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Sheila Callaghan and Daniella Topol’s
epic exploration
of their epic exploration
of an element so epic
it’s taken a decade to explore.

New Georges
with 3LD Art & Technology Center
in collaboration with Guerilla Science

presents a world premiere

immersive theatrical experience


co-conceived by Sheila Callaghan and Daniella Topol

written by Sheila Callaghan directed by Daniella Topol

associate playwright> Liza Birkenmeier

general collaborator Susan Bernfield

science dramaturgy Guerilla Science

design by

Deb O

Ari Fulton

Barbara Samuels

Broken Chord Collective

Cory Einbinder

Rebecca Hart
Ethan Hova
Polly Lee
April Matthis
Mike Shapiro

Conversation: THE 10-YEAR PROCESS: Callaghan, Topol & their collaborators
directly following the performance on Tuesday June 27

READ about the 10-year process as WoW conversations curator Katie Pearl interviews Callaghan, Topol, Birkenmeier and Samuels in The Brooklyn Rail

and Liza Birkenmeier’s PAGEANT: a super casual reading of a play-(almost)-within-a-play
happens twice post-show: June 16 (Bloomsday!) and June 29
(NOT) WATER associate playwright Birkenmeier makes a contribution so big and beautiful it stands alone… we’re going to play around with it after the show!

Sheila Callaghan’s plays have been produced and developed with Soho Rep, Playwrights Horizons, Yale Rep, South Coast Rep, New Georges, Clubbed Thumb, The LARK, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, The Flea, Woolly Mammoth, Boston Court, and Rattlestick Playwright’s Theatre, among others. Sheila is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award for emerging artists, a Jerome Fellowship from the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis, a MacDowell Residency, a Cherry Lane Mentorship Fellowship, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and the prestigious Whiting Award. Her plays have been produced internationally in New Zealand, Australia, Norway, Germany, Portugal, and the Czech Republic. These include SCAB, CRAWL FADE TO WHITE, CRUMBLE (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake), WE ARE NOT THESE HANDS, DEAD CITY, LASCIVIOUS SOMETHING, KATE CRACKERNUTS, THAT PRETTY PRETTY; OR, THE RAPE PLAY, FEVER/DREAM, EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH, ROADKILL CONFIDENTIAL, ELEVADA, BED, and WOMEN LAUGHING ALONE WITH SALAD. She is published by and Samuel French, and several of her collected works are published by Counterpoint Press. She has taught playwriting at Columbia University, The University of Rochester, The College of New Jersey, Florida State University, and Spalding University. Sheila is an affiliated artist of New George and Clubbed Thumb, a member of the Obie winning playwright’s organization 13P, and an alumni of New Dramatists. She is currently a writer/producer on the hit Showtime comedy Shameless and a founder of the feminist activist group The Kilroys. She was nominated for a 2016 Golden Globe for her work on the Hulu comedy series Casual and a 2017 WGA Award for her Shameless\ episode “I Am A Storm.”

Daniella Topol is a New-York based director primarily focused on working with writers to develop relevant, theatrical and adventuresome new plays and musicals. World-premiere productions include: Martyna Majok’s Ironbound (Rattlestick; Roundhouse; Steppenwolf’s First Look, NY Times Critics’ Pick), Jessica Dickey’s Charles Ives Take Me Home (Rattlestick) and Row After Row (Women’s Project), Cori Thomas’ When January Feels Like Summer (EST/P73/WP Theater; NY Times Critics’ Pick), Rachel Bonds’Five Mile Lake (South Coast Rep), Sheila Callaghan’s Dead City (New Georges) and Lascivious Something (WP Theater), Rajiv Joseph’s Monster at the Door (Alley Theatre), Tony Meneses’ Guadalupe in the Guest Room (Two River), Catherine Treischmann’s How the World Began (South Coast Rep and WP Theater), Lloyd Suh’s Jesus in India (MaYi and Magic). Topol has been the Artistic Program Director of the Lark Play Development Center, New Works Program Director of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and Associate Producing Director of City Theatre. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s Directing Program where she also has a Masters in Arts Management. She is currently a member of the board of the Lark Play Development Center. She is an NYTW Usual Suspect, member of EST, a Women’s Project Lab alumnus, and a New Georges affiliated artist.

