By Martyna Majok, Directed by Daniella Topol
September 9 – October 4, 2015
Presented as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival*
Winner, National New Play Network Smith Prize
Winner, David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize
In a world where even the ugly jobs are gone, hard-working Polish immigrant Darja is done dating cheaters and dreamers. It’s time to look out for herself and the only thing that matters more—her son. Over the course of three relationships spanning 22 years, Darja must decide how hard she’s willing to fight for what she loves most. From rising star Martyna Majok comes a new play brimming with humor, wit, and a lot of heart.
*The Women’s Voices Theater Festival, which boasts participation from more than 50 theaters throughout the Nation’s Capital region, is dedicated to featuring new work by female playwrights and highlighting the scope of plays being written by women.
Martyna Majok was born in Bytom, Poland, and aged in Jersey and Chicago. Her plays include Mouse in a Jar, the friendship of her thighs, Petty Harbour, reWilding, Woman at the Well, and Ironbound. Her plays have been performed and developed at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the claque, LARK Play Development Center, LAByrinth Theatre Company, The John F. Kennedy Center, The Playwright and Directors Center of Moscow, Dorset Theatre Festival, Round House Theatre, Satori Group, Yale Cabaret, HERE Arts Center, New York Stage & Film, Red Tape Theatre, and the LIDA Project, among others. Martyna has been awarded The David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize, The 2050 Fellowship from New York Theatre Workshop, The National New Play Network 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, and The Howard Stein Scholarship for Playwriting, and residencies at Ragdale and Fuller Road. Commissions from Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Foundation, Manhattan Theatre Club, Marin Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana, and The Foundry Theatre. Publications by Samuel French and Smith & Kraus. BA: University of Chicago; MFA: Yale School of Drama. She has taught playwriting at Wesleyan, The New Haven Co-Op High School, New Jersey Repertory Company, and SUNY Purchase, and assisted Paula Vogel at Yale. She is developing a musical about modern day Chernobyl for The Foundry Theatre. Proud member of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood, The 2014-2016 Women’s Project Lab, Ars Nova’s Uncharted for 2015-2017, and The Dramatist Guild. Martyna was the 2012-2013 NNPN playwright-in-residence at New Jersey Repertory Company. Incoming student at The Juilliard School, through the Lecomtre du Nouy Prize. Martyna is the 2015-2016 PoNY Fellow at the LARK.
Daniella Topol Upcoming world premiere productions include: Rachel Bonds’ Five Mile Lake (South Coast Rep), Cori Thomas’ When January Feels Like Summer (Ensemble Studio Theatre in a co-production with P73). Recent world premiere productions include: Jessica Dickey’s Charles Ives Take Me Home (Rattlestick Theatre) and Row after Row (Women’s Project), Rajiv Joseph’s Monster at the Door (Alley Theatre), Lloyd Suh’s Jesus in India (Magic Theatre and MaYi Theatre), Carla Ching’s Sugarhouse at the Edge of the Wilderness (MaYi Theatre), Willy Holtzman’s The Morini Strad (City Theatre), Sheila Callaghan’s Dead City (New Georges) and Lascivious Something (Women’s Project), and Janet Allard and Niko Tsakalakos’ Pool Boy (Barrington Stage Company). Committed to developing programs that support new writers and new plays, Daniella has been the Associate Producing Director of the City Theatre, the New Works Program Director of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and the Artistic Program Director of the Lark Play Development Center. Daniella lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.
Kathleen C. Geldard
Brian MacDevitt/Andrew R. Cissna