Written by Mark Schultz
Directed by James D Palmer
Featuring ensemble members Nicholas Combs, Alex Kyger, Meghan Reardon, Paige Sawin, Myah Shein, and Mike Tepeli. With Elita Ernsteen, Nina Gillespie, Lexi Lee, Mya Lawless, Nev Lawless, Tricia Pabst, and Nicole Rudakov
James D Palmer (Director) with ensemble members Emily Guthrie (Properties Design), Kyle Land (Lighting Design) and Myah Shein (Choreography), with Scott Davis (Scenic Design), Joseph Fosco (Sound Design), Katie Gassel (Chorus Director), Mike Mroch (Assistant Director), Catherine Smyka (Dramaturg), Mike Stanfill (Media/Projections Design), and Jessica Korpela (Costume Design)
What would you give to live the life of your dreams? What if there was no one to stop you? How far could you go and still be able to sleep at night? Brian is on the fast track to a successful career but one thing is weighing him down: his children. Together with his wife Stacey and a mysterious broker named Marco, the couple hatch a plan to trade their kids for another chance at happiness and a rekindled sex life. But when doubts about the kids’ fate start to haunt Stacey, how long can their newly found happiness last? Fresh off his 2011 Joseph Jefferson Award win, Red Tape Artistic Director James D. Palmer teams up with ensemble members Nick Combs, Meghan Reardon, Paige Sawin and Alex Kyger to mount this dark, comic parable from the author of A Brief History of Helen of Troy.
James D Palmer directed and adapted Dog in a Manger (2008). Directing credits include Church/Pullman, WA (2011), The Love of the Nightingale (2010 Jeff Award for Best Direction, Nominations for Best Production, Best Choreography, Best Sound, Best Fight Choreography), Enemy of the People (2009), Pugilist Specialist (2008), Endgame(2007), Baden Lehrstuck (2007), FEP: Jesusland (2006), and FEP: Coriolanus (2006). Producing credits at Red Tape include Brand (2011), Tragedy: a tragedy (2011),Obscura: a voyeuristic love story (2010), Mouse in a Jar (2009 Jeff Award for Best Sound Design). Selected readings and workshops with Goodman Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, American Theatre Company, and TUTA Theatre.
Mark Schultz. Recent plays include: Deathbed (Apparition Productions); Everything Will Be Different or A Brief History of Helen of Troy (Soho Rep/True Love Productions) for which he won the 2005 Oppenheimer Award and the 2006 Kesselring Prize; Polar Bear (Birmingham Rep, UK) Gift (Rising Phoenix Rep / NY Fringe Festival). Everything Will Be Different was produced by the Actors Touring Company with Theatre Royal Plymouth under the title A Brief History of Helen of Troy at the Soho Theatre in London after a UK tour. Other plays include Magic Kingdom; Brightness; The Gingerbread House. He has been commissioned by Playwrights Horizons, MTC (Sloan Commission), Birmingham Rep, StageFARM, and The Exchange. Readings and workshops: MCC Theater; The Vineyard; Rattlestick; MTC; New York Theater Workshop; The Public; Studio Dante; Woolly Mammoth. He was selected for a 2006 Royal Court Residency. His work is published by Oberon, Dramatists Play Service, and Smith & Kraus and was featured in Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope magazine. He is a member of Rising Phoenix Rep, and is coordinator of MCC Theater’s Playwrights’ Coalition. He holds an MFA in playwriting from Columbia University.