The Mitzi E Newhouse Theater in the Lincoln Center presents the play Domesticated. This new play written
by the Pulitzer and Tony Award winner Bruce Norris is another Off-Broadway productions to have one of Hollywood's well-known
actors as part of its cast. The show casts Jeff Goldblum, whose performance is not one to miss. This provocative play previews
October 10, 2013 and will open October 22, 2013. Audiences can catch both matinee and evening shows. Please note that Domesticated
is recommended for ages 16 and up. Bruce Norris covers heated and controversial issues that will likely lead to discussions
among audiences members following its show. A line from the show audiences will not forget, "Jesus Christ, you married a gynecologist.
A gynecologist who went into to politics. Didn't that tell you something?"
Mia Barron, who plays
Bobbie the attorney, noted that athleticism seemed necessary in this Bruce Norris production due to the quickness of his play.
That is, Norris is known for tackling heavy subjects and weighing in on the different sides of the argument quite vigorously.
It is difficult to determine where exactly the opinions of the author. It seems evident that he is not keen on hypocrisy both
liberal and conservative arguments. In an interview, Norris admitted that many audience members thought that he was a republican
(after the success of Clybourne Park). He explained how that is an inaccurate assumption, "I could hardly be more liberal…
at least on economic issues."
The play Domesticated explores the complexities and politics of gender,
power, sexuality within a relationship following an uncomfortable incident. The breakup of a marriage due to scandalous behavior
is the focus. The characters, Judy and Bill, are ending their relationship because of embarrassingly public outing that Bill
has been frequenting multiple prostitutes. What is more is that during a sexual encounter with one of the prostitutes, an
accident takes place in the bedroom leaving one of his clients paralyzed. As a politician, Bill is forced to resign from public
office. The play consists of two acts. During Act One, the scribe reviews the situation from the perspective of Judy. It is
in Act Two that Bill is given the opportunity to share the story from his point of view. An added layer to the "he said/she
said" model is that the daughters of Bill and Judy explain their views from a biological perspective. That is, their daughter
Cassidy explains that her father's seemingly deviant behavior is actually reflects the sexual behaviors of the animal kingdom.
Judy, on the other hand, provides a face-to-face rant of how despicable his Bill's behavior is. Bill tries his best to defend
his actions but fails. He makes himself look more and more like a wild beast. He does not ask admit wrongdoing or ask for
forgiveness. There is a support cast who serve the story by finding more and more fault with Bill's behavior. When each character
is given the floor, each takes the opportunity to go to far, not matter which side of the argument that they are on.
Domesticated cast consists Jeff Goldblum (Bill), Laurie Metcalf (Judy), Misha Seo (Cassidy), Emily Meade
(Casey), Mia Barron (Bobbie), Robin DeJesus (Bar Patron), Lizbeth Mackay (Jackie and Patient), Mary Beth Peil (Shrink, Ed,
Rich Woman and Doctor), Karen Pittman (A.D.A., Talk Show Host, Cop and Translator), Aleque Reid (Becky, Stage Manager, Bartender,
Server, Orderly, Tour Guide) and Vanessa Aspillaga (Pilar, Judge, Principal, EMT, Woman in Veil and Hostess). The Hollywood
stars, Jeff Goldblum and Laurie Metcalf, give audiences quite a performance. Laurie Metcalf has appeared in the Broadway performances:
The Other Place and November. Metcalf received Tony Awards for both performances. In addition to receive three Emmy Awards
for her role on Rosanne, she has been seen on the Broadway stage in the revival of Brighton Beach Memoirs and Long Day's Journey
Into Night. Jeff Goldblum has been seen on the silver screen in Adam Resurrected, Nashville, Jurassic Park, Independence Day,
The Big Chill and The Fly. He was nominated for an Academy Award following his performance in the short live-action film,
Little Surprises. His Broadway credits include Seminar and The Pillowman (Outer Critics' Circle Award and Drama Critics' Award).
Anna D. Shapiro directs Domesticated. She has previously directed other works of Bruce Norris, such
as A Parallelogram, The Unmentionables, The Pain and the Itch, Purple Heart and The Infidel. In addition to the aforementioned
productions, Shapiro has directed the Broadway performances of August: Osage County, a Tony Award winner, and The Motherfucker
with the Hat. Bruce Norris is an award-winning author who had success and has developed a strong relationship with Anna D.
Shapiro, who has directed a number of his above-mentioned productions. The stage comes to life with the skillful direction
of Todd Rosenthal (Scenic Design), Jennifer von Mayrhauser (Costume Design), James F. Ingalls (Lighting Design) and John Gromada
(Sound Design). Domesticated demonstrates the abilities a top notch creative team to entertain an impassioned audience while
exploring the sexual exploits of man and beast and the hypocrisy that follows.