Cry It Out

by Molly Smith Metzler
directed by Marc Masterson

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

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



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.

Dates & Times

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
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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If you have already purchased tickets for I'm Not Rappaport starring Judd Hirsch June 21 - July 14, your reserved date, time, and seat selections will automatically transfer to Cry It Out. If you would like to talk about your ticket options please contact the box office. 

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Season Sponsor

Season Support provided by the Rodgers Family Foundation

Cry It Out Individual Underwriters

Peggie Telscher & Tom Snopek

Cry It Out Co-Production Sponsors