She Makes Knives Now

October 16, 2020

available through October 23

By Mark J. Costello

Directed by James Ijames

Street corner verses and manic meditations combine to reconstruct Agave’s disorienting journey after she is sentenced to exile in Bakkhai. Set in modern day America, She Makes Knives Now explores the often-overlooked plight of women wrestling with poverty and homelessness. Armed with nothing but words and the past, Agave must do whatever it takes to survive, salvaging strength from the wreckage of tragedy.

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Run Time: Approximately 30 minutes


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Production Staff

Costume Designer - Anna Sorrentino

Lighting Designer - Jerry Forsyth

Sound Designer - John Stovicek

Props Designer - Sharri Jerue

Dramaturg - Zach Apony

Stage Management Consultant - John Flak

Stage Manager - Alycia Gonzalez


Agave - Cristy Chory

About the Playwright

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Mark J. Costello (MA 2010) is a professional playwright and teacher based in Philadelphia. He holds an MFA in playwriting from Temple University and is a proud graduate of The Foundry. Nationally, his plays have been presented by theatres in Texas, West Virginia, New Jersey, and Maryland, and he has developed work with Write Now! and the Great Plains Theatre Conference. Closer to home, he has had a number of plays produced through different groups and festivals, such as PTC@Play, Juniper Productions, the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, the White Mountains Project, and Villanova Theatre.

About the Director


James Ijames is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and a Philadelphia-based actor, director and playwright who currently serves as co-Artistic Director for The Wilma Theater. James’ plays include WHITE, The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington, Moon Man Walk, The Threshing Floor and Osiris: Redux. In 2017, he received the Whiting Award for Drama and was granted a Pew Fellow Residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in California. In 2015, he was awarded a Pew Fellowship and the Kesselring Honorable Mention Prize. James is a member of the InterAct Core Writers Group and a mentor for The Foundry. He received a BA in Drama from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and an MFA in Acting from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.