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Written by Mara Nelson-Greenberg

Directed by Rebecca Bradshaw
Sep 6- Sep 25, 2022

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When Sofia is hired as an empathy coach at a debt collection agency she sees that she has her work cut out for her. These employees can barely identify what an emotion is, much less practice deep, radical compassion for others. As they painstakingly stumble towards enlightenment, muggings and outbursts keep progress stalled as this seemingly blithe workplace becomes increasingly unsettling. This absurdly funny and potent play reminds us that change is not always easy, and may come with unexpected costs.

Recommended for ages 14+ 

Run Time is 90 minutes with No Intermission.

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Tuesday, September 6 through Thursday, September 8 at 7:30 PM


Friday, September 9 at 8 PM


Friday, September 16 at 8 PM

Friday, September 23 at 8 PM


Saturday, September 17 at 8 PM

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In Community Partnership with The Advocacy Center

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AMOREENA WADE (Sofia): Amoreena is thrilled to be making her debut with Kitchen Theatre Company. Some of her fondest theatre experiences have included Reckless with 40th St Stage in Norfolk, VA, You Can’t Take It With You with Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott, NY, and many shows with The Cherry Arts in Ithaca and KNOW Theatre in Binghamton, where she also directed and performed in benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues, and for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf. She has studied at Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC and was a stand-up comic for many years. She has also appeared in The CW’s One Tree Hill.

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ELYSE STEINGOLD (Eva): is an NYC-based actor/comedian thrilled to be making her regional theatre debut! Previous credits include productions and workshops at Williamstown Theatre Festival, The New Group, Kennedy Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Shakespeare Theatre Co. Her self-written short film, “Elyse in Paradise,” was a festival opener and honoree. Presidential Scholar in the Arts at George Washington University. Endless thanks and love to Lisa, Rebecca, the Kitchen team, family and chosen family! @elysesteingold

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MICHAEL SAMUEL KAPLAN (Jon): Michael has been seen previously at the Kitchen Theatre in Opus and At A Loss. His Off-Broadway and regional credits include Driving Miss Daisy, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, The Night Alive, Red, Miss Julie, Intimate Apparel, Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music, The Government Inspector, Our Town, A Christmas Carol, It’s A Wonderful Life Radio Play, Those Learned Ladies; the New York City premiere of A Splintered Soul; First Maria’s Italian and American production of Hamlet at Teatro Circulo in New York City; Kansas Repertory Theatre’s 2016 summer rep of Harvey and Angel Street; as well as the American regional premieres of The History Boys, Oblomov, Ants, and God’s Ear. His television credits include Law & Order, Seinfeld, Saved by the Bell, and Unsolved Mysteries. He received his formal training at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Yale Drama School, American Conservatory Theatre, and UCLA. He holds an MFA from the University of Alberta, and has worked internationally as an instructor, director, and coach, including here in Ithaca as an Assistant Professor at Ithaca College and a Resident Professional Teaching Associate at Cornell University.

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SCOTT THOMAS (Howie): Kitchen Theatre debut. New York theater highlights: Occupied Territories (59E59), The Dudleys! (HERE Arts Center), Donagoo (The Mint), The Champion (The BRIC) and the world premieres of Adam Szymkowicz’s The Why Overhead and Jacob Marz Rice’s Coping (New York Fringe, Soho Playhouse). Regional highlights: The world premiere of Paula Vogel’s A Civil War Christmas (dir: Tina Landau) at the Long Wharf, The Comedy of Errors (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Superior Donuts (Denver Theatre Center), Roadkill (Cape Cod Theatre Project). TV / Film / New Media: “I Know This Much Is True” (HBO), Skin (A24), “Younger” (TV Land), “Blue Bloods” (CBS), “Alternatino” (Comedy Central), “Red Dead Redemption 2” and work with Funny or Die, and more. Upcoming: Gareth Edward's "True Love" and “Women & Elephants” (Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival Semifinalist 2022). Scott regularly appears in the “Entirely From Memory” series at Littlefield in Brooklyn. Proud member of AEA & SAG; Juilliard graduate (Group 37). Scott is repped by Aaron Sandler and Forte Artist Management. This is for Mew, his beautiful angry fur-baby.


