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Broadway Alum James Hillier to Direct Foxes for Brits Off-Broadway Festival

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Broadway Alum James Hillier to Direct Foxes for Brits Off-Broadway Festival

Curated by Off-Broadway's 59E59, the summer line-up features productions from across the Atlantic.

Under the direction of James Hillier (The Height of the Storm), Dexter Flandes' Foxes will run as part of 59E59 Theaters' Brits Off-Broadway season this summer beginning June 1. Presented by Defibrillator and M. Green Productions, the show will open June 7. It will run through July 2 in Theater A.

Starring in the cast will be Tosin Alabi (Queens of Sheba), Raphel Famotibe (Sex Education), Bayo Gbadamosi (The Great), Suzette Llewellyn (The Fellowship), and Nemide May (Interruptions).

Following a young Black man named Daniel, Foxes explores the Black gay experience. Growing up in London's Caribbean community, Daniel's relationship with his best friend Leon takes an unexpected and taboo turn.

Foxes for me is a Black love story,” said playwright Flanders in a statement. “It captures a very specific strand of what black love can look like and the varied complexities that can present themselves when faced with a question we all face in life: Who am I?”

READ: How Edinburgh Fringe Inspired 59E59's Brits Off Broadway and East to Edinburgh Festivals

The creative team is rounded out by set designer Erin Guan, lighting and video designer Will Monks, sound designer Josh Anio Grigg, fight director Esme Cooper, intimacy director Robbie Taylor Hunt, and movement director Gerrard Martin. Casting is by Nadine Rennie.

The play first premiered at London's Theatre503 in 2021, and subsequently transferred to play off-West End theatre Seven Dials Playhouse in 2022.

Brits Off-Broadway is being co-curated with New Diorama Theatre's Artistic Director David Byrne this year. The season features  Breathless (presented by Theatre Royal Plymouth), The Habit of Art (presented by Original Theatre), Cecil Beaton’s Diaries (presented by Evergreen Theatrical Productions), we were promised honey! (presented by YESYESNONO Productions), Orlando (presented by Jessie Anand Productions in association with BoonDog Theatre), Being Mr. Wickham (presented by Original Theatre), Cassie and the Lights (presented by Patch of Blue, in association with New Diorama Theatre, and Xinyi Shen for Verse Unbound), and Bush Theatre's Invisible (presented by Ameena Hamid Productions). 

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