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Cost

Free

Date & Venue

In person at Playwrights' Center

Monday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m.

Video available online

December 25 - December 31

Eddie is fresh out of Juilliard, and he’s ready to make his mark on the American Theater. But first, a quick stint at your local theater for a production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” to keep his health insurance. As the years pass, Eddie finds himself back at your local theater, over and over and over again. Much remains the same: the play, the stage manager, the green room—though Eddie’s in different costumes as he ages through the play’s male roles over the course of his career. A love letter to actors, artists, and dreamers of all professions who make sacrifices large and small in service of their work…and ultimately wonder whether it was worth it.

From Anna

The actors in my life, and their dedication to this art form despite its challenges, inspired this play. It explores the universal tension between work and self through the specific world of regional theater. Work can give us meaning and joy, but it takes something in return.

Anna Moench

The playwright
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based inLos Angeles, CA
Anna Ouyang Moench is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. Her plays have been produced at Williamstown Theatre Festival, NAATCO/The Public Theater, the Geffen Playhouse, the Playwrights Realm, East West Players, InterAct Theater, Theater Mu, and many other theaters across the country and around the world. She is an alum of UCSD’s Playwriting MFA program, the Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater, Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Jam at New Georges, and writers groups at East West Players and the Echo Theater Company. In television and film, Anna has worked with Apple TV+, HBO, A24, 3000 Pictures, Netflix, Fifth Season, UCP, eOne, PictureStart, and Universal. She is a Supervising Producer on Severance and a Co-Executive Producer on The White Darkness, both on Apple TV+. Anna was a member of the pilot cohort of the WarnerMedia Access Showrunner Program. Anna lives in Los Angeles with her family.