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West Coast Premiere
By Jen Silverman
Directed by Lisa Berger
Production Sponsors: Carol Ann Flanagan and Bob Haskel
November 9 – December 10, 2017 // Opening November 18
Among the bleakest of moors, two spinster sisters dwell in their aggressively gloomy mansion with their brother, their mastiff and their maid-in-waiting. When a governess arrives, her presence threatens to unleash lethal secrets and raging desires in a home held together by lies and etiquette. A radical riff on 19th century romantic novels and the sisters who conceived them, The Moors is a riotous and wild comedy pulsating with vivid, macabre glee that has more in common with the present than the period.
This play will have you laugh out loud and keep you intellectually stimulated for days. Although it takes place in “the moors” of the English countryside, it is noted in the script that the characters all speak with American accents. The story is really revealing sexual and social politics for women stateside, which could not be more timely or important. The social satire is heavy on the humor and will shock and delight even the most seasoned theatre-goer.
Jen Silverman is a white-hot talent on the rise, and has multiple productions being produced at the most reputable theatres across the country. This is only the third production of this fierce new play.
Jen Silverman is a New York-based playwright and writer. Born in the U.S., she was raised across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Her theatre work includes THE MOORS (Yale Repertory Theatre premiere, off-Broadway with The Playwrights Realm, Susan Smith Blackburn finalist); THE ROOMMATE (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville world premiere, produced widely across the U.S. including productions at South Coast Rep and Williamstown Theatre Festival, upcoming at Steppenwolf); PHOEBE IN WINTER (Off-off Broadway with Clubbed Thumb); THE DANGEROUS HOUSE OF PRETTY MBANE (InterAct Theatre: Barrymore Award, Steinberg Award citation); COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN 5 BETTIES (Woolly Mammoth premiere, The Theater @ Boston Court); and ALL THE ROADS HOME (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park premiere). Jen is a member of New Dramatists, a Core Writer at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, an affiliated artist with SPACE on Ryder Farm, and has developed work with the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, New York Theatre Workshop, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, The Ground Floor Residency at Berkeley Rep, and the Royal Court in London among other places. She’s a two-time MacDowell fellow, recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, the Helen Merrill Award, an LMCC Fellowship, and the Yale Drama Series Award. She is the 2016-2017 Playwrights of New York (PoNY) Fellow at the Lark. She has a two-book deal with Random House for a collection of stories (THE ISLAND DWELLERS) and a novel. Education: Brown, Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard. More info: www.jensilverman.com
“Silverman’s inspired new play rolls out like the stuff of dreams, with telling passages heightened by surrealistic flights of fancy. Ms. Silverman’s play is satire, but only to a degree: She is after the more resonant stuff of dreams here. Like a good dream, it can give you stuff to chew over at breakfast.” –The New York Times’ Critic’s Pick