Seawall / A Life. Official Broadway website. Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Tony Award nominee Tom Sturridge come to Broadway direct from a sold-out engagement at The Public Theater. Nine weeks only. July 26 through September 29.

“BEAUTIFULLY ACTED.”- JESSE GREEN
“EXQUISITE.”- LAURA COLLINS-HUGHES

Meet Alex, a photographer on a holiday with his family in the south of France.

Meet Abe, a music producer with a baby on the way.

Two men – both fathers, husbands, and sons – take us on a journey you will never forget.

The finest actors of their generation, Academy Award® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (Sunday In The Park With George) and Tony Award® nominee Tom Sturridge (1984), had audiences roaring to their feet at the sold-out engagement at The Public Theater. Now Sea Wall/A Life—from the writers of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Constellations, and the director of A Doll’s House—comes to Broadway.

Jake Gyllenhaal(Abe)

Broadway: Constellations (Drama League Award nomination), Sunday in the Park with George. Off-Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors (Encores!), If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet (Lucille Lortel and Drama League Award nominations). West End: This Is Our Youth (Evening Standard Theatre Award). Films include Wildlife, The Sisters Brothers, Stronger, Okja, Nocturnal Animals (BAFTA nomination), Nightcrawler (Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG nominations), Brokeback Mountain (Academy Award nomination and BAFTA Award), Southpaw, Prisoners, Demolition, Enemy, Everest, End of Watch, Jarhead, Zodiac, Proof, The Good Girl, Moonlight Mile, Lovely and Amazing, October Sky, Source Code, Love & Other Drugs (Golden Globe nomination), Brothers and Donnie Darko. Upcoming films: Velvet Buzzsaw and Spider Man: Far From Home. Sea Wall/A Life marks Gyllenhaal’s third collaboration with playwright Nick Payne.

Tom Sturridge(Alex)

Tom Sturridge will next be seen in Dan Gilroy’s Velvet Buzzsaw alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, John Malkovich, Toni Collette, Zawe Ashton, Billy Magnussen and Daveed Diggs. Broadway: 1984, Orphans (Tony Award nomination). West End: American Buffalo (Olivier Award nomination). Film: Mary Shelley (opposite Elle Fanning), Journey’s End (with Paul Bettany and Sam Claflin), On the Road (as Allen Ginsberg), Far From the Madding Crowd (opposite Carey Mulligan), Song to Song (opposite Ryan Gosling) and Pirate Radio (opposite Phillip Seymour Hoffman). TV: “The Hollow Crown” (BBC, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Dame Judi Dench).

SIMON STEPHENS(Playwright)

Simon Stephens’ many plays have been widely translated and produced throughout the world. Harper Regan, Bluebird, Punk Rock, Heisenberg, On the Shore of the Wide World and his English language version of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House have played in New York. His adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ran for two years on Broadway and won the Tony Award for Best Play. He is associate playwright at London’s Royal Court Theatre and professor of scriptwriting at Manchester Metropolitan University.

NICK PAYNE(Playwright)

Theatre: If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet (Bush Theatre and Roundabout Theatre Company), Wanderlust (Royal Court Theatre), Sophocles’ Electra (Gate Theatre), One Day When We Were Young (Paines Plough/Sheffield Theatres and Shoreditch Town Hall), Lay Down Your Cross (Hampstead Theatre), Constellations (Broadway, Royal Court Theatre, Duke of York’s and U.K. tour), The Same Deep Water as Me (Donmar Warehouse), Blurred Lines (The Shed, National Theatre), Incognito (Nabokov/Live Theatre, Newcastle), The Art of Dying (Royal Court Theatre), Elegy (Donmar Warehouse). Film: The Sense of an Ending (BBC Films/Origin Pictures). TV: “Wanderlust” (BBC One/Netflix).

CARRIE CRACKNELL(Director)

Carrie Cracknell was artistic director at the Gate Theatre from 2007 to 2012 and was an associate director at the Young Vic and the Royal Court. Theatre work includes Julie, The Deep Blue Sea, Medea and Blurred Lines (National Theatre); Oil (Almeida Theatre); Birdland, Searched and Pigeons (Royal Court); A Doll’s House (also West End and BAM), Electra and Macbeth (Young Vic); Breathing Irregular, Hedda, I am Falling (also at Sadler’s Wells), The Sexual Neuroses of our Parents and Armageddon (Gate Theatre); Dolls (NTS). Opera includes Wozzeck for English National Opera. Film includes Britain Isn’t Eating (short) and Nora (short).

