Co-produced with Playwrights Horizons
In a crumbling house in Arizona, a family haunted by addiction — and hardened into smart-asses — wrestles with the alcoholic ruin of its patriarch… who may or may not be repeatedly abducted by aliens. With humor and horror, John J. Caswell, Jr. brings us the transfixing story of a family mining the depths of loss, traveling lightyears to find a language for closure.
This production is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.
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DUSTIN WILLS (Director, he/him/his) directs theatre and opera. Upcoming: Jeremy O Harris’ A BOY’S COMPANY PRESENTS: TELL ME IF I’M HURTING YOU, Handel’s ALCINA (Yale Opera), Kate Tarker’s MONTAG (Soho Rep). Recent: Hansol Jung’s WOLF PLAY (Soho Rep), Keith Reddin’s BLACK SNOW (Juilliard), Phillip Howze’s FRONTIÈRES SANS FRONTIÈRES (Bushwick Starr—named a Top Ten Theatrical Production of 2017 by New York Magazine), Will Arbery’s PLANO(Paper Chairs, Austin TX), Casey Llewellyn’s O, EARTH (Foundry Theatre—Off-Broadway Alliance Best Play 2016), and a 2018 Baryshnikov Arts Center Residency. Recent opera: Mozart’s DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE and Stravinsky’s LE ROSSIGNOL. Wills has devised new work with Teatro L’Arciliuto in Rome, Italy, created large-scale puppetry pageants with Creative Action, trained with Augusto Boal in Theatre of the Oppressed legislative performance, and for a couple of years gave rogue tours of the Vatican. He is a Princess Grace Award recipient, as well as a Drama League and Boris Sagal directing fellow. MFA: Yale School of Drama.
JOHN J. CASWELL, JR.
Playwrights debut. John is a playwright originally from Phoenix. Recent honors include the L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award for WET BRAIN, the 2020 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award from the Vineyard Theater, the 2020 Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, a 2018 MacDowell Fellowship, a 2018 SPACE on Ryder Farm Creative Residency, Play Group member at Ars Nova, and the 2017 Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship. Education: Juilliard School, Hunter College, Arizona State University.
FRANKIE J. ALVAREZ
Playwrights and MCC debut. Off-Broadway: Othello (workshop, NYTW), Play On! Shakespeare Festival (CSC), Those Lost Boys: The Ten-Year Reunion (co-creator, Ars Nova). Regional: to the yellow house (La Jolla Playhouse); twenty50 (Denver Theatre Center); Bathing in Moonlight (McCarter Theatre); The Whipping Man (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Hamlet: Prince of Cuba/ Hamlet: Príncipe de Cuba (Asolo Rep); Measure for Measure, Julius Caesar (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). TV/Film: HBO’s Looking & Looking: The Movie (as Augustín), Let the Right One In, Fantasy Island, The Blacklist, New Amsterdam, Law & Order: SVU, The Good Wife.
Playwrights and MCC debut. Fernández has worked on stages all over the world, including The Public Theater, New York Theater Workshop, Yale Repertory, and Bristol Old Vic Theatre Royal. TV and digital: WeCrashed, The Resident, The Good Wife, The Exorcist, Temporary Guardian. Ceci is the co-creator and head writer at @instaMiniSeries.
Playwrights: Placebo. MCC: Last Easter. Other NYC theater: NYTW, The Public/Shakespeare in the Park, LAByrinth, MTC, Clubbed Thumb, The Movement Theatre Company, Second Stage, Ensemble Studio Theatre, IATI Theater, Repertorio Español. Film: Life After You (also co-wrote and produced), Faraway Eyes, The Ministers, Veronika Decides To Die. TV: Keep Breathing, Narcos, Bull, The Baker and The Beauty, Kevin Can Wait, Blacklist, Mysteries of Laura, Blue Bloods, Lipstick Jungle, Ugly Betty, Royal Pains, Law & Order (CI&SVU), Gossip Girl, One Life To Live. Her play underneathmybed was produced at Rattlestick and won HOLA’s Best New Play Award.
Playwrights and MCC debut. Broadway: On Your Feet, Lincoln Center’s Twelfth Night, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Fosse, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Paul Simons’ The Capeman. Off-Broadway: Oediups El Rey, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Antony and Cleopatra (The Public Theater). Film: Come Find Me, West Side Story. Television: For Life; Law and Order: Criminal Intent; Mad About You; Twelfth Night (PBS).
ARTURO LUÍS SORIA
Playwrights and MCC Debut. Broadway: The Inheritance. Off-Broadway: Ni Mi Madre (writer, and performer) (Obie Award for Best Performance); Hit the Wall (Barrow Street Theatre). Regional: The Kennedy Center, Yale Rep, The Guthrie Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Victory Gardens Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Milwaukee Rep, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Studio Theatre, The Inconvenience. TV: Insatiable (Netflix), The Blacklist (CBS), East New York (CBS).
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