By Martyna Majok
January 21 - February 4, 2018
Director: M. Bevin O'Gara
With: Adrian Abel Amador, Austin Jones*, Kate MacCluggage*, Marcin Mesa
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, two decades and three presidential administrations, Darja must decide how hard she’s willing to fight for what she loves most. From rising star Martyna Majok comes a portrait of a woman for whom love is a luxury - and a liability - when fighting to survive in America. A new play brimming with humor, wit, and a lot of heart.
was born in Bytom, Poland, and aged in Jersey and Chicago. Her plays have been performed and developed at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Women’s Project Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, and The John F. Kennedy Center, among others. Awards include The Dramatists Guild's Lanford Wilson Award, The Lilly Awards' Stacey Mindich Prize, Helen Merrill Emerging Playwright Award, Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play or Musical at The Helen Hayes Awards, The Ashland New Plays Festival Women’s Invitational Prize, The Kennedy Center's Jean Kennedy Smith Award, Marin Theatre’s David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize, New York Theatre Workshop’s 2050 Fellowship, Aurora Theatre’s Global Age Project Prize, National New Play Network’s Smith Prize for Political Playwriting, Jane Chambers Student Feminist Playwriting Prize, and The Merage Foundation Fellowship for the American Dream. Commissions from Lincoln Center, The Bush Theatre in London, The Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Rep, and Manhattan Theatre Club. Publications by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, TCG, and Smith & Kraus. Residencies at The Vineyard Arts Project with The Public Theatre, Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Fuller Road, Marble House Project, and Ragdale. BA: University of Chicago; MFA: Yale School of Drama, The Juilliard School. She has taught playwriting at Williams College, Wesleyan University, SUNY Purchase, Primary Stages ESPA, NJRep, and as an assistant to Paula Vogel at Yale. Alumna of EST's Youngblood and Women's Project Lab. Martyna is a Core Writer at Playwrights Center and a member of The Dramatists Guild, The Writers Guild of America East, and New York Theatre Workshop’s Usual Suspects. Martyna was a 2012-2013 NNPN playwright-in-residence and the 2015-2016 PoNY Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center. martynamajok.com
is Artistic Producing Director at the Kitchen Theatre Company. As a director, Bevin's credits include The Who & The What by Ayad Ahktar, Milk Like Sugar by Kirsten Greenidge (Elliot Norton Award nomination for Best Production) and Becoming Cuba by Melinda Lopez at the Huntington Theatre Company; The Bridges of Madison County, appropriate, A Future Perfect, Tribes (Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards for Best Production), and Clybourne Park with SpeakEasy Stage Company; Brahman/i, Chronicles of Kalki, You for Me for You, Love Person, and The Pain and the Itchwith Company One Theatre; Phedre with Actors’ Shakespeare Project; Fast Company with the Lyric Stage Company, Marjorie Prime with the Nora Theatre Company, How Soft the Lining and Translations with Bad Habit Productions, Two Wives in India and Gary with Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 2.5 Minute Ride with New Repertory Theatre, and Melancholy Play with Holland Productions.
KTC: Almost 20 shows in six seasons. Favorites include: Sex with Strangers, Peter and the Starcatcher, Call Me Waldo, The Whipping Man, Mary's Wedding, Seminar, and A Body of Water. Select NYC: Peer Gynt (Classic Stage Company), A Better Place (The Duke), NY Times Critic's Picks Handle With Care (Westside Theatre), The Awake (59E59), and Long Story Short (Prospect). International: English Theatre Berlin, Germany. Regional: Bay Street Theatre, Weston Playhouse, Dorset Theatre Festival, Geva Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Merry Go Round Playhouse, Gulfshore Playhouse, Urban Arias, Bucks County Playhouse, and others. Broadway (Associate): Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Color Purple (revival), King Charles III, Constellations, and Disaster! In 2011, David was nominated for the American Theatre Wing's Hewes Award for his design of First Prize (kef Productions). He is the recipient of the 2017 Norma Fire Emerging Artist Award. Member: United Scenic Artists 829. Education: Ithaca College. www.DavidArsenaultDesign.com
has designed and coordinated costumes for a number of previous productions at Kitchen Theatre Company, including: Precious Nonsense, Thin Walls, A Body of Water, Lungs, Black Pearl Sings!, Heroes, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, The Whipping Man, Circle Mirror Transformation, Irma Vep, Red Light Winter, Broke-ology and Waiting For Spring. Other favorite designs at the Kitchen include Mary's Wedding, Bed and Sofa, Last Train To Nibroc, I Become A Guitar, and Nine Parts Of Desire. She runs her own studio, where she designs and constructs prototypes, mascots and custom clothing for film and public appearances. She has been the Textiles Coordinator and Design Associate for MacKenzie-Childs, Ltd., and presently runs the costume shop at Cornell University. There she is responsible for training students in all aspects of costume construction, and has designed costumes for: Picasso At The Lapin Agile, Beat Box Bard, Bedroom Farce, and Drama, Dance And The Disco Of Desire, among others.