LAURA JELLINEK(Scenic Design)

Broadway: Oklahoma! (Tony Nomination); Marvin’s Room. Off-Broadway: Sea Wall / A Life, Buzzer (The Public)Mary Page Marlowe (Second Stage Theater); Mary Jane (NYTW); Rags Parkland… (Ars Nova); The Wolves, Queens (Lincoln Center Theater); The Treasurer, Marjorie Prime (Playwrights Horizons); A Life (Playwrights Horizons, Lortel Award, Hewes Design Award); The Antipodes, Everybody (Signature Theatre); Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova, Signature Theatre, national tour); The Debate Society, The Mad Ones. Regional: Yale Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown. Opera: Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Atlanta Opera. Obie for Sustained Excellence in Design. Education: MFA, NYU.

KAYE VOYCE(Costume Design)

The Public: Office Hour, Measure for Measure (with ERS), The Bacchae, Jump, Stop Kiss. Broadway: The Nap, True West, Significant Other, The Real Thing, The Realistic Joneses, Shining City. Off-Broadway: Mary Page Marlowe (Second Stage Theater); Harry Clarke(Vineyard Theatre, Minetta Lane Theatre); After The Blast, Queens (LCT3); At Home at the Zoo, The Antipodes, Signature Plays, The Wayside Motor Inn (Signature Theatre); Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again (Soho Rep); The Mystery of Love & Sex, 4000 Miles (LCT). Other recent: Richard Maxwell’s Queens Row, Paradiso, The Evening Parts I and II, Isolde, Neutral Hero. Trisha Brown’s final dances: Toss and Rogues.

CHRISTOPHER PETERSON(Costume Design)

Theatre: Patti LuPone’s Far Away Places at Carnegie Hall. Film: Dark Waters (Todd Haynes), The Irishman (Martin Scorsese), Wilson (Craig Johnson), Magic Mike XXL (Greg Jacobs), Kill Your Darlings (John Krokidas), Magic Mike (Steven Soderbergh), Lay the Favorite (Stephen Frears), The Girlfriend Experience (Steven Soderbergh), Blood Creek (Joel Schumacher). Christopher was also assistant costume designer on numerous films including Carol (Todd Haynes), The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese), Across the Universe (Julie Taymor) and The Departed (Martin Scorsese).

GUY HOARE(Lighting Design)

Guy Hoare is an Associate Artist at Wilton’s Music Hall, London. Theatre includes A Doll’s House (Young Vic, West End & BAM) and plays for the National Theatre, Royal Court, and Donmar Warehouse in London. Dance includes Arthur Pita’s Metamorphosis (Royal Ballet & Joyce Theatre) Mark Bruce’s Dracula (both winners of the South Bank Award) and Akram Khan’s Chotto Desh (New Victory Theatre). Opera includes The Firework-Maker’s Daughter (Royal Opera House & New Victory Theatre); King Priam / Paul Bunyan for English Touring Opera (Olivier Award) and works for English National Opera and Bregenz Festival. Juggling includes international tours of 4×4, Spring and Sigma for Gandini Juggling.

DANIEL KLUGER(Sound Design)

Broadway: Daniel Fish’s Oklahoma!, (new arrangements & orchestrations), revival of Marvin’s Room, world premiere of Significant Other. Off Broadway: premieres of I Was Most Alive With You, AnimalThe Village Bike, Man From Nebraska, Tribes, and Women or Nothing. Kluger has produced dozens of other scores for Off Broadway theaters including Lincoln Center, Roundabout Theatre Company, The Atlantic, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, and Vineyard Theater, as well as some of the country’s premier regional theaters: The Mark Taper Forum, The Ford’s Theater, Yale Repertory Theater. www.danielkluger.com

LUKE HALL(Projection Design)

The Lehman Trilogy (National, West End, Park Avenue Armory), Girls & Boys (Royal Court, Minetta Lane), Miss Saigon (Broad- way, Japan, U.K. & U.S. tour), My Name Is Lucy Barton (Bridge Theatre, Manhat- tan Theatre Club), Porgy and Bess (also Amsterdam, ENO), Otello (Metropolitan Opera), Don Giovanni, Krol Roger (ROH), Atlas (L.A. Philharmonic), 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Closing Ceremonies, Louis Vuitton SS15 & AW16, Adele, U2, Rolling Stones, George Michael, Pet Shop Boys, Robbie Williams, Take That, The xx, Cold- play and Rhianna. Luke has two Knight of Illumination Awards and a BAFTA Award.

STUART EARL(Original Music)

Off- Broadway: A Doll’s House (BAM). London theatre: Julie, The Deep Blue Sea, Blurred Lines (National Theatre); Oil (Almeida Theatre); How to Hold Your Breath (Royal Court Theatre); A Doll’s House (Young Vic/Duke of York Theatre). TV: “Ordeal by Innocence,” “Little Women,” “Doctor Foster,” “Rillington Place,” “The Secret Agent,” “Black Work,” “Babylon,” “Mayday,” “Black Mirror: The Entire History of You.” Film: Lilting, My Brother the Devil, In Our Name. Awards: Ivor Novello Award nomination 2016.

