Natural Affection

Mainstage_natural-affection_show-artNatural Affection

by William Inge

Sept 26 through Oct 26, 2013

The Beckett Theatre
Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

A lost treasure from an American icon, in celebration of his centennial.

A startling love triangle, that tests the ties that bind. A troubled young man who, abandoned early in life by his single mother, returns from reform school to find her now living with a lover. As the tension between them mounts, their fight for forgiveness and connection gives way to desperation, setting this insecure family on a collision course of reckless, heartbreaking, and almost inevitable violence.

Not seen in New York since its 1963 Broadway debut.



“A play of real quality…decades ahead of its time. Would that Mr. Inge had lived to see it done so well.” Wall Street Journal

“Who knew that William Inge, the writer best known for chronicling sexual repression in dusty prairie towns (“Picnic”, “Bus Stop”) had the kind of dark and bizarre sensibility that we most commonly associate with David Lynch?” —Chicago Tribune

“SENSITIVE…EFFECTIVE….A JOLT OF ANGUISHED TRUTH. A natural choice for TACT/The Actors Company Theatre, a fine Off Broadway company dedicated to resurrecting lost or neglected plays.” —The New York Times

“Packs a Big Punch…moody, sensuous, and eventually shocking…Director Jenn Thompson’s well-staged revival successfully conveys Inge’s gritty poetry” –Entertainment Weekly

“Brilliant. Deep and dark old-school drama.” –The New Yorker

“CHILLING…SHOCKING. Turns into a V-8, its engine roaring into hysterical life.” —NY POST