4000 Miles

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4000 Miles is a dramatic comedy by Amy Herzog. The play ran Off-Broadway in 2011, and again in 2012 and was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.


When 21 year-old Leo suffers a major loss while he was on a cross-country bike trip, he seeks solace from his feisty 91 year-old grandmother Vera in her West Village apartment. Over the course of a single month, these roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other. Herzog used her grandmother's "words, habits and history to fashion the character of Vera Joseph".[1]


The play premiered Off-Broadway at the Duke on 42nd Street Theatre in June and July 2011. The New York Times reviewer called it a "finely wrought play."[2] The play then ran Off-Broadway at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at the Lincoln Center Theater in March 2012 through June 2012. It was the first play in Lincoln Center Theater's new works program.[3] The play, directed by Daniel Aukin, featured Mary Louise Wilson as Vera and Gabriel Ebert as Leo.[3]

The play was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.[4] The play won the 2012 Obie Award for Best New American Play,[5] and was named Time Magazine 's #1 Play or Musical of 2012.[6][7]

Critical response[edit]

The Time magazine reviewer wrote: "Herzog unravels the details slowly, with uncommon narrative skill....Everything about 4000 Miles seems fresh, particularized, plausible....4000 Miles is the family drama that really sticks with you, easily the best play of the season."[8]


  1. ^ Soloski, Alexis. "The Playwright and the Radical" The New York Times, March 22, 2012
  2. ^ Isherwood, Charles. "Theater Review. Young and Old, With No Particular Place to Go" The New York Times, June 20, 2011
  3. ^ a b Hetrick, Adam. "Amy Herzog's '4000 Miles', Starring Mary Louise Wilson, Extends Off-Broadway" Playbill, April 4, 2012
  4. ^ Gans, Andrew. " 'Disgraced' Wins 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama" Playbill, April 15, 2013
  5. ^ "Obies, 2012" villagevoice.com, accessed May 23, 2013
  6. ^ Zoglin, Richard. "Theater" Time Magazine, December 24, 2012
  7. ^ "4000 Miles." Samuel French. Samuel French, Inc., n.d. Web. Mar 8, 2013
  8. ^ Zoglin, Richard. " '4000 Miles': The Best Play of the Season, Hands Down" Time, May 15, 2012

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