Presented by Hypokrit Theatre Company In Co-Production with Access Theater
R + J is set in a not-too-distant future in a society that has been purged of cisgender men. It’s 25 years past the extermination of the male sex and the government is still relying on martial law for order amongst the factions. The Montagues, the militaristic warmongers who executed the extermination, and The Capulets, the controllers of information and media, fight to regain dominance against the tightening grip of the Sovereign State. In this world of turmoil, the heirs of each faction stumble upon each other and fall in unexpected, passionate love.
Molly Houlahan’s R + J examines what happens when a new society relies upon the patriarchal structures of the past. Can a better world truly be reimagined anew if it relies on old systems of power, money, and love? Houlahan uses Romeo and Juliet to explore mainstream feminism and those who are in danger of being left behind in its wake.
Book/Lyrics: Molly Houlahan
Music/Lyrics: Benji Goldsmith
Johnathan Cullum Theater at American Theater for Actors
Araca Project, 2016
In an impossibly perfect kingdom, Princess and Prince encounter something wholly unfamiliar on the eve of their wedding: doubt. When the world as they know it goes up in smoke, Princess and Prince, King and Queen, dragons and witches are left to struggle with how and what to rebuild from the ashes.
Created by Benji Goldsmith, Molly Houlahan, and Yuvika Tolani, SCORCHED is a whimsical examination of the stories we tell and how they shape us.
Book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragniand
Music by Galt MacDermo
University Theater in New Haven, CT
By Martin Sherman
Whitney Theater in New Haven, CT
How to Succeed as an Ethnically Ambiguous Actor
Zenobia Shroff, a SAG award nominee for The Big Sick, has been an actor in American theatre, television, and film for two decades. In her solo show How to Succeed as an Ethnically Ambiguous Actor, Shroff details her astonishing, hilarious, and heart-breaking journey from Bombay to New York as she plays over 25 characters. Populating her own life story with casting directors, bosses, lovers, and family, Shroff explores the sacrifice, absurdity, and pain of being a woman of color pursuing a life in the arts. The production has travelled and grown, first opening as one of the official selection of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity where it ran to sold-out crowds and received rave reviews. From there it transferred to an acclaimed Off-Broadway run at Castillo Theatre in 2017 directed by Molly Houlahan.
By John Carini
Calhoun Cabaret, New Haven, CT
One of Those Things
Devised by Molly Houlahan, Ian Miller, and Henry Gottfried