a new play
from liza birkenmeier
Strangely appealing...aggressively quirky...her dialogue often pings with a darkly surreal humor." - Elizabeth Vincentelli, NY Times
Photos by Hunter Canning
"Odd and fascinating...I can assure you it is unique. The cast is excellent.”
Perceptively imagined, lovingly staged, beautifully acted, and definitely different.”
Delivering a fearless performance is Reyna de Courcy...Patrena Murray is lovely."
The Hollower is reminiscent in its exaggerated mix of the comically real and unreal of Charles Ludlam’s Ridiculous Theatrical Company.”
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Irreverent and absurd... refreshing and striking...It's a play for daring audiences—as in, I dare you to go see it.”
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Check out playwright Liza Birkenmeier's feature on The Clyde Fitch Report "Should the Character on the Page Dictate Who Plays It On Stage?"
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.
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 †
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