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New Light Theater Project Closes Season with THE HOLLOWER

New Light Theater Project Closes Season with THE HOLLOWER

New Light Theater Project is thrilled to present the New York premiere of the hollower written by Liza Birkenmeier and directed by Kristy Dodson. the hollower begins performances Thursday, May 17 for a limited engagement through Saturday, June 9. Press opening is Friday, May 25 at 8 PM. The performance schedule is Wednesday - Friday at 8 PM,Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM, and Sunday at 7 PM. Please note: The Sunday, May 27 performance is at2 PM; there is no 7 PM performance. Performances are at Access Theater (380 Broadway, at White Street, two blocks south of Canal). Tickets are $25 - $35. To purchase tickets, visit

Otto is visited by an investigative podcaster who is half-pig, half-man. She also has a teenaged occult enthusiast houseguest who is making a claymation film about witchcraft in her kitchen. the hollower is a modern haunt-comedy exploring seventeenth-century colonialism and how crowded isolation can be.

This new play by Liza Birkenmeier (who was a finalist for the inaugural Relentless Award and made the Kilroy's 2016 list) tackles the perils of having a body in a repressed, imperialist, and moralistic world.

The cast features Patrena Murray (A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Public Theater; Suzan-Lori Parks'Venus at the Signature Theater); Reyna de Courcy (The Whale with Playwrights Horizons); SamuelIm (Beardo at Pipeline Theater Company), Ryan Wesley Stinnett (The Nomad, dir. Elizabeth Swados, at The Flea), and ToniAnne DiFilippo.

The design team includes You-Shin Chen (scenic design); Carolyn Wong (lighting design); Max Archimedes Levitt (costume design); Andy Evan Cohen (sound design and music direction); and Leila Ben-Abdallah (prop design). The production stage manager is Lindsey Hurley. The assistant stage manager is Cafega Haynes-Rodriguez.

Liza Birkenmeier (playwright) is a member of the Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater and recently collaborated on (Not) Water with Sheila Callaghan, Daniella Topol, New Georges, and 3-LD. Her work has been seen or heard at The Playwrights Realm, Ars Nova, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Rattlestick, The School at Steppenwolf, The San Francisco Playhouse, City Theatre, Prelude NYC, and elsewhere. She is a commissioned artist at Ars Nova and Carnegie Mellon University and is a New Georges Affiliated Artist. She has been awarded fellowships at Yaddo, Millay, and MacDowell Colony. She received her MFA at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.

Kristy Dodson's (director) work has been seen at Lincoln Center Theater, The Public Theater, The McCarter Theater, Labyrinth Theatre Co, Rattlestick, Theatre Row, The Lark Play Development Center, among others. She was the founding Artistic Director of Overturn Theatre, where she commissioned and produced an array of new works that focused on questioning universals through artistic exploration. She has worked administratively in Artistic, Production, Literary, and Development at The Vineyard Theatre, The Lark Play Development Center, Theatre 167, Planet Connections, EyeKnee Coordination, and Making Books Sing. Kristy is an honorary member and curator of the Little People Of America Dwarf Artist Coalition. M.F.A in Directing from Brooklyn College.

Founded by Sarah Norris and Michael Aguirre, New Light Theater Project (NLTP) is an ensemble-driven theater company that strives to capture the Little Theater Movement (artistry over commerce; producing new and classic works) in the NYC indie theater community. To accomplish this, NLTP places the ensemble at the center of the process, where all members, regardless of artistic role, bear weight and voice to the stories selected to tell. NLTP devises and develops new work, brings classical texts and revivals to life, and creates a spirit of community for all theatrical collaborations. NLTP illuminates other artists and companies through a network of shared resources, such as The Spotlight Series and Darkroom, while cultivating theatrical partnerships around the world. For more information, visit

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