The Nap

The Nap begins previews on Wednesday, September 5 and opening night is Thursday, September 27 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). 

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MTC will open its 2018-19 season with the American premiere of a new play by Richard Bean, the author of the rollicking, award-winning Broadway comedy One Man, Two Guvnors. The Nap is a very funny look at the world of snooker – the British version of pool. Dylan Spokes, a fast-rising young star arrives for a championship tournament only to be confronted by the authorities warning him of the repercussions of match fixing. Before he knows it, Dylan’s forced into underhanded dealings with a cast of wildly colorful characters that include his ex-convict dad, saucy mum, quick-tongued manager and a renowned gangster, to boot. It’s a fast-paced comedy thriller where, in an exciting twist, the tournament unfolds live on stage. In its British premiere, The Guardian raved, “Ingenious,” The Observer cheered, “Outrageously funny,” and The Daily Mail called The Nap “brilliant and terrifically inventive.” Directing is Tony Award® winner Daniel Sullivan.

The cast of The Nap will feature Alexandra Billings (“Transparent,” “Goliath,” recipient of the HRC Visibility Award), Tony Award nominee John Ellison Conlee (Murder Ballad, The Full Monty, “Boardwalk Empire”), two-time Tony Award nominee Johanna Day (Proof, Sweat, “Madam Secretary”), four-time and current 2018 United States National Snooker Champion Ahmed Aly Elsayed, Ethan Hova (Metrocards at Ensemble Studio Theatre, “The Blacklist”), Heather Lind (Incognito, Othello, “Turn”), Max Gordon Moore (Saint Joan, Indecent), Bhavesh Patel (Present Laughter, War Horse), Thomas Jay Ryan (The Crucible, In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), and Ben Schnetzer (Sticks and Bones, Pride, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan).

The Nap’s creative team includes David Rockwell (scenic design), Kaye Voyce (costume design), Justin Townsend (lighting design), Lindsay Jones (sound design), Anne Ford-Coates (hair and make-up design), Ben Furey (dialect coach), and Thomas Schall (fight director).