• Richard Maxwell has assembled twelve people to tell a story. The story concerns a young man searching for his father in the American landscape. Beneath gas stations and drive-ins, family routines, work schedules, small-town dreams and desires, Neutral Hero offers itself to the ancient stream of humanity.


    Neutral Hero is theater. Undertaking the utterly impossible feat of portraying neutrality, Neutral Hero employs the fundamental properties- text, movement, and music, to continue to define what a new contract could mean between performers and audience.



    Written & Directed by:

    Richard Maxwell


    Lakpa Bhutia

    Janet Coleman

    Keith Connolly

    Alex Delinois

    Bob Feldman

    Jean Ann Garrish

    Rosie Goldensohn

    Paige Martin 

    James Moore

    Philip Moore

    Andie Springer (also Elena Moon)

    Andrew Weisell


    Company Manager:

    Nicholas Elliott

    Set and Light Design:

    Sascha van Riel


    Kaye Voyce


    Technical Director:

    Dirk Stevens


    Technical Consultant:

    Bozkurt Karasu



    Tom King

    Office Manager:

    O'Hagan Blades


    Grant Manager:

    Lindsay Hockaday


    Jerimee Bloemeke

    Eric Escalante

    Tim Lash

    Alex Murphy

    Olivia O'Brien





    Executive production:

    New York City Players



    Wiener Festwochen, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Les Spectacles vivants - Centre Pompidou (Paris), Kampnagel (Hamburg), Hebbel am Ufer/HAU (Berlin), Théâtre de l’Agora, Scène Nationale d’Evry et de l’Essonne, Festival TransAmériques (Montréal), De Internationale Keuze van de Rotterdamse Schouwburg, La Bâtie - Festival de Genève, Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse)




    November 2012:

    The Kitchen, New York City


    July 2012:

    Mostra SESC de Artes, Sao Paulo, Brazil


    October 2011:

    Théâtre Garonne, Toulouse, France


    October 2011

    Nouveau Théâtre d'Angers, Angers, France


    October 2011

    Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam, Netherlands


    September 2011

    Théâtre de l'Agora, Evry, France


    September 2011

    Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France


    September 2011

    La Bâtie, Geneva, Switzerland


    June 2011:

    Festival TransAmériques, Montreal, Canada


    May 2011:

    Hebbel Am Ufer (HAU), Berlin, Germany


    May 2011:

    Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany


    May 2011:

    Wiener Festwochen, Vienna, Austria


    May 2011:  

    Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, Belgium

  • Reviews:

    My Year in Theater, The New Yorker, 2012

    Ben Brantley's Top 10 of 2012, The New York Times, 2012

    Richard Maxwell's Neutral Hero, The New Yorker, 2012

    Small-Town Americans, Street by Street to Eternity, The New York Times, 2012

    Héro minimalistes chez Maxwell..., Le Monde, 2011

    Quitter la ville, Les Inrockuptibles, 2011

    Kunstenfestivaldesarts, choix de Bruxelles, Libération, 2011

  • Articles:

    Probing Playwright Richard Maxwell Questions What It Means To Be A Hero, The Gothamist, 2012

    Richard Maxwell on "Neutral Hero," CultureBot, 2012

    A la face de l'Amérique, Mouvement, 2011