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

In Field of Mars, a chain restaurant in Chapel Hill is used as a way 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 11 actors: Lakpa Bhutia, Nicholas Elliott, Jim Fletcher, Eleanor Hutchins, Paige Martin, Brian Mendes, James Moore, Phil Moore, Steven Thompson, Tory Vazquez and Gillian Walsh.

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, NYU 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.

The play contains graphic language and situations. Recommended for ages 18+. Audiences will be seated on stage. Limited capacity. For sold out performances, a limited number of tickets may become available on the day of the show. A wait list will begin in person at the box office one hour before curtain. Wait list is in person only; we cannot take names by phone. We cannot guarantee entry to anyone on the wait list. 

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
Eleanor Hutchins Performer
Paige Martin Performer
Brian Mendes Performer
James Moore Performer
Philip Moore Performer
Steven Thompson Performer
Tory Vazquez Performer
Gillian Walsh Performer

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


This program is supported by:


NYU Skirball’s programs are made possible in part with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, 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; Korean Cultural Center New York, Norwegian Consulate General in New York; Marta Heflin Foundation; Harkness Foundation for Dance; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; Aaron Copland Fund for Music; as well as our valued donors through memberships, commissioning, and Stage Pass Fund support.

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