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Morning Sun

by Simon Stephens

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The sun rising over city apartment buildings against the silhouette of a woman's face

An illuminating portrait of three generations of women.

In Greenwich Village a generation or so ago, the city is alive. Joni Mitchell sings, friends and lovers come and go, and the regulars change at the White Horse Tavern. As 50 years pass, one woman’s life is revealed in all its complexity, mystery, and possibility in this enthralling regional premiere drama about mothers and daughters, beginnings and endings in New York City. Deeply felt and gorgeously imagined by Tony-winner Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), experience the first regional premiere production of this new play following its successful New York debut.

Run time: ~90 min with no intermission

Content warning: This production contains strong language and adult content, including themes/descriptions of violence, pregnancy and abortion, sexual situations, loss, homophobia and homophobic slurs, and alcohol and drug use.

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Simon Stephens

Simon Stephens


Show Up! A Young Professionals Event

March 2, 2023 @ 7:30 pm

Join other Young Professionals at a performance of Morning Sun then walk to Copper & Flame to mingle, discuss the show, and enjoy small bites and a beverage, all included in the heavily discounted $15 Show Up! ticket.

Learn more about our YP series including how to get your $15 ticket!

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ETC Essentials

March 12, 2023 @ 1:00 pm

Art has the mysterious power to transport us across worlds and generate nostalgia and empathy. Why have some paintings, such as Edward Hopper’s Morning Sun, resonated with generation after generation? Join visual artists to discuss how art can be used to reflect the universal human experience in a raw and beautiful way.

Meet the Artists

March 9 & 16, 2023

Interested in chatting with the artists behind the productions you love? Meet the Artists is a FREE post-show talk-back series on the second and third Thursday evenings for each production on our main stage. Discussion begins shortly after the show ends.


Icons of large print playbill, braille, and audio description.Audio-described performance

Thursday, March 9, 2023, at 7:30 pm

Icons of a hearing aid and American Sign LanguageASL-interpreted performance

Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at 7:30 pm

Relaxed PerformanceRelaxed performance

Saturday, March 18, 2023, at 2:00 pm​

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Photo credits | Ticket Info, Bryant Bentley, Burgess Byrd, and Leslie Goddard-Baum in Detroit ’67 (Mikki Schaffner); Subscriptions, Cast of Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Ticket Discounts, Torie Wiggins in Your Negro Tour Guide. All images by Ryan Kurtz unless otherwise noted.