s plays include After the Revolution (Williamstown Theater Festival; Playwrights Horizons; Lilly Award), 4000 Miles (Lincoln Center; Obie Award for the Best New American Play, Pulitzer Prize Finalist), The Great God Pan (Playwrights Horizons) and Belleville (Yale Rep; New York Theatre Workshop; Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist; Drama Desk Nomination). She is a recipient of the Whiting Writers Award, the Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Helen Merrill, the Joan and Joseph Cullman Award for Extraordinary Creativity, and The New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award. She is a usual suspect at New York Theatre Workshop and an alumna of Youngblood, Play Group at Ars Nova, and the SoHo Rep Writer/Director Lab. She has taught playwriting at Bryn Mawr College and Yale University. She holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
(Source of this biographical sketch: SamuelFrench.com)
THE CREATIVE TEAM
ERIN KATZ FORD
JASEN J. SMITH
ALAN SCOTT FERRALL
Scenic Designer and Technical Director
Assistant Technical Director