Jake Gyllenhaal(Abe)

Broadway: Constellations (Drama League Award nomination), Sunday in the Park with George. Off-Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors (Encores!), If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet (Lucille Lortel and Drama League Award nominations). West End: This Is Our Youth (Evening Standard Theatre Award). Films include Wildlife, The Sisters Brothers, Stronger, Okja, Nocturnal Animals (BAFTA nomination), Nightcrawler (Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG nominations), Brokeback Mountain (Academy Award nomination and BAFTA Award), Southpaw, Prisoners, Demolition, Enemy, Everest, End of Watch, Jarhead, Zodiac, Proof, The Good Girl, Moonlight Mile, Lovely and Amazing, October Sky, Source Code, Love & Other Drugs (Golden Globe nomination), Brothers and Donnie Darko. Upcoming films: Velvet Buzzsaw and Spider Man: Far From Home. Sea Wall/A Life marks Gyllenhaal’s third collaboration with playwright Nick Payne.

Tom Sturridge(Alex)

Tom Sturridge will next be seen in Dan Gilroy’s Velvet Buzzsaw alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, John Malkovich, Toni Collette, Zawe Ashton, Billy Magnussen and Daveed Diggs. Broadway: 1984, Orphans (Tony Award nomination). West End: American Buffalo (Olivier Award nomination). Film: Mary Shelley (opposite Elle Fanning), Journey’s End (with Paul Bettany and Sam Claflin), On the Road (as Allen Ginsberg), Far From the Madding Crowd (opposite Carey Mulligan), Song to Song (opposite Ryan Gosling) and Pirate Radio (opposite Phillip Seymour Hoffman). TV: “The Hollow Crown” (BBC, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Dame Judi Dench).

SIMON STEPHENS(Playwright)

Simon Stephens’ many plays have been widely translated and produced throughout the world. Harper Regan, Bluebird, Punk Rock, Heisenberg, On the Shore of the Wide World and his English language version of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House have played in New York. His adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ran for two years on Broadway and won the Tony Award for Best Play. He is associate playwright at London’s Royal Court Theatre and professor of scriptwriting at Manchester Metropolitan University.

NICK PAYNE(Playwright)

Theatre: If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet (Bush Theatre and Roundabout Theatre Company), Wanderlust (Royal Court Theatre), Sophocles’ Electra (Gate Theatre), One Day When We Were Young (Paines Plough/Sheffield Theatres and Shoreditch Town Hall), Lay Down Your Cross (Hampstead Theatre), Constellations (Broadway, Royal Court Theatre, Duke of York’s and U.K. tour), The Same Deep Water as Me (Donmar Warehouse), Blurred Lines (The Shed, National Theatre), Incognito (Nabokov/Live Theatre, Newcastle), The Art of Dying (Royal Court Theatre), Elegy (Donmar Warehouse). Film: The Sense of an Ending (BBC Films/Origin Pictures). TV: “Wanderlust” (BBC One/Netflix).

CARRIE CRACKNELL(Director)

Carrie Cracknell was artistic director at the Gate Theatre from 2007 to 2012 and was an associate director at the Young Vic and the Royal Court. Theatre work includes Julie, The Deep Blue Sea, Medea and Blurred Lines (National Theatre); Oil (Almeida Theatre); Birdland, Searched and Pigeons (Royal Court); A Doll’s House (also West End and BAM), Electra and Macbeth (Young Vic); Breathing Irregular, Hedda, I am Falling (also at Sadler’s Wells), The Sexual Neuroses of our Parents and Armageddon (Gate Theatre); Dolls (NTS). Opera includes Wozzeck for English National Opera. Film includes Britain Isn’t Eating (short) and Nora (short).

LAURA JELLINEK(Scenic Design)

Broadway: Oklahoma! (Tony Nomination); Marvin’s Room. Off-Broadway: Sea Wall / A Life, Buzzer (The Public)Mary Page Marlowe (Second Stage Theater); Mary Jane (NYTW); Rags Parkland… (Ars Nova); The Wolves, Queens (Lincoln Center Theater); The Treasurer, Marjorie Prime (Playwrights Horizons); A Life (Playwrights Horizons, Lortel Award, Hewes Design Award); The Antipodes, Everybody (Signature Theatre); Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova, Signature Theatre, national tour); The Debate Society, The Mad Ones. Regional: Yale Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown. Opera: Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Atlanta Opera. Obie for Sustained Excellence in Design. Education: MFA, NYU.

