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The Collaboration Summary
- Show Status: In Previews
- Genre: Play
- The Collaboration is 120 minutes long, including an intermission of 15 minutes
- 8 Shows per week
- Previews Began: November 30, 2022
- Show Opens: December 20, 2022
- Show Closes: January 22, 2023
Based on a true event where the elder art-statesmen Andy Warhol and the young-upstart Jean-Michel Basquiat, collaborate on a new art exhibition that opens up old wounds that have very little to do with the art itself.
The Collaboration on Broadway Background
The world premiere of The Collaboration was originally produced by the Young Vic Theatre London in January-March 2022 in partnership with Eleanor Lloyd, Anthology Theatre, Stanley Buchthal and Eilene Davidson in association with Denis O'Sullivan.
The show was well received and then secured its opening on Broadway in late 2022
What’s The Collaboration Like?
The time is 1984, The place is New York City and the world is changing, fast. New York society is being ripped apart by the AIDS crisis and then a small distraction comes along.
The show is set in a time when Dr. Robert Gallo and his colleagues at the National Cancer Institute have just found the cause of AIDS and announce the development of a diagnostic blood test to identify it. Its a deeply unsettling time, especially in New York City.
In the art world, the gaunt fifty-six-year-old Andy Warhol is falling from grace and the new wunderkind is the 24 year-old Jean-Michel Basquiat and he is taking the art world by storm.
Warhol and Basquiat agree to collaborate on a new exhibition that soon becomes the talk of the city where the old and new ideas collaborate, but will the exhibition bear fruit or deliver a poison chalice to both of the revered artists?
Is The Collaboration Good for Kids?
This show contains themes of racism, violence, death, abortion, grief, and body hatred. There are also moments of brief nudity. There are references to drug use, guns and police brutality, as well as the use of strong, homophobic and racist language.
There is also the use of loud music and cigarette smoke and flashing lights directed at the audience. This show is not intended for young audiences. Its also not intended for the feint of heart.
16 Years and above is recommended.
Samuel J Friedman Theatre
New York, NY 10019
- Andy Warhol
- Paul Bettany
- Jean-Michel Basquiat
- Jeremy Pope
- Krysta Rodriguez
- Bruno Bischofberger
- Erik Jensen
The Young Vic Theatre
- Kwame Kwei-Armah
- Set & Costume Designer
- Anna Fleischle
- Lighting Designer
- Mark Henderson
- Sound Designer
- Emma Laxton
- Projection Designer
- Duncan McLean
- Associate Designer
- Tina Torbey
- Anthony McCarten
- Ayanna Witter-Johnson