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a new play

from liza birkenmeier

Strangely appealing...aggressively quirky...her dialogue often pings with a darkly surreal humor." Elizabeth Vincentelli, NY Times

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Photos by Hunter Canning

"Odd and fascinating...I can assure you it is unique. The cast is excellent.”

Wendy Caster

Show ShowDown

Perceptively imagined, lovingly staged, beautifully acted, and definitely different.”

Jon Sobel

Delivering a fearless performance is Reyna de Courcy...Patrena Murray is lovely."

Darryl Reilly

The Hollower is reminiscent in its exaggerated mix of the comically real and unreal of Charles Ludlam’s Ridiculous Theatrical Company.”

Sam Leiter

Theater’s Leiter Side/Theater Life

Check out TDF Stages feature on 'the hollower':

 "How Many Themes Can You Find in 'the hollower'?"

Irreverent and absurd... refreshing and striking...It's a play for daring audiences—as in, I dare you to go see it.”

Charlotte Arnoux

Theatre is Easy 'Best Bet'

Check out playwright Liza Birkenmeier's feature on The Clyde Fitch Report "Should the Character on the Page Dictate Who Plays It On Stage?"

running may 17 - June 9, 2018

Access Theater Black box @ 380 Broadway


Otto is visited by an investigative podcaster who is half-pig, half-man. She also has a teenaged occult enthusiast houseguest who is making a claymation film about seventeenth century witchcraft in her kitchen. the hollower is a modern haunt-comedy exploring seventeenth century colonialism and how crowded isolation can be.

This new play by Liza Birkenmeier (who was a finalist for the inaugural Relentless Award and made the Kilroy’s 2016 list) tackles the perils of having a body in a repressed, imperialist, and moralistic world.

About the



Liza is currently an Audrey Resident at New Georges and a recent member of the Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater. Her work has been developed at Rattlestick, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, City Theater, Ars Nova, University Settlement, The Playwrights Realm, The San Diego Museum of Art, Invisible Dog Brooklyn, San Francisco Playhouse, and elsewhere. Her play radio island will premiere this summer in the NYSAF Powerhouse season. She has been awarded fellowships at Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony. She received her BA from Washington University in St. Louis and her MFA from Carnegie Mellon under Rob Handel.




Kristy’s directorial work has been seen at Lincoln Center Theater, The Public Theater, The McCarter Theater, Labyrinth Theatre Co, Rattlestick, Theatre Row, The Lark Play Development Center, among others. She was the founding Artistic Director of Overturn Theatre, where she commissioned and produced an array of new works that focused on questioning universals through artistic exploration. She has worked administratively in Artistic, Production, Literary, and Development at The Vineyard Theatre, The Lark Play Development Center, Theatre 167, Planet Connections, EyeKnee Coordination, and Making Books Sing. Kristy is an honorary member and curator of the Little People Of America Dwarf Artist Coalition. M.F.A in Directing from Brooklyn College.


Patrena Murray* as Otto

Reyna de Courcy* as Bit

Samuel Im as Wilkin Rush George III

Ryan Wesley Stinnett as Pigman

ToniAnne DiFilippo  as Missy

† indicates NLTP company member

*indicates member of Actors' Equity Association

Cast + Creatives + Production Team


Written by Liza Birkenmeier

Directed by Kristy Dodson †

Produced by Michael Aguirre † & Sarah Norris †

Fight Choreography by Casey Robinson

Scenic Design by You-Shin Chen

Costume Design by Max Archimedes Levitt

Assistant Costume Design by Julia G. Peiperl (they/them)

Lighting Design by Carolyn Wong

Sound Design & Music Direction by Andy Evan Cohen †

Original Music by Tara Amber

Prop Design by Leila Ben-Abdallah

Stage Management by Lindsey Hurley †

Assistant Stage Management by Cafega Haynes-Rodriguez

Production Assistance by Emma Silverman

Technical Direction by ToniAnne DiFilippo †

Press Representation by Karen Greco

Casting by Courtney Knysch †

† indicates NLTP company member - click on name for more info

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