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Describe the Night

September 15 - October 15, 2017

  • By Rajiv Joseph

  • Directed by Giovanna Sardelli

  • World Premiere

  • Neuhaus Theatre

  • Suitable for mature audiences.


In 1920, the Russian writer Isaac Babel wanders the countryside with the Red Cavalry. Seventy years later, a mysterious KGB agent spies on a woman in Dresden and falls in love. In 2010, an aircraft carrying most of the Polish government crashes in the Russian city of Smolensk. Rajiv Joseph (Gruesome Playground Injuries, The Monster at the Door, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) returns to the Alley with his epic new play Describe the Night which traces the stories of seven men and women connected by history, myth and conspiracy theories.

This world premiere play will have its New York premiere at the Atlantic Theater Company beginning November 10.

Join us for programs that connect you with other theatre lovers, our artists, and what is on stage in a whole new way:
September 6: Alley in Context: The Playwrights’ Perspective
September 17: Captioned Performance
September 17: Designer Talk
September 26: Artist TalkBack
October 3: Artist TalkBack
October 7: Alley In Context


Associate Producers

Supporting Sponsor

Creative Team

Rajiv Joseph


Tim Mackabee

Scenic Design

Amy Clark

Costume Design

Lap Chi Chu

Lighting Design

Daniel Kluger

Original Composition and Sound Design

Lori Lundquist

Stage Manager

Rachel Dooley-Harris

Assistant Stage Manager

The Cast


Liv Rooth

as Yevgenia


Todd Waite

as Nikolai