Due to overwhelming critical and popular response, The Studio Theatre has extended Amy Herzog’s compassionate and unsentimental drama 4000 Miles a third, and final, time. The company has announced the show must close Sunday, May 19th.
Directed by Studio’s Founding Artistic Director Joy Zinoman and starring Tana Hicken (The Road to Mecca and The History Boys) and Studio newcomer Grant Harrison, 4000 Miles explores the relationship between a grandmother and grandson. Neo-hippie Leo, reeling from a sudden tragedy during his cross-country bike trek, seeks refuge in the Greenwich Village apartment of Vera, his octogenarian grandmother. From the joys and strains of a shared household, these two generations unearth a surprising commonality between the aimlessness of youth and the isolation of old age. From one of America’s fast-rising playwrights, 4000 Miles explores the funny, frustrating, and ultimately life-changing relationship between a grandson who can’t face his life and a grandmother who is starting to forget hers.
The production earned a top-rating from DC Theatre Scene for its perfect casting: Ben Demers writes: “Venerable DC-area actress Tana Hicken might soon be hanging up her spurs, but not before she graces the District with her wit, grace, and canny realism a final time in Studio Theatre’s emotional 4000 Miles. Hicken teams with the disarmingly sincere Grant Harrison to spin a tale of a lonely grandmother and her aimless grandson who find solace and strength by reaching across their generational divide.”
4000 Miles is now playing at Studio Theatre in the The Mead Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW, Washington, DC. Details and tickets.