Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side
By Adrienne Kennedy 
Directed by Timothy Douglas
Now streaming on demand | World Premiere

Etta and Ella Harrison are astoundingly gifted scholars, deeply connected sisters, and dangerously bitter rivals. They frequently write and teach together, and even their separate works are unnervingly similar, often sourced from their own family history. Now, after a lifetime of competition, they are on the verge of destroying each other. Adrienne Kennedy intricately blends monologue, dialogue, voiceover, and prose to create an experience that is part experimental play, part narrative thriller, and wholly unforgettable. Set against the gothic backdrop of their academic New York world, Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side is a taut, kaleidoscopic tale of ambition and madness—brought to theatrical life for the very first time.

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Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side runs approximately 35 minutes.
Content Warning: Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side features mature themes and violent imagery. 

Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side  is part of The Work of Adrienne Kennedy: Inspiration & Influence play festival produced in association with McCarter Theatre Center.

Round House Theatre’s 2020-2021 Reimagined Virtual Season is sponsored by Mitch & Heidi Dupler, Linda Ravdin & Don Shapero, and The Zickler Family.
The Work of Adrienne Kennedy: Inspiration and Influence  festival is underwritten by The RPM Fund.
Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side  is sponsored by Susan Gilbert & Ron Schechter.

Hailed as “American theatre’s greatest and least compromising experimentalist” (New York Times), Adrienne Kennedy is one of the most prolific and widely studied living playwrights. Since bursting onto the scene in 1964 with Funnyhouse of a Negro, Kennedy’s enthralling lyrical dramas have influenced generations of storytellers, from Suzan-Lori Parks to Robert O’Hara, Shonda Rhimes to Jeremy O. Harris. Despite her outsized influence, three Obie Awards, and induction into the Theater Hall of Fame, Adrienne Kennedy is not a household name. This festival is a celebration of why she should be. Round House shines a light on four deeply personal stories from Kennedy’s astonishing body of work with four virtual theatrical experiences and dynamic conversations, offering audiences the opportunity to discover Kennedy’s singular voice—a startling mix of the surreal with the all too real. 

NOTE: Plays will be released weekly and will be available on demand through April 30, 2021. Patrons may purchase a full festival pass or choose individual plays.

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