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MTC’s ‘Prayer for the French Republic’ extends ahead of first Broadway preview

The Joshua Harmon play will run for an additional two weeks.

(L-R) Molly Ranson and Francis Benhamou in the Off-Broadway production of “Prayer for the French Republic,” 2022 (Credit: Matthew Murphy)

Manhattan Theater Club (MTC) has announced an extension for its Broadway transfer of “Prayer for the French Republic.” The Joshua Harmon play, originally slated to close on Feb. 4, 2024, will now run through Feb. 18.

The David Cromer-helmed play, which premiered Off-Broadway at MTC’s City Center Stage I in 2022, begins previews on Dec. 19, ahead of a Jan. 9 opening night at the company’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. 

With this announcement, every straight play to have opened on Broadway this season since September has announced an extension. “Purlie Victorious,” “I Need That” and “Appropriate” will all play longer than initially planned. “Jaja’s African Hair Braiding,” also an MTC production, closed Nov. 19 after extending twice.

As previously announced, Betsy Aidem, Francis Benhamou, Ari Brand, Molly Ranson and Nancy Robinette will reprise their roles from the Off-Broadway production. Anthony Edwards, Ethan Haberfield, Richard Masur, Nael Nacer, Daniel Oreskes and Aria Shahghasemi will join the company for the Broadway mounting.

In “Prayer for the French Republic,” several generations of a French Jewish family question their safety and sense of home amidst rising anti-Semitism in France.

“Prayer for the French Republic” is being produced by Manhattan Theatre Club, under the leadership of artistic director Lynne Meadow and executive director Chris Jennings.