SubUrbia (play)

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Written byEric Bogosian
Date premieredApril 27, 1994 (1994-04-27)
Place premieredMitzi E. Newhouse Theater

SubUrbia is a play by Eric Bogosian chronicling the nighttime activities of a group of aimless 20-somethings still living in their suburban New Jersey hometown and their reunion with a former high school classmate who has become a successful musician. The musician Pony's return strips away illusions and excuse to reveal the meaningless dead-end existences of everyone.


The play was originally produced at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater of the Lincoln Center Theater from April 27 through August 28, 1994, featuring Martha Plimpton (Sooze), Josh Hamilton (Jeff), Firdous Bamji (Norman), Tim Guinee (Tim), Wendy Hoopes (Bee-Bee), Zak Orth (Pony), Babette Renee Props (Erica), Samia Shoaib (Pakeesa) and Steve Zahn (Buff).[1] The director Robert Falls won a 1994-1995 OBIE Award for the production.[2]

The Boston Premiere was held at the Speakeasy Stage Co. in March and April 1997, with DavidLee Wilson (Jeff), Willy O'Donnell (Buff), Valerie Stanford (Sooze), Michael McLaughlin (Tim), Rik Sansone (Pony), Sims McCormick (Erica), Amir Darvish (Norman), Shonali Banerjee (Pakeeza), and Kate Luhr (Bee Bee). Directed by Steven Maler, the production won two Eliot Norton Theater Awards, and appeared on the "Best Of 1997" lists in The Boston Globe, Boston Herald and Boston Phoenix.

The play was presented in 2006 at Second Stage Theatre with Kieran Culkin (Buff), Gaby Hoffmann (Sooze) and Jessica Capshaw (Erica), Daniel Eric Gold (Jeff), Michael Esper (Pony), Halley Feiffer (Bee-Bee), Manu Narayan (Nazeer) and Diksha Basu (Pakeeza) and was directed by Jo Bonney.[3]

Steve Zahn and Samia Shoaib reprised their original roles in the 1996 film version, which also included Parker Posey and Giovanni Ribisi.


  1. ^ "subUrbia Who's Who: April 20 - August 28, 1994". Lincoln Center Theater. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  2. ^ "subUrbia (Lincoln Center)". Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  3. ^ Brantley, Ben (2006-09-29). "Bogosian's Youthful Rage and Alienation, Retrofitted for BlackBerries". New York Times. Retrieved 2017-12-10.