Judgment Day

“This Armory production feels even more monumental than ‘The Hairy Ape’ ”
The New York Times

“Entrancing! A visual feast.”
New York Magazine

Ödön von Horváth’s play is an intriguing hybrid of theatrical genres: part moral fable, part sociopolitical commentary, part noirish thriller. A dutiful train station master, performed by Emmy® Award-winning actor Luke Kirby (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Deuce, and Slings & Arrows) is momentarily distracted and a tragic train crash results. This adaptation is a fresh take on who should bear responsibility for certain actions, a theme that resonates in today’s societal climate.

Having dazzled Armory audiences and critics alike with his mesmerizing revival of The Hairy Ape in 2017, visionary director Richard Jones returns to take on this gripping play in a new adaptation by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award®-winning playwright Christopher Shinn. Judgment Day dramatically plays on the interior of the Wade Thompson Drill Hall—reminiscent of the original Grand Central Depot and the great train stations of Europe—as an immersive environment in which the characters become overcome by the burden of guilt.

Artist Talk: Judgment Day
Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 6:00pm
Tickets: $15

Director Richard Jones and playwright Anne Washburn discuss adapting Ödön von Horváth’s play for the stage and mounting it in an unconventional space.

A Park Avenue Armory Production
By Ödön von Horváth, Adapted by Christopher Shinn, Directed by Richard Jones

Paul Steinberg, Set Design
Mimi Jordan Sherin, Lighting Design
Antony McDonald, Costume Design
Daniel Kluger, Original Music and Sound Design
Drew Levy, Sound Design
Anjali Mehra, Movement Director

Alex Breaux, Alyssa Bresnahan, Charles Brice, Cricket Brown, Gina Daniels, Harriet Harris, Maurice Jones, Luke Kirby, Tom McGowan, George Merrick, Andy Murray, Jason O’Connell, Susannah Perkins, Henry Stram, Joe Wegner, Jeena Yi



Image: Photo by Steffen Egly via Getty Images


December 5, 2019–
January 10, 2020

Monday–Thursday at 7:30pm
Friday at 8:00pm
Saturday at 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday, December 29 at 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Tickets start at $55 (plus fees)

View the seating chart for Performances.

Wade Thompson Drill Hall

This performance is approximately 90 minutes performed without intermission. Please note that this performance uses theatrical haze and strobe effects.

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