Tony winner Simon Stephens’ newest play Morning Sun, running at Manhattan Theatre Club’s City Center — Stage I through December 19, stars Edie Falco, Blair Brown and Marin Ireland as three generations of women navigating life from the same New York City walk-up apartment. The trio of talents sat down with Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek on The Broadway Show to talk about how the British playwright beautifully captured the lives of different women living in Manhattan.
Stephens penned the play with four-time Emmy winner Falco in mind. “We met a good number of times, Simon and I, while he was writing the play. It’s actually based on the life of his sister. Some of the details were also taken from my life,” she explained. “Simon at some point asked me to put my hand on a map. He traced it. I didn’t know what the heck he was doing! It was on a map of the West Village area, and he just followed the path that my fingers made and stopped at places. I don’t know if this is something he’s done before, but a lot of the stuff that he found along the way has made it into the play.”
The talents assembled for the piece, directed by Lila Neugebauer, all agree that Stephens does well by New Yorkers, and more importantly, by women in his play. “Simon has said it himself. He’s like, ‘I shouldn’t be allowed to do this on a number of levels,'” Ireland said. “And yet, what feels even more possible to me with someone who is kind of a witness to something is the capacity to observe very specific details and experiences that maybe someone inside the experience wouldn’t.”
Wontorek likened Morning Sun to the popular Humans of New York portrait series. “Everybody’s life is worth having a real look at,” Brown said, echoing the sentiment. “I love that whole notion of this play kind of being a love letter to New York—but from a whole point of view, not just how lovely it all is.”
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