The Encounter Summary

  • The Encounter is 2 Hours long, including an intermission of None
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: September 20, 2016
  • Opens September 29, 2016
  • Show Closed: January 8, 2017

The Encounter is inspired by the book Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu, which details the experience of National Geographic writer and photographer Loren McIntyre, who immersed himself amongst tribal communities along the Amazon River. McBurney has adapted this nonfictional survival tale, which offers a new perspective on the indigenous cultures it depicts, into a one-man show that has taken the international theatre community by storm.

The Encounter on Broadway Background

As a theatre director, McBurney has had two outings on Broadway before: in 1998, his company’s production of The Chairs transferred to Broadway under his direction, and in 2008 to 2009, he helmed a production of All My Sons, starring Katie Holmes, John Lithgow, and Dianne Wiest. Fort this production of The Encounter, McBurney is billed as conceiver, co-director, star, and original producer with his company, Complicite. Meanwhile, the co-director is Kirsty Housley, making her Broadway debut. The Encounter will have gone on a national tour following the Broadway run, with stops in cities such as Los Angeles and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Twenty years ago, Simon McBurney was gifted a book and it changed his life. Amazon Beaming is written by Petru Popescu, a Romanian man who escaped a repressive regime to reinvent himself as a screenwriter in Los Angeles. It tells the true story from 1969 when Loren McIntyre, a National Geographic writer and photographer, found himself lost in the Amazon on the border between Peru and Brazil in the Javari Valley. The experience he had there forever changed his perception of the limits of human consciousness.

What’s The Encounter Like?

Simon McBurney, the actor, director, and artistic director of cutting-edge British theatre company Complicite, is bringing his new show to Broadway. Having premiered at the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival, where it received a round of excellent reviews, the play then transferred to the Barbican Centre in London, a diverse arts and theatre venue.

Simon McBurney, the acclaimed theatrical visionary behind the British company Complicite, has transformed this multi-dimensional tale into a one-man theatre experience. On its merits alone, the play found its way from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, through one of London’s most interesting and prestigious arts venues, to the United States.

Is The Encounter Good for Kids?

The show is most appropriate for those over the age of 12. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Theatre Information

John Golden Theatre

252 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 805
Entrance: 45th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues
Theatre Information

John Golden Theatre Seating Chart

The Encounter Marquee

The Encounter Marquee

Cast Members

Loren McIntyre
Simon McBurney
Loren McIntyre (Alternate)
Richard Katz

Producers

Becca Davies

Thomas Viertel

Barbara Marks

Steven Baruch

Alan D Marks

Marc Routh

Ian Bentley

Douglas L Meyer

Jim Kierstead

Richard Frankel

James D Stern

Production Credits

Direction
Simon McBurney
Co-Direction
Kirsty Housley
Lights
Paul Anderson
Sound Design
Gareth Fry + Pete Malkin
Projections
Will Duke
Production Design
Michael Levine
Book
Simon McBurney
Production Stage Manager
Adam Hunter

Creative Team

General Manager
Joe Watson at Frankel Green Theatrical Management
Technical Supervisor
Hudson Theatrical Associates
Advertising Representative
Serino Coyne
Press Agent
Boneau Bryan-Brown