CHERRY LANE THEATRE Company in Residence
LESSER AMERICA presents
in a word
A new play by Lauren Yee
Directed by Tyne Rafaeli
Cherry Lane Theatre - 38 Commerce Street
June 16th - July 8th, 2017
Featuring Justin Mark, Jose Joaquin Perez*, and Laura Ramadei*
Today is the two-year anniversary of Fiona’s son’s disappearance, and still, nothing makes sense to her. Not her blasé husband, the incompetent detective, or the neighborhood kidnapper who keeps introducing himself in the checkout line. As Fiona delves back into her memories of that fateful day, to uncover that crucial missing piece, grief and comedy collide, and ordinary turns of phrase take on dangerous new meanings.
Set and Lighting Design - Oona Curley
Sound Design - Stowe Nelson
Costume Design - Andrea Hood
Props - Brittany Coyne
Production Stage Manager - Jenn Elyse Jacobs*
Production Manager and Technical Director - Sean Gorski
Scenic and Lighting Design - Dallas Estes
Sound Associate - Justin Propper
Props Associate - Becca Smith
PR - Ron Lasko, Spin Cycle
Photo and Poster Art - Trevor Baum
Associate Producer - Kate Hopkins
Producing Directors - Daniel Abeles and Nate Miller
in a word is made possible in part by a NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program).
Lauren Yee's play KING OF THE YEES premiered this past season at The Goodman Theatre and Center Theatre Group. Upcoming: CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND, a play with music by Dengue Fever, at South Coast Rep; THE GREAT LEAP at Denver Center, Seattle Rep, New York Stage and Film, and Atlantic Theatre Company; and KING OF THE YEES at ACT Theatre and Canada's National Arts Centre. Other plays include CHING CHONG CHINAMAN (Pan Asian, Mu Performing Arts), THE HATMAKER'S WIFE (Playwrights Realm, Moxie, PlayPenn), HOOKMAN (Encore, Company One), IN A WORD (SF Playhouse, Cleveland Public, Strawdog), SAMSARA (Victory Gardens, O'Neill Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival), and THE TIGER AMONG US (MAP Fund, Mu).
She was a Dramatists Guild fellow, a MacDowell fellow, a MAP Fund grantee, a member of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group, a Time Warner Fellow at the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, the Shank playwright-in-residence at Second Stage Theatre, a Playwrights’ Center Core Writer, and the Page One resident playwright at Playwrights Realm. IN A WORD won the Francesca Primus Prize and was a finalist for the ATCA/Steinberg Award. THE HATMAKER'S WIFE was an Outer Critics Circle nominee for the John Gassner Award for best play by a new American playwright. Her work has been published by Samuel French.
Member of the Ma-Yi Writers' Lab. Commissions: Geffen Playhouse, Lincoln Center/LCT3, Mixed Blood, Portland Center Stage, and Trinity Rep. BA: Yale. MFA: UCSD. www.laurenyee.com
Tyne Rafaeli was born in London and trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Columbia University. She has directed new plays, classics and musicals in London and the US. Her work has been seen at: Classic Stage Company, The Geffen Playhouse, The Atlantic Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Two River Theatre, New York Stage & Film, PlayMaker’s Rep, Goodspeed, Julliard, Great Lakes Theatre, American Players Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, The O’Neill Playwright’s Conference and PlayPenn, amongst others.
Tyne is a 2016-2018 Time Warner Directing Fellow at the Women’s Project Theatre andwas awarded the 2013-14 SDCF Sir John Gielgud Fellowship for Classical Direction.
She has served as Associate Director on THE KING & I, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, GOLDEN BOY (all Broadway), WOMEN ON THE VERGE (London’s West End), and she directed the 1st US National Tour of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY.
Upcoming projects include: MEASURE FOR MEASURE at the California Shakespeare Theatre and the world premiere of THE RAPE OF THE SABINE WOMEN, BY GRACE B. MATTHIAS by Michael Yates Crowley at Playwrights Realm, NYC.
Theatre: The Forgotten Woman (Bay Street). Television: Charles Van Dahl on Gotham (Fox), Madam Secretary (CBS). Film: Netflix’s Coin Heist, the indie Frat Star. Education: The Juilliard School.
Selected New York Theatre: FISH MEN (INTAR), CRUDE (Black Lab), MY MAÑANA COMES (Playwrights Realm- Drama Desk Nominee), ADORATION OF THE OLD WOMAN by Jose Rivera (INTAR), DRAWN AND QUARTERED (INTAR), AMERICAN JORNALERO (The Working Theater), FIT by Neil Konegisberg (Summer Shorts 4), SO GO THE GHOSTS OF MEXICO (La Mama Etc.).
Selected Regional: ARM AND THE MAN (Triad Stage), THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY (Woolly Mammoth- Helen Hayes Award Nominee), OEDIPUS EL REY (Woolly Mammoth)
Selected TV/Film: WHERE IS KYRA? (with Michelle Pfeiffer and Kiefer Sutherland), AMOK (Winner 2015 UK Film Festival), QUEDATE (available on HBO GO and HBO NOW).
BFA from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. Proud member of the 52nd Street Project.
Select theater credits: The Oregon Trail (Fault Line Theatre), Wyoming (Lesser America), Carnival Kids (Lesser America - NY Times Critics' Pick); Ghost Brothers of Darkland County by Stephen King, music by John Mellencamp in commercial workshop); Fairytale of New York (with David Simon and The Pogues in commercial workshop); Exit Carolyn (NYIT nomination); The Year of the Rooster (EST/Youngblood); Cloud Nine (Ambie Award Nomination) and Love's Labors Lost with The Nola Project; Too Little Too Late (HERE Arts - NYIT Nomination); and also with Lesser America: American River, Just Right Just Now, Too Much Too Soon, and Squealer. Film, TV, and New Media: Unicornland, Orange is the New Black, Me and Lizzie, Center Holds, Another Kind, Compulsive Love, Gasoline, Eagles Are Turning People Into Horses (BriTANick).