What Rhymes with America
Written by Melissa James Gibson
Directed by Daniel Aukin
Linda Gross Theater
November 19 – december 30, 2012
A father and his teenage daughter stand on either side of a closed door. Life is unraveling for him, and is entirely uncertain for her. So begins Melissa James Gibson’s poignant, funny new play about estrangement and the partially examined life.
Melissa James Gibson won the prestigious 2011 Steinberg Playwright Award for her body of work and is a past winner of an Obie Award and the Kesselring Prize. Her other plays include This; [sic]; and Suitcase or, Those Who Resemble Flies from a Distance. With her spare style, mordant wit, and compassionate insight, one of the most emotionally penetrating and unique voices in theater today makes her Atlantic debut.
Cast & Creative
“Moving and funny! Mr. Aukin draws forth terrific work from the cast. A touching, sorrowful new comedy. Melissa James Gibson has such boundless affection for language that even the drabbest constellations of vowels and consonants are made to soar.”
Charles Isherwood, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“One of our most ingenious and beguiling playwrights.”
David Cote, Timeout NEW YORK
“Quirky fun! A smart production filled with thoughtful moments, humor and weird truths. An inventive new play.”
Jennifer farrar, associated press
“This is a rare show that leaves you wanting more!”
Elisabeth vincentelli, NEW YORK post
Photos by Kevin Thomas Garcia.