Straight Line Crazy
Robert Moses played a large role in shaping the physical environment of New York City.
He constructed parks, playgrounds, housing, beaches, zoos, civic centers, exhibition halls and the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair.
Moses added an unprecedented 2.6 million acres of parkland by the time his tenure as chief of the state park system ended.
Robert Moses was also principally responsible for the Triborough Bridge, Queens Midtown Tunnel, Bronx Whitestone Bridge, the Henry Hudson Bridge, the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, the Throg’s Neck Bridge, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and the Westside Highway.
At the same time, Moses is a controversial figure in the history of New York. He frequently dismissed perpetual public opposition to his work.
Given this backstory, it seems only perfect that Tony Award-winning actor Ralph Fiennes should portray Robert Moses in the US premiere of David Hare’s Straight Line Crazy.
Hare’s play is an imagined retelling of the arc of Moses’s controversial career. The play focuses on two decisive moments: his rise to power in the late 1920s and the public outcry against the corrosive effects of that power in the 1950s.
And we are here for it.
Straight Line Crazy begins previews at The Shed on Oct. 18, 2022, ahead of an official opening night on Oct. 26. Performances are scheduled through Dec. 18, 2022.