West Coast Premiere


July 3 - 29, 2018 | Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

By Martyna Majok | Directed by Carey Perloff

“THRILLING WRITING… A KNOCKOUT…It strikes at the heart of the immigrant experience” – The New York Times

When Renia moved into a basement apartment in Queens, NY, she found a group of women who, like her, uprooted their lives and arrived in America with nothing. Now the landlord, Renia finds herself face to face with a young woman who forces her to question anew the costs of leaving one home for the tenuous promise of another.

This exquisite new play from 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok is a moving study of the things we run from and toward, and the people who shepherd us along the way.

Tickets start at $20

This production contains strong language, smoke and prolonged use of herbal cigarettes.
Estimated run time: 2 hours, 10 minutes with 15 minute intermission.

Production Sponsors
Brian & Silvija Devine
La Cuisine
The Paula Marie Black Endowment for Women’s Voices in the Art of Theatre

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ACCESS Performance (ASL interpretation, audio description): Saturday, July 21 at 2:00 pm

Top banner photo credit: Brenda Meaney, Leslie Fray, Xochitl Romero and Jolly Abraham in Queens; photo by Jim Carmody.

Cast & Creators
  • Creators
  • Cast
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Image of Martyna Majok Martyna Majok Playwright

won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play Cost of Living. Her plays have been presented at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Steppenwolf Theatre, The O’Neill and The Kennedy Center, among others. Awards include The Lanford Wilson Award, Helen Merrill Emerging Playwright Award, Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play (Helen Hayes Award), NYTW’s 2050 Fellowship, The Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Prize and NNPN/Smith Prize for Political Playwriting. She received her B.A. from the University of Chicago and her M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama, Juilliard. Commissions include Lincoln Center Theater, Bush Theatre in London, La Jolla Playhouse, and MTC, among others. She was the PoNY (Playwrights of New York) Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center and is a 2018/19 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University.

Martyna Majok Playwright
Image of Carey Perloff Carey Perloff Director

La Jolla Playhouse: The Orphan of Zhao. She served as Artistic Director of A.C.T. for 20 years. Known for directing innovative productions of classics and championing new writing for the theatre, her A.C.T. credits include Arcadia, Elektra and Racine’s Phèdre, as well as the American premieres of Tom Stoppard’s The Invention of Love and Indian Ink and Harold Pinter’s Celebration. Playwriting credits include Luminescence Dating, Waiting for the Flood, Higher and Kinship. A recipient of France’s Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the National Corporate Theatre Fund’s 2007 Artistic Achievement Award, she received a B.A. Phi Beta Kappa in classics and comparative literature from Stanford University and was a Fulbright Fellow at Oxford.

Carey Perloff Director
Image of Jolly Abraham Jolly Abraham Aamani/Yara
Image of Leslie Fray Leslie Fray Pelagiya/Dragana
Image of Rae Gray Rae Gray Inna/Tanya
Image of Brenda Meaney Brenda Meaney Renia
  • Olivia EspinosaAssistant Director
  • Jamie NewcombFight Consultant
  • Stephen JensenAssociate Sound Designer
  • Yi ChienScenic Design Assistant
  • Bryce RunionStage Management Assistant
  • Hector AguirreStage Management Intern
  • Eva BarnesPolish Consultant
Venue Info

Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

The third and newest of La Jolla Playhouse's theatres, the 6,500-square-foot Sheila and Hughes Potiker theatre is the centerpiece of the first permanent year-round home for the Playhouse — the $17 million Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center.

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