"RIVETING! What a cast!" – South Shore Critic

On election night, the son of a presidential candidate sends his father’s political team into crisis mode when controversial photos of him at a college party spread over the internet, potentially sparking an international incident. Smart and timely, Christopher Shinn’s searching new play examines religion, freedom of expression, and personal responsibility.

"Experiencing Now Or Later at the height of election season adds an extra twist to this provocative tale of political fiction. I'm proud we are producing the US debut of this play that was such a success at London's Royal Court, and that we're introducing Huntington audiences to the fine work of Christopher Shinn and Michael Wilson." — Artistic Director Peter DuBois



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  • Now Or Later: What Audiences Are Saying

    Hear what audiences are saying about the American premiere of Christopher Shinn's edgy political thriller Now Or Later at the Huntington, and enjoy an exclusive look at scenes from the hit production.



  • Now Or Later: The Personal Is Political

    Director Michael Wilson, playwright Christopher Shinn, and cast members Tom Nelis, Grant MacDermott, and Adriane Lenox discuss the incredibly timely and thought provoking politics that inspired the First Family election drama of Now or Later.



  • Now Or Later: The Political is Personal

    Director Michael Wilson, playwright Christopher Shinn, and cast members Tom Nelis and Grant MacDermott discuss the powerful personal relationships family drama that exist at the heart of Now or Later.



  • Now Or Later Production Photos

    Photo credit: Paul Marotta


  • Now or Later First Rehearsal: the Meet & Greet

    Come behind the scenes of the first rehearsal of Now or Later and hear opening remarks from director Michael Wilson and playwright Christopher Shinn.



  • Peter DuBois on Now Or Later

    Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois discusses the upcoming American premiere of Christopher Shinn's edgy political drama Now Or Later, directed by Michael Wilson and featuring local Boston favorite Grant MacDermott.



  • Christopher Shinn on Madness in Theatre

    Are contemporary audiences less comfortable with madness? Playwright Christopher Shinn suggests that without it our art has become flat, and the mental health of our society may be at stake




Press Reviews

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"A HEADY AND PROVOCATIVE BREW! It's a testament to Christopher Shinn's skill that I was left wanting more." – The Boston Globe


"A powerful mix of volatile ideas." – The Boston Globe

"RIVETING! Now Or Later has much to say about profound issues, and Shinn holds no punches. Its timelessness lends the work its resonance." – South Shore Critic

"WHAT A CAST! Grant MacDermott is extremely affecting. Alexandra Neil, Tom Nelis, and Adriane Lenox couldn't be better." – South Shore Critic


"Riveting, thrillingly paced, and effervescent with wit and intelligence. Urgent and unmissable!" – The Times of London

"Shinn's 75-minute engrossing new drama delivers an emotional punch." –Variety

" ★★★★★! A play of razor-sharp wit and explosive canniness." – The Independent

"Playing out in real time over 80 minutes, Now or Later sets up some of the most urgent issues facing Western liberalism and lets them battle it out in the amphitheatre of a US presidential election." – The Times

"The play we have been waiting for - a gripping, daring work that examines the Western response to Islamic fundamentalism and the consequent threat to freedom of speech. Christopher Shinn has his finger firmly on both the political and the dramatic pulse of our times." – The Telegraph

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Audience Buzz

“Absolutely fabulous. Well done by actors and set design.”– Cheryl LeVangie on Facebook
Very potent and appropriate for our politically charged times. Cheers for opening.- @Danfrmbourque
“Just caught Now or Later at the Calderwood. Super smart political one-act play. Highly recommend.” – @JacobWakeUp


  • Huntington Stages Timely Political Drama

    From BU Today, October 17, 2012: "A taut drama for our electronic media-saturated, YouTube-dogged age, Now Or Later touches on religious sensitivities, freedom of expression, and a father-son conflict that is as timeless as Shakespeare. . . . "
  • Sound and Fury: Christopher Shinn on Madness and Fury

    From The Economist, May 12, 2012: "One night when Daniel Day-Lewis played Hamlet at the National Theatre in 1989, he went onstage and instead of seeing the ghost of Hamlet's father, he saw the ghost of his own late father. He walked off in the middle of the performance and not only did not return to the stage that night — he never performed in a play again. . . . "


  • Michael GoldsmithMatt
  • Ryan KingMarc
  • Adriane LenoxTracy
  • Grant MacDermottJohn Jr.
  • Alexandra NeilJessica
  • Tom NelisJohn Sr.
  • Christopher ShinnPlaywright
  • Michael WilsonDirector
  • Jeff Cowie Scenic Design
  • David C. WoolardCostume Design
  • Russell H. ChampaLighting Design
  • David RemediosSound Design
  • Carola Morrone LaCosteProduction Stage Manager
  • Candice D. MongellowStage Manager

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