Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Corey Hawkins).
Everyone is Connected:
A young man cons his way into the lives of a wealthy New York couple in this revival of John Guare’s award-winning Six Degrees of Separation.
From the Producers:
Inspired by a true story, John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation follows the trail of a young black con man who insinuates himself into the lives of a wealthy white New York couple. After a shocking surprise, however, their picture of the young man changes, and the couple try to piece together the connections that gave him access to their lives.
Tale of a Con Artist:
The play was inspired by the real-life story of David Hampton, a con man and robber who managed to convince a number of people in the 1980s that he was the son of actor Sidney Poitier. Author John Guare was a friend of Inger McCabe Elliott and her husband Osborn Elliott. In October 1983 Hampton came to the Elliott’s New York apartment and they allowed him to spend the night. The next morning Inger Elliott found Hampton in bed with another man and later called the police. The Elliotts told Guare about the story and it inspired him to write the play years later. Six Degrees of Separation premiered Off-Broadway at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in 1990. Stockard Channing won an Obie Award for Best Actress for her performance. Guare won an Obie Award for his script. The production transferred to the Vivian Beaumont Theater for its Broadway debut later that year. The original Broadway production was nominated for four Tony Awards. The current Broadway revival is led by seven-time Emmy Award winner Allison Janney (Mom, The Girl on the Train) as Ouisa, Tony Award winner John Benjamin Hickey (The Normal Heart, Manhattan) as Flan, and Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton, 24: Legacy) as Paul.
Meet the Stars:
Hollywood Reporter: “..it remains a work of stinging satirical brilliance, creeping poignancy and teasing ambiguity.”
New York Daily News: “Surrounded by a crack ensemble of Broadway vets and newcomers, the three leads shine.”
New York Times: “Marvelous…uncannily empathetic…”
Newsday: “This gem of social commentary and theatrical dazzle…grown-up theater full of fast-talking satire.”