The Resting Place is a provocative and intense look at an American Family in a cloudburst of crisis—filled with raw humor, piercing darkness and fierce love. Ashlin Halfnight (Magic Virgin Play Festival 2017) addresses familial obligation, guilt, our own complacency and culpability in wrongdoing and asks, how do we reconcile our love for someone with the knowledge of their horrifying transgression?
Ashlin Halfnight is currently a writer on the Emmy Award-winning Netflix show, BLOODLINE. His feature films ASTRAEA and DIVING NORMAL can be found on VOD, and his mockumentary feature MAYBE THERE'S A TREE (starring Colin Mochrie & Creed Bratton) is currently in post-production. His teen thriller SURVIVAL BOX is in pre-production, scheduled to shoot in July, 2017 in Toronto. His plays have been performed across North America and Europe and include ARTIFACTS OF CONSEQUENCE, A HARD WALL AT HIGH SPEED, LAWS OF MOTION, and GOD'S WAITING ROOM. Ashlin is a Fulbright Scholar, former professional hockey player signed by the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, a Howard Stein Playwriting Fellow, and was the 2006 artist in residence at the National Theater of Hungary, in Budapest. Ashlin holds an honors BA in English from Harvard University and an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and sons, and enjoys whiskey, new socks, and the film Footloose.
is embarking on her eleventh season as Magic Theatre’s Artistic Director. At Magic, she has developed and premiered Taylor Mac’s Hir; Luis Alfaro’s Oedipus El Rey, Bruja, and This Golden State: Part 1: Delano; Polly Pen and Victor Lodato’s Arlington; Linda McLean’s Every Five Minutes; Sharr White’s Annapurna; Lloyd Suh’s American Hwangap, Jesus In India; Anna Ziegler’s Another Way Home; and Octavio Solis’ Se Llama Cristina; and shepherded the American premieres of Penelope Skinner’s Fred’s Diner, Linda McLean’s Any Given Day, and Mark O’Rowe’s Terminus among many others. Ms. Greco’s directing credits at Magic include Theresa Rebeck’s Mauritius, Liz Duffy Adams’ Or,, Sharr White’s The Other Place, Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters, and last season's critically acclaimed revival of Sam Shepard’s Fool For Love and the World Premiere of Han Ong’s Grandeur. This season Ms. Greco will be directing Barbara Hammond’s The Eva Trilogy and Jessica Hagedorn’s The Gangster of Love on the Magic stage.Ms. Greco’s New York Directing premieres include: Tracey Scott Wilson’s The Story (Kesselring), Lackawanna Blues(Obie) by Ruben Santiago Hudson, and Nilo Cruz’s Two Sisters and a Piano (Kesselring) at NYSF/Public Theater; Kathryn Walat’s Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen, Karen Hartman’s Gum, Toni Press-Coffman’s Touch, and Rinne Groff’s Inky at Women’s Project; Emily Mann’s Meshugah at Naked Angels; Laura Cahill’s Mercy at The Vineyard Theatre and Nilo Cruz’s A Park in Our House at New York Theatre Workshop. Regional directing credits include Life is a Dream at California Shakespeare Theater, the critically acclaimed revival of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow and the West Coast premiere of David Harrower’s Blackbird at American Conservatory Theater; Romeo and Juliet and Stop Kiss at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and productions at La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, McCarter Theatre Center, Long Wharf Theatre, Studio Theater, Intiman Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Area Stage, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Playmakers Repertory Company. She directed the national tour of Emily Mann’s Having Our Say as well as the international premiere at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa. Greco has developed work with dozens of writers at Sundance, The O’Neill, South Coast Repertory, The Mark Taper Forum, New Harmony, New York Stage and Film, The Cherry Lane, New Dramatists, and The Public. Prior to her Magic post, she served as Producing Artistic Director of New York’s Women’s Project where she produced the work of Lisa D'Amour, Katie Pearl, Diedre Murray, Diane Paulus, Karen Hartman, Lynn Nottage, Tanya Barfield, and Rinne Groff. As The Associate Director/Resident Producer at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, Ms. Greco conceived and launched their Second Stage-On-Stage Festival of New Work where she commissioned and produced the work of Doug Wright, Jane Anderson, Nilo Cruz, Adrienne Kennedy and Joyce Carol Oates among others. Ms. Greco received her MFA from Catholic University, her BA from Loyola University, New Orleans and is recipient of two Drama League Fellowships and a Princess Grace Award.
"I’m walking down the street and there’s a door in the fence open and inside there are three women I’ve seen before…"
Three old friends and a neighbor spend a summer of afternoons in their English backyard.
Entwined histories, laughter, and song abound over tea and catastrophe.
Born in London in 1938, Caryl Churchill grew up in the UK and in Montreal, Canada. She studied English at Oxford University, and her first play, Downstairs, was written and staged in 1958 while she was still at university. In the 1970s Churchill produced short radio plays, and moved to theatre in the early 1970s. Caryl Churchill is widely recognized as the UK’s leading female dramatist. Her plays are politically focused and show strong views on fortune, exploitation, and women’s rights. Her own experience as a middle class wife and mother gives her insight into her characters and allows her to knowledgably write about feminism and the impact of gender inequality on women like her.
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