Opens Friday, January 13

By David Lindsay-Abaire

Directed by Kira Blaskovich

A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility. When the cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between women of a certain age quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship.

The sky's the limit on just how far each will go to “win”. The situation reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden.

David Lindsay-Abaire is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Rabbit HoleFuddy Meers, and Good People.

*Contains adult language and themes.

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This wicked comedy features Ellen Lawson as the infuriatingly chipper Marilyn and Dori Solois as the cantankerous Abby. The show also features Isaí Luna, Fatima Pimienta, David Dartt, and Les Smith.

Ellen Lawson

Dori Salois

Photos by Ken Jacques

"A lyrical and understanding chronicler of people who somehow become displaced within their own lives...Mr. Lindsay-Abaire has shown a special affinity for female characters suddenly forced to re-evaluate the roles by which they define themselves."—New York Times

“A show to treasure. David Lindsay-Abaire’s ripping Ripcord is a deeply satisfying and vastly entertaining story of two elderly women thrown together by a comic cosmic force possessed of a wicked sense of humor.” NY Magazine

“...laugh out loud comedy overflowing with massive amounts of heart” Theatre Mania

“Solidly crafted, the play is larded with moments of surprise, both wacky and more substantial. When the play gets serious, it’s genuinely moving.” Time Out

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