Ad & Ned

By Charlotte Smart
Directed by Michael Luggio
January 5 – January 7
JAN 5, 6, 7, 2023 - THU, FRI, SAT @ 8 PM

Executive Director, Crystal Field


Ad & Ned

A new play by Charlotte Smart
Directed by Michael Luggio

January 5, 6, 7, 2023
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00 PM
Running Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Tickets $18, Seniors/Students $15 – Box Office (212) 254-1109

Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue (between 9th & 10th Street)

Ad & Ned is a historically rooted love story, exploring the relationship between actor Edwin Booth and critic turned Grant biographer Adam Badeau. Drawn from the private collection of a decades long correspondence, Ad & Ned traces the lives of two men at a time when their intimate truths went unspoken in 19th Century America. Through marriages, war, and the infamous assassination of a president, we watch a love unfold and transform their lives.

From the Playwright:
In the wake of trauma–national and personal–love does prevail. I do not examine the “overcoming” of tragedy. It is a story about a famous actor overshadowed by notoriety and a less famous writer avoiding it. More significantly, it is a play about how, with time, we return to
our memories to remember why we love.

Ad & Ned premiered in 2021 and was nominated for ‘Best Play’ at the New York Theatre Festival Fall/Winterfest.

Kenneth Andrew
Eric Rosenblatt
Rushi Birudala
Samantha Gorjanc
Michael Zeniuch

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COVID Protocol:
As of September 26th, 2022, we are no longer requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for our audience upon entry.
Wearing of masks is suggested in the lobby, restrooms and performance spaces at Theater for the New City, but they are not required.