Isolde is a famous actress who finds herself unable to retain her lines and the personal memories that fueled her greatest roles. To occupy herself, she decides to build her dream house and her husband Patrick is eager to help, but the project becomes jeopardized by Massimo, an award-winning architect she hires.

Written & Directed by
Richard Maxwell

Jim Fletcher, Brian Mendes, Gary Wilmes, and Tory Vazquez

Set and Light Design
Sascha van Riel

Costume Design
Romy Springsguth

Additional Costume Pieces by
Kaye Voyce

Music Composition Daniel Ott with
Richard Maxwell

Producing Manager
Katherine Brook

Isolde was developed in part at a residency with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in New York in June 2013 and at Theater Basel, where it received its first production in September 2013. Isolde was later presented at La Filature in Mulhouse, France and at Abrons Arts Center in New York City. Isolde received its Off­-Broadway premiere at Theatre for a New Audience (Jeffrey Horowitz, Founding Artistic Director, Henry Christensen III, Chairman, Dorothy Ryan, Managing Director), Polonsky Shakespeare Center, Brooklyn, New York, Fall 2015.

Production History

Theatre Junction, Calgary, Canada, 2016
Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016
Theatre for a New Audience, 2015
Festival Transameriques, Montreal, Canada, 2015
Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany, 2015
The Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH, 2015
Abrons Arts Center, New York, 2014
Theater Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 2013


Isolde, Revisited at Theatre for a New Audience, CurtainUp, 2015
Isolde, Time Out New York, 2015
Isolde, Talkin’ Broadway, 2015
Isolde, The New Yorker, 2015
It’s Your Job to Figure it Out, tdfSTAGES, 2015
Architecture of Love, Voir, 2015
The Theater Is Not Essential, Jeu, 2015
Anyway, Magazine Spirale, 2015
Isolde: Deroutes, Jeu Revue de Theatre, 2015
Isolde: Haunted House, La Presse, 2015
Model Home, Le Devoir, 2015
Eine klassische Dreiecksgeschichte, Frankfurter Rundschau, 2015
Richard Maxwell’s New York City Players return to Wexner Center with mythic Isolde, The Columbus Dispatch, 2015
What’s New: Isolde Again, Interview Magazine, 2014
Isolde at Abrons Arts Center, Exeunt Magazine, 2014
Infidelity and Architecture Underpin the Meditative Isolde, The Village Voice, 2014
Isolde: Theater review by Helen Shaw, Time Out New York, 2014
The Precarious Foundation of a Dream House, The New York Times, 2014
The Theatre: An Interview with Richard Maxwell, The New Yorker, 2014
Richard Maxwell Discusses “Isolde”, CULTUREBOT, 2014
Eating the Heart of Richard Maxwell, Hazlitt, 2014
Das Theater Fängt mit Anti-Theater an, Nordwestchweiz, 2013


Isolde and New York City Players are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Doris Duke Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theater Program, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Alliance of Resident Theatres’ New York/Creative Space Grant. ISOLDE is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts. New York City Players is a member of A.R.T./NY.

Isolde performances at the Festival TransAmériques are supported Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.