A World Premiere production of a new play by Mattie Brickman, commissioned by Vassar College as part of its sesquicentennial celebration

Hallie Flanagan is perhaps most famous for heading up the Federal Theater Project, which put actors back to work during the Great Depression, and for being the first person to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. In 1926, however —a decade earlier—she was in Russia, falling in love with new theater, new ideas, and a certain scientist. Playground visits Hallie at the beginning of her career, as a Vassar professor and in Russia, as she navigates life, love, and politics, discovering how the things that shape us also come back to haunt us.

Featuring: Julia Anrather, Michele O’Brien, Evan Glenn, Tyler Glover, Charlie Nicholson, Luke Slattery, Catherine Buxton, Sarah Lazarus, Violeta Picayo, Annie Creech, Danielle Lemieux, Isabella Batts, Elizabeth Scopel, Alex Sarrigeorgiou

Set Design: Rachel Hauck
Light Design: Serena Wong:
Costume Design: Kenisha Kelly
Sound Design: Andrew Rovner
Technical Direction: Paul O’Connor
Dramaturg: Molly Shoemaker
Assistant Director: Matthew Bourne
Production Stage Manager: Allison Douglass

Production Photography by Aaron Epstein

Presented in the Martel Theater by the Experimental Theater of Vassar College
March 1-3, 2011