Oct
2
to Oct 27

GEORGIA MERTCHING IS DEAD

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World Premiere playing October 2 through October 27

featuring Quincy Dunn-Baker, Layla Khoshnoudi, Diana Oh, Claire Siebers, & JD Taylor

Gretchen, Emma and Whitney have been friends since they were teenagers. They've been sober since they were teenagers. They set off on a road trip south--with homemade female urination devices, too much pie, and ill-advised sexual escapades--to celebrate and mourn a figure from their past. Catya McMullen’s new dark comedy GEORGIA MERTCHING IS DEAD reveals what it's like to face adulthood and death after growing up weird and possibly broken.

Scenic Design: Alexis Distler | Costume Design: Sydney Maresca | Lighting Design: Cat Tate Starmer | Sound Design: Almeda Beynon | Props Master: Caitlyn Murphy | Intimacy/Fight Director: Alex J. Gould | Production Stage Manager: Fran Acuña-Almiron | Assistant Stage Manager: Ingrid Pierson

Photos by Jeremy Daniel Photography

REVIEWS

“★★★★”

“Morbidly hilarious…It breaks your heart with a piercing exploration of the ways in which loss, trauma and love—romantic, platonic, familial—shape our lives.”

- Raven Snook, TimeOut New York, CRITIC’S PICK

“Funny, engaging, and occasionally vicious, especially when it dives into its characters’ ugly, vulnerable moments.”

“Hilariously foulmouthed.”

- Maya Philips, The New Yorker

“★★★★”

“With GEORGIA MERTCHING IS DEAD, McCullen celebrates a special sort of resilience that’s rooted in a sense of self, while showing it receives vital nourishment from our connection with others.”

- Elysa Gardner, New York Stage Review


About the Artists

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CATYA McMULLEN (Playwright) is a playwright, comedian, TV + screenwriter. Her plays include AGNES (Lesser America/59E59, NYT Critics Pick), LOCKED UP BITCHES (The Flea Theater), GEORGIA MERTCHING IS DEAD (Upcoming World Premiere EST/Youngblood), Everything Is Probably Going To Be Okay, We Pray To Elephants, A**HOLES IN GAS STATIONS, Rubber Ducks And Sunsets (Ground UP Productions) along with numerous shorts. Her play Missed Connection won the Sam French OOB short play competition and was directed by Leslye Headland (Russian Doll). She is the creator of the WE ARE ANIMALS series, a quarterly variety show series she wrote with Scott Klopfenstein of the Gold Record selling band Reel Big Fish, where she performed under her feminist hip hop alias “Chihuahua Fancy.” She is a proud alum of the Obie Award-winning EST/Youngblood and a company member of The Middle Voice Theater Company; the apprentice company of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Film/TV: AMC's Dietland, Freeform's Everything's Gonna Be Okay (upcoming), and currently FX's "Y the Last Man" adaptation. GEORGIA MERTCHING IS DEAD was optioned by STARTHROWER Entertainment, which she adapted. BA UNC Chapel Hill.

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GIOVANNA SARDELLI* (Director). With Rajiv Joseph: Los Angeles: Archduke (World Premiere the Taper, CTG), Guards at the Taj (Geffen Playhouse, 2017 Ovation Award for Best Production of a Play). Off-Broadway: Describe The Night (Obie Award for Best New American Play 2018), Huck & Holden (Cherry Lane); Animals Out of Paper – Joe A Callaway Award - and All This Intimacy (Second Stage); The Leopard and The Fox(AlterEgo). Regional: Archduke (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley), Describe The Night (Alley Theatre); Mr. Wolf (Cleveland Play House); The Lake Effect (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley); The North Pool (TheatreWorks World Premiere, Barrington Stage Company). Other Select Off-Broadway World Premieres: The upcoming Georgia Mertching is Dead by Catya McMullen (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Little Children Dream of God (Roundabout); Wildflower (Second Stage); Finks (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Apple Cove (Women’s Project). Other Select Regional: the recent World Premiere of Heidi Armbruster’s Mrs. Christie (Dorset Theatre Festival), They Promised Her the Moon, Somewhere, The Whipping Man (The Old Globe); Constellations (Geffen Playhouse); All The Way, The Whipping Man (Cleveland Play House); The Mountaintop, Absalom (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville); Clybourne Park, Lord of the Flies, Muckrakers (Barrington Stage Company); Crimes of the Heart, Velocity of Autumn, Somewhere (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley). Though based in New York, Sardelli is the Director of New Works for TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, the recipient of the 2019 Regional Theatre Tony Award. Education: MFA Graduate Acting Program, NYU and graduate of their Director’s Lab.

*Denotes EST Member Artist

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Apr
15
to May 10

REDWOOD

Ensemble Studio Theatre & Radio Drama Network present

Redwood

written by Brittany K. Allen
directed by Mikhaela Mahony*
Off-Broadway Premiere

playing April 15 through May 10

In Brittany K. Allen's new comedy, Meg and Drew are a young interracial couple, very much in love and moving in together. But when Meg’s Uncle Stevie sets out to chart his ancestry online, he unwittingly discovers that Meg’s family was owned by Drew’s in the antebellum South. Surprise! Love and politics collide, and time bounces between the past and the present while Meg and Drew are forced to confront themselves, and their families, in a dark new light.

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About the Artists:

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BRITTANY K. ALLEN (Playright) is a Brooklyn-based writer and actor. Her plays include Redwood (Upcoming productions: Portland Center Stage, The Jungle), The Late Greats, and Happy Happy Joy Joy, among others. Her work has been developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and Ensemble Studio Theatre, and acknowledged on the Kilroys List (2017) and in The Mix (2018). She is currently under commission from Playwrights Horizons, and Manhattan Theatre Club/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Brittany’s a member of the emerging writers group at the Public Theatre, and the Obie Award winning EST/Youngblood. She was a 2017 Van Lier Playwriting Fellow at the Lark.

Recent acting credits include Diane Paulus and Emily Mann’s off-Broadway production of Gloria: A Life (Daryl Roth Theatre), New Saloon’s Minor Character (Invisible Dog; New York Innovative Theatre Award for Best Ensemble) and The Place We Built (The Flea).

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MIKHAELA MAHONY* (Director) is a Brooklyn-based director of theatre, opera and film. She has developed work with New York City Opera, the Ensemble Studio Theatre and Youngblood, The Syndicate, F*it Club, City Lyric Opera, and the Collaborative Arts Ensemble; as well as The Juilliard School, the Chautauqua Institution, the Manhattan School of Music, and Columbia University. At the Ensemble Studio Theatre, she is a frequent collaborator with the playwrights of EST/Youngblood, and directed Abby Rosebrock’s Dido of Idaho in 2018. Over the past season, she directed Alanna Coby’s Tiny Errors at the End of the Millennium, Tamara Geisler’s multi-media workshop on the life of artist-activist Tina Modotti, Ted Rosenthal’s new jazz opera Dear Erich, Shakespeare’s As You Like It, and The Fantasticks. Her debut as a film director, Summer, was an official selection at the Buffalo International Film Festival, Flathead Lake International Cinemafest, and FilmColumbia in Chatham, NY. She assistant directed Daniel Fish on Oklahoma! at St. Ann’s Warehouse and on Broadway, and Anne Bogart on Poul Ruder’s The Handmaid’s Tale at Boston Lyric Opera. She is a proud member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre, and a volunteer at the 52nd Street Project. BA from Barnard College, MFA from Columbia University.

*Denotes EST Member Artist

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