INTO THE EARTH WITH YOU
by Brian Watkins
directed by Danya Taymor
Monday, December 11 | 2pm
Linda Gross Theater | 336 West 20th Street
Granddad is gone. No elegies. No dirges. No dowries. It all goes in the grave. But three sisters can’t forget what’s buried when an impossible discovery upends their notions of loss and gets the women asking: who among us has been digging? A burial play about the presence of absence, inspired by Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poem “Dirge Without Music.”
BRIAN WATKINS (Playwright) is a New Dramatists resident playwright and a Juilliard Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program fellow. Watkins’ plays include Wyoming (Lesser America), My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer (The Flea Theater; NY Times & Time Out NY Critics’ Pick), Into The Earth With You, Juke, A Scavenge (Williamstown Theatre Festival) and High Plains (UK premiere at Underbelly, Edinburgh; Coho Theatre, Portland). His work has been seen and developed at New York Theatre Workshop, Labyrinth Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Flea Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Lesser America, Edinburgh Fringe, INTAR, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, The Drama League, Creede Repertory Theatre, Local Theatre Co, Wild Claw, Route 66 Theatre, and Coho Theatre, among others. He is a Stavis Playwriting Award nominee, and is the recipient of a Jerome Foundation/Tofte Lake Emerging Artist Fellowship, a Sundance Lab finalist, an O’Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist, a Princess Grace Playwriting Award finalist, a recipient of the John Osborne Award for the Performing Arts, and a Heideman Award finalist. His work is published by Broadway Play Publishing.
DANYA TAYMOR (Director) is a director and translator originally from Northern California. Recent work includes Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over (Steppenwolf), Tuvalu (Sundance), and Flat Sam (PlayPenn); Nathan Yungerberg’s Esai’s Table (Cherry Lane Mentor Project); Justin Kuritzkes’ The Sensuality Party (The New Group); Brian Watkins’ Wyoming (Lesser America) and My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer (The Flea); Susan Soon-He Stanton’s Cygnus (Women’s Project); Sarah Gancher’s The Place We Built (The Flea); Dan McCabe’s Christina Martinez (Juilliard); Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (Atlantic Stage 2); Shakespeare’sThe Tempest (NYU/Stella Adler); and Legom’s I Hate Fucking Mexicans (The Flea), which she also translated. She is a 2014-2016 Time Warner Directing Fellow at Women’s Project, a former 2050 fellow at New York Theatre Workshop, an Artist in Residence at TFANA, a member of Ensemble Studio Theater, and an Associate Artist at The Flea. Theater. Other awards/fellowships include: Van Lier Directing Fellowship; Gates Foundation Grant, Rough Draft Residency at the Drama League and Lincoln Center Directors Lab. Upcoming work includes Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Everybody (Juilliard) and Martyna Majok’s Queens (LCT3).