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.
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
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.