directed by Danya Taymor
June 4th @ 8:00 and June 6th @ 8:00
An immigrant woman waits for the bus after a long day. A man appears. A man always appears. And he has something to offer. But it’s never free. Spanning over 20 years and three different relationships, every scene is a little war between a man and a woman for their best version of security. What are two working class people willing to trade and how dirty are they willing to fight for the cheapest safety in a world that does not value all kinds of people?
Martyna Majok (playwright) was born in Bytom, Poland, and aged in Jersey and Chicago. Her plays include Mouse in a Jar (Red Tape Theatre, The LIDA Project), the friendship of her thighs (developed at the claque, The Playwright and Director Center of Moscow, and The John F. Kennedy Center), Petty Harbour (finalist for the 2012 Princess Grace Award in Playwriting, Vassar/NYSAF’s Powerhouse Festival), reWilding (Yale Cabaret, Satori Group), Woman at the Well (Downtown Urban Theatre Festival, NYC), and Ironbound (developed at Marin Theatre Company). Ironbound will be a part of First Look 2014 Repertory of New Work at Steppenwolf Theatre Company this summer. Martyna has been awarded The 2050 New York Theatre Workshop Fellowship, The Smith Prize for Political Playwriting, The Jane Chambers Student Feminist Playwriting Prize, The Merage Fellowship for the American Dream, The Olga and Paul Menn Award in Playwriting, a Ragdale residency, The Howard Stein Scholarship for Playwriting, commissions from Walkabout Theatre in Chicago and Apothecary Theatre Company in NYC, and publication by Smith & Kraus. Martyna studied at The University of Chicago and The Yale School of Drama. She has taught playwriting at Wesleyan, The New Haven Co-Op High School, and New Jersey Repertory Company, in addition to assisting a class taught by her mentor, Paula Vogel, at Yale. This coming year, she will develop Prypiat, a musical about modern day re-settlers to the area of Chernobyl, at New York Theatre Workshop. Proud member of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s writers’ group, Youngblood. Martyna was the 2012-2013 NNPN playwright-in-residence at New Jersey Repertory Company. She lives in New York City.
Danya Taymor (director) is a New York based director originally from northern California. Past directing credits include My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer, I Hate Fucking Mexicans (U.S. premiere/co-translator), The Shakes: Romeo and Juliet and The Honest Whore (The Flea), Asking For Trouble (EST/Youngblood), American Nightcap (INTAR). She has developed work at Theatre for a New Audience, Play Company, The Flea Theater, and Columbia University. Awards/fellowships include: Van Lier Directing Fellowship; Gates Foundation Grant; Sudler Prize, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and is an Artist in Residence at Theatre for a New Audience. She is a member of The Claque and directed Robert Askins’ Wrench for the 2013 Quads.
Sarah Sokolovic (Darya) Her New York credits include the Off-Broadway productions of Detroit and The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World (Drama Desk Nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical), both at Playwrights Horizons; and Relatively Speaking on Broadway. Her selected regional credits include A Streetcar Named Desire (Yale Rep) Cymbeline, Othello (Milwaukee Shakespeare); Homebody/Kabul, Under Milk Wood (Chamber Theatre); A Month in the Country (Milwaukee Rep); Bash, Danny and The Deep Blue Sea, Psycho Beach Party (Bialystock & Bloom); and The Shape of Things(Renaissance Theatreworks). Film and television: True Story, Cold Comes the Night,Omphalos, Bitches (short), The Strange Case of My Soul (short), Unforgettable, and The Good Wife (CBS) and the recently premiered La Vida Inesparada (Spain) and Every Secret Thing (2014 Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival). She is a proud graduate of Yale School of Drama, where she was the 2011 recipient of the Jerome L Greene Scholarship, and is currently an Annenberg Foundation Fellow.
Danny Binstock (Tommy) is pleased to be making his Claque debut. Other credits include Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Broadway, Cort Theater); Imaginary Invalid (Bard Summerscape); Pop! (Yale Repertory Theatre); Assassins (PlayMakers Rep); Nijinsky’s Last Dance (Yale Cabaret); Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Signature Theatre). Film includes: A Good Marriage. He holds a BFA from the University of Michigan and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
Alex Grubbs (Max) The In-Between (Noor Theatre @ NYTW) Mary Kate Olsen is in Love, a cautionary tail, These Seven Sicknesses (The Flea ), The Assessment (Fringe NYC) Other credits: Ajax, Philoctetes, Women of Trachis, Rum and Vodka (Theater of War)The 39 Steps, Barefoot in the Park (Heritage Theater Festival) M.F.A, University of Virginia
Jake Horowitz (Vic) was born and raised in Brooklyn. He was recently seen at TFANA as the Fool in King Lear, and as Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He is a recent graduate of LaGuardia High School and studied last year at the CalArts Theatre School.