Cry it Out

Sponsored by:
  • The Humana Foundation

March 10 - April 9, 2017

Run Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes
There will be no intermission

by Molly Smith Metzler
directed by Davis McCallum commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville

March 10 – April 9, 2017
in the Bingham Theatre

Cooped up on maternity leave and starved for conversation, Jessie invites her funny and forthright neighbor Lina, also a new mom, for coffee on the patio between their duplexes. Despite their vastly different finances, they become fast friends during naptimes—while someone watches from the mansion on the cliff overlooking Jessie’s yard. This comedy with dark edges takes an honest look at the absurdities of being home with a baby, the dilemma of returning to work, and how class impacts parenthood and friendship.

“…a deeply felt topical drama that takes audiences on an emotional roller-coaster ride that whipsaws through laughs, poignant tears and moments of monumental rage…the play offers some extraordinary insights that will send you out of the theater with much to ponder.

Marty Rosen, LEO Weekly   Read the Full Review from LEO Weekly 

About the Playwright

Molly Smith Metzler‘s plays include Elemeno Pea, The May Queen, Carve, Training Wisteria and Close Up Space (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist). At Actors Theatre: Elemeno Pea (2011 Humana Festival). Regional Theatre: South Coast Repertory, the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Chautauqua Theater Company, Geva Theatre Center, and City Theatre Company, among others. Off-Broadway: Manhattan Theatre Club. Awards include the Lecomte du Nouy Prize from Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center National Student Playwriting Award, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s David Mark Cohen Award, and the Mark Twain Comedy Prize. Metzler is an alum of Ars Nova’s Play Group and the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages. She is currently under commission at Manhattan Theatre Club and South Coast Repertory. Television: Codes of Conduct (HBO); Casual (Hulu); Orange Is the New Black (Netflix). Metzler was educated at State University of New York Geneseo, Boston University, New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts, and The Juilliard School.

Audience Advisory: This play contains strong language.
Age Recommendations: Ages 12+

Made possible by a generous grant from the
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The Buzz about Cry it Out

“Tender, revealing and incisive…“Cry it Out” is consistently masterful in creating characters who feel real.” – Ashlie Stevens, WFPL
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“Whip-smart…Metzler has written both women with pragmatic and real sensibilities, which Syglowski and Dickey nurture and give life in lush and textured strokes.” – Elizabeth Kramer, The Courier Journal
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