By Noah Haidle
November 19th 2019
Ernestine Ashworth spends her 17th birthday agonizing over her insignificance in the universe. Soon enough, it’s her 18th birthday. Even sooner, her 41st. Her 70th. Her 101st. Five generations, dozens of goldfish, an infinity of dreams, one cake baked over a century. What makes a lifetime…into a life?
Noah Haidle makes his Broadway debut with a poignant new play as fearless in scope as it is tremendous in heart. The world premiere of Birthday Candles
was produced in Detroit 2018 and during spring season 2020 it will go up on Broadway, starring Debra Messing as Ernestine.
”One of the most satisfying and moving new plays I have seen produced”
- Detroit Free Press