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Sheila Callaghan: EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH


 Tonya Glanz and Christian Coulson In a scene from the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater production of “Everything You Touch” (Photo credit: Joan Marcus)

Tonya Glanz and Christian Coulson In a scene from the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater production of “Everything You Touch” (Photo credit: Joan Marcus)

Written by Sheila Callaghan
Directed by Jessica Kubzansky

Victor is a haute couture fashion designer in the 1970s teetering at the top of his game. Esme, his dramatic protégé and muse, is pushed aside when an ordinary woman with ordinary tastes upends their haute partnership. A generation earlier, Jess, a woman struggling with a healthy dose of self-loathing, must wrestle her own fashion demons to find her way through a world that wouldn't give her a second look, much less make clothing in her size. Skipping back and forth in time, this is a vicious and funny look at the struggle to seek a self that goes beyond skin deep. 
 

FEATURING

Christian Coulson
Allegra Rose Edwards
Chelsea Fryer
Tonya Glanz
Lisa Kitchens
Nina Ordman
Miriam Silverman
Robbie Tann

PRODUCTION

Scenic Design Francois-Pierre Couture
Lighting Design Jeremy Pivnick
Costume Design Jenny Foldenauer
Props John Burton
Sound Design John Zalewski
Video Design Adam Flemming

ABOUT

 photo by John Zalewski

photo by John Zalewski

Sheila Callaghan's plays have been produced and developed with Soho Rep, Playwright's Horizons, Yale Rep, South Coast Repertory, Clubbed Thumb, The LARK, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, New Georges, The Flea, Woolly Mammoth, Boston Court, and Rattlestick Playwright's Theatre, among others. Sheila is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award for emerging artists, a Jerome Fellowship from the Playwright's Center in Minneapolis, a MacDowell Residency, a Cherry Lane Mentorship Fellowship, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, and the prestigious Whiting Award. Her plays have been produced internationally in New Zealand, Australia, Norway, Germany, Portugal, and the Czech Republic. These include SCAB, CRAWL FADE TO WHITE, CRUMBLE (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake), WE ARE NOT THESE HANDS, DEAD CITY, LASCIVIOUS SOMETHING, KATE CRACKERNUTS, THAT PRETTY PRETTY; OR, THE RAPE PLAY, FEVER/DREAM, EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH, ROADKILL CONFIDENTIAL, ELEVADA, BED, and WOMEN LAUGHING ALONE WITH SALAD. She is published with Playscripts.com and Samuel French, and several of her collected works are published with Counterpoint Press. She has taught playwriting at Columbia University, The University of Rochester, The College of New Jersey, Florida State University, and Spalding University. Sheila is an affiliated artist with Clubbed Thumb and a member of the Obie winning playwright's organization 13P. Sheila is also an alumni of New Dramatists. 

In 2010, Callaghan was profiled by Marie Claire as one of "18 Successful Women Who Are Changing the World." She was also named one of Variety magazine's "10 Screenwriters to Watch" of 2010. Sheila is currently a writer/producer on the hit Showtime comedy Shamelessand a founder of the feminist activist group The Kilroys. She was nominated for a 2016 Golden Globe for her work on the Hulu comedy series Casual and a 2017 WGA Award for her Shameless episode "I Am A Storm."

Earlier Event: January 15
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