World premiere of Cry It Out by Molly Smith Metzler, directed by Davis McCallum at Humana Festival. March 10 – April 9, 2017.
Cooped up on maternity leave and starved for conversation, Jessie invites her funny and forthright neighbor Lina, also a new mom, for coffee on the patio between their duplexes. Despite their vastly different finances, they become fast friends during naptimes—while someone watches from the mansion on the cliff overlooking Jessie’s yard. This comedy with dark edges takes an honest look at the absurdities of being home with a baby, the dilemma of returning to work, and how class impacts parenthood and friendship.
“Cry it Out” is consistently masterful in creating characters who feel real. None are above reproach, but all have lovable — or at least relatable — attributes, something that bolsters a production that presents a more comprehensive picture of the challenges and triumphs of new motherhood. – Ashlie Stevens, WFPL
“…a deeply felt topical drama that takes audiences on an emotional roller-coaster ride that whipsaws through laughs, poignant tears and moments of monumental rage. In the course of discussing parenthood, postpartum depression, and gender roles, the play offers some extraordinary insights that will send you out of the theater with much to ponder.” – Marty Rosen, LEO Weekly
Jeff Biehl, Jessica Dickey, Liv Rooth, Andrea Syglowski
Molly Smith Metzler (writer), Davis McCallum (director), William Boles (set), Kathleen Geldard (costume), Tyler Micoleau (lights), Stowe Nelson (sound), Amy Wegener (dramaturg), Lori M. Doyle (stage manager)