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 Shepard’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.
Problems Between Sisters is generously underwritten by Teresa & Dan Schwartz and Joan & David Maxwell.
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)
Sivan Battat (she/they) is a theatre director & cultural organizer, and Director of New Work Development at Noor Theatre. Sivan began their career here at Studio Theatre, as an Artistic Apprentice. Credits include Heroes of the Fourth Turning at Studio Theatre, the world premiere of Layalina at Goodman Theatre, Brass Knuckles at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Coexistence My Ass! at Edinburgh Fringe, Girlfriend at Drama League, and Trouble in Mind (Assistant Director, Broadway). Sivan has developed work with companies including Roundabout Theatre Company, the Park Avenue Armory, New York Theatre Workshop, Atlantic Theater Company, Ars Nova, New Georges, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, New York Stage & Film, Cape Cod Theatre Project, Long Wharf Theatre, MCC Theater, Mercury Store, and more. Fellowships include Roundabout Directing Fellow, Drama League Directing Fellow, TCG Rising Leaders of Color. Upcoming productions include Wish You Were Here at Yale Repertory Theatre and Backstroke Boys at Fault Line Theatre. sivanbattat.com
(As of August 2023)