JAVIER DAVID PADILLA (Jordan): Javier David Padilla is a proud Latino actor born and raised in California, based in New York City. Theatre credits: Witch (The Huntington Theatre Company) Romeo and Juliet (Classical Theatre of Harlem), A Dollzes House (Signature Theatre), The Rocky Horror Show (Artist Repertory Theatre), Almost, Maine (L.A. Theatre Center), Commedia (Atelier Teatro Fisico), In The Red And Brown Water (Columbia University) Film: The Changeling (Apple TV) Education: BA in ‘theatre with an emphasis in performance’ from San Diego State University (2016) MFA in ‘acting’ from Columbia University (2019)

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ERIC BROOKS (Old Man): Eric is happy to return to the Kitchen Theatre stage, where he has appeared in numerous shows over the course of 20 plus years. Favorites include The Price, Talley's Folly, The Unexpected Man, Peter & The Starcatcher, and Precious Nonsense. With Ithaca’s Cherry Artists’ Collective: The Wetsuit Man, Testosterone, and The Snow Queen, among others. Selected regional credits: A View From The Bridge, The Iceman Cometh (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Guys and Dolls, Comedy of Errors, She Loves Me (Meadow Brook Theatre, Detroit), and South Pacific (St. Louis Muny and on tour). He is a certified meditation teacher, and maintains a NYS license as a Registered Nurse. Not a doctor, but played one on tv for several years (Guiding Light).

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SUSANNAH BERRYMAN (Janie/ Sofia's Mom): Susannah Berryman is a member longstanding member of Ithaca’s theatre community, serving as an actor, director, teacher, and coach. She recently retired from a 40-year teaching career in the BFA performance program at Ithaca College and continues to act and direct. Most recent: The Children at KTC and Nothing to Do with Love at the Cherry Arts. Susannah is grateful to KTC, the Hangar, and the Cherry Arts for providing ongoing artistic homes and is delighted to be back at KTC, where she has appeared in nineteen productions dating back to the KTC’s founding year. Some other venues: Homecoming Players, the Signature Theatre, Syracuse's Redhouse Theatre, the Tampa Playmakers, and the American Stage Company. Directing venues include the Kitchen Theatre, Ithaca College, Opera Ithaca, the Cider Mill Playhouse, the University of Illinois, and West Virginia’s Greenbrier Theatre. Most recent forays into film include Elizabeth Bishop and the Art of Losing (John Scott, dir.) and Paper Spiders (Inon Shampanier, dir.) Since retirement, Susannah has also picked up a writing habit. She would like to thank and congratulate Ithaca theatres and Ithacans at large for supporting such a vibrant theatre community, and for their continued support of theatre through the exigencies of COVID. Susannah considers it a privilege to live in a community that values and craves an active relationship with storytelling.


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MARA NELSON-GREENBERG (Playwright): Mara’s work has been developed at Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb and Ensemble Studio Theatre, among others. Her play Do You Feel Anger? premiered at the 2018 Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville and was produced off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre in 2019. Her play Hamlet by Mia Fefferman was a finalist for the 2017 Relentless Award. She is an alum of Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theater and Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers Group. She received her MFA from UC-San Diego under Naomi Iizuka.

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REBECCA BRADSHAW (Director) is excited to be in her second season as the Producing Artist Director at the Kitchen. She has built her career in Boston as a theatre director, producer, educator, casting director, and advocate. She has directed full productions for the Huntington Theatre Company, Lyric Stage, The Nora Theatre Company, SpeakEasy Stage, Greater Boston Stage Company, A.R.T. Institute, Emerson College, Bridge Rep of Boston, Central Square Theatre/MIT, Weston Drama Workshop, The Umbrella Center for the Arts, Fresh Ink Theatre, among others. Bradshaw spent 8 seasons at the Huntington Theatre Company, where she handled line producing, casting, and developing new work. She is a part of the Affiliated Faculty of Emerson College teaching directing and producing, and has taught casting seminars at Harvard University, Suffolk University, Boston University, Brandeis University, Lesley University, and Boston Conservatory. She is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers union. She is ecstatic to be making Ithaca her new home where she is surrounded by natural beauty and an invigorated community.

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KAYLA OWEN (Production Stage Manager) Off Broadway: Wish You Were Here (ASM), Selling Kabul (PA) at Playwrights Horizons. Touring: Macbeth and The Great Gatsby (ASM) with Aquila Theatre Company. New York: Production Supervisor for SheNYC Summer Theatre Festival 2022. Regional: The HobbitMystic Pizza (Concert Presentation), and Last Stop on Market Street (Concert Presentation) with Adirondack Theatre Festival. Animals Out of Paper, Other Desert Cites (PA) with Hudson Stage Company. Thanks her family and friends.

