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Against the Hillside

Ensemble Studio Theatre & the Radio Drama Network present


by Sylvia Khoury, directed by William Carden*
eaturing Rajesh Bose, Mohit Gautam, Caroline Hewitt, Mahira Kakkar*, Jack Mikesell, Sammy Pignalosa, Babak Tafti, John Wernke, & Avery Whitted

What happens to a drone pilot who is spending full days watching a young Pakistani woman and her family? What happens to the woman when she knows she is being watched? In Against the Hillside, Sylvia Khoury imagines and examines the hidden human costs of this strange new warfare.



Scenic Designer: Jason Simms  |  Costume Designer: Sydney Maresca  |   Lighting Designer: Barbara Samuels  |  Sound Designer: Shane Rettig  |  Props Master: Claire Rufiange  |  Stage Manager: Kate Croasdale


Sylvia Khoury arrived in EST’s Youngblood program with an early draft of AGAINST THE HILLSIDE. Since then, EST has been working with her as the script has evolved. In the course of this journey the play has had readings and workshops at Eugene O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference, the Roundabout Theater’s Underground Reading Series and the NNPN National Showcase of New Plays. Last October, EST worked with the Lark Playwright Development Center on an in-depth workshop as part of their Playwrights Week.