Big Sky


Big Sky

June 7 - July 17, 2016
Gil Cates Theater

Written by Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros
Directed by John Rando
Featuring Arnie Burton, Emily Robinson, Jon Tenney & Jennifer Westfeldt
World Premiere

"Frighteningly hilarious... evokes the crowd-tickling comedies of Neil Simon.
The performers are sharp, lively." 
 Los Angeles Times
"Riotously funny! A gut-punching humdinger of a play!"
"The cast is stellar!"
"Lots of laughs and fine directing!"  The Hollywood Reporter
"Funny and biting! Big Sky deserves praise for its vivid writing and its
superb ensemble acting!"
"Absolutely wonderful! Brilliantly directed by John Rando."

Five-star amenities and family fallout are on the itinerary as Jack races to land a life-changing deal during an Aspen getaway. But wide open spaces offer no place to hide as Jack's family fails to keep the truth and elements at bay. Pulitzer Prize finalist playwright Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros and Tony Award-winning director John Rando offer a funny and poignant cautionary tale about the perils of pretense and the fragility of family.

Recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award

Major support for this world premiere production provided by the Edgerton Foundation New Play Production Fund




Meet The Artists

Her play Omnium Gatherum (2004 Pulitzer Prize Finalist, co-written with Theresa Rebeck premiered at the Humana Festival and moved Off-Broadway with subsequent regional and international productions. Her controversial play The Argument (Vineyard Theatre) had a recent “revised” production at Theatre J in Washington, D.C. The Ordinary Yearning of Miriam Buddwing (directed by Anna Shapiro), My Thing of Love (directed by Terry Kinney; Broadway, directed by Howard Davies) and Supple in Combat (directed by Max Mayer) were commissioned by and premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Mother of Invention (directed by Nicholas Martin) premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival starring Estelle Parsons. Mean Time, about the fracturing effects of war on soldiers and their families, was workshopped at Juilliard, NYU Grad Theatre Program and New York Stage and Film Co. (directed by Daniel Aukin). Her plays are published by Smith & Kraus and Samuel French. Radio: Playing On Air is currently featuring two of her short plays for public radio: Two Jewish Men in Their Seventies with Jerry Stiller and Open Arms with Julie White and Bill Irwin. She has developed several television projects with co-writer Carl Capotorto for HBO (Executive Producers Will Scheffer and Mark Olsen), and for KILLER/MOXIE films. Alexandra is a graduate of the NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a member of PEN. She leads writing workshops for veterans and women at The Bowery Mission in N.Y.C. Special thanks to my theater family at New York Stage & Film and to Michael Hoffmann. Alex dedicates Big Sky to her three boys Tonio, Luka and Stefano and to her husband Johnny.

JOHN RANDO (Director)
Big Sky is John’s fifth production for the Geffen. Other Geffen shows are: All in the Timing (Ovation Award), Merton of the Movies, The Underpants and Matthew Modine Saves the Alpacas. Broadway credits include Penn & Teller on Broadway, On The Town (Tony Nomination for Best Direction of a Musical), A Christmas Story, The Wedding Singer, Urinetown (Tony and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Director), A Thousand Clowns and Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party. His recent Off-Broadway credits include Lives of the Saints (Primary Stages), The Heir Apparent (2014 SDCF Calloway Award for Direction — Classic Stage Company), All in the Timing (Primary Stages — 2013 Obie Award for Direction), and The Toxic Avenger, among many others. He directed the Encores! Productions of Annie Get Your Gun, Little Me, It’s a Bird... It’s a Plane... It’s Superman, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, On the Town, Damn Yankees, Face the Music, Strike Up the Band, Do Re Mi, The Pajama Game and Of Thee I Sing. He also directed Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel with the New York PhilharmonicM.F.A. from University of California, Los Angeles.

Now At The Geffen

Upcoming Shows & Events

. August 2019
September 2019
October 2019

Performance Info

2 hours, including one 15 minute intermission.

This production contains mature themes, strong language and the smoking of herbal cigarettes.

An ASL (American Sign Language) interpreted performance will be provided on Sunday, June 26th, 2016 at 2pm.