New York Theatre Workshop
New York Theatre Workshop 2019 Residency

A Play for the Living

in a Time of Extinction
August 17, 2019

This event occurred as part of the 19/20 Theater Department season. This is an archived view.

An evening of interactive, interspecies storytelling that asks—through story, song and movement—how to be a human in an era of man-made extinction

New York Theatre Workshop

By Miranda Rose Hall
directed by Lisa Peterson

What has happened to the little brown bats? To the spotted tree frog? What will happen to Homo sapiens? A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction is an evening of interactive, interspecies storytelling.


Miranda Rose HallMiranda Rose Hall is a playwright from Baltimore, MD. Her play Plot Points in Our Sexual Development premiered at LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater in October 2018 and her play The Hour of Great Mercy premiered at Diversionary Theater in February 2019. She is currently under commission from LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, Yale Repertory Theater and Trinity Repertory Company. She has developed her work with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Playwright's Realm, Baltimore Center Stage, Woolly Mammoth, the Kennedy Center, EnGarde Arts, Provincetown Theater and the Orchard Project. She is a member of the Emerging Playwrights Group at Two River Theater, and is currently Resident Playwright of LubDub Theatre. BA: Georgetown University, MFA: Yale School of Drama.


Lisa PetersonLisa Peterson is a two-time Obie Award-winning writer and director. With Denis O’Hare, she wrote An Iliad, based on Homer’s epic, which won Obie and Lortel Awards for Best Solo Performance. Recent new work includes The Good Book (written with Denis O’Hare) at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and The Waves (adapted from Virginia Woolf by Peterson and composers David Bucknam/Adam Gwon at New York Stage & Film). She was the Associate Director at Berkeley Repertory Theatre for the last three seasons, where her projects included Office Hour by Julia Cho, It Can’t Happen Here (adapted from the Sinclair Lewis novel by Tony Taccone), Lillian Hellman’s Watch on the Rhine, Brecht’s Mother Courage, and a chamber version of Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra. At the Mark Taper Forum, where she was the Resident Director for ten years, her work included Lynn Nottage’s Sweat, Luis Alfaro’s Electricidad, Chay Yew’s House of Bernarda Alba, The Body of Bourne by John Belluso, and several projects with Culture Clash, including Chavez Ravine and Water & Power. At NYTW, in addition to An Iliad, she directed Tony Kushner’s Slavs, Naomi Wallace’s Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Caryl Churchill’s Traps and Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (Obie Award). Other recent directing work: The Great Leap (ACT); Culture Clash (Still) in America (SCR); Sweat (Mark Taper Forum); Hamlet (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Ernest Shackleton Loves Me (Second Stage, and taped for Broadway HD); To the Bone (Cherry Lane); Hamlet in Bed (Rattlestick) and King Liz (Second Stage). She has directed world premieres by major American writers including Tony Kushner, Beth Henley, Donald Margulies, Naomi Wallace, Jose Rivera, David Henry Hwang, Alice Tuan, Marlane Meyer, Basil Kreimendahl, Lisa Ramirez, Fernanda Coppel, Maria Irene Fornes, Jessica Hagedorn and many others.

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