is Associate Producing Director at the Kitchen, where she has been a staff member since 2003. In addition to her administrative duties, she has created sound & projection designs for many productions (Mary's Wedding, The Brothers Size, The Whipping Man, Last Train to Nibroc, Speech and Debate, among others), written original music for family musicals (Physics Fair, Park Play, Winter Tales, Emmett & Ella's Big Apple Escapade, and more), danced and created choreography for fundraising events, and acted in Family Fare productions. Lesley is a co-founder of Porchfest, a music festival held on the porches of the Fall Creek and Northside neighborhoods since 2007.
is incredibly ecstatic to be making his debut at the Kitchen Theatre and to work with the tremendous cast and crew on this production! Adrian was born and raised in Washington Heights, New York, and is currently a Sophomore BFA Acting major at Ithaca College. His other credits include: The Rover, Luna Gale (Ithaca College), Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III(Ithaca Shakespeare Company), Twelfth Night (On the Verge), Really Really (Ithaca Theatre Collective), & The Love of Three Oranges (Acting Manitou at the Ensemble Studio Theater). He would like to thank his wonderful and supportive mother and father, his two batshit insane but lovable siblings Dito and Arliene, his beyond caring grandparents and aunt, Nana, Abuela Julia, Abuela Nancy, y Abuelo Pablo. He hopes that you have a wonderful night, and enjoy the show!
Is thrilled to be making his Kitchen Theatre debut. He was last seen in Ithaca in The Hangar production of The Foreigner. Other credits include: (New York City) - Classic Stage Company, The Roundabout Theatre, The Public Theatre, Next in Line Productions, Prospect Theatre Company, Clubbed Thumb, and the New York City Fringe Festival. (Regionally) - Yale Repertory, Stamford Center of the Arts, and the Chicago Mary-Arrchie Theatre. (Film and Television) Louie, Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos, Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, Lipstick Jungle, Firefly and the Bride, Lonely (PBS Short Film). Austin holds a MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama and recently joined Ithaca College’s Department of Theatre Arts as an Assistant Professor of Acting. austinjonessite.com
NY Theater: The Farnsworth Invention (Broadway); The 39 Steps (Off-B'way); The Merchant of Venice and Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre for a New Audience); In Quietness by Anna Moench (Dutch Kills); Primal Play by Krista Knight (New Georges); Three Sisters (The Assembly). Regional: Hartford Stage, Syracuse Stage, Long Wharf, McCarter, Westport Country Playhouse, Virginia Stage, Portland Center Stage, Denver Center, Chautauqua Theater Company. TV: "TURN: Washington's Spies" (AMC); "Law & Order: SVU", "Chicago Justice" (NBC); "The Knick" (Cinemax); "Red Oaks" (Amazon); "Rachel Dratch's Late Night Snack" (TruTV). Kate is the voice of Ella Sunshine on the Fall of the House of Sunshine Brushtown Stories podcast from writer Jonathan A. Goldberg. Upcoming: supporting lead in The Magnificent Meyersons, an indie film from writer/director Evan Oppenheimer. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting, BA: Wesleyan University. www.katemaccluggage.com
is a graduate of Ithaca College who now lives in Los Angeles. Some memorable theatrical roles include Jon in Tape and Sebastian in Twelfth Night. Some film credits include Ferny in Saving Lucas, Beau in Keep Quiet, and Elliot in Robbing Lessons. Marcin is overjoyed to finally be able to return to his college town and live out Ironbound on the Kitchen Theatre stage.