A new play bySamuel D. Hunter
Directed byDavis McCallum

Newhouse Theater

Running time: Approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes, with two intermissions

"The best new play of the year!"

The Washington Post, December 9, 2019

Lincoln Center Theater is very excited to work with Sam Hunter again, and to produce GREATER CLEMENTS for the start of LCT’s 35th season. Sam is a young, distinctly American playwright and a fine writer with a wonderful ear – a poet of the American loner, imagining characters whose lives are outside the mainstream. Among his recent works are The Whale, which won a Drama Desk Award and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play in 2013, A Bright New BoisePocatello, The Healing, and last season’s acclaimed Lewiston/Clarkston.

His new play, GREATER CLEMENTS, takes place in the fictional town of Greater Clements, Idaho, a mining community where properties are being purchased by wealthy out-of-state people, forcing out lifelong residents — largely blue-collar workers — who are becoming disenfranchised and disenchanted. The story is told through Maggie, played by the marvelous Judith Ivey. Maggie is on the verge of shutting down her family’s Mine Tour and Museum business. Her troubled adult son, has moved back home, recovering but unmoored. As the play opens, Maggie awaits a visit from an old friend. He brings a tempting offer to start a new life with him beyond this desolate town’s limits. Through the author’s humor, keen observation and deep sensitivity to these lonely characters, we see just how hard it might be to leave the past behind.

Key Art Photo: Detail of Untitled work from the series Beneath the Roses, 2003-2008. © Gregory Crewdson. Courtesy Gagosian.

Greater Clements On the LCT Blog

  • The Many Maggies of Judith Ivey

    The Many Maggies of Judith Ivey

    In GREATER CLEMENTS, the first complete sentence uttered by the character Maggie (played by Judith Ivey) begins, “No, I’m fine.”

  • Nina Hellman: Putting It Together

    Nina Hellman: Putting It Together

    “Most actors have this over-abundance of empathy that we carry around. This play in particular has brought that out in deep ways that have become more apparent with each week.”

GREATER CLEMENTS is sponsored by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation’s Theatre Visions Fund program.

GREATER CLEMENTS is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.

Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting new American plays at LCT.

The Mitzi E. Newhouse season is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.