Mark Wing-Davey has the air of an architect. Known for his ambitious staging and as an expert developer of new plays – both in the US, as well as in his native Great Britain – he embraces an organic approach to directing that has yielded some of the most breathtaking and unique productions we’ve seen in recent years. From Shakespeare in the Park to a decommissioned church in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, he’s built shows from the ground up, employing a visionary theatrical sensibility and a thirst for artistic truth that imbues his work with a thrilling and unique vibrancy. We at Labyrinth are delighted to have him back at the helm for our upcoming production of Ninth and Joanie.
This marks the second time that Mr. Wing-Davey and Company Member playwright Brett C. Leonard will collaborate on a Labyrinth World Premiere, after opening our production of Unconditional at the Public Theater in 2008. We can’t wait to watch the evolution of Mark and Brett’s creative relationship as they tackle the South Philadelphian crucible that is Ninth and Joanie. With Mark’s dynamic visual style bringing to bear on Brett’s spare, muscular language, the production, which starts performances on April 5th, promises to be a potent synthesis of both of their prodigious talents. Be sure to come check it out.
For more on Mr. Wing-Davey’s credits and ongoing projects, please see below. For tickets and more information on the show, please click the ‘Plays and Tickets’ to the left.
After first coming to prominence in the United States with his highly acclaimed 1992 production of Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest at New York Theatre Workshop, Mr. Wing-Davey has worked extensively in New York City, for NYTW, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center, Playwrights Horizons, and the Public Theater – directing Troilus and Cressida and Henry V in Central Park. He directed Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play at the Goodman in Chicago, Yale Rep and most recently for Epic Theater in a site-specific production at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn. Additional US and international credits include productions of new and classic plays at ACT, ART, Berkeley, Cincinnati, La Jolla, Mark Taper, McCarter, Milwaukee Rep, Pittsburgh Public, Playmaker’s Rep, Seattle Rep; London’s Royal Court Theatre, National Theatre, the Edinburgh Festival, and musicals in the West End, and Australia.
Having committed much of his career to developing new plays, Mr. Wing-Davey has directed new work by Caryl Churchill, Amy Freed, Naomi Iizuka, Jose Rivera, Anna Deveare Smith, Tony Kushner, and Craig Lucas, amongst others. This past summer he directed Keith Reddin’s new play Acquainted With The Night for the O’Neill Playwright’s Conference and is slated to direct two other World Premiere productions this Spring in addition to Ninth and Joanie; KMT, an adaptation of Sukhovo-Kobylin’s Russian Trilogy at NYU and Mona Mansour’s new play The Hour of Feeling for the Louisville Humana Festival.
Mr. Wing-Davey is currently the Chair of Graduate Acting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where in September 2010 he premiered Tony Kushner’s music theater work: The Henry Box Brown Play.