The Busy World Is Hushed

by Keith Bunin

6 October - 25 November 2017

“If you take God away, the world is no less horrible”

The European premiere of the acclaimed Off-Broadway play

The European premiere of a new play by the acclaimed American playwright Keith Bunin in his UK debut, The Busy World is Hushed.

Hannah, a widowed Minister and Bible scholar, finds her faith at odds with that of her long estranged gay son, Thomas. She has recently hired an inquisitive young writer, Brandt, to assist with her book about a newly discovered manuscript that appears to be a lost gospel, one that may predate those in the Bible itself. As she notices the chemistry brewing between Brandt and her son, she decides to risk all on an unconventional opportunity for reconciliation that has unexpected consequences for all three of them.

Originally premiered at New York City’s Playwrights Horizons, The Busy World is Hushed examines – with wisdom, humour and insight – the contradictions we find in our faith, our families and ourselves…

Founding Artistic Director of Theatre503, and 2017 OffWestEnd Award winner, Paul Higgins returns to direct at the Finborough Theatre.

About the Playwright Keith Bunin

Playwright Keith Bunin’s other plays include The Credeaux Canvas and The World Over (Playwrights Horizons), 10 Million Miles (Atlantic Theatre Company), Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir (La Jolla Playhouse and City Theatre), Vera Laughed (New York Stage and Film), The Principality of Sorrows (Pure Orange Productions), The King of Clocks, (Lincoln Center Lab) and A Joke (Malaparte). Television includes In Treatment (HBO). Film includes Horns, starring Daniel Radcliffe. His essays have been published in American Film Magazine and on the web at McSweeney's. He received his B.A. from Goddard College and his M.A. from Columbia University.

About the Director Paul Higgins

Director Paul Higgins trained at RADA. Paul founded the award-winning Theatre503 and won the Peter Brook Empty Space Award during his tenure. Theatre includes Dog Well Done, Wendell Ash Was Here (Finborough Theatre), Breathing, Talkin' Loud, Fishbowl, Futures (Theatre503), Address Unknown, Last Tuesday (Minerva Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre), A Doll's House (National Theatre), So Close To Home (Arcola Theatre and Brighton Festival). Associate and Assistant Direction includes assisting Robert Delamere on On The Third Day (Ambassadors Theatre), and Anthony Page on The Lady From Dubuque (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Rosmersholm (Almeida Theatre) and Twelfth Night (Royal Shakespeare Company). Opera includes Madama Butterfly (Opera Holland Park), Così fan tutte (English Touring Opera), Cosi fan Tutte for which he won OffWestEnd Award for Best Opera Production 2017 (King’s Head Theatre) and Madam Butterfly (Kings Head Theatre). As a Revival Director, work includes revising Nicholas Hytner’s Don Carlo and Jonathan Kent's production of Manon Lescaut (Royal Opera House). He has worked as assistant or revival director for Teatro Dell'Opera di Roma, La Scala Milan, Glyndebourne, Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Saito Kinen Festival Japan, Royal Opera Copenhagen and the Royal Opera House in Tokyo. Assistant Direction for Film includes assisting Michael Apted on Enigma, George Lucas on Star Wars Episode I, John Badham on Incognito, Christopher Morahan on A Dance to the Music of Time, George Sluizer on Crimetime, Franco Zeffirelli on Jane Eyre, Screen Two, Nicholas Hytner on The Madness of King George and Martin Clunes on Staggered.

6 October - 25 November 2017

Tickets and Times

Monday 7:30pm
Tuesday 7:30pm
Wednesday 7:30pm
Thursday 7:30pm
Friday 7:30pm
Saturday 3:00pm
Sunday 3:00pm

2hrs and 30mins with an interval of 15 mins