KAYE VOYCE(Costume Design)

The Public: Office Hour, Measure for Measure (with ERS), The Bacchae, Jump, Stop Kiss. Broadway: The Nap, True West, Significant Other, The Real Thing, The Realistic Joneses, Shining City. Off-Broadway: Mary Page Marlowe (Second Stage Theater); Harry Clarke(Vineyard Theatre, Minetta Lane Theatre); After The Blast, Queens (LCT3); At Home at the Zoo, The Antipodes, Signature Plays, The Wayside Motor Inn (Signature Theatre); Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again (Soho Rep); The Mystery of Love & Sex, 4000 Miles (LCT). Other recent: Richard Maxwell’s Queens Row, Paradiso, The Evening Parts I and II, Isolde, Neutral Hero. Trisha Brown’s final dances: Toss and Rogues.

CHRISTOPHER PETERSON(Costume Design)

Theatre: Patti LuPone’s Far Away Places at Carnegie Hall. Film: Dark Waters (Todd Haynes), The Irishman (Martin Scorsese), Wilson (Craig Johnson), Magic Mike XXL (Greg Jacobs), Kill Your Darlings (John Krokidas), Magic Mike (Steven Soderbergh), Lay the Favorite (Stephen Frears), The Girlfriend Experience (Steven Soderbergh), Blood Creek (Joel Schumacher). Christopher was also assistant costume designer on numerous films including Carol (Todd Haynes), The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese), Across the Universe (Julie Taymor) and The Departed (Martin Scorsese).

GUY HOARE(Lighting Design)

Guy Hoare is an Associate Artist at Wilton’s Music Hall, London. Theatre includes A Doll’s House (Young Vic, West End & BAM) and plays for the National Theatre, Royal Court, and Donmar Warehouse in London. Dance includes Arthur Pita’s Metamorphosis (Royal Ballet & Joyce Theatre) Mark Bruce’s Dracula (both winners of the South Bank Award) and Akram Khan’s Chotto Desh (New Victory Theatre). Opera includes The Firework-Maker’s Daughter (Royal Opera House & New Victory Theatre); King Priam / Paul Bunyan for English Touring Opera (Olivier Award) and works for English National Opera and Bregenz Festival. Juggling includes international tours of 4×4, Spring and Sigma for Gandini Juggling.

DANIEL KLUGER(Sound Design)

Broadway: Daniel Fish’s Oklahoma!, (new arrangements & orchestrations), revival of Marvin’s Room, world premiere of Significant Other. Off Broadway: premieres of I Was Most Alive With You, AnimalThe Village Bike, Man From Nebraska, Tribes, and Women or Nothing. Kluger has produced dozens of other scores for Off Broadway theaters including Lincoln Center, Roundabout Theatre Company, The Atlantic, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, and Vineyard Theater, as well as some of the country’s premier regional theaters: The Mark Taper Forum, The Ford’s Theater, Yale Repertory Theater. www.danielkluger.com

LUKE HALL(Projection Design)

The Lehman Trilogy (National, West End, Park Avenue Armory), Girls & Boys (Royal Court, Minetta Lane), Miss Saigon (Broad- way, Japan, U.K. & U.S. tour), My Name Is Lucy Barton (Bridge Theatre, Manhat- tan Theatre Club), Porgy and Bess (also Amsterdam, ENO), Otello (Metropolitan Opera), Don Giovanni, Krol Roger (ROH), Atlas (L.A. Philharmonic), 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Closing Ceremonies, Louis Vuitton SS15 & AW16, Adele, U2, Rolling Stones, George Michael, Pet Shop Boys, Robbie Williams, Take That, The xx, Cold- play and Rhianna. Luke has two Knight of Illumination Awards and a BAFTA Award.

STUART EARL(Original Music)

Off- Broadway: A Doll’s House (BAM). London theatre: Julie, The Deep Blue Sea, Blurred Lines (National Theatre); Oil (Almeida Theatre); How to Hold Your Breath (Royal Court Theatre); A Doll’s House (Young Vic/Duke of York Theatre). TV: “Ordeal by Innocence,” “Little Women,” “Doctor Foster,” “Rillington Place,” “The Secret Agent,” “Black Work,” “Babylon,” “Mayday,” “Black Mirror: The Entire History of You.” Film: Lilting, My Brother the Devil, In Our Name. Awards: Ivor Novello Award nomination 2016.

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Going back to the Greeks, the most powerful tragedies have usually been those in which the outcome could have been averted. Plays like “Oedipus Rex” — or, for that matter, “Hedda Gabler” — show us how human boneheadedness, not fate alone, precipitates woe.

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As the audience begins to take their seats in the Public Theater’s Newman Theatre, actor Tom Sturridge quietly takes the stage, placing objects around the space that only holds a piano and a small dresser. He’s deep in thought as he pours himself what appears to be a beer and drinks, before he manually switches the theater lights on and begins to speak.

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