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Cast Announced for Sheila Callaghan & Daniella Topol's (NOT) WATER at 3LD


New Georges will present the World Premiere of (NOT) WATER co-conceived by Sheila Callaghan and Daniella Topol, written by Sheila Callaghan and directed by Daniella Topol as part of Works On Water, a month-long, multi-disciplinary art event that presents multiple artistic perspectives on water in a global context, at the 3LD Art & Technology Center (80 Greenwich Street) June 6-30 with performances on Tue 6/6, Wed 6/7, Fri 6/9, Sat 6/10, Tue 6/13, Thu 6/15, Fri 6/16, Sat 6/17, Thu 6/22, Sat 6/24, Tue 6/27, Thu 6/29 & Fri 6/30 at 7:30pm; Tue 6/20, Wed 6/21 & Wed 6/28 at 8:30pm; Fri 6/23 at 9pm; Wed 6/14, Sun 6/18 & Fri 6/23; Sun 6/11 at 5pm; Sun 6/25 at 12:30pm. Tickets ($20-$45) will go on sale to the general public on Monday, May 15 at or

(NOT) WATER is Sheila Callaghan & Daniella Topol's epic exploration of their epic exploration of an element so epic it's taken a decade to explore: a large-scale, immersive theater piece that addresses humanity's relationship to water in the face of profound environmental change.

(NOT) WATER reunites Sheila Callaghan, Daniella Topol, New Georges and 3LD 11 years after their critically acclaimed production of DEAD CITY. Sheila and Daniella conceived of (NOT) WATER soon after, including designers in all their development processes so text and theatricality would emerge simultaneously. (NOT) WATER was created with an ace team of collaborators including associate playwright Liza Birkenmeier (2016-2017 Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater; Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow) and a design team that includes Deb O (Massacre at The Sheen Center; Ubu Sings Ubu at Abrons Arts), Ari Fulton (Alligator with New Georges; The Widow of Tom's Hill at 59E59), Barbara Samuels (The Frightening at Abrons Arts; Caught with The Play Company), Broken Chord Collective (Eclipsed on Broadway; Bull in a China Shop with LCT3), and Cory Einbinder (The Service Road with Adhesive Theater Project), with science dramaturgy by Guerilla Science.

The cast will feature Rebecca Hart (10 out of 12 with Soho Rep; The Great Immensity with The Civilians/The Public Theater), Carmen M. Herlihy (Kingdom Come with Roundabout; Doctor Faustus with Classic Stage Company), Ethan Hova (The Wong Kids with Ma-Yi; Metrocards at EST), Polly Lee (Ken Urban's Nibbler with Rattlestick; Now is the Time with Little Lord), April Matthis (Fondly Colette Richland with ERS at New York Theatre Workshop; 2015 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance), and Mike Shapiro (Charleses with The Tank/The Brick; Motel Cherry with New Georges/Clubbed Thumb at HERE).

As part of the bigger multi-disciplinary art event, Works on Water, (NOT) WATER will share its space with a new triennial of thematically-linked works of time-based visual and participatory art curated by a team that includes Sarah Cameron Sunde and Katie Pearl.

Sheila Callaghan (Playwright)'s plays have been produced and developed by Soho Rep, Playwrights Horizons, Yale Rep, South Coast Rep, New Georges, Clubbed Thumb, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, The Flea, Woolly Mammoth, Boston Court, and Rattlestick, among others. She is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award, a Jerome Fellowship from the Playwright's Center in Minneapolis, a MacDowell Residency, a Cherry Lane Mentorship Fellowship, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Whiting Award. She is published by, Samuel French, and collected works are published by Counterpoint Press. Sheila is an affiliated artist of New Georges and Clubbed Thumb, a member of the Obie winning playwright's organization 13P, an alumna of New Dramatists, and a founder of the feminist activist group The Kilroys. She is a writer/producer on the hit Showtime comedy Shameless. She was nominated for a 2016 Golden Globe for her work on the Hulu comedy series Casual and a 2017 WGA Award for her Shameless episode "I Am A Storm."

Daniella Topol (Director)'s world-premiere productions include Martyna Majok's Ironbound (Rattlestick; Roundhouse; Steppenwolf's First Look, NY Times Critics' Pick), Jessica Dickey's Charles Ives Take Me Home (Rattlestick) and Row After Row (Women's Project), Cori Thomas' When January Feels Like Summer (EST/P73/WP Theater; NY Times Critics' Pick), Rachel Bonds' Five Mile Lake (South Coast Rep), Sheila Callaghan's Dead City (New Georges) and Lascivious Something (WP Theater), Rajiv Joseph's Monster at the Door (Alley Theatre), and Lloyd Suh's Jesus in India (MaYi and Magic). She is a board member of the Lark Play Development Center, a NYTW Usual Suspect, member of EST, a Women's Project Lab alumnus, and a New Georges affiliated artist. In 2016, Topol was named Artistic Director of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.

New Georges, founded in 1992, is one of New York City's premiere downtown theaters, a strategically small company with a national reputation as a hub and a launchpad for the most adventurous theater artists (who are women) working today. Through productions of boundary-pushing new plays, several varieties of play development programs, and our indispensable workspace, The Room, we support the largest ongoing working community of women theater artists in New York City and have launched an unprecedented generation of women playwrights and directors. Honors for New Georges, its plays and its people include 3 Obie Awards, The Lilly Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Kesselring Prize, and New York Magazine has called New Georges an "important, risk-taking organization." Notable productions include Kate Benson's 2015 Obie Award-winning A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes, directed by Lee Sunday Evans; MArielle Heller's The Diary of a Teenage Girl, directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde and Rachel Eckerling; Eisa Davis' Angela's Mixtape, directed by Liesl Tommy; Jenny Schwartz's God's Ear, directed by Anne Kauffman; Heidi Schreck's Creature, directed by Leigh Silverman; Sheila Callaghan's Dead City, directed by Daniella Topol; and Lisa D'Amour's Anna Bella Eema, directed by Katie Pearl. New Georges has provided critical early-career opportunities to additional playwrights and directors who include Lucy Alibar, Rachel Bonds, Rachel Chavkin, Lynn Rosen, Rachel Dickstein, Maria Mileaf, Lila Neugebauer, Jen Silverman, Diana Son, Kathryn Walat, Tracey Scott Wilson, Anna Ziegler, Portia Krieger, and many more.

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