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NYU Skirball Center to Present NT Live: Nation as Part of the Big Red Chair Family Series

December 16, 2009
N-182, 2009-10

Digital Broadcast from the UK’s National Theatre in London, Jan. 30

Terry Pratchett’s latest exhilarating adventure story of survival and self-discovery

New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts will screen a digital satellite broadcast of the London production of the National Theatre’s Nation, which is based on a novel by Terry Pratchett and adapted for the stage by Mark Ravenhill, on Saturday, January 30 at 2 p.m. The National Theatre’s latest family production, and the first family show to be included in the pilot season of NT Live, will feature live music, dance, and extraordinary puppets. It will be recorded in high definition and broadcast to over 300 cinemas and performing arts centers around the world.

Pratchett is regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English-language satirists and Nation, published in 2008, was an instant New York Times and London Times bestseller. Set in 1860, Nation tells the story of two young adults from two very different parts of the world whose lives collide when disaster strikes. Mau is just returning to his South Pacific Island tribe after a rites-of-passage ritual and Daphne is traveling from her aristocratic life in Victorian England to meet her father, governor of the South Seas. When a tsunami destroys Mau’s village and leaves Daphne shipwrecked, the two must overcome enormous obstacles to survive. Directed by Melly Still, the cast is led by Emily Taaffe as shipwrecked Daphne, Gary Garr as island native Mau, and Jason Thorpe in a stand-out performance as Milton, a boisterous parrot.

The presentation runs 2 hours and 25 minutes, including one interval, and is recommended for ages 10 and up. NT Live events are supported internationally by Travelex and NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) and are distributed outside the UK through New York-based BY Experience, Inc.

Tickets are $20-$25 and may be purchased online at, by phone at 212.352.3101 (toll-free 866.811.4111), or in person at the Skirball Center Box Office. NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is located at 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South). For a complete and current calendar, visit:

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Press Contact: Richard Pierce | (212) 998-6796

NT Live - Nation. Pictured: GARY GARR as Mau, EMILY TAAFFE as Daphne, Photo by Johan Persson

NT Live - Nation. Pictured: GARY GARR as Mau, EMILY TAAFFE as Daphne, Photo by Johan Persson

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