July 12-22


by Anya Richkind

Director Allison Benko

Producer Alexandra Cadena

Cast Isabella Dawis, Elizabeth Evans, Patrick Reilly, Lindsey Spohler, Maggie Thompson*

Set Designer An-lin Dauber

Lighting Designer Cha See

Costume Designer Lily Prentice

Sound Designer/Composer Grace Oberhofer

Dramaturg Nick O'Leary

Props Designer Cinthia Chen

Stage Manager Margaret Gleberman

Choreographer Sarah Crane

Assistant Costume Designer Emily White

Graphic Designer Kristian Rasmussen

*Member of Actors' Equity Association


...the only place on earth where mermaids are real! Join us for our afternoon special starring Mermaid Bee, Mermaid Vana, and our newest princess of the deep, Mermaid Marie. Reawaken your childhood fantasies. Revel in the death-defying underwater dances. Soak in the impossible beauty. And please disregard the alligators. There is nothing to worry about. 

playwright Anya Richkind and director Allison Benko

playwright Anya Richkind and director Allison Benko

ANYA RICHKIND is a graduate of Yale University and a former finalist in the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference, Anya’s work has been produced at Yale, in New York City and in the Bay Area, California. Anya has studied with Donald Margulies, Deb Margolin and Sarah Ruhl. Anya likes to write about women, wacky phenomena and where they overlap. www.anyarichkind.com

ALLISON BENKO is a director of plays, musical theatre, and opera. Recent/upcoming projects include Another Mikado, Single Rider, What Happened That NightA Doll's House: A New Opera, The Secret Death of PuppetsThe Arthur Miller CentennialTwelfth Night, and She Loves Me. Notable assistant direction includes Oslo at Lincoln Center Theater directed by Bartlett Sher, which received the Tony for Best Play. Benko has also studied ritualistic shadow puppetry at the Tholpavakoothu Puppet Centre in Kerala, India. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and holds a B.A. in Drama from Tufts University. allisonbenko.com

ALEXANDRA CADENA is a graduate of Yale University and is incredibly honored to be participating in this year’s Corkscrew Festival as the producer of The End of Mermaids. She has worked extensively as a producer/stage manager in the theatre with the Yale School of Drama’s student-run theatre the Yale Cabaret. Her work as a theatre director/producer also includes the New York International Fringe Festival. She has a vast experience in film and her production company, AC Pictures, has several award-winning shorts that have premiered at the Next International Film Festival, Worldfest-Houston, and SENE film festivals.