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Lileana Blain-Cruz

Lileana Blain-Cruz Is Trying Something Wilder

The director of the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, “The Skin of Our Teeth,” on its new Lincoln Center Theater production

Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth, written in 1942, is often performed regionally, but it hasn’t seen a large New York production in quite some time. Enter Lincoln Center and Lileana Blain-Cruz. “I was looking for a play that wrestled with what it means to be alive in the midst of chaos, a play that would speak to the moment we’ve been living through,” she says of what drew her to the piece. “The Skin of Our Teeth was a catalyst for so much experimental theater. It gets at the way life can be a combination of joy, pain, excitement, hilariousness, grief and strangeness all at the same time.”