World Premiere Play
Written by ABBY ROSEBROCK
Directed by TAIBI MAGAR
Featuring Tony Award Nominee MARIN IRELAND
Linda Gross Theater, 336 West 20th Street
A progressive high-school teacher with a rage problem retaliates against her unscrupulous boss and is sentenced to six months at a church-sponsored halfway house, where she attends to everyone’s recovery but her own. Set in Southern Appalachia, Blue Ridge is a pitch-dark comedy about heartbreak, hell-raising and healing by Abby Rosebrock (Dido of Idaho, Atlantic Launch commissionee), featuring Tony Award nominee Marin Ireland (reasons to be pretty).
“Abby Rosebrock pushes her comedy into darker-than-dark territory with bold flourishes.”
—Time Out New York
MARIN IRELAND (Alison). Theatre credits include reasons to be pretty, for which she won a Theatre World Award and was nominated for a Tony Award. Her other New York credits include Summer And Smoke at Classic Stage, Ironbound at The Geffen, The Big Knife on Broadway (opposite Bobby Cannavale), Ironbound at Rattlestick, Kill Floor at LCT3, Blasted and Marie Antoinette, both at Soho Rep, Three Sisters at Classic Stage, Cyclone at Studio Dante (Obie Award), and In the Wake at The Public Theater. Some of her TV and film work includes “Girls,” “Homeland,” “Masters of Sex,” “The Divide,” “The Slap,” Glass Chin (Independent Spirit nomination 2016), Sparrows Dance, The Family Fang, 28 Hotel Rooms, In the Radiant City, and Hell or High Water. Most recently she was seen in the Lifetime movie “Flint,” about the Flint water crisis, playing activist Melissa Mays. She currently appears on the Amazon series “Sneaky Pete.”
ABBY ROSEBROCK (Playwright) is a Brooklyn-based writer and performer from South Carolina, and author of the plays Dido of Idaho, Blue Ridge, Singles in Agriculture and Different Animals. Her work has been produced or developed at Cherry Lane, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Williamstown, Rattlestick, New York Stage and Film, Labyrinth Theater Company, Drama League, Dixon Place, INTAR, The Brick, IRT, Naked Angels, The Lark and more, as well as regionally in South Carolina, Georgia, Idaho and Montana. Abby has been a member of The Tank NYC’s TV and new media writers’ collective and the Obie Award-winning playwrights’ group EST/Youngblood. She is currently a member of the emerging writers’ group at Clubbed Thumb and the Orchard Project’s NYC Greenhouse, and is thrilled to be working on a Launch Commission for Atlantic.
TAIBI MAGAR (Director) is an Egyptian-American director based in New York, and a graduate of the Brown/Trinity MFA program. Most recently she directed the critically acclaimed Is God Is at Soho Rep. (NYT Critics’ Pick). Upcoming productions this season include: Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap (Atlantic Theater Company), and Underground Railroad Game (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Soho Theatre). Other recent credits: Master (Foundry Theatre, NYT Critics’ Pick), Underground Railroad Game (Ars Nova, NYT Critics’ Pick, Obie Award for Best New American Work, Hamburg Festival), Familiar (The Guthrie and Seattle Repertory Theatre), Dry Powder (The Alley), We Are Proud to Present (The Guthrie). She is currently developing Patrick and Daniel Lazour’s We Live in Cairo (2016 Richard Rodgers Award) with New York Theatre Workshop and American Repertory Theatre. In New York, Taibi has directed and developed work for The Foundry, New York Theater Workshop, Ars Nova, TFANA, WP Theater, Rising Phoenix Rep and INTAR Theatre. She is the recipient of a Stephen Sondheim Fellowship, an Oregon Shakespeare Festival Fellowship, a Public Theater Shakespeare Fellowship, the TFANA Actors and Director Project Fellowship, a Usual Suspect at New York Theater Workshop, and is an alumna of Lincoln Center Directors Lab. Most recently, she received the Kaplan Fellowship for young artists. Taibi has directed and taught at many academic institutions, including Juilliard, Fordham University, Brown University and New York University.