Two pregnant sisters—one visual artist, one con artist—converge on a remote family cabin in Vermont. Jess races to finish her long-awaited solo show; Rory sees a new audience for her latest scam. When Rory hatches a plan for an art project of her own, the problems between the sisters flare into a collision of family baggage, personal morality, and artistic taste. A response to True West, Sam Shephard’s surreal psychodrama about brothers with problems, Problems Between Sisters is a funny and savage take on domestication, creativity, and the elusive demands of the Primal Female.
This world premiere is a part of Julia May Jonas’s five-play ALTAS cycle (“All Long True American Stories”), in which she reimagines canonical 20th-century American male-experience plays as they’d be experienced by other people, mostly women.
Julia May Jonas is a writer and the founder of the theater company Nellie Tinder. Her theater work has been presented/developed with Lincoln Center Theater, The Bushwick Starr, New Georges, Ars Nova, Target Margin Theater, PRELUDE, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Montclair State’s New Works Initiative, North American Cultural Laboratory, and others. Her debut novel, Vladimir, was published in February 2022 by Avid Reader Press and was named "Best Book of 2022" by Time Magazine, New York Public Library, People, New York Magazine, Town & Country, Vogue, Esquire, NPR, and others, was selected as a New York Times Editor's Pick, and has been translated into 14 languages. Julia has taught at Skidmore College and New York University, and lives in Brooklyn with her family.
(As of April 2023)