Ella in the Tundra | Spring 2019

May 2nd - 4th, 2019


by Marianna Staroselsky

Directed by Daniella Caggiano


Ella, a world-class fertility doctor, happens to be every cursed princess’ fairy godmother. Her perfectly controlled world gets turned upside down with the appearance of a most unusual maiden in distress who also happens to be a convicted criminal about to go to jail.



May 2 - 8:00pm

May 3 - 2:30pm

May 4 - 7:30pm



Production Team

Dramaturg James Monaghan

Producer Jonathan Gelb

Production Stage Manager Daniel Vaughn

Scenic Designer Emona Stoykova

Costume Designer Nina Vartanian

Lighting Designer Krista Smith

Sound Designer Bryn Scharenberg

Audition Manager Livvie Goble



About the Playwright

Marianna Staroselsky (MFA - Columbia University, ’19, PhD - University of Chicago, ’19) writes, teaches, and makes art about identity and the strangeness of being a person in modern society. Her full-length projects, produced and developed in New York City and Chicago include Cry Baby Meets Audrey Hepburn (20% Theatre Company, Cornservatory, Tikkun Fellowship, 2016), How I Married Myself and Other Misadventures (The New Colony, Athena Theatre Company, Columbia University School of the Arts, 2015-18), Simulacrum, an opera libretto (Path New Music Theater, 3LD, 2018) and 100 Awkward Ways to Be a Person (Columbia University School of the Arts, La MaMa, 2017-18, Rising Sun Performance Company, 2018). Ella in the Tundra was first conceived at Casa na Ilha Artist Residency in the heat of the Brazilian sun.


Event Time & Date

Date: Past Event
Location: Ford Foundation Studio Theatre
Pershing Square Signature Center
480 W 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

Meet the Playwrights: Marianna Staroselsky '19

Meet the Playwrights: Marianna Staroselsky '19

April 30, 2019

Ella in the Tundra, written by Marianna Stