july 25-august 5

 
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by Stefani Kuo

Director Theo Maltz

Producers Catherine Woodard and Coral Elizabeth Smith

Cast Olivia Abiassi, Dominique Brillon, Diane Chen, Cleo Gray, Drita Kabashi

Set Designer Jessie Chen

Lighting Designer Sammy Ross

Sound Designer Megumi Katayama

Costume Designer Iliana Paris

Stage Manager Eloia Peterson

Social Media Manager Razan Al Sarraf

In a small San Francisco apartment in the 1990s,

Meryl and Ana Sofia, a lesbian couple, attempt to conceive a child through in-vitro fertilization while managing Meryl's bipolar disorder II. Two decades later, in the same apartment, their daughter Robyn and her roommate Hadley are forced to navigate their friendship through Robyn’s cancer treatment. As they struggle to take control of their lives, all four come to experience the unique weight and loss of female friendship. A wrenching, tender portrait of characters who are complicated the way real women are, delicacy of a puffin heart considers what it means to love someone honestly even when they are incapable of telling the truth.

 
 producer Catherine Woodard, playwright Stefani Kuo, and director Theo Maltz

producer Catherine Woodard, playwright Stefani Kuo, and director Theo Maltz

STEFANI KUO is a native of Hong Kong and received her B.A. from Yale. She is a playwright, poet, translator, and performer based in New York. Her play, Architecture of Rain, premiered at the Iseman Theatre at Yale and received a reading in the DVRF Roundtable series and Checkmark Theatre Company reading series. She was a 2017 artist-in-residence at the Centre of Substructured Loss, Berlin. She was a finalist for the Van Lier New Voices, DVRF, BRIClab, and Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep. For more, see www.stefanikuo.com.

THEO MALTZ is a Brooklyn based director and performer. He has developed new works at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Dixon Place, HERE, and Access Theater. He is also a teaching artist for Big Green Theater at The Bushwick Starr, a program that teaches 5th graders about environmentalism and playwriting. When not working you can find him dancing in his room to old disco records or wandering around the city daydreaming.

CATHERINE WOODARD is a native New Yorker (by way of LONG ISLAND) and has fully embraced the backslash career life. As a Producer/Theater Artist, Catherine has produced for Story Pirates, The Flea Theater, and The Peoples Improv Theater. This summer she will be the Production Coordinator at Williamstown Theatre FestivalCatherine received her BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University. She likes naps and the Hudson River.

CORAL ELIZABETH SMITH is a writer and producer from Merritt Island, Florida. She has been living and working in New York City as a Production Assistant for companies including: Vertigo Theater Company (Artistic Associate), Playwrights Realm, Dixon Place (Administrative Intern), Hivewild and Y.A.H. She is also the co-founder of a creative art journal "Oh Dear Beast," which released its first printed issue in January. She is very excited to be working with such a talented group of individuals devoted to diverse, contemporary storytelling.