"CRY IT OUT at Dorset Theatre Festival is NOT TO BE MISSED!" - Broadway World

"up to Dorset's usual high standards" - Rutland Herald


Cry It Out

by Molly Smith Metzler
directed by Marc Masterson

June 21 – July 14, 2018
(22 performances!)

A laugh-till-you-cry comedy for anyone who's ever known a baby!

Jessie can’t find any Mom Friends in her new Long Island neighborhood until she and larger-than-life Lina start sneaking out for coffee between their duplexes during nap times. When a wealthy neighbor comes down from the hill overlooking their hangout, the sleep-deprived comedy of new parenthood shows a different side of itself.  An honestly absurd look at the dilemma of returning to work after childbirth and how class impacts parenthood and friendship.

WINNER of The 2018 Harold and Mimi Steinberg / American Theatre Critics Association New Play Citation

“an emotional roller-coaster ride that whipsaws through laughs, poignant tears and moments of monumental rage…”

- LEO Weekly

“Heartbreakingly original”

- 2018 Steinberg-ATCA Citation Panel


2018 Season Sponsor

Season Support provided by the Rodgers Family Foundation

Individual Underwriters

Peggie Telscher & Tom Snopek

Co-Production Sponsors


"Dorset's 'Cry It Out' an early summer hit" - Manchester Journal

"'Cry It Out' a touching study of motherhood" - The Alt, Schenectady

"BWW Review: CRY IT OUT at Dorset Theatre Festival is NOT TO BE MISSED!" - Broadway World

"Dorset finds more than laughs in young motherhood" - Rutland Herald

"'Cry It Out': Finding home and humor after childbirth" - Rutland Herald

"Dorset Theatre Festival Presents CRY IT OUT" - Broadway World

"Season to open with parenthood comedy" - The Berkshire Eagle

"Dorset Theatre Festival Announces Full Casting for 2018 Season; 
Jayne Atkinson to lead ANN and More" - Broadway World


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Clea Alsip (Jessie) is thrilled to be back at Dorset, where she was last seen in Clybourne Park. Broadway: M. Butterfly. Off-Broadway: Neil LaBute's The Way We Get By (Second Stage), 10K and What Happens in Vegas (59e59), Ping Pong (The Public), Sarah Ruhl's Stage Kiss (Playwrights Horizons), Sex of the Baby (Access Theater), Wide Awake Hearts (59e59). Regional: Humana Festival, Williamstown, Bucks County Playhouse, Long Wharf, Westport Country Playhouse, Barrington Stage, and George Street.  Film/TV: The SinnerBilly & BilleaBoardwalk EmpireExpecto PatronFriend Therapy, 10K, Cabin Fear, Hunter&Game.  Education: BA, Stanford University; MFA, NYU Graduate Acting.  Clea is the co-founder of the new sister companies The Coop and The Hatch. www.cleaalsip.com

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Andrea Syglowski (Lina) Recent Credits: queens (Lincoln Center, LCT3); Cry It Out (Humana); Dolls House (Huntington Theatre Company, IRNE Award nomination for Best Actress); The May Queen (Playmakers Reparatory); Dear Elizabeth (Dorset Theatre Festival); The Nest (The Denver Center); Of Good Stock (South Coast Rep); Venus in Fur (Huntington Theatre Company, winner of the 2014 Elliot Norton Award and 2015 IRNE Award for Best Actress); A Flea in her Ear, Bully to You, Schmoozy Togetherness, White Trash Anthem (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Three Sisters, Loves Labors Lost, Elijah, Carve (Chautauqua Theatre Company); Much Ado About Nothing, Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare at the Manor); Asking for Trouble (Ensemble Studio Theatre); The Walk Through (Slant Theatre Company). TV: How to Get Away with Murder, Elementary, and The Good Wife. New Play Development at: The Roundabout, NYTW, EST, The O’Neill, and many, many more. Training: USC and The Juilliard School, class of 2013, where she was the recipient of the Robin Williams Scholarship.

