Elevator Repair Service: Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf by Kate Scelsa

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World Premiere of a new play by KATE SCELSA, longtime ELEVATOR REPAIR SERVICE company member, directed by JOHN COLLINS. A sharp-witted parody of a celebrated American drama, EVERYONE’S FINE WITH VIRGINIA WOOLF is, in turns, loving homage and fierce feminist take-down. In her incisive and hilarious reinvention of Edward Albee’s classic WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, Kate Scelsa slyly subverts the power dynamics of the original play’s not-so-happy couple. In the end, no one will be left unscathed by the ferocity of Martha’s revenge on an unsuspecting patriarchy. 

Please join us following the performance on June 17th for a conversation with playwright Kate Scelsa and members of the company. Talk back will directly follow the performance in the Playhouse Theater, and end promptly at 3:55.


Artistic Director, JOHN COLLINS 

Producing Director, ARIANA SMART TRUMAN


Directed by John Collins

Lindsay Hockaday, Mike Iveson, Vin Knight, April Matthis, Annie McNamara

Stage Manager Maurina Lioce
Set Designer Louisa Thompson
Costume Designer Kaye Voyce
Lighting Designer Ryan Seelig
Sound Designer Ben Williams

Producer Ariana Smart Truman
Associate Producer Lindsay Hockaday

Production Manager Liz Nielsen
Technical Director Aaron Amodt
Director of Development Marilyn Haines
Finance Manager Lucy Mallett

Press Agent John Wyszniewski/Everyman Agency

First Preview: June 1
Opening Night: June 12

ELEVATOR REPAIR SERVICE is a New York City-based company that creates original works for live theater with an ongoing ensemble. Since its founding in 1991 by John Collins and a group of actors, ERS has built a body of work that has earned it a loyal following and made it one of New York’s most highly-acclaimed experimental theater companies. In New York their work is most often seen off-Broadway at the Public Theater (GatzArguendo and this season’s Measure for Measure), and at New York Theatre Workshop (The Sound and the FuryThe Select (The Sun Also Rises) and Fondly, Collette Richland). Their work is also seen across America, Europe, Australia and Asia, and they have been the recipient of many awards including a 2012 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence; The Foundation for Contemporary Arts Theater Grant; the Theatre Communications Group’s Peter Zeisler Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement; and (for Gatz) Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Director and Outstanding Visiting Production and Lucille Lortel Awards for Alternative Theatrical Experience and Best Director. ERS ensemble members have received Obies for Sound Design and for Sustained Excellence in Performance and Lighting Design. elevator.org

KATE SCELSA’S debut novel Fans of the Impossible Life has been translated into nine languages and was an Indie Next and Rainbow List Top Ten Pick. Kate is a 2016-2017 New Georges Audrey Resident, and her writing for theater has been seen at the Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, BAX, and Five Myles. She has been an ERS company member since 2002, and has performed with the company in GatzThe Sound and the Fury and The Select (The Sun Also Rises)katescelsa.com 

Learn about how to join ERS for special events here.

Look out for special audience engagement events at Wednesday shows!

Ticketing Info

Student Tickets
Use code STUDENT when selecting seats

Subject to availability.

Student tickets are $25.

Must present valid student ID at Abrons Box Office when picking up ticket.

Limit one ticket per person.

Artist Tickets
Use code ARTIST when selecting seats

Subject to availability.
Artist tickets are $40.
Must present some indication of artistic endeavors at Abrons Box Office (this can include a program from a recent production, a postcard/flyer bearing your name or other print collateral) when picking up ticket.

Limit one ticket per person.

June 23rd only from 1:30-3:45 PM
As part of a new family friendly initiative, Abrons Arts Center will offer onsite childcare for children ages 4-12 during the above named matinee performances. Child care Add On Tickets must be purchased in advance online, via this link. Restrictions may apply. In the event that no patrons have purchased a Child Care Ticket within 48 hours in advance of the date in question, the service will not be offered. Please note: CHILD CARE IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR WALK-UP PURCHASES.  All child care Add On Tickets must be purchased in advance.    

Rush Tickets
Subject to availability.

Rush tickets are $20.

We may take a limited waitlist for rush tickets 1 hour prior to the performance.

Names may only be added to the list in person at the Abrons Box Office window.

The list will be called no earlier than 30 minutes before curtain.

If you are called and are not present, your name will be removed from the list.

Limit two tickets per person.

Group Sales
For groups of 10 or more, please call 212-254-3137 for group pricing and information

Ticketing Fees:
For Premium Orchestra and Orchestra: $6.50 web, $2.50 phone.

For Student, Artist and $40 Sunday matinee tickets: $5.00 web, $1.75 phone.

Discount ticket prices and discount codes may change without notice, cannot be combined, and are subject to availability,