• Written and directed by Richard Maxwell


    Featuring Jim Fletcher, Brian Mendes, Tory Vazquez, and Gary Wilmes


    Isolde is a famous actress who finds herself unable to retain her lines and the personal memories that fueled her greatest roles. To occupy herself, she decides to build her dream house and her husband Patrick is eagar to help, but the project becomes jeopardized by Massimo, an award-winning architect she hires.




  • Written & Directed by:

    Richard Maxwell


    Executive production:

    April 2014

    Abrons Art Center, NYC


    New York Cast:

    Jim Fletcher

    Brian Mendes

    Tory Vazquez

    Gary Wilmes


    Producing Manager:

    Katherine Brook


    Set and Light Design:

    Sascha van Riel


    Costume Design:

    Romy Springsguth


    Additional costume pieces by:

    Kaye Voyce


    Music Composition:

    Daniel Ott with Richard Maxwell



    September 2013

    Theater Basel, Basel, Switzerland


    Basel cast:

    Jim Fletcher

    Brian Mendes

    Zoe Hutmacher

    Tory Vazquez

    Ulla von Frankenberg

    Agata Wilewska

    Gary Wilmes


    Musicians (Basel):

    Lanet Flores Otero

    Malte Preuss

    Sylwia Zytynska

    Set and Light Design:

    Sascha van Riel


    Costume Design:

    Romy Springsguth



    June 2013

    River-to-River Festival

    Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC


    LMCC Cast:

    Jim Fletcher

    Brian Mendes

    Tory Vazquez

    Gary Wilmes


    Stage Manager:

    O'Hagan Blades


    Office Manager:

    Eryk Aughenbaugh


    Special Events:

    Katiana Rangel



    Vero Barr

    Julia Mounsey

    Darielle Shandler


    Isolde is a production of Theater Basel, developed during a residency with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York in June 2013 and the support of the Alliance of Resident Theaters, New York.  New York City Players is supported by New York State Council on the Arts, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theater Program.


    Previously Performed:


    The Wexner - Columbus, OH January 24.


    Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY April 2014



  • Reviews:

    Infidelity and Architecture Underpin the Meditative Isolde, The Village Voice, 2014

    Isolde: Theater review by Helen Shaw, Time Out New York, 2014

    The Precarious Foundation of a Dream House, The New York Times, 2014

    Isolde at Abrons Arts Center, Exeunt Magazine, 2014

    Das Theater Fängt mit Anti-Theater an, Nordwestchweiz, 2013

  • Articles:

    The Theatre: An Interview with Richard Maxwell, The New Yorker, 2014

    Richard Maxwell Discusses "Isolde," CULTUREBOT, 2014

    What's New: Isolde Again, Interview Magazine, 2014