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Greg Keller (Mitchell) has been lucky enough to act in new plays by Richard Greenberg (Our Mother’s Brief Affair), Ayad Akhtar (The Who and The What), Amy Herzog (Belleville), Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (War), Melissa Ross (Of Good Stock), Jenny Schwartz (Somewhere Fun), Daniel Goldfarb (Cradle and All), Moises Kauffman (33 Variations with Jane Fonda), Theresa Rebeck (Seminar with Jeff Goldblum), and old plays by Chekhov (The Seagull with Dianne Wiest) and Margaret Edson (Wit with Cynthia Nixon), to name a few. Greg was a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow at The Juilliard School and has an MFA in acting from NYU.

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Janie Brookshire (Adrienne) is thrilled to return to Dorset for the third time! Previously at DTF: Intimate Apparel and Dial "M" for Murder. Broadway: The Philanthropist (Roundabout). Off-Broadway: The Mound Builders (Signature Theatre); Man and Superman (Irish Repertory Theatre); Mary Broome and The Wife to James Whelan (both for the Mint Theatre); and The Misanthrope (Pearl Theatre). Regional: credits include the world premiere of The Wanderers (Old Globe); Othello (Folger Shakespeare Theatre); Disgraced (Milwaukee Rep); Angel Street (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); A Delicate Ship (World Premiere, Cincinnati Playhouse); The Illusion, Romeo and Juliet, Crimes of the Heart, Doubt, and Amadeus (all for PlayMakers Repertory Company). TV and Film credits include Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, Forever, Dawson's Creek, He's Way More Famous than You, Mike, Mike Tan (upcoming), and So Good to See You opposite Sienna Miller (Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival).



Molly Smith Metzler (Playwright) is the author of Cry it OutElemeno PeaThe May QueenCarveClose Up Spaceand Training Wisteria. Her regional credits include: Northlight Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, South Coast Repertory, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Chautauqua Theater Company, City Theatre, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Geva Theatre Center, Mixed Blood Theatre Company and more. In New York City: Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC). Metzler’s awards include the Lecomte du Nouy Prize from Lincoln Center, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award from The Kennedy Center, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education's David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award, the Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting and a finalist nod for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She is a proud alumna of the Ars Nova Play Group, the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages and the Cherry Lane Mentor Project. In television, Metzler has written for Casual (Hulu), Orange Is the New Black (Netflix), Codes of Conduct (HBO), and is currently a writer/producer on Shameless (Showtime). She is also a screenwriter, currently adapting Ali Benjamin’s award-winning novel The Thing About Jellyfish into a film for OddLot Entertainment with Made Up Stories and Pacific Standard (Reese Witherspoon’s company). Metzler was educated at the State University of New York at Geneseo, Boston University, New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts and the Juilliard School. She lives in Los Angeles and Kingston, N.Y.

Creative Team

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Marc Masterson (Director) As Artistic Director of South Coast Repertory, Marc produced dozens of world premieres including A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath, Vietgone by Qui Nguyen, Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph and Office Hour by Julia Cho. Recent directing credits include Shakespeare in Love, All the Way, Going to a Place where you Already Are, Zealot, Death of a Salesman, Eurydice and Elemeno Pea at SCR; Hand to God at the Alliance Theatre; Byhalia, Mississippi by Evan Linder at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival; As You Like It for the Houston Shakespeare Festival; and The Kite Runner at Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Cleveland Play House. He served for 11 years as artistic director of Actors Theatre of Louisville and produced the Humana Festival of New American Plays, where he produced more than 100 world premieres. Plays directed at the Humana Festival include works by Charles Mee, Wendell Berry, Craig Wright, Eric Coble, Adam Bock, Gina Gionfriddo, Melanie Marnich, and Rick Dresser. He served as artistic director of City Theatre in Pittsburgh for 20 years and was founder and chairman of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Alliance.


David L. Arsenault (Scenic Designer) Dorset: Table Manners (The Norman Conquests). As as designer and associate, David’s work has been seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally, and internationally. Recent designs in NYC include: A Letter to Harvey Milk (Acorn Theatre), Peer Gynt (CSC, directed by John Doyle) and Education (59e59). Regional design credits include productions at The Kennedy Center, George Street Playhouse, John W. Engeman Theatre, Bay Street Theatre, Kitchen Theatre Company, Geva Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Northern Stage, Weston Playhouse, Merry Go Round Playhouse, and Gulfshore Playhouse, among others. Opera includes productions at UrbanArias and Opera North. Internationally, he has worked at English Theatre Berlin in Germany. Broadway (Associate and assistant) work includes: Frozen, The Color Purple (Tony-winning revival, also London and National Tour), Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and King Charles III. www.DavidArsenaultDesign.com.

