By Melisa Tien
March 21 - April 5, 2020
We are sad to share that this production has been postponed due to COVID-19. Please stay tuned for rescheduled dates.
If you could turn back time, what would you do differently? In this absurdly funny and unsettling new play, Lourdes, a woman of color who is poor, can rewind time—but only within the last five minutes. In a local café, she meets Sheryl, a wealthy white woman with a good heart. As they talk, Lourdes keeps rewinding time in an attempt to have the ‘right’ conversation with Sheryl. Soon, the pressure of history, social guilt, and well-meaning but misguided intentions creep their way into the exchange.
Playwright: Melisa Tien
Director: Kenneth Prestininzi
Featuring: Erin Anderson* & Ayesha Jordan*
* Indicates member of Actors Equity Association
Scenic and Prop Design: Deb O
Lighting Design: Anshuman Bhatia
Costume, Hair, and Makeup Design: Sabrina Notarfrancisco
Sound Design: Tei Blow
Stage Manager: Grace Gilmore
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Melisa Tien (Playwright) is a playwright, lyricist, librettist, producer, and educator. A New Dramatists resident playwright, she is the author of the plays Untitled Landscape, The Boyd Show, Yellow Card Red Card, and Familium Vulgare, and co-author of the music-theater works Swell and Mary. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and Marymount Manhattan College. www.melisatien.com
Kenneth Prestininzi (Director) is a director, playwright, and New Dramatists alum. Prestininzi has directed, written and/or developed new plays at ArtsEmerson (New Wave Festival), Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep, Dixon Place, Huntington Theater, Great Plains Theater Conference, Kansas City Rep, New Dramatists, New York Theater Workshop, Repertorio Español, Sleeping Weazel, Southern Rep, Sundance Institute, Trap Door Theater, Yale School of Drama (Associate Chair of Playwriting), and Z Space. He teaches at Connecticut College and the National Theater Institute.
Deb O (Set Design) is a set and costume designer. Select designs include: Trilobite (Flint Rep, MI & New Victory, NY), Field and Forest (Isabella Rossellini’s Farm, NY), This Is Reading (Reading Train Station, PA), Manmade (600 Highwaymen), Aubergine (Park Square Theater, MN), Black Conference (Falconworks, NY), Airness (Humana Fest, KY), Selkie and Lessons From Aloes (Z Space, CA), Light: A Dark Comedy (New Victory, NY), Rite Of Spring (Kimmel Center, PA), The Nature of Captivity (Mabou Mines, PS 122), The Mistakes Madeline Made (Yale Rep). M.F.A. Yale. www.debo.nyc
Anshuman Bhatia (Lighting Design) designs for Opera, Theater, and Dance. His designs have been seen across the U.S. and internationally. Recent designs include The Woman in Black at the McKittrick Hotel (NYC), Abduction from the Seraglio at Opera Omaha, and The Barber of Seville at Columbus Opera. M.F.A. NYU. www.bhatiadesign.com
Tei Blow (Sound Design) is a media designer and performer. He has made work with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Big Dance Theater, David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group, Dmitry Krymov, and others. Blow’s work has been featured at Hartford Stage, DTW/NYLA, PS122/PSNY, Lincoln Center, The Kitchen, BAM, The Public, and museums and theaters around the world. Blow received a 2015 Bessie award, and is in Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble, whose series “The Art of Luv” received the Creative Capital award. http://teiblow.com/
Sabrina Notarfrancisco (Costume Design) is an Associate Professor of Theater at Connecticut College and has designed costumes nationally for theater, dance, and film. She also serves as the Associate International Editor for Theater Design & Technology and is a jury manager for the upcoming World Stage Design 2021 exhibition in Calgary. http://sabrina-notarfrancisco.squarespace.com/
Erin Anderson (Sheryl) Off-Broadway: The Climb (Cherry Lane); Sleep No More (McKittrick Hotel). Recent regional: The Daughters (SF Playhouse - world premiere); Untitled F*ck M*ss S**gon Play directed by Robert O’Hara (O’Neill Playwrights Conference). TV: currently recurring on Law & Order: SVU. Film: The Living Worst (starred in and co-wrote; Best Ensemble Cast at 2019 DTLA Film Festival.)
Ayesha Jordan (Lourdes) is a New York-based multidisciplinary performer and creator. Ayesha is one of The Shed's Open Call Participants where she will present new work: Shasta Geaux Pop: Walk on Water. A few past performances include Girls at Yale Rep, Eclipsed by Danai Gurira, directed by Liesl Tommy, and Stairway to Stardom by Cakeface.