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WINNIE CHIANG (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to be in Ithaca and being part of this production. Her recent work includes Much Ado About Nothing (assistant stage manager at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Our Daughter, Like Pillars, The Bluest Eye, Witch (production assistant at Huntington Theatre Company); Shrike (assistant stage manager at Fresh Ink Theatre Company); King Lear, Pride and Prejudice (stage management intern at Actors’ Shakespeare Project).

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STILLER ZUSMAN (Scenic Designer) Stiller began her scenic work in theater, designing and building sets for Buffalo Ensemble Theatre.  At that time she was finishing an MFA in Sculpture at the University of Buffalo.  Thirty years later, after several full careers in fine arts, teaching and clinical art therapy,  she has been recruited back to theater. Her exhibitions  include shows at Albright Knox Gallery, where she received the Partners Press Award for Sculpture,  Everson Museum, Hall Walls Gallery, Adrianne Adrian Fine Arts and more. Her work appears in private and public collections, including a permanent installation at the University of Wyoming. She has designed many studio workshops for the Museum of Modern Art in New York, taught sculpture at SUNY Cortland and Ithaca College.  Her own gallery and teaching studio, Abovoagogo was on Seneca St, around the corner from the theater  for many years. 

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BRENDAN KOMALA(Scenic Design) Brendan has been building sets (and other things) for KTC ever since the transition to the "new" building, building every set but one in the last 9 years. A transplant from the midwest where he worked primarily for the Steppenwolf Theatre Company (and a variety of smaller Chicago area groups), he worked for Cornell on arriving in Ithaca and now enjoys the KTC family and looks forward to our new adventures for this season.

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MEGAN RUTHERFORD (Costume Design) Megan Rutherford is a freelance costume designer from Katy, Texas now based in The Bronx, NY. She holds an MFA in Costume Design from NYU and is thrilled to working back in Ithaca with The Kitchen. Most recently she has worked with The Glimmerglass Opera Festival, Cape Fear Regional Theater, The Hangar Theatre, Columbia University, and the Second Ave Dance Company.

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M. E. Berry (Lighting Design) M Berry is a theatre maker and designer based in Boston. They are delighted to returning to the Kitchen after working on Hurricane Diane last spring. They currently work at The Huntington as Lighting Design Assistant as well as working as a lighting designer, assistant designer, production assistant, and technician around Boston. They have had the pleasure of working on productions with Princeton University, Boston Conservatory, Princeton Summer Theater, Urbanity Dance, Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, The Huntington, Central Square Theater, and others. Favorite full lighting designs include Fun Home (Lewis Center for the Arts, 2019), The Moors (Theatre Intime, 2018), and Baltimore Waltz (Princeton Summer Theater, 2018). See their work at

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HANNAH AVERY (Assistant Director) Hannah Avery (She/Her) is a theatre practitioner from Suwanee, GA. She has won several awards for her work as an actor, playwright, and director, and in October of 2019, she earned the highest female score at Georgia’s statewide theatre conference (SETC Screening Auditions). She loves Do You Feel Anger?, and is excited to be working on this production!

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HELEN KUHAR (Props Manager) Helen (They/Them) is a theatre-maker and musician from Seattle, WA which stands on the land of the Coastal Salish and Duwamish people. Helen’s credits include ASM for Hurricane Diane (KTC), Fade (KTC), The Chinese Lady (KTC), as well as This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing (Emerson Stage), Good Breeding (Emerson Stage), and Our Daughters, Like Pillars (Huntington Theatre Company). Helen graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Stage and Production Management. 

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JESSE COLE (Lead Electrician) is excited to be back at the Kitchen where he
previously was the Lead Electrician for Hurricane Diane. A recent Alumnus of
Western Michigan University (BFA), Originally from Greenville Michigan, But he
currently Calls Kalamazoo, MI his home. Last Year he served as Master
Electrician for Crossroads Repertory Theatre in Indiana; working on shows such
as Seeger and I Loved, I Lost, I made Spaghetti before landing as the
In-House Electrician for Miller Auditorium - A union roadhouse back in
Kalamazoo. This Summer Jesse Has worked as the Head Electrician at Hangar
Theatre, In-house Lighting Designer for the Ithaca State, and a general
electrician around the Finger Lakes Area.

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