august 11 (reading)

written by ayo edebiri and nick parker

directed by diane chen

produced by charles hayes iv

Mad Cool is a two-character one-act about Tina and Daniel, an interracial couple moving into a gentrifying neighborhood in Brooklyn on the hottest day of the year. With no A/C. As they set up in their new apartment, tensions (both romantic and racial) bubble up, culminating in a grisly accident. This tense dark comedy lays bare the harsh difficulties of interracial relationships – between lovers, between roommates, and between New York neighbors.


Ayo Edebiri is an actor, writer, and improviser in New York City.

She's performed in readings, musicals, and improv shows at UCB, the PIT, and Dixon Place. When not performing, you can find her writing plays, pilots, and the occasional twitter rant. She currently attends New York University where she is about to receive her BFA in Dramatic Writing.

Diane Chen is a NYC based multidisciplinary filmmaker and theater artist.

She is co-founder of Multihyphenate Productions (MHP), and her award-winning series Here We Wait has been making its international festival circuit this year. She strives for striking visuals and stylistic movement and framing, and to share the stories of the othered and underrepresented, with an awareness of intersectionality of representation. Education: Dartmouth College, LAMDA, BLCU.,

Photo Credit: SEQUIN


Nick Parker is a playwright, lyricist, and librettist based in NYC.

Credits include Natalie (Midtown International Theatre Festival) and Lydia & Tom (New York International Fringe Festival). He is a graduate of Columbia University and a member of the BMI Lehmen Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop.

Photo Credit: Cindy Lozito