GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES by Rajiv Joseph
directed by Jennifer Welch
October 10 – November 9
Two eight-year-olds’ lives collides in the school nurse’s office: accident-prone Doug rode his bike off the roof and Kayleen can’t stop throwing up. In a series of non-linear vignettes set over three decades of a relationship, the accident prone daredevil and corrosive masochist navigate friendship, love and the squishy parts that lie in between, building a complex connection over a lifetime of injuries, both physical and emotional. A truly different type of love story, Gruesome Playground Injuries will leave you smarting from its sharp humor and sharper insights. How far can one person go to heal another’s wounds?
RAJIV JOSEPH is a recipient of the 2013 Steinberg Playwright Award. His Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. The recipient of the Vineyard Theatre’s Paula Vogel Award, Rajiv’s plays include Animals Out of Paper, All This Intimacy, The North Pool (winner of the 2011 Glickman Award for best play to make its world premiere in the Bay Area), The Leopard and the Fox, Alter Ego, and Huck & Holden. Rajiv is a Founding Member of the New York-based theatre company, The Fire Department, and has been a contributing writer on their first two theatrical events, Speakeasy and At War: American Playwrights Respond to the War in Iraq. He is a former Lark Playwriting Fellow, a Dramatists Guild Fellow and the recipient of a Kesselring Fellowship and a Whiting Writers’ Award. He received his B.A. in Creative Writing from Miami University and his M.F.A. in Playwriting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa.
WYLIE HERMAN* (Doug) has been performing in the Bay Area for over 10 years. Favorite roles include Matthew in 100 Saints You Should Know (Theatre Rhino), Farsted in Show and Tell (Symmetry Theatre), George in The In-Betweens (Dark Porch Theatre), Michael in Unveiling (Eastenders Repertory), Victor in Private Lives (Douglas Morrison Theater), and Del in Cowboy vs. Samurai (Asian American Theatre Co.). Originally from Tucson, Wylie trained at The Groundlings in Los Angeles before moving to San Francisco in 2002 and becoming a company member of Leela Improv, where he currently teaches. He is a recent graduate of the Meisner conservatory program at The Waterfront Playhouse and Conservatory in Berkeley. Other local collaborations include productions with Cal Shakes, Berkeley Rep, PianoFight, Playwrights Foundation and Shotgun Players.
CARY CRONHOLM ROSE (Kayleen) is thrilled to be working with the amazingly talented team behind Gruesome Playground Injuries and to finally be acting on the Tides stage. She is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf in Chicago and B.A.D.A.’s Midsummer in Oxford program. In Chicago, she acted with Second City, ImprovOlympic, The Chopin & the Steppenwolf Garage. There she was a company member of Collaboraction Theatre and Pine Box Theatre before returning to San Francisco where she is a co-founder and Associate Artistic Director of Tides Theatre. In March 2014, she will be performing with Custom Made Theatre as Marlene in Top Girls. Cary is grateful to her family who inspires her constantly and allows her to do what she loves. www.carycronholm.com
*Mr. Herman appears courtesy Actors’ Equity Assocation. Gruesome Playground Injuries is an Equity-approved project.