Liza Birkenmeier is a member of the 2016-2017 Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater and a Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow. She is an alum of Play Group at Ars Nova and a New Georges Affiliated Artist. Her work has been seen or heard at Ars Nova, The Working Theater, BAX, The San Diego Museum of Art, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, The Catch Series, Prelude, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Dixon Place, The Invisible Dog, New Georges, The San Francisco Playhouse, City Theatre in Pittsburgh, and the Classic Coin Laundry. She has had residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Millay Colony. She received her BA from Washington University in St. Louis and her MFA from Carnegie Mellon. She lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Acting company:

April Matthis With New Georges: Anna Bella Eema, Dead City, Good Heif. Off-Broadway: Signature Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, The Public, Labyrinth, Elevator Repair Service/NYTW, LCT3, Soho Rep, Ma-Yi. Regional: Yale Rep, Humana, Rude Mechs. Film/Video: Wendell and the Lemon, Black Card (HBO/Cinemax), Anohni’s HOPELESSNESS Tour. OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, Ruth Maleczech Award.

Polly Lee was seen most recently on The Americans (FX).  She was last seen at New Georges in Nightlands by Sylvan Oswald. Other NY theater includes Lincoln Center Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Clubbed Thumb, HERE Arts Center and Little Lord among others. Regional: ART, Yale Rep., La Jolla Playhouse, Humana Festival, Passage Theatre, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Gloucester Stage Co., McCarter Theatre, Wilma Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Studio Arena and more. Film & TV: Gotham, Baggage (Extraordinary Alien Prod) Butterflies of Bill Baker (I Laugh I Cry Prods), The Americans (recurring), Chicago Med, Younger  (recurring), Donny!, Alpha House, and is a proud member of EST, Rising Phoenix Rep., AEA and an affiliated artist of Clubbed Thumb.

Mike Shapiro Theatre projects with New Georges, Soho Rep, Clubbed Thumb, PearlDamour, The Flea, Little Theatre, Annex Theatre, Seattle Rep, New City Theatre and The Playhouse (Londonderry, N.I.) on plays by Ethan Lipton, Anne Washburn, Peggy Stafford, Kristen Kosmas, Jeff Jones, Lisa D’Amour, Erin Courtney, David Adjmi and Erik Ehn. Screen credits include HBO’s Last Week Tonight, Robert DeNiro’s The Good Shepherd, Georgia, Day Zero, and Late Night With Conan O’Brien. Mike also writes songs and performs with the bands Dirty Waltz and 9 Pound Hammer.

Rebecca Hart  New York stage credits include productions with Target Margin, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, and The Civilians (Associate Artist), and numerous regional credits include lead roles at the 35th and 37th Humana Festivals (Actors Theatre of Louisville). She is the female lead in the indie film “Wendell & the Lemon” (SlamDance Fest 2015) and can be seen playing guitar and sulking in Jason Reitman & Diablo Cody’s “Young Adult”. She has made songs for productions with The Civilians, Target Margin Theatre, the New Ohio’s Ice Factory Festival, the Spkrbox Festival in Oslo Norway, and the National Alliance for Music Theatre (NAMT) Conference 2014. As a singer/songwriter/composer, she is a regular at venues like The Rockwood Music Hall and Joe’s Pub, has toured extensively on both coasts and in Ireland, and sings frequently with Brooklyn-based folk outfit the Dirty Waltz Band (also featuring Mike Shapiro). Hart studied Theatre at Brown University and trained with Maggie Flanigan (Maggie Flanigan Studio). She is currently collaborating with acclaimed cellist/songwriter Ben Sollee on a new recording.

Ethan Hova New York/US: Intelligence (Arena Stage), Guards at the Taj (Woolly Mammoth), Metrocards (Ensemble Studio Theatre), The Wong Kids…! (Ma Yi), The 28 Hours Plays (McCarter Theatre), Water by the Spoonful (Premiere Stages), Magic Trick (Caps Lock Theatre), The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler (Exit, Pursued by a Bear). TV/Film: The Blacklist, ER, E-Ring, Accepted. Ethan is a founding member of Exit, Pursued by a Bear and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. BFA: Carnegie Mellon University.

