LIDLESS by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, directed by Tea Alagic

September 20 to October 15, 2011
@ Walkerspace (46 Walker Street)

Fifteen years after serving at Guantanamo Bay, Alice has medicated away her memories of Gitmo and nested with her husband and daughter in the Midwest. But when Bashir, a former Gitmo detainee, finds his way to Alice’s flower shop, his demands force Alice to reconcile their shared past, splintering the civilian life she’s so carefully arranged. Strong physicality contrasts lyrical language in this exploration of trauma, eroticism, and the blurry line between redemption and revenge.

Page 73 proudly presented the New York premiere of Lidless, recipient of a Fringe First at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and winner of the 2009 Yale Drama Series award and the Keene Prize for Literature at UT Austin.

The cast of LIDLESS, with Frances and Tea.

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig has been a finalist for the Blackburn Prize, received residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell, Ragdale, and the Santa Fe Art Institute, and is under commission from South Coast Rep and Seattle Rep. Her plays have been produced at Trafalagar Studios 2 on the West End, Interact Theatre, and the Contemporary American Theatre Festival; and developed at the Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival, Seattle Rep, PlayPenn, the Alley Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Ojai Playwrights Conference, the Playwright’s Foundation and Yale Rep. Frances received an MFA in Writing from the James A. Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin, a BA in Sociology from Brown University, and a certificate in Ensemble Created Physical Theatre from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Her work has been published by Glimmer Train, Methuen Drama, and Yale University Press. Frances was born in Philadelphia, and raised in Northern Virginia, Okinawa, Taipei and Beijing. She is currently a National New Play Network Playwright-in-Residence at the Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, California.

Tea Alagic holds a BFA in acting from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and an MFA in directing from Yale School of Drama where she received the Julian Milton Kaufman Prize in Directing. Her Off-Broadway directing work includes Aliens With Extraordinary Skills by Saviana Stanescu (Woman’s Project, NYC), The Brothers Size by Tarell McCraney (Under the Radar Festival, and the world premiere with seventy-three performances at The Public Theater in NYC, The Abbey Theater in Dublin, and The Studio Theater in Washington, DC), and Binibon, by Jack Womack with music by Elliot Sharp (The Kitchen, NYC). Tea’s regional credits include Zero Hour, a personal exploration of the impact of the Balkan war which Tea wrote and directed (Yale University Theater, CT); Speaking Our Mind by eight young playwrights (part of the Carlotta Festival at Yale’s New Theater, CT), The Donny Hathaway Story by Kenneth Robinson (Yale Cabaret, CT); Marcus Brutus by Tea Alagic, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Chiang Kai Chek by Charles Mee (Yale Cabaret, CT); Woyzek by George Buchner, Self—Accusation by Peter Handke, Preparadise Sorry Now by Rainer Werner Fassbiner, and Baal by Bertolt Brecht (Ensemble Company for the Performing Arts, as Associate Artistic Director). Tea is part of the Women’s Project Directors Lab and Soho Rep Lab, a member of SDC, Equity and the League of Professional Theater Women, as well as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Czech Cultural Center in NYC. Tea, a native of Bosnia and Herzegovina, lives in NYC.