A dystopian society ominously imprisons Irene for apparent rebellious activity. The relationships among three powerful women raise existential questions of what is love, what is friendship, and ultimately what is worth sacrificing your life for? Irene’s final decision challenges whether the meek will indeed "inherit the earth.” Irene’s courage offers hope that love may ultimately overcome betrayal and oppression.

Every Wednesday Post-show Actor Talkbacks
Thursday Panel Discussions

August 15th: Susan Slotnick, Susan MacNeil, Paul Houtkooper

August 22nd: Wayne Assing, Susan Slotnick, Eve Lewars

Photo Credit: Roselani Goehring 

Photo Credit: Roselani Goehring 

MEET THE CAST AND CREW

Penelope Skinner

Playwright

Penelope Skinner is a British playwright who came to prominence after her play 'Fucked' was first produced in 2008 at the Old Red Lion Theatre and the Edinburgh Festival to huge critical acclaim and has had successive plays staged in London including at the Bush Theatre, National Theatre and Royal Court Theatre, where she is a member of the Young Writers Programme. Her play 'Eigengrau' staged at the Bush Theatre in 2010 was a critical and box office hit and Skinner was nominated for the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2010. Skinner's play The Village Bike was her first play to be staged at the Royal Court Theatre where it had a sell out, twice-extended run starring Romola Garai and directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, winning her the George Devine Award and the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2011. In 2011 she wrote episodes for the Channel 4 series 'Fresh Meat'. In 2011, her play 'The Sound of Heavy Rain' was produced by Paines Plough and Sheffield Theatres touring in Roundabout. Her play 'Fred's Diner' was staged at the Chichester Festival Theatre's pop-up stage, following which The Independent newspaper described Skinner as "Our leading young feminist writer.” In 2013 Skinner co-wrote the screenplay for the film 'How I Live Now'

Kelly Kitchens

Director

Kelly Kitchens is a freelance director, the Co-Artistic Director of Seattle Public Theater, and a Guest Lecturer at The University of Washington. Her honors include: three-time nominated and two-time recipient of the Gregory Falls Award for Outstanding Director; winner of the Broadway World Critics Picks for Best Direction of a Play; two time winner of Seattle Theater Writers awards for Best Direction of a Play; named Best Director by the Seattle Weekly Readers Poll; and named in Seattle Magazine’s inaugural list of “Top 20 Most Talented People in Seattle.” Kelly earned her B.A. from Vanderbilt University and her M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. Some past directing projects include: the NYC workshop of Esther, a dance musical; stage directing O+E, a new adaptation of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice (Seattle Opera); Hand to God (Gregory Award recipient for Outstanding Production), Ironbound (Gregory Award nominee for Outstanding Production), Grounded, On Clover Road, The Other Place, (Seattle Public Theater);  Medea, As You Like It, and The Tempest (Seattle Shakespeare Company); Pride and Prejudice (THEATERWORKS, Colorado); and adapting and directing She's Come Undone (Book-It Repertory Theatre). Some upcoming directing projects include:  The Revolutionists for ArtsWest; Pulitzer Prize winner Cost of Living for Seattle Public Theater; and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro for Kentucky Opera.

Aidan Koehler*

Anna

Aidan Koehler has been performing in films and on stage regionally, in New York City, New Orleans and Guatemala since 2004. She is a member of Hudson River Playback, a founding member of Infinite Arms Puppet Theatre, and a member of Barefoot Theatre Company. With Hudson River Playback she performs locally, including at the ever-beneficent Denizen Theatre. Other recent shows include: Lebensraum (Abington Theatre with Harold Clurman Lab), Eavesdropping (The Cherry Lane with Barefoot Theatre), Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night (Vermont Shakespeare Company), and Babayaga (Urban Stages). She has taught in theatre outreach programs in NYC and as an adjunct in the SUNY New Paltz theatre department. Aidan plays violin and now studies science at SUNY New Paltz. What a beautiful world this is where we can share stories and listen to each other! Grateful to this community for all of it's sharing and listening, and to Jolie, for everything.

*Appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

Brittany Proia is a theatre-maker and composer.

Theatre credits include: New Jersey Rep, The York Theatre Company, Peterborough Players, Urbanite Theatre, IRT Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Nebraska Shakespeare, Bakerloo Theatre Project, Ozark Actors Theatre, and Fingerlakes Theatre Festival. Brittany also writes/performs original music solo and with her duo group 'The Britts.' As a producer, she believes in the importance of nurturing the development of new ideas to inspire and challenge our world views.

This will be Brittany's first experience on the DENIZEN stage. She couldn't be more grateful for the space, and to be surrounded by movers, shakers, and visionaries.

MFA graduate of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, and graduate of New York University's Steinhardt school with a Bachelor of Music. www.brittanyproia.com

*Appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

Brittany Proia*

Irene

Crystal Tweed is a model, actress and spokeswoman from Sullivan County NY. In recent years she has acted in several feature films around the Hudson Valley and Tri State area including One Percent More Humid, Unintended and Can you keep a secret. Her theatre credits include working with Tannis Kowalchuk one of the co artistic directors of the NACL Theatre in "People Like Us" a play about diversity and racial assumptions with a widely diverse cast of actors. Soonafter Crystal was cast in a traveling theatre group called 'Theatre on the Road' and had the great pleasure of performing "Murder Me Always" directed by Frank Marquette, at the world renowned Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY. 

Crystal Tweed

Gudrun

PRODUCTION TEAM 

Harry Lipstein Producing Artistic Director

Brittany Proia Co-Artistic Director

Ben Williamson Co-Artistic Director

Christine LaBoy Production Manager

Penelope Skinner Playwright

Kelly Kitchens Director

Liz Corey Asst. to the Director

Christine LaBoy Production Stage Manager

Nicolette Clock Assistant Stage Manager

Chantal Coleman Assistant Stage Manager

Ryan E. Finzelber Scenic Designer

Liz Corey Props Master

Ryan E. Finzelber Lighting Designer

Jeremy Johnson Master Electrician

Zach Gibson Tech Assistant

Christina English Costume Designer

Mike Wood Sound Designer

Box Office Hours:

Wednesday - Saturday: Noon - 5 PM

and an hour prior to performances;

Sundays: Noon - 2 PM

(845) 303-4136

DENIZEN Theatre

 Water Street Market
10 Main Street, Suite 501
New Paltz, NY 12561