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The Light Years

The Light Years

Written by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen
Developed and Directed by Oliver Butler
Made by  The Debate Society

Behold The Spectatorium: an audacious, visionary 12,000-seat theater designed for the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 by Steele MacKaye, the now-forgotten theatrical impresario around whom this haunted, 40-year love story spins. From the minds of celebrated play-making company The Debate Society, The Light Years is an epic, intimate tale of two families struggling to meet their future, and a spectacular tribute to man’s indomitable spirit of invention.

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General tickets on sale January 17.

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Show Information

Dates Feb 17 - Apr 2
Ticket Prices Starting at $49
Company Playwrights Horizons
Theatre Mainstage Theater
416 West 42 Street
New York, NY 10036
Written by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen
Developed and Directed by Oliver Butler
Made by The Debate Society

Performance Schedule

Tue - Wed 7:00 PM
Thu - Fri 8:00 PM
Sat 2:30 PM, 8:00 PM
Sun 2:30 PM, 7:30 PM
Post Performance Discussions
Feb 22  
Feb 26 after matinee
Mar 7  
Running Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Intermission None
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Ken Barnett
Aya Cash
Brian Lee Huynh
Erik Lochtefeld
Rocco Sisto
Graydon Peter Yosowitz