Jeremy Blocker Presents Lazarus at New York Theatre Workshop
December 16, 2015
Alumnus and Assistant Adjunct Professor Jeremy Blocker ’08 is the managing director of the New York Theatre Workshop, where the much-anticipated Lazarus was recently extended through January. The musical was written by David Bowie and Enda Walsh and directed by Ivo van Hove.
Inspired by Walter Tevis’s 1963 novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, Lazarus centers on the character of Thomas Newton, famously portrayed by Bowie in the 1976 screen adaptation directed by Nicolas Roeg. Van Hove returned to direct at NYTW after his revelatory 2014 production of Ingmar Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage, and this marks Walsh’s first NYTW production since the successful 2011–12 run of Once. The cast includes Golden Globe winner and six-time Emmy nominee Michael C. Hall (Thomas Newton), Tony nominee Cristin Milioti (Elly) and Michael Esper (Valentime), among others.
Blocker, who graduated from Columbia with an MFA in Theatre Management and Producing, was named managing director at NYTW in 2013. Before joining the Workshop, he served as the first managing director of Ars Nova, the director of individual giving at Manhattan Theatre Club and the development associate for Capital Projects at Atlantic Theater Company. He is co-founder and producing director of Babel Theatre Project and has managed and produced work in Boston, Edinburgh and New York, including more than a dozen world premieres and seven festivals featuring more than 1,000 artists.