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October 30, 2017 to November 19, 2017

Theater at St. Clements
423 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036

Theater at Saint Clement


​In the New Mexican desert, on the night before his murder, Billy the Kid is restless and alone. As he reflects on the relationships that have informed his life, he conjures his mother, his lover, Sheriff Pat Garrett and the man he thinks might be his father. Through memories, visions and feverish dreams, he confronts each of them. As he gains real insight into their lives and struggles, he discovers how he went from being a normal kid in New York City to being the notorious gunfighter Billy The Kid. At sunrise, he MUST face Garrett with this newfound understanding of life, purpose and infamy.

"I’m quite excited to get behind Cissel’s new play MUST,” says Mr. Willis.  “It looks at Billy the Kid through a unique eye. It’s a character study, with the exhilarating landscape of New Mexico as a backdrop.”
Director Gabriel Vega Weissman elaborates that “MUST is a play about human nature, mortality, fate and purpose. I think Charles has written a play that speaks to some of our deepest fears. He navigates this story of Billy the Kid one of American history’s most notorious figures, with gestures to Cormac McCarthy, playwrights such as Shepard, Beckett and Lorca and the feeling of a classic western like High Noon or The Searchers. The play is matched with an extraordinary cast and design team. We can’t wait to bring it to New York audiences.”

Mr. Fred Zollo (Tony-award winning producer of Once, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, Private Lives, Angels in America) assisted in the development of MUST. “Charles is a striking new voice in the American theater,” he said.