|Written by||Lisa D'Amour|
|Date premiered||December 4, 2014|
|Place premiered||Steppenwolf Theatre|
|Setting||The Hummingbird Motel, Off Airline Highway, New Orleans, Louisiana|
Airline Highway is an American play, written by Lisa D'Amour and set in New Orleans. Commissioned by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the play made its Broadway debut in April 2015. It received four Tony Award nominations, including Best Featured Actor in a Play for K. Todd Freeman and Best Featured Actress in a Play for Julie White. Additionally, it received three Drama Desk Award nominations, winning one for Freeman. Its final performance was on June 7, 2015.
Airline Highway takes place in the parking lot of The Hummingbird Motel, off the titular highway near New Orleans, where the residents have gathered to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, an iconic burlesque queen who has been a mother figure to them all. Miss Ruby's life is nearing its end, and she requests that her funeral takes place while she is still alive. As the Mardi Gras-esque celebration continues into the night, the stories of the residents, their pain and disappointments unfold.
2014 original production
The original production of the play was performed in Chicago, Illinois, by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company from December 4, 2014, until February 14, 2015. The production was directed by Joe Mantello with set design by Scott Pask. K. Todd Freeman performed the role of Sissy Na Na, with Kate Buddeke as Tanya, Scott Jaeck as Wayne and Robert Breuler in the ensemble.
The play was produced on Broadway by the Manhattan Theatre Club at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre from April 23 through June 7, 2015. Directed by Mantello, both Freeman and Jaeck reprised their roles, and Julie White portrayed Tanya.
|2015||Drama Desk Awards||Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play||K. Todd Freeman||Won|
|Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play||Julie White||Nominated|
|Drama League Awards||Distinguished Performance||Julie White||Nominated|
|Tony Awards||Best Costume Design||David Zinn||Nominated|
|Best Lighting Design||Japhy Weideman||Nominated|
|Best Featured Actor in a Play||K. Todd Freeman||Nominated|
|Best Featured Actress in a Play||Julie White||Nominated|
- Variety list of Drama Desk Award winners for 2015
- "Tony-Nominated 'Airline Highway' Plays Final Performance Today" playbill.com, June 7, 2015
- Airline Highway Program by Steppenwolf Theatre Company (PDF)
- Airline Highway – Broadway – Backstage broadwayworld.com