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EX HABITUS, Satirical Take on Millennial Podcasting, Comes to Corkscrew Theater Festival


Corkscrew Theater Festival presents the world premiere of Ex Habitus by Lilla Goettler and Katie Hathaway, directed by Goettler. Running August 23-September 3, Ex Habitus is a wild satire set in the world of millennial podcasting. Performed by Emma Hathaway, Alexander Katz, Derek Christopher Murphy, Renee Rises, and Jill Shackner*, Ex Habitus continues the inaugural season of Corkscrew Theater Festival, a new summer theater festival that provides early-career artists with a high level of production support.

Holly and Miles are heirs to an etiquette dynasty. Following in the footsteps of their media mogul friends Ben & Jen, Holly and Miles launch a new brand targeted at manner-less #millennials. Will privilege, politesse, and podcasts save them from destroying one another?

Presented by The Brewing Dept. and Fortress Productions, Corkscrew Theater Festival features five world premieres and five readings performed in repertory over four weeks. Special attention has been given to theater makers who are developing work through innovative and unusual collaborative models. A majority of the participating artists identify as women.

The creative team for Ex Habitus includes Isabel Nelson (set designer), Charlotte Seelig (lighting designer), Nell Simon (costume designer), and Benjamin Weiner (sound designer).

Performances of Ex Habitus will take place August 23-September 3 (see schedule above) at Paradise Factory (64 E 4th St, Manhattan). Critics are welcome as of August 23, which serves as the official opening. Tickets are $24 and can be purchased at or by calling 347.954.9125.

*these actors are appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.

About the artists

Katie Hathaway is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn. Her plays and musicals have been performed and developed at Ars Nova, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Flea Theater, New Dramatists, The Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, The Prelude Festival, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Joe's Pub, the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, and the Yale Institute For Music Theater. She is a MacDowell Colony fellow, New Georges affiliated artist, and an alumna of Barnard College; she received her MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College.

Lilla Goettler's recent directing/writing credits include: Stacking the Brooms (Ars Nova ANT Fest), Far Away (Barnard College) and the world premiere of Sarah Sander's Playgrounds. Recent assistant credits include: Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl (WP Theater), Nomads by Julia Jarcho (Incubator Arts) and Bright Half Life by Tanya Barfield (WP Theater).

About Corkscrew Theater Festival

Corkscrew Theater Festival is a partnership between The Brewing Dept., a nonprofit theater collective that seeks to improve and remake the traditional model of theatrical production according to the principles of artistic collaboration, and producer Alexander Donnelly's Fortress Productions, whose work on Broadway includes Sunday in the Park with George, Waitress (co-producer) and Oh Hello. Donnelly's other credits include Dream Ticket (Fringe Festival, winner for best director) and Plath (Fringe Festival, sold out run and nationally reviewed), both of which made the Producer's Perspective list of "10 shows that stand out at Fringe." Most recently, Fortress co-produced Providence, RI in The Tank's Flint and Tinder series.

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