Theater-goers can get a glimpse of what life may be like for some individuals within the disability community when an upcoming stage show makes its Broadway premiere in the fall of 2022. “Cost of Living,” a Pulitzer-Prize-winning dramatic play written by Martyna Majok, showcases the complex realities of people impacted by disabilities, as well as caregiving experiences.
The show is told through two parallel plotlines with four central characters. Jess, a financially strained bartender, takes on a hired caregiving role for John, a wealthy graduate student who has cerebral palsy. An unlikely friendship begins to blossom. And, in the midst of a divorce, Ani is injured in an accident, leading to paralysis and amputation. When her home healthcare aid is a no-show, her estranged husband, Eddie, suggests that he shift into caregiver mode.
The Pulitzer committee described the show as “an honest, original work that invites audiences to examine diverse perceptions of privilege and human connection through two pairs of mismatched individuals.”
“Cost of Living” previously ran on Manhattan Theater Club’s off-Broadway stage, and included appropriate disability representation. The upcoming Broadway production, directed by Jo Bonney, will reunite the play’s original cast members, including Gregg Mozgala and Katy Sullivan. Beyond the fictional roles they portray in “Cost of Living,” these seasoned actors are both actual members of the disability community.
Previews begin in early September, with an official opening night set for September 20, 2022. The show is scheduled for an eight-week run at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater in New York City, NY. This show is not recommended for children under the age of 14.
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