reading series - july 27


Meet the film team responsible for staging the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Or at least, partially responsible—until their lead actor Neil was whisked away at the last minute when NASA decided to go in a different direction. Now, director Sylvia and her crew are being held prisoner in a classified warehouse in the middle of nowhere America, with nothing to do but make a documentary about their thwarted attempt at creating the footage that would inspire the world. Craters is an exercise in fact-finding, (re)enactment, and the power of simulation.

by Elise Wien

Director Deby Xiadani

Cast Angela Bilkic*, Cristina Henriquez, Ruby Hurlock, Robert Leverett, Elyse Steingold, John Racioppo

Stage Manager Alicia Thomas

Graphic Designer Dorothy Qu

*Actor appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association


director Deby Xiadani and playwright Elise Wien

director Deby Xiadani and playwright Elise Wien

ELISE WIEN is a playwright living in Cambridge, MA, whose plays have been staged at the Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hanover, NH. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2017 with a BA in Comparative Literature, and is currently working on a play cycle comprising 3 plays set 300 years and 3,000 miles apart. She primarily writes funny, surreal, historical(ish) works that push the bounds of form and inspire introspection.

DEBY XIADANI is a director, writer, and fresh air enthusiast. She specializes in new work, dark comedy, and live performance, which is why she loves working with Elise Wien - in fact, this is their third directing-playwright collab together! Directing credits: The Pillowman, Blue Stockings, Craters (Elise Wien), Third Night (Elise Wien), Everything Falls Apart, Living Room Sketch Show! Before directing, Deby graduated from Dartmouth College studying Neuroscience and Theater.