Sydney Maresca (Costume Designer) recently designed the costumes for TIN CAT Shoes (Clubbed Thumb), Against the Hillside (Ensemble Studio Theater), The Snow Queen (Blessed Unrest), The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (TheatreWorksUSA),  Hand to God on Broadway and in London, Real Enemies (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Boy (Keen Co.), A Delicate Ship (Playwrights Realm), John and Jen (Keen Co.), Winners (EST), When January Feels Like Summer (EST), Year of the Rooster (EST, Henry Hewes Nomination), and Intimate Apparel (Dorset Theatre Festival). Faculty: NYU.

Michael Giannitti (Lighting Designer) has been working with Dorset Theatre Festival since 2010, the first 6 years as Producing Director. His lighting designs include the original Broadway production of August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone, 45 productions at The Studio Theatre in Washington, DC (including 5 years as resident lighting designer), 26 productions at Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, and many productions at Trinity Rep, Capital Rep, Portland Stage, Shakespeare & Company, Weston Playhouse, Arkansas Rep, Barrington Stage, Chautauqua, Virginia Stage, Indiana Rep, George Street, Arena Stage, Old Globe, Seattle Rep, Huntington, Yale Rep, Olney and other theatres. NYC lighting designs include 59E59, Dance Theatre Workshop, Danspace Project, The Joyce, The Kitchen, Here Arts Center, P.S. 122, La Mama, and the Off-Broadway production Sounding Beckett, originally produced at the Library of Congress. He has been on the Bennington College Faculty since 1992. As a Fulbright Specialist Grant recipient, he taught in New Zealand and Romania, and has been a guest lecturer at the Guangxi Arts Institute in China. MFA: Yale School of Drama; BA: Bates College. www.michaelgiannitti.com.

Sinan Refik Zafar (Sound Designer) is a New York based sound designer and composer. His recent work includes What the Constitution Means to Me (NYTW, Berkeley Rep, Clubbed Thumb), peerless (Yale Repertory Theater), Hamlet (Waterwell), Intimate Apparel (TheatreSquared), We are Proud to Present... (Yale Dramat), Detroit (TheatreSquared), Richard in 9 Poses (Clubbed Thumb), Midsummer (Tiltyard), Macbeth (d. Will Frears) and Lindsey Ferrentino’s Amy and the Orphans (Carlotta Festival of New Plays). Other regional credits include O, Fallen One (Curly Cue & Co); Blood Knot (Lounge Theatre), Woyzeck (Illyrian Players); Julius Caesar (Griot Theatre). He holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. SinanZafar.com

Carolynn Richer (Stage Manager) Regional: Folger Theatre: The Way of the World; Berkshire Theatre Group: Little Shop of Horrors; Yale Repertory Theatre: Accidental Death of an Anarchist, A Streetcar Named Desire, Stones in His Pockets. Off Broadway: Stuffed, Ma-Yi Theater Company: Peer Gynt and the Norwegian Hapa Band, Atlantic Theater Company: These Paper Bullets! Graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Yale School of Drama.

Dates & Times

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Thurs. 6/21 7:30 PM (Preview)
Fri. 6/22 7:30 PM (Opening)
Sat. 6/23 7:30 PM
Sun. 6/24 2 PM
Wed. 6/27 2 PM & 7:30 PM (Show-Talk with Cat Adragna) 
Thurs. 6/28 7:30 PM (Community Partners Night)
Fri. 6/29 7:30 PM
Sat. 6/30 7:30 PM
Sun. 7/1 2 PM*
Wed. 7/4 2 PM
Thurs. 7/5 7:30 PM
Fri. 7/6 7:30 PM
Sat. 7/7 2 PM & 7:30 PM
Sun. 7/8 2 PM
Wed. 7/11 2 PM & 7:30 PM
Thurs. 7/12 7:30 PM
Fri. 7/13 7:30 PM
Sat. 7/14 2 PM & 7:30 PM

*Post-show talk back to follow

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