North to Maine is the first play ever written about the Appalachian Trail and the Thru-Hikers who walk it. Every year, in late March, nearly 2,000 people gather at its southern terminus and attempt the feat of walking it, in its entirety, in a single season. 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, the kindness of strangers, and to their own hands. They do not walk for money, or fame, rather they are driven to walk, some would say compelled, by the journey itself.
PLEASE NOTE: This play contains some male nudity, so… see you there!
And here’s an excerpt from nytheatre.com interview with the playwright:
Is there a particular moment in this show that you really love or look forward to? Without giving away surprises, what happens in that moment and why does it jazz you?
Three words: Aggressive. Male. Nudity. I don’t want to give away too much, but one of my favorite things about being ten or twenty miles in the woods is that you can drop your pants without being arrested – and between “Hike Naked Day” and some of the other unofficial (and I stress: UNOFFICIAL) thru-hiker activities and customs, there’s something incredibly freeing about that – and I and the cast are totally stoked to bring some of that feeling to the stage. Also, this is completely unrelated, but I can’t wait until Rock-Stabber hangs his bear-bag.
Currently playing until June 16, 2013.
The C.O.W. Theater
21-A Clinton Street NYC