Design team:

Deb O’s range of experiences and background in folk art, dance and gymnastics, clowning and mask making, a bit of puppetry have lent themselves to an innovative approaches to the creation of unique theatrical events.  Deb O has enjoyed intimate, long-term collaborations with theater directors Brian Mertes, Tamilla Woodard, Jen Wineman, Jess K Smith, Alex Harvey, Stephen Brackett, GT Upchurch, Lee Sunday Evans of C Town, Mia Rovegno, Sarah Cameron Sunde and dance-theatre makers Tami Stronach Dance, Dan Safer of Witness Relocation, Sam Pinkleton, and Diane Vanderhei and Tom Thoreson of Footworks Dance Company.  With The Lake Lucille Project, Deb O has devised and created large-scale, environmental designs for day-long performances of Chekhov’s great works.  With playwright/producer Beau Willimon and directors Brian Mertes and Alex Harvey, the project moved to a 7,000 square foot warehouse in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, for an epic environmental staging of Lanford Wilson’s Balm In Gilead.  New works and new musicals she’s designed include The Lacy Project, Jihad the Musical, The Daughters, The Deepest Play Ever, F%#King Up Everything, Bubble Boy, Magical History Tour, Fable and The Material World (Time Out New York Top 10 shows of 2012). Deb O is a member of the Wingspace Design Collective, co-artistic director of ARTBARN, on the Design Faculty of NYU Tisch’s Playwrights Horizons Theater School, teaches collaboration for the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Program, and has given master classes at Fordham University, Marquette University, Fairmont University, Meredith College. She is a recipient of Yale’s Jay and Rhonda Keene Award, has been featured twice at the Prague Quadrennial, MFA, Theater Design, Yale School of Drama. She also studied folk art at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland.  She is also a member of the Union Scenic Artist Union Local 829.

Ari Fulton is a New York-based costume designer for stage, film, opera and dance.  She has trained at DePaul University.  She followed her undergraduate studies by receiving an MFA in Design for Stage and Film from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  Ms. Fulton has designed in Paris, Ireland and Ghana.  Recently, she has finished working on the Showtime series Nurse Jackie and Orange is the New Black. She is most interested in captivating the imagination, by creating iconic characters that stick with the viewer longer after the performance has ended. With New Georges: Hilary Bettis’ Alligator, directed by Elena Araoz, in collaboration with The Sol Project.

Barbara Samuels is a New York based lighting designer and producer. Recent design credits include Esai’s Table (Cherry Lane Mentor Project), The Terrifying (Julia Jarcho/minor theater), Orange Julius (Rattlestick/P73), Don’t Look Back (Daniel Fish/PS122 COIL/Chocolate Factory), The Rape of Lucretia (Curtis Opera Theater), Caught (Play Company, Drama League Nominee), O, Earth (The Foundry Theatre, Henry Hewes Design Nom.), A Ride on the Irish Cream (Erin Markey/Jordan Fein), Kate Benson’s OBIE Award-winning A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes (New Georges/WP Theater), and Julia Jarcho’s OBIE Award-winning Grimly Handsome. Barbara served as the General Manager of OBIE Award-winning 13P and is the Producing Director for Morgan Gould & Friends. In 2016 The Interval named Barbara a Woman to Watch and she was a Target Margin Institute Fellow.  Barbara holds a B.A. from Fordham University and an M.F.A in Lighting Design from NYU. Proud member of USA Local 829.

Broken Chord Collective is made up of Daniel Baker, Aaron Meicht and creates sound design and original music for theater, film and dance.  Some directors they work with include May Adrales, Daniel Aukin, Samantha Bellomo, Evan Cabnet, Jeremy B. Cohen, Pat Diamond, Gia Forakis, Stephen Fried, Jackson Gay, Stephanie Gilman, Daniel Goldstein, Pam MacKinnon, Brian Mertes, Kevin Moriarty, David Muse, Katie Pearl, Kim Rubinstein, Hana Sharif, Lucie Tiberghien, Alex Timbers, Liesl Tommy, Daniella Topol, Beau Willimon, and Henry Wishcamper.

Cory Einbinder holds an MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts from Brooklyn College, and a BFA from University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  He is the Artistic Director of Adhesive Theater Project, producing and developing original multi-media productions and adaptations steeped in spectacle, including the critically-acclaimed production of The Service Road by Erin Courtney, directed by Meghan Finn.

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