“One of the great experimental theater artists of his generation.” – Ben Brantley, NY Times

In 2019, NYU Skirball commissioned a new work by award-winning playwright/director Richard Maxwell and his celebrated New York City Players. After a long Covid-related delay, Skirball presents the international premiere of Maxwell’s Field of Mars, produced in association with the Under The Radar Festival and co- commissioned by The Walker Art Center with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

In Field of Mars, a restaurant in Chapel Hill is used as a means to measure the progress of primates from
hunter-gatherer to fast casual dining experience. Topics covered: Music, Food, Nature, and Spirituality.

Featuring a cast of 10 actors: Lakpa Bhutia, Nicholas Elliott, Jim Fletcher, Eleanor Hutchins, Paige Martin, Brian Mendes, James Moore, Phil Moore, Gillian Walsh and Tory Vazquez.

The play contains graphic language and situations. Audiences will be seated on stage. Limited capacity.

Richard Maxwell is a theater artist and Hell’s Kitchen resident for the last 25 years. He is currently the Artistic Director of New York City Players. His latest book is a collected trilogy: Evening Plays (TCG, 2020). In January 2020, his production Queens Row was presented at The Kitchen, NYC.  nycplayers.org  


  • All audience members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive a COVID-19 booster shot to enter the theater.
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Richard Maxwell Director and Playwright
Lakpa Bhutia Performer
Nicholas Elliott Performer
Jim Fletcher Performer
Brian Mendes Performer
James Moore Performer
Philip Moore Performer
Gillian Walsh Performer
Eleanor Hutchins Performer
Paige Martin Performer
Tory Vazquez Performer

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Sascha van Riel Scenic & Lighting Designer
Kaye Voyce Costume Designer
Nicholas Elliott Producer
Dirk Stevens Technical Director
Katiana Rangel Stage Manager
Almog Cohen-Kashi Assistant Stage Manager
Eric Magnus NYCP Company Manager


This program is supported by:


NYU Skirball’s presenting programs are made possible with support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; and by Howard Gilman Foundation; FACE Contemporary Theater and FUSED (French U.S. Exchange in Dance), programs of FACE Foundation in partnership with Villa Albertine; General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA; Collins Building Services; Marta Heflin Foundation; Harkness Foundation for Dance; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; as well as our valued donors through memberships, commissioning, and Stage Pass Fund support.

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