Between Riverside and Crazy

1/13/16 – 2/28/16


Irrepressible ex-cop Walter Washington is facing eviction, City Hall, and the recent death of his wife. Clinging to both his grievances and the palatial rent-controlled apartment he shares with his ex-con son and a ragtag surrogate family, Walter needs to shake the past—but isn’t ready to move on. Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize, a boisterous and unflinching dark comedy from the playwright of The Motherfucker with the Hat.

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Runtime: 2 hours and 10 minutes, with one intermission.
Environmental Warnings: This production contains the use of herbal cigarettes.

Oh and please let's keep it classy.


Between Riverside and Crazy
is generously underwritten
by Steve and Linda Skalet.


The Artists


Production Team


Eric Shimelonis

Eric Shimelonis' Studio Theatre productions include Between Riverside and Crazy,The Year of Magical Thinking, Stoop Stories, In the Red and Brown Water, An Iliad, Time Stands Still, The Motherfucker with the Hat, and Torch Song Trilogy.  Other recent productions include The Night Alive at Round House Theatre, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at Folger Theatre, and Marie Antoinette at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company for which he received a 2015 Helen Hayes Award nomination.  Mr. Shimelonis is the recipient of a 2014 Helen Hayes Award for outstanding sound design for his work on Never the Sinner at 1st Stage.

(As of January 2016)


Lee Savage

Lee Savage designed the set for Between Riverside and Crazy. His New York credits include Muscles In Our Toes, Sunset Baby, and Thinner Than Water at Labyrinth; Collapse at the Women’s Project; All-American at LCT3; The Dream of the Burning Boy and Ordinary Days at Roundabout; Oohrah! at the Atlantic Theater Company; The Bereaved with Partial Comfort; and punkplay at Clubbed Thumb. His area credits include productions at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington National Opera, Ford’s Theatre, and Signature Theatre. Regionally, his work has been seen at Asolo Repertory Theatre, Chautauqua Theater Company, Dallas Theater Center, Glimmerglass Festival, Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Westport Country Playhouse, Wilma Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, and others. International credits include A Streetcar Named Desire at The Gate and The Jammer at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Mr. Savage received a Helen Hayes Award for his work on Much Ado About Nothing and nominations for A Midsummer Night's Dream and Richard III at Shakespeare Theatre Company, as well as a Connecticut Critics Circle Award for The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow at Yale Rep. He is a Member of Wingspace Theatrical Design and a contributing editor for Chance Magazine. He received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from the Yale School of Drama, where he is currently on faculty.

(As of January 2016)


Dede Ayite

Dede Ayite makes her Studio Theatre debut with Between Riverside and Crazy. Locally, her work has been seen in The Blood Quilt and Five Guys Named Moe at Arena Stage (the latter in co-production with the Cleveland Playhouse.) Her recent design credits include Ugly Lies the Bone at Roundabout Theatre Company, ToasT at The Public Theater, Marie Antoinette at Steppenwolf Theatre (Jeff Award), Stagger Lee at Dallas Theater Center, The C.A. Lyons Project at Alliance Theatre, brownsville song (b-side for tray) at LCT3. She designed sets and costumes for Urban Retreat and Manahatta at The Public Theater and designed sets for Raisin in the Sun at CalShakes and The Piano Lesson at Yale Repertory Theatre. Other costume designs include The Music Man in Concert at Two Rivers and NJPAC, Last Laugh at the soloNOVA Festival, Mary Stuart at NYU, June’s Blood and Fried Chicken & Latkes with the National Black Theatre, Holding it Down at Harlem Stage, Vassa with the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, and Illmatic at Urban Stages. Her television work includes design for Kurt Metzger on Comedy Central, Fox Shortcoms on the FOX Network, and COPPER Project with Improv Everywhere/BBC America. Ms. Ayite’s upcoming projects include The Royale at Lincoln Center Theater, Washer/Dryer at Ma-Yi Theater Company, and The Wiz at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

(As of January 2016)


Jen Schriever

Jen Schriever makes her Studio Theatre debut with Between Riverside and Crazy. In the DC area, she has designed Marie Antoinette at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; Sunday in the Park with George and A Second Chance at Signature Theatre; Romeo And Juliet, The Conference of the Birds, and Taming of the Shrew at Folger Theatre; and Carousel at Olney Theatre Center.  In New York, Ms. Schriever has designed lights for John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown on Broadway (also filmed for HBO), and she will be designing Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed on Broadway in the spring. Her opera credits include Les Pêcheurs de Perles and Die Fledermaus at the Metropolitan Opera; and La Traviata, Faust and A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Mariinsky in Russia. Off Broadway and regionally, Ms. Schriever has worked at The Public Theater, Signature Theatre Company, Abrons Arts Center, Women’s Project, Second Stage, Labyrinth, Soho Playhouse, New World Stages, Union Square, Town Hall, Goodman Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House, Papermill Playhouse, Center Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and People’s Light. She is an adjunct professor at Purchase College and a member of Wingspace.

(As of January 2016)


Lauren Halvorsen

Lauren Halvorsen is in her ninth season as Studio’s Associate Literary Director. Her dramaturgy credits here include Doubt, P.Y.G. or the Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle, Admissions, Kings, If I Forget, Vietgone, The Wolves, Skeleton Crew, The Father, Three Sisters, The Hard Problem, Hand to God, Moment, Between Riverside and Crazy, Chimerica, The Wolfe Twins, Belleville, Water by the Spoonful, Tribes, The Real Thing, The Motherfucker with the Hat, The Aliens, Bachelorette, The Big Meal, and Time Stands Still. Previously, Lauren spent three seasons as Literary Manager of The Alley Theatre. She was the Artistic Associate of the WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory for six years and has worked in various artistic capacities for The Kennedy Center, City Theatre Company, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, First Person Arts Festival, and The Wilma Theater. Lauren is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College.

(As of December 2019)


Anthony O. Bullock

Anthony O. Bullock returns to Studio Theatre after previously being the Resident Stage Manager for two seasons. Prior Studio credits include The Hard Problem, Cloud 9, Hedda Gabler, Moment, Between Riverside and Crazy, Chimerica, Jumpers for Goalposts, and Laugh. Additional DC area credits include Signature Theatre, Arena Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, and Theater J, where he will be their new Resident Stage Manager for the 2019-2020 season. Other regional credits include McCarter Theatre Center, Barrington Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Passage Theatre, and Shakespeare & Company, among others. He toured with The White Snake by Mary Zimmerman in association with the Goodman Theatre, as part of the Wuzhen Theatre Festival in Wuzhen, China. Anthony received his BFA from Oklahoma City University. He is also on the board of The Stage Managers’ Association as the Eastern Regional Director. He is a proud member of AEA. 

(As of April 2019)


Sivan Battat

Sivan Battat is Studio Theatre’s 2015–2016 Artistic Apprentice, where she serves as the resident assistant director. This season, she has assistant directed Moment, Between Riverside and Crazy, The Apple Family Plays, and Chimerica. Outside of Studio, Ms. Battat has worked with a number of artists including Kim Weild, Lily Whitsitt, Faye Driscoll, Yuri Kordonsky, and Rinde Eckert. She has worked at the Cape Cod Theatre Project, as well as New Haven-based companies Elm Shakespeare and Collective Consciousness Theatre. She most recently worked with the Doris Duke Building Bridges Grant to develop a new commission with Leila Buck for the Muslim Women’s Voices Series at Wesleyan University. She has spent time working with various peace-based groups abroad including the Arab-Hebrew Theatre of Jaffa in South Tel Aviv, and a young artists’ festival in Sderot, Israel. Ms. Battat spent a semester training at the Moscow Art Theatre School and is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where she received her BA in Theater and Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory.

(As of April 2016)


Wildly entertaining, thought-provoking, and unflinching.
Broadway World
This production at Studio Theatre leaves no doubt about Guirgis’ play earned the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for drama.
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