reading series - july 20


Raising a magnifying glass to the experience of being a new mother under Trump,

Milk and Gall opens as Vera gives birth to a baby boy on election night 2016. Over the course of one seemingly unending year, tensions mount between Vera and the people in her life, including her husband, her second-wave feminist mother, and her Syrian-American best friend Amira. A surreal and fragmented play mimicking the experience of sleep-deprived new parents (featuring a shape-shifting baby played by a series of incongruous objects), Milk and Gall reveals what happens when the political and the personal push someone to the point of exhaustion.

by Mathilde Dratwa

Director Jen Wineman

Cast Carrie Heitman

NOTE: Milk and Gall's reading offers free childcare for young children in an adjacent space - click "Buy Tickets" for more info!


 playwright Mathilde Dratwa

playwright Mathilde Dratwa

MATHILDE DRATWA is a member of Dorset Theater Festival’s Women Artists Write and of New York Foundation for the Arts’ Immigrant Artist Program. She co-founded Moms-in-Film, has been a Sundance Channel Shorts Finalist and a two-time Pulitzer Center grant recipient. Her nonfiction work has been featured in the LA Times, Le Monde, and screened at the UN. Mathilde teaches for Roundabout, the New Victory, The Shakespeare Society and the School of The New York Times.

JEN WINEMAN is a Brooklyn-based director/choreographer. New York: Surfer Girl (Animus Theatre); My Heart is in the East (La Mama); Fable (NYMF), The King’s Whore (Walkerspace); F#%king Up Everything (Elektra Theater). Regionally, she has directed at Pittsburgh CLO, Asolo Rep, Playmakers Rep, Virginia Rep, Dorset Theatre Festival, and Tantrum Theater. Up next: Gianmarco Soresi’s new play Less Than 50% at 59E59. Jen recently completed her first film, You Look Amazing, by The Daily Show’s Colleen Werthmann. B.A. Vassar, M.F.A. Yale.


CARRIE HEITMAN is co-artistic director of Hook & Eye Theater. She has appeared Off-Broadway, regionally, in the UK, Poland, Russia and Malaysia. NYC favorites: The Cherry Lane, The Pearl, The Women’s Project, DTW, The New Ohio, The Abingdon, Mark Morris. TV/Film: Lipstick Jungle, A Piece of Cake, The Patriot, Everything’s Gonna Be Pink (Roni Ezra, Oscar Nom), What About Us? (w/Jasmine Guy). MFA: UNC Chapel Hill; AEA; Master teaching artist for the Roundabout Theatre.