Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson


JUNE 11- JULY 6, 2019


From Rob Ackerman, playwright of Working Theater’s hit “Tabletop”.
“Gumballs” marks Theresa Rebeck’s NYC directorial debut.

“Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson” is inspired by a true, little-known story about the making of an iconic TV commercial in which a legendary film director puts a movie star’s life in the hands of a very nervous props guy.

A humorous and ultimately disturbing account of power in the workplace, “Gumballs” examines how truth is negotiated in both art and in life, and who gets to control the narrative in an increasingly divided society.

Off-Broadway World Premiere
at the Mezzanine Theatre at the A.R.T./New York Theatres
(502 West 53rd Street)
June 11 – July 6 2019

Mondays through Thursdays at 7pm.
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm.
Saturday matinees at 2pm.
No matinee Saturday 6/22. No performance Thursday 7/4.
Added matinees Wednesday 6/19 2pm & Wednesday 7/3 2pm
GUMBALLS will not perform on Sundays.

General Admission $30
Reserved Tickets $40
Students/Seniors/Union Members (with ID) $25

For tickets click here or call Ovationtix at 866-811-4111

Please note valid photo ID will be required at the box office for student, senior (65+) and union member tickets. ADA accessible and companion seating is reserved for the exclusive use of patrons with disabilities who require the features of the seat, and their guests. For information on the A.R.T./New York Theatres including directions and accessibility information, please visit www.art-newyork.org/your-visit.

On-site box office will open 1 hour prior to performance.

For group sales inquiries (10+ tickets) please email tricia@theworkingtheater.org

ROB ACKERMAN’s work includes Tabletop, directed by Connie Grappo for Working Theater, Drama Desk Award winner for Best Ensemble Performance; Origin of the Species, a play which became an indie film featuring Amanda Peet, directed by Andrés Heinz; book of Volleygirls, winner of three awards at the 2013 New York Musical Theater Festival, including Most Promising New Musical and Best in Fest, music by Eli Bolin, lyrics by Sam Forman, directed by Neil Patrick Stewart; Teach for America, commissioned and produced by American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco; Call Me Waldo and Disconnect, both for Working Theater. Rob’s work has been anthologized by Vintage Books, Dramatists Play Service, Smith and Kraus, and Playscripts, and nurtured at Yaddo, Flux, Lark, and Dorset Theatre Festival. For years, Rob has worked as Prop Master for the SNL Film Unit. He was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, majored in theater and Spanish at Middlebury College, and earned an M.F.A. in stage directing at Northwestern University. Rob and his wife, author Carol Weston, live in Manhattan, and he’s a longtime member of Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.

THERESA REBECK’s many plays have been widely produced on and off Broadway, regionally and internationally.  This fall, her fourth Broadway play, Bernhardt/Hamlet, premiered on Broadway and her play Downstairs opened at Primary Stages starring Tim Daly and Tyne Daly. Other Broadway works include Dead Accounts; Seminar and Mauritius. Other notable NY and regional plays include: Seared, The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann and Spike Heels (Second Stage), Bad Dates, The Butterfly Collection and Our House (Playwrights Horizons), The Understudy (Roundabout), View of the Dome (NYTW), What We’re Up Against (Women’s Project), Omnium Gatherum (Pulitzer Prize finalist). As a director, her work has been seen at The Alley Theater of Houston, Dorset Theater Festival, the Orchard Project and the Folger Shakespeare Theater. She recently wrote and directed the independent feature Trouble, starring Anjelica Huston, Bill Pullman and David Morse. In television, she is best known for her work on “NYPD Blue” and for creating the NBC series “Smash.” As a novelist, Rebeck’s books include Three Girls and Their Brother and I’m Glad About You. Rebeck is the recipient of the William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award, the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award, a Lilly Award and more.




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