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OF THE WOMAN PLAY

Of the woman came the beginning of sin and through her we all die

 

“Of the woman came the beginning of sin and through her we all die” is a retail/feminist/cult adaptation of the Garden of Eden set in the basement of a Free People store, written by Lily Houghton and directed by Kylie Brown, and co-produced with Normal Ave and I at the Medicine Show Theatre in October 2019.

The text deconstructs the idea of “a safe space” to examine if and how we can avoid hierarchizing pain in these spaces, as well as the societal messages received about what women+ are supposed to look and act like.

The play explores the inner emotional lives of four femmes (Bluebell, Bleeding Heart, Sweet Pea, and Pumpkin) trying to thrive in a retail environment that sells the idea of “softness” and “classic” femininity as a lifestyle
brand in a hyper-real space.

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We're looking to raise funds to pay our artists and collaborators on this new production, implement production design, engage with our audience through extra programming and activities, and spread the word about this woman-led world premiere production! As a group of emerging women theater-makers, we want to encourage others in our position to create and produce their own work. And of course - we want to pay our artists in money, not exposure!

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This text has had three phases of development so far. The first produced by 999 productions in Gowanus, Brooklyn; the second as part of EST/Youngblood annual Bloodworks series; the third at Abrons Arts Center Underground Theater as part of the @Abrons Program.

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Lily Houghton is a twenty-four year old playwright born and raised in Manhattan. Her plays have been produced/developed at MCC Theater Company, The Flea Theater, EST/Youngblood, NYU, Seattle Repertory Theater, 20% Theater Company Chicago, Yale University’s Writers’ Conference, Bennington College, West of 10th, University of Michigan Theater Conservatory, Contemporary American Theater Festival/Shepherd University, The 52nd Street Project, 999 Productions and the Jermyn Street Theatre in London. Shorts include NEXT (The Flea), Coconut Oil (The Flea), This Is Growth (Asking for Trouble, EST/Youngblood), The Interesting Girl (EST/Youngblood), Human That Dies (The Flea), Please No More Parties (EST/Youngblood) and someone/something/someone/something (EST/ Youngblood) which won a Sloan Foundation Grant. Lily's play, Dear, received a PlayLab with MCC Theater. She is an O’Neill Semi-Finalist. Last Spring she received the Elizabeth George Grant through a new play commission from Seattle Repertory Theater. Play x Play featured her as Playwright of the Month this December by presenting an evening of her shorts. She is a proud member of the Obie winning Youngblood at EST and the Flea Theater writers group. Upcoming/Recent: new play workshop with Seattle Repertory Theater directed by Artistic Director Braden Abraham, playwright for the Bennington 24 Hour Plays at the Lucille Lortel Theater, and "Of the woman came the beginning of sin, and through her we all die" workshop with an entirely female identifying and non-binary creative team.

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Normal Ave (Co- Producer) exists as a shared desire to bring theatre to New York audiences that is socially relevant and emotionally stimulating. In New York City, we are gifted with an array of source material: the many different lives that coexist on 13 miles of an island. Normal Ave provides fresh, accessible, high-caliber programming that reflects the drive of the New York Community that we are rooted in. We are here to create to an artistic hub for up-and-coming, likeminded artists in the early stages of their careers. By giving them a space to work, we encourage and empower our actors, playwrights, directors and designers to discover their unique voice, collaborate with new storytellers, and explore what it means to break molds and redefine normal.

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Kylie M. Brown is a Brooklyn-based director of new work and literary manager for Normal Ave.

Recent directing projects: Good Fortune by Megan Chan Meniero (EST Bloodworks), little lives by Shara Feit (Furnace Festival, G45 Lightbulb series), Of the Woman Came the Beginning of Sin and through her we all die by Lily Houghton (EST Bloodworks), What We Made: Gone Missing Lobby Project (The Civilians/City Center Encores! Off-Center), and Painting Faye Salvez by Rachel Covey (NYMF). She has done short plays and readings with EST/Youngblood, The Muse Project, Two Headed Rep and 7x7 at The Tank.

As an assistant/associate director, she has worked with Liesl Tommy, Leigh Silverman, and Lear Debessonet, among others. Notable projects include Eclipsed, Privacy, and most recently assisted Leigh Silverman for the first fully female/non-binary creative team on Broadway for Lifespan of a Fact.