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Snowy Owl in association with Theatre503 presents

Edfringe Preview: IvankaPlay

Written by Charles Gershman
Directed by Rachel Dart
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RUNNING TIME/NOTICES: 60mins (no interval) / 
Contains gunshot sound effects and description of gun violence.

She’s hot, rich, and f*cking powerful. She knows bad things are happening but she’s making millions selling her line of clothing. Her husband’s voice is as soothing as ASMR, and her kids keep her busy. Will she use her influence to shape the future? 

IvankaPlay follows an alternate version of America’s first daughter as she learns that immigrant children are being detained at the US-Mexico border. Feeling pangs of outrage as she waits to get a meeting with her father, she wrestles with who she is and what it would mean for her to give it all up and become the hero she has never been. This UK premiere is written by award-winning American writer Charles Gershman and directed by Rachel Dart.  

Snowy Owl is a multi-award winning New York City based theatre company whose mission is to create theatre that’s relevant, human and inclusive. Their work has appeared Off-Broadway at New York’s 59E59 Theaters, in London at Theatre503 and the King’s Head Theatre, and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 2018, Snowy Owl’s production of Free & Proud was named ‘One of 10 queer shows to see in town’ (Evening Standard). It transferred to the King’s Head Theatre following a sold-out run at Assembly Festival in Edinburgh, and went on to win the 2019 Chesley/Bumbalo Playwriting Award.

Charles Gershman

Charles is a playwright/screenwriter, a 2018-2019 Dramatists Guild Foundation Playwriting Fellow, and a 2019 Chesley/Bumbalo Playwriting Award winner based in New York City. Through the DGF Fellows Program, he is developing Stopover, a play about a modern family and their foster teen, with mentorship from Diana Son. Other plays include Quik-Mart (NYU-Tisch Chair’s Award) and The Waiting Game (59E59 Theaters). His play Free & Proud is published by Oberon Books. Forthcoming projects include a workshop of Stopover with Montana Repertory Theater, a residency with the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, and a UK production of his new solo show IvankaPlay. His work has been supported and developed by The Lark Play Development Center, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, the Dramatists Guild Foundation, Theatre503, PlayPenn, The Playwrights’ Center, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, LaMaMa ETC, 59E59 Theaters, Primary Stages, NYU-Tisch School of the Arts, Dixon Place, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Central Florida, the Nantucket Short Play Festival, and The Barrow Group, among others. He has been a teaching artist at The New School’s Eugene Lang College and at Davidson College. He earned a BA in history from Columbia University, an MA in theatre with honors from CUNY-Hunter College, and in 2018 an MFA in dramatic writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Before becoming a playwright, he was a science writer at Yale. He is represented by Susan Gurman of Gurman Agency LLC.


Artistic Team
Charles Gershman
Rachel Dart
Lighting Design
Sherry Coenen
Costume and Set Design
Susanne Houstle
Laura Horton
McLean Peterson

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“A moving exploration of modern relationships” ★★★★ – The Skinny

“The script is thoughtful, upsetting and funny… writer Charles Gershman knows exactly when to shift from one tone to another to capture us.” ★★★★ – The Wee Review

“accomplished storytelling” – Boyz Magazine

“a deceptively concentrated emotional tour-de-force”  ★★★★ – BroadwayBaby


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