Ritual for the End of Owing
New York Theatre Workshop

Ritual for the End of Owing

a work-in-progress reading
August 10, 2024

An artist wrestles with love, codependency, control and her work as she tries to save one of the last relationships she has: the one with her audience.

24/25 Hop Presents

Written by Sharon Mashihi
Directed by Katie Brook

An artist has spent her entire career telling and retelling audiences stories about herself. All the while, in her personal life, she has lost relationship after relationship. On this night, in this theater, the artist shows up in front of her audience with a new fear: What if the next relationship to go is the one she has with them, her audience? Can she save this relationship before it's too late? Can her audience help her? What ensues is a performance about love, work, codependency, how to live a life without regret, what to do with all the regrets you've already amassed, and the central question of how much control we actually have over our own life story.

Generously supported by the Howard Gilman 1944 Directorship at the Hopkins Center for the Arts Fund

Sharon Mashihi (she/her) is an artist and storyteller, primarily working in audio and performance.  She has worked on many podcasts, most notably The Heart, The Shadows, KCRW's Bodies and her own autofictional series, Appearances.  Described by New York Magazine as "a breakthrough for the podcast form," Appearances was named a best podcast of the year by The New York Times, Vulture, Indiewire, The L.A. Review of Books and others.  Sharon has won grants, fellowships and awards from Third Coast, NYSCA, Yaddo and Macdowell. In 2018, she won a Third Coast International Audio Festival Silver prize for her audio documentary, Man Choubam (I Am Good). She is also a screenwriter and film story editor whose credits include The Ticket, Thou Wast Mild and Lovely and Madeline's Madeline.

Katie Brook is an experimental theater director focused on new plays and devised work. Recent directing credits include ISLANDER (New Georges, HERE) The Cherry Orchard (Quantum Theatre, Pittsburgh) and Liza Birkenmeier's Dr. Ride's American Beach House (Ars Nova). For many years, Katie worked for the oral history project, StoryCorps, and has developed audio dramas, including The MS Phoenix Rising (Trish Harnetiaux, Playwrights Horizons). She received her MFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, and is currently a Lecturer in Directing at Tufts University's School of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies.

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