Two Mile Hollow
Written by Leah Nanako Winkler
Directed by Deena Selenow
Dramaturg: Michael Golamco
Featuring Jessica Jade Andres, Parvesh Cheena, Julia Cho, Arjun Gupta, Dian Kobayashi
March 20, 2016 at East West Players
When the Donnelly’s gather for a weekend in the country to gather their belongings for their recently sold estate—both an internal storm and a literal storm brews. As this brood of famous, longing-to-be-famous and kind of a mess but totally Caucasian family comes together with their personal assistant, Charlotte, some really really really really really complicated and totally unique secrets are revealed (over white wine). A parody coupled with moments of disorienting sincerity, Two Mile Hollow explores the dysfunctional family genre with brutality, awe and compassion.
Leah Nanako Winkler (Playwright) is from Kamakura, Japan and Lexington, Kentucky. Her plays include Kentucky (2015 Kilroys List, Upcoming world premiere April 2016 w/ Page 73 and Youngblood/EST), Death for Sydney Black (terraNova Collective), Double Suicide At Ueno Park!!! (35th Marathon of One-Act Plays) and more. Her work has been developed at Page 73, Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, New York Theatre Workshop, The Bushwick Starr, The Flea Theatre and more. She is a two-time recipient of NYU’s A/P/A commission and one of her essays was a part of the exhibition, “Visible & Invisible” at the Japanese American National Museum. Her collections of short plays, NAGORIYUKI & Other Short Plays and The Lowest Form Of Writing are available on Amazon and have been performed all over the world. Other publications include Nanjing University’s Stage and Screen Reviews (China, December 2014 edition), Simon and Krauss, and Samuel French. She was a winner of the 2015 Samuel French OOB Festival and a 2016 Susan Smith Blackburn nominee. She has received a 2016 commission from 2G and is currently pursuing her MFA at Brooklyn College where she is a recipient of the Capote Fellowship in Creative Writing. She is a current member of Youngblood and the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages.
Deena Selenow (Director) is a director for live performance. She has directed opera, theater, concerts, puppetry, and site-specific happenings in Los Angeles and New York with organizations including REDCAT, La Jolla Playhouse/Chalk Rep, Highways Performance Space, Company of Angels, Machine Project/The Music Center, Watts Village Theater Company, Dixon Place, New York Theatre Workshop’s 4th Street Theatre and chashama. Deena was a recipient of the 2006 Baryshnikov Art Center Multi-Disciplinary Artist Fellowship, the 2009/2010 NYTW Emerging Artist Directing Fellowship, and was a participant in the 2013 Walt Disney Imagineering/CalArts Educational Initiative. She is a member of Theatre Communications Group’s SPARK Leadership Cohort, funded by American Express, The Joyce Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In 2015 she was recognized nationally by American Theatre Magazine as a “Person to Watch.” MFA: CalArts, BFA: NYU.