Playgrounds by Sarah Sander


Playgrounds_cover_851x315Playgrounds by Sarah Sander

directed by Kareem Fahmy

May 28th @ 8:00 and May 30th @ 8:00

Justine leaves a dark chapter behind and moves to Brooklyn to work as a nanny for her cousin Cynthia. Finding refuge in a small community of female caretakers at the local playground, she tries to ignore the tension in Cynthia’s home that threatens her own healing. When Justine finally chooses to speak up, for the sake of a child, her past and present converge in a violent nightmare.


 Sarah Sander (playwright) has seen her work developed and/or produced by Columbia University, DC Arts Center, Florida Studio Theatre, Inkwell Theatre, Kennedy Center, LARK New Play Development Center, Page 73 Productions, Project Y and Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival. She’s a New Georges Affiliated Artist, current Dramatist Guild Fellow, member of The Public Theater’s 2015 Emerging Writers Group and alumni of Page 73 Production’s writers group, Interstate 73. For the 2009-2010 season she served as a National New Play Network Playwright in Residence (Florida Studio Theatre). MFA: University of Iowa.

Kareem Fahmy (director) is a Canadian-born director and playwright of Egyptian descent. His play The In-Between was produced by Noor Theatre. He is a founding member of |the claque| and has directed three times for The QUADS: Monet Hurst-Mendoza’s Veil’d, Darcy Fowler’s The Bird and the Two-Ton Weight, and Sarah Sander’s Playgrounds. Kareem has worked extensively in new play development with companies including Berkeley Rep (The Ground Floor), Sundance Institute Theatre (PEN World Voices Series), Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Partial Comfort Productions. He is an alumnus of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, has been a Van Lier Directing Fellow at Second Stage, a Drama League Classical Directing Fellow with Red Bull Theatre, and an Emerging Artist Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop. Kareem has assisted Tony Award-winners Michael Mayer (The Illusion, Signature Theatre) and John Tiffany (Once, NYTW). In Montreal he directed the Canadian premieres of Suzan-Lori Parks’ Venus and Naomi Iizuka’s Language of Angels. Kareem is a member of Rising Circle Theater Collective and is an NYTW Usual Suspect. MFA: Columbia.

Heather Hollingsworth (Justine) is a native of New Orleans where she received a Theater BA from Tulane University. After moving to New York, she received her Acting MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts and has since performed in various plays, workshops and readings with Classic Stage Company, Cherry Lane, Mabou Mines, Gene Frankel Theatre, Performance Lab 115, The Ohio, LAByrinth, The Women’s Project, New York Theater Workshop, and The Public. In 2008, Heather co-wrote and performed Ask Dr. Mueller, a stage adaptation of writer-outlaw-actress-witch doctor-art hag, Cookie Mueller. In 2011, she co-wrote, co-produced, and starred in the short film US. A Family Album, an official selection of the 2012 San Francisco International Film Festival, Frameline 36, and the New Orleans Film Festival. When she’s not acting on stage and screen, Heather is a singer in the Royal American Social Aid and Pleasure Club, a 10piece New Orleans Funk and R&B review. Visit her at!

Rebecca Hart (Cynthia) Film: Young Adult (Paramount), Wendell & the Lemon (Imperfect Films, upcoming). NY Theatre: The Civilians’ “The Great Immensity” (Public), “Son of a Gun” (Beckett/Theatre Row), “Vendetta Chrome” (Clubbed Thumb), “Dead City” (New Georges), “STRUCK” (Ice Factory/New Ohio). Regional, etc: “O Guru Guru Guru” (Humana Festival), “Tigers Be Still” (Public Theatre ME), “How To Break” (National Theatre Oslo, Norway), “A Devil at Noon” (Humana Festival), ORESTES (Folger & Two River), Rock & Roll: the Reunion Tour (Actors Theatre of Louisville). She is a singer/songwriter ( and composer (Recent projects include ‘How to Break’ in Norway and at the NY Hip Hop Theatre Festival, and Target Margin’s “Uriel Acosta: I Want That Man” at the Chocolate Factory LIC). She is an alum of the Maggie Flanigan Studio and a Civilians Associate Artist.

Aimée Cucchiaro (Harper) Aimée is delighted to be a part of the Quick and Dirties for the second year in a row, after working on Crystal Skillman’s “Drunk Art.” Favorite roles: Victim in “The House of Von Macramé” directed by Nick Leavens, Magenta in “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” and Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet.” She is grateful for this opportunity, and thanks her family and friends for their support and love.

Socorro Santiago (Carmen) just finished Jose Rivera ‘s play Adoration of The Old Woman (4 stars Time Out Magazine) at Intar Theatre. She has performed on Broadway in The Bacchae (Circle in the Square) and off-Broadway at the 59E59st Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, Naked Angels,among others. She just completed two shows at Long Wharf Theatre: Eric Ting’s adaptation of MacBeth 1969 and John Patrick Shanley’s Italian American Reconciliation (directed by Eric Ting). She has also been blessed to work with 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegria Hudes on Like Water for Chocolate (Sundance Theatre Lab) and the world premiere of 26 Miles (Alliance Theatre). Socorro also earned an Independent Reviewers of New England actress nomination for her role in Boleros for the Disenchanted by Jose Rivera at Huntington Theatre. Film credits include Order of Redemption, All Good Things, and Freedomland, among many. Numerous television appearances include The Good Wife, Unforgettable, Bored To Death, The Good Wife and all the Law & Orders. She received an American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Award for her work as Isabella Santos on All My Children.