The play, which opens on 11 March 2013 (previews from 4 March) for a four week season, is written and directed by Harold Finley.
In the 1980's "SAMO Is Dead" appeared on buildings across lower Manhattan when teenage Jean-Michel Basquiat killed off his graffiti phenomenon and launched a fine art career. As Basquiat moved out of the streets and into the galleries of Soho, so did his new friend Keith Haring, having caught the art world's attention with his subway drawings.
Together, they rapidly became international art superstars, and befriended the legendary Andy Warhol. The lives and work of all three artists became intertwined.
Joining Riches in the cast are: Michael Walters (Jean-Michel Basquiat), Simon Ginty (Keith Haring), Joseph Mydell (Gerard Basquiat), Lisa Caruccio Came (Mary Boone), Miles Mitchell (Juan Dubose), James Kermack (Mr Universe), Emmanuel Imani (Fab 5 Freddy/Shenge).
A Thousand Miles Of History has been developed at Soho Theatre and Lincoln Center Theatre, New York. The Bussey Building, a former factory, is now studios for visual artists and hosts the Royal Court’s theatre local productions.