Kate Benson and Nana Mensah Lead Mallery Avidon's New Play, GILDED GIRLS

Kate Benson and Nana Mensah Lead Mallery Avidon's New Play, GILDED GIRLS

A new play by Mallery Avidon (O Guru Guru, Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love) will receive a staged reading at the Drama League Friday afternoon, September 15th at 3:00 pm.

Gilded Girls is 66 (very) short plays about the end of the world. Nancy Reagan, Queen Elizabeth, Marie Curie, Leni Riefenstahl and Catherine the Great find themselves together at the end of the world. Over and Over and Over Again. Written by Mallery Avidon (O Guru Guru, Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love), directed and developed by Caitlin Sullivan, Gilded Girls is an experimental dark comedy about confronting our apocalyptic past, present and future.

The cast features Kate Benson ([PORTO], A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes, Obie Award) as Cathering the Great, Nana Mensah (An African City, Queen of Glory) as Queen Elizabeth the First, Jessica Almasy (tiger tiger (on the nature of violence, Mission Drift) as Nancy Reagan, Aizzah Fatima (High Maintenance and the author of Dirty Paki Laundry) as Marie Curie, Madeline Wise (The World My Mama Raised) as Leni Riefenstahl, and Matthew Korahais (Samara) as Man.

GILDED GIRLS received developmental support as part of the 2017 Artist Residency Program of The Drama League of New York (Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Executive Artistic Director; Travis LeMont Ballenger, Associate Producer; Sherri Eden Barber, Program Director). The Drama League Artist Residency Program is funded in part by the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust and the Howard Gilman Foundation.

Caitlin Sullivan is a New York based director and theatre maker. She was a co-founder and Artistic Director of Seattle's critically acclaimed Satori Group. With Satori, she developed and directed seven world premieres. She has also previously served as the Artistic Director of the Williams College Summer Theatre Lab, developing work with Caroline McGraw, The Bengsons, Mallery Avidon, Dipika Guha, and Martyna Majok. Caitlin's most recent work has been presented by New Georges, On the Boards, Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT/Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival and Cornish College of the Arts. She is the Associate Director (dir. Anne Kauffman) of Hundred Days (NYTW) and The Lucky Ones (ArsNova), both by The Bengsons and Sarah Gancher. Caitlin is a New Georges Affiliate Artist, a former Drama League Directing Fellow and current Next Stage Resident, and a graduate of Williams College.

Mallery Avidon's plays include queerSpawn, O Guru Guru Guru, or why I don't want to go to yoga class with you & Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love. Her plays have been produced at The Humana Festival, The Flea Theater, Studio Theater in DC, and at lots of other companies around the country. She is an alum of the Soho Rep writer/director lab, the Sundance/Ucross playwrights and composers' residency, and Ledig House international writers retreat. She is also an associate artist of Target Margin & a dramaturge for the international performance company Saint Genet. Her plays are published by Dramatists Play Service & Playscripts. She holds a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts & an MFA from Brown. Mallery was a staff writer for Season Two of HBO's High Maintenance which will premiere in January 2018. She is currently at work on her first novel.

MEGAN KINGERY / POE GLOBAL, LLC (Producer) Megan is a Tony-nominated producer of commercial theater, television, transmedia, multimedia, and print projects. With Backdrop Partners, she is a co-producer of Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, and has brought financing to the Broadway productions Fun Home and Hand To God, as well as Mat Franco: Magic Reinvented Nightly in Las Vegas. As Chief Creative Officer of POE GLOBAL, Megan develops new work for the stage, television, and print, and works with clients to take their ideas from ideation to creation. Megan has worked with Blue Man Group, Ensemble Studio Theater, Richard Frankel Productions, Target Margin Theater Company, Diverse City Theater Company, and Kiki and Herb. megankingery.com

Tickets are free- RSVP's highly recommended as space is limted:

http://tickets.dramaleague.org/shows/gilded girls/info

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