Cry It Out

11/14/18 - 12/16/18


Jessie is a corporate lawyer in a Manhattan firm. Lina is a community-college dropout and born-and-bred Long Islander. They don’t seem to have anything in common, but marooned at home with infants, they strike up a fast friendship. In the yard between their houses—as far as their baby monitors will reach—they bond over sleep deprivation, unreliable childcare, and “having it all.” A candid comedy about who gets to make which hard choices in the tinderbox of parenthood and class in the United States.

Play Name

Show Information

Runtime: This performance will run approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes with no intermission.
Environmental Warnings: This production will feature smoking of an electronic cigarette.

Cry It Out is generously underwritten
by Steve and Linda Skalet.


The Artists


Production Team


Chelsea M. Warren

Chelsea M. Warren is a theatre artist with a focus on scenic design, puppetry, and devised theatre, newly based in the Twin Cities. Puppet design credits include Hand to God at Studio Theatre, WaterTower Theatre, and Jungle Theater; Shrek the Musical and The Little Mermaid at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Scenic design credits include Kate Hamill’s Little Women and Hand to God at Jungle Theater, A Doll’s House and Kate Hamill’s Pride & Prejudice at WaterTower Theatre, Cocked and The Whale at Victory Gardens Theatre, and fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life at Steppenwolf Theatre. Warren received her MFA from Northwestern University and is an Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at the University of Minnesota.

(As of November 2018)


Heather Gilbert

Heather Gilbert returns to Studio Theatre after designing last spring’s Vietgone. She is a Chicago based designer, where her work has been seen on numerous stages including The Hypocrites, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Court Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Northlight Theatre, and countless storefronts all over the city. Her regional credits include Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Repertory Theater, Magic Theatre, Kansas City Rep, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Huntington Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Alley Theatre, Berkeley Rep, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. International credits include the Almeida in London and the Singapore Repertory Theatre. Gilbert was a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Grant and the 3 Arts Award. Gilbert serves as the head of lighting design at Columbia College Chicago and holds an MFA from the Theatre School at DePaul.

(As of November 2018)


Kathleen Geldard

Kathleen Geldard returns to Studio Theatre after designing Cry It Out, Curve of Departure, Animal, Choir Boy, Jumpers for Goalposts, Tribes, and Invisible Man. Other recent regional credits include Macbeth at Shakespeare Theatre Company; Misery and Shakespeare in Love at Cincinnati Playhouse; and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime; and Humana Festivals 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Other regional credits include Arena Stage, Portland Center Stage, Huntington Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Signature Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Florida Studio Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, The Kennedy Center, Round House Theatre, Imagination Stage, and Folger Theatre. She is an artistic associate for Signature Theatre.

(As of January 2019)


Sarah O'Halloran

Composer and sound designer Sarah O’Halloran has recently worked on Things That Are Round at Rep Stage, Labour of Love at Olney Theatre Center, Swimming with Whales at 1st Stage, Nat Turner in Jerusalem at Forum Theatre, and The Return at Mosaic Theatre Company. Upcoming projects include Talley’s Folly at Theater J, The Brothers Size at 1st Stage, and Dinner with Friends at Everyman Theatre. O’Halloran has worked at educational institutions including University of Maryland Baltimore County, American University, The George Washington University, and Imagination Stage. She holds a Ph.D. in Composition and Computer Technology from the University of Virginia.

(As of November 2018)


Lauren Pekel

Lauren Pekel returns to Studio Theatre after stage managing last season’s Bright Colors and Bold Patterns. Additional Studio stage management credits include Cry It Out and Vietgone, in addition to her numerous assistant stage management credits with Studio including P.Y.G. or the Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle, Skeleton Crew, The Father, and No Sisters, among others. Her DC theatre credits include productions with Woolly Mammoth, Theater Alliance, Imagination Stage, and Arts on the Horizon. Regionally, she has worked with the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and Skylight Music Theater in Milwaukee, among others. Lauren is an alumna of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s Theatre Program, with a BFA in Stage Management, and is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.

(As of August 2019)


Adrien-Alice Hansel

Adrien-Alice Hansel is the Literary Director at Studio, where she has dramaturged the world premieres of Queen of Basel, The Remains, No SistersI Wanna Fucking Tear You ApartAnimalLaughRed SpeedoDirtLungs, and The History of Kisses as well as productions of Cry It Out,Translations, Curve of Departure, The EffectWig Out!Straight White MenCloud 9Hedda GablerConstellationsJumpers for GoalpostsBad Jews (twice), The Apple Family PlaysInvisible ManSucker PunchThe Golden Dragon, and The New Electric Ballroom, among others. Prior to joining Studio, she spent eight seasons at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she headed the literary department and coordinated project scouting, selection, and development for the Humana Festival of New American Plays. She also served as production dramaturg on roughly 50 new, contemporary, and classic plays there, including premieres by Naomi Wallace, Gina Gionfriddo, Kirk Lynn and Rude Mechs, Rinne Groff, The Civilians, Anne Bogart and SITI Company, Jordan Harrison, and John Belluso. She is the co-editor of eight anthologies of plays from Actors Theatre and editor of eight editions of plays through Studio. Adrien-Alice holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. 

(As of April 2019)


Funny and sharp.
The Washington Post
Swift-moving and laugh-out-loud entertaining.
DC Metro Theater Arts
A beautiful, believable picture of how imperfect new parents strive to cope in a society that offers little support.
Washington City Paper

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