Lileana Blain-Cruz

Lileana Blain-Cruz to Direct The Skin of Our Teeth on Broadway

It was revealed today that Lincoln Center Theater will stage a Broadway revival of Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth this spring. The revival of the 1943 play will be directed by Lincoln Center Resident Director Lileana Blain-Cruz, whose credits include Fefu and Her Friends and Pipeline, marking her Broadway debut. The play is scheduled to begin previews at the Vivian Beaumont Theater March 31, 2022 and open April 25, 2022.

Recipient of the 1943 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Thornton Wilder’s visionary masterpiece The Skin of Our Teeth illuminates the endurance of the human spirit as it follows the Antrobus family of Excelsior, New Jersey, as they persevere through an Ice Age, a biblical flood, and war.

“The Skin of Our Teeth is a play for RIGHT NOW,” said Ms. Blain-Cruz. “It’s a title that has been in my consciousness for a long time and while searching for the perfect play with which to make my Beaumont debut I re-read it. I was so deeply moved by Thornton Wilder’s story of a family going through apocalypse after apocalypse, over, and over, and over again – and the urgency to get back up and try again. The necessity and beauty of the power of language and stories to heal and move people forward is what we need now more than ever, and The Skin of Our Teeth more than fills that need.”

The Skin of Our Teeth will have sets by Adam Rigg, costumes by Montana Levi Blanco, lighting by Yi Zhao, sound by Palmer Hefferan, and projections by Hannah Wasileski, all of whom are making their Beaumont debuts. Casting and a ticket on sale date will be announced soon.

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