The Appalachian Trail Hits NYC Stage this June

Date Published: May 29, 2013

State of Play Productions presents North to Maine: A Journey on the Appalachian Trail

New York, NY (May 29, 2013) – State of Play Productions is proud to present the world premiere of North to Maine: A Journey on the Appalachian Trail from June 5 – 16, 2013 at the C.O.W. Theatre in New York City. Attendees that mention code ATC2013 will have a $1 of each ticket sold donated to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy; an organization dedicated to the continued stewardship, protection and management of the Appalachian Trail.

Written by Brenton Lengel and directed by Eric Parness, North to Maine is the first play ever written about the Appalachian Trail and the thru-hikers who try to walk every one of its estimated 2,180 miles within a single season.

Those who complete the journey are called 2000-milers. They come from all walks of life, and from all over the world. They carry all their possessions on their backs, and sleep in tents and shelters along the way, trusting their lives to providence, to the kindness of strangers, and to their own hands.

North to Maine is the recipient of First Runner-Up in the 2010 James Rodgers National Playright’s Competition at the University of Kentucky and was solicited for the 2010 Humana Festival of New American Plays reading cycle at Actors Theatre of Louisville. North to Maine is sponsored by The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, The New York – New Jersey Trail Conference, and a number of outdoor equipment companies including Osprey, Leki, and Gear to Go Outfitters. The inaugural production will be covered by both Backpacker and Outside Magazine and The Artsy Fartsy Show on 99.5 WBAI. 

Playwright Brenton Lengel is himself a 2000-Miler and a Eugene O’Neill Semi-Finalist. He was called “A formidable playwright to watch” by, and his previous play Snow White Zombie: Apocalypse was published in the Best of Fringe 2012 by Indietheaternow. 

Director Eric Parness is the Artistic Director of Resonance Ensemble. His world-premiere directing credits include Charles L. Mee's The Mail Order Bride and La Tempestad by Larry Loebell, which was hailed by Variety as "a gripping drama of ideas [in which] director Eric Parness guides everyone to physical performances that crackle with life."

Event Overview:       

Performance dates: June 5 – 16, 2013

Evening Performances:
Wednesday, June 5:  8 PM
Thursday, June 6:  8 PM
Friday, June 7:  8 PM
Saturday, June 8:  8 PM
Sunday, June 9:  8 PM
Tuesday, June 11:  8 PM
Wednesday, June 12:  8:30 PM
Thursday, June 13:  8 PM
Friday, June 14:  8:30 PM
Saturday, June 15:  8 PM

Matinee Performances:
Sunday, June 9:  3 PM
Sunday, June 16:  3 PM


C.O.W. Theatre
(Formerly the Living Theatre)
21-A Clinton Street
New York, NY 10002
Between E. Houston and Stanton Street
North of the Delancy & Essex Subway Stations (F,J,M trains)

Admission Price: Tickets $18:

Enter code ATC2013 to donate $1 of each ticket sold to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. To purchase tickets visit

For more information about this play visit

About the State of Play Productions
State of Play Productions is a hot little incubator for new plays and has produced the world premieres of Snow White Zombie: Apocalypse, The Average-Sized Mermaid, and, in 2006, The City That Cried Wolf, of which The New York Times said, “theatergoers will leave with a smile.” The production received a month-long extension at 59E59Theaters as well as a mention from Ben Brantley. For more information visit

Contact: Melanie Clark
State of Play Productions, Inc.
Tel: 859.240.9834
Email: [email protected] 

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information please visit 

Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.535.2200 x117
Fax: 304.535.2667
Email: [email protected]


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