It's December 2008, and an American woman flees to London despite the pleas of her daughter and ex-husband. Unable to forgive her country for a grave offense, she seeks refuge in the city of her youth. As America broadcasts news of financial crisis and political change, a fractured family roams the London streets trying to understand what sparked a fatal decision.
The cast will feature Lucille Lortel Award nominee Kellie Overbey ("The Coast of Utopia," "Twentieth Century," "The Savannah Disputation," "Rapture, Blister, Burn"), Quentin Mare ("The Philanthropist," "Rock 'n' Roll," "Happy Now?," "Burn This") and Renata Friedman ("The K of D," "A Doctor in Spite of Himself").
Design team for SLEEPING ROUGH is Kris Stone (set design), Kaye Voyce (costume design), Brian Tovar (lighting design), and Jill BC Du Boff (sound design).
Kara Manning's plays include SLEEPING ROUGH , MIND THE GAP, KILLING SWANS, PROPOSED CLOSURE (TOTALSHAMBLES) and AFTERDARK. Her plays have been performed or developed via The Royal Court Theatre, Out of Joint, Hampstead Theatre, the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Manhattan Theater Club, Atlantic Theater, Playwrights Horizons, MCC Theater, Page 73 Productions, Women's Project, NYTW, High Tide Festival Productions and others. SLEEPING ROUGH was also developed at Theatreworks Silicon Valley as part of its 2012 New Works Festival. Kara is the 2007 recipient of the Princess Grace Award in playwriting. She is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and recipient of a 2010-2011 Princess Grace Special Projects grant and a 2011 EST/Sloan Foundation commission. She is a member of MCC Theater's Playwrights Coalition and an alumnus of the Royal Court's International Residency and Women's Project Playwrights Lab. Kara has written for Rolling Stone, MTV News and NPR. She presently works for WFUV/The Alternate Side and is the literary manager of the Irish Repertory Theatre. Graduate of Columbia University's M.F.A. program in playwriting.
Sam Buntrock (Director) was nominated for an Olivier, Tony and Drama Desk Award for his direction of the revival of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE. Other select credits include: the world premiere of ARE YOU THERE, MCPHEE? by John Guare and TAKE FLIGHT (McCarter), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Two River), A MAZE (New York Stage & Film), CRADLE AND ALL (MTC), CRADLE TO RAVE (UK National Tour), GOD COLLAR (Edinburgh, UK National Tour, and West End), the first London revival of ASSASSINS (New End), GET A LIFE, and HELP YOURSELF (both Edinburgh and UK tour). Sam trained at Bristol University and as Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse.
PAGE 73 Productions - under the leadership of Executive Directors Liz Jones and Asher Richelli and Associate Director Michael Walkup - develops and produces the work of early-career playwrights who have yet to have their work professionally produced in New York. Page 73 produces at least one New York or world premiere by an early-career playwright each year that represents that playwright's first professional production in New York. In addition to its annual productions, the company also hosts production-oriented development opportunities that help usher the works of early-career playwrights from first draft to final script. Programs include the P73 Playwriting Fellowship, a year-long program supporting one playwright's creative and career development; "Page 2", an extensive developmental workshop; "Interstate 73", an annual writers group for 8 early-career playwrights; and a weeklong summer residency on the Yale University campus for 4 early-career writers.