The Geffen Playhouse’s production of Will Eno’s Thom Pain (based on nothing), starring Rainn Wilson (The Office), will arrive on BroadwayHD in 2018.
Thom Pain will be available on the streaming service beginning January 11, 2018.
Wilson and playwright Eno became friends more than 20 years ago. The Geffen Playhouse stage production was directed by Obie Award winner Oliver Butler. Eno and Butler co-directed the film adaptation, which was produced by the Geffen Playhouse.
First performed to rave reviews in 2004 at the Edinburgh Festival—where it won every major honor including a First Fringe Award—Thom Pain (based on nothing) moved to the Soho Theatre in London and then on to the DR2 Theatre in New York, where it ran for more than 350 performances.
The play was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. The film presentation opened the Indie Memphis Film Festival November 1 and will also screen as part of the Dallas VideoFest this weekend.
Thom Pain (based on nothing) concerns the life of a tragic and hilarious character named Thom, who has been described as “just like you, except worse. He is trying to save his life, to save your life—in that order. In his quest for salvation, he'll stop at nothing, be distracted by nothing, except maybe a piece of lint, or the woman in the second row.”
The presentation of Thom Pain marks the second collaboration between the Geffen Playhouse and BroadwayHD. In March, BroadwayHD presented a live stream of the Geffen’s production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night, starring Jane Kaczmarek and Alfred Molina.