METAVERSE

by Hannah Khalil
Directed by Holly Griffith

Sponsored by
Neil Kelly Company
& Charlotte Rubin

Nov 26 – Dec 18, 2022

Thu – Sat @ 7:30pm, Sun @ 2pm

Season sponsor: Ronni Lacroute

The fragility of connection in the age of virtual reality. 

In the near future, a tech developer has been tasked with replicating the sensation of human touch in Virtual Reality, which is also the only means by which she is able to communicate with her teenage daughter in an eerily restricted society. As the bureaucracy of her company becomes more opaque and genuine human contact more elusive, her paranoia mounts—or are her fears justified? 

"You know - I spend months longing for human interaction - real human contact - and then I meet you and every conversation - every single one - is barbed and full of potholes and hidden traps so much so I'm starting to wonder if human to human is totally overrated."

Wynee Hu & Quinn Mulligan. Photo by Owen Carey.
Metaverse-v2
Artwork by Jan Baross
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Content Warning: Contains allusions to domestic abuse, strong language, and apocalyptic imagery.

COVID: For our 2022-23 season, patrons will no longer be required to show proof of vaccination in order to be admitted to a performance, however we reserve the right to change this policy at any time during the year.  Masks will be required in the lobby and theatre at all times.

Our cast, crew, and staff have been fully vaccinated.

Download program (printed programs are available at the performance).

About the Playwright: Hannah Khalil

Photo by Richard Saker

As a playwright, Hannah has collaborated with the RSC; Soho; The Kiln; NTS and the Arcola as well as Mosaic Theatre in New York. She is the 2022 Resident Writer at Shakespeare’s Globe and her work includes Henry VIII (2022 summer season), The Fir Tree (premiered 2021 and returns 2022) and an original play Hakawatis will premier in winter 2022.

Previous work for stage includes her original play, A Museum in Baghdad, which premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in 2019 directed by Erica Whyman, Interference for The National Theatre of Scotland, The Scar Test for Soho Theatre and Scenes from 68* Years for the Arcola. Her work is published by Methuen.

Hannah has also written numerous radio plays, including The Unwelcome, Last of the Pearl Fishers and The Deportation Room all for BBC Radio 4.

Television work includes multiple episodes of the Channel 4 drama Hollyoaks. Her script, The Record, won the Tommy Vine screenplay award at the Underwire film festival, and the finished film was selected for the London Palestine Film Festival.

Hannah held the Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University in 2021 and is a Creative Fellow of the Samuel Beckett Archive for 2021/2022.

Hannah is on Twitter at @hannykha

Cast

Jerilyn Armstrong
THE WOMAN
Annabel Cantor
THE DAUGHTER
Wynee Hu
THE MOTHER
Quinn Mulligan
THE AI

Creative Team

Holly Griffith
DIRECTOR
Abbie Northrop
STAGE MANAGER & ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Kyra Sanford
SCENIC & PROPS DESIGN
Kelly Terry
LIGHTING DESIGN
Allison Normin Johnson
COSTUME DESIGN
Quinn Mulligan
COMPOSER & SOUND DESIGN
Amanda Vander Hyde
INTIMACY & FIGHT DIRECTOR
Karl Hanover
DIALECT COACH
Annabel Cantor & Wynee Hu. Photo by Owen Carey.
Jerilyn Armstrong & Quinn Mulligan. Photo by Owen Carey.

Sponsorhips & Support

Season Sponsor: Ronni Lacroute

Production Sponsor: Neil Kelly Company & Charlotte Rubin

Wynee Hu (foreground) and Annabel Cantor. Photo by Owen Carey.
Scenic by Kyra Sanford, Lights by Kelly Terry. Photo by Owen Carey.
Jerilyn Armstrong & Wynee Hu. Photo by Owen Carey.
Annabel Cantor, Quinn Mulligan, and Wynee Hu. Photo by Owen Carey.

CAST

Nicole Marie Green*
ENSEMBLE
Sara Hennessy*
ENSEMBLE
Wynee Hu
ENSEMBLE
Cynthia Shur Petts
ENSEMBLE

CREATIVE TEAM AND CREW

Holly Griffith DIRECTOR
Emma Donoghue
PLAYWRIGHT
Kyra Sanford
SCENIC DESIGN
Allison Normin Johnson
COSTUME DESIGN
Blanca Forzán
LIGHTING DESIGN
Liz Young
SOUND DESIGN
Sophina Flores
STAGE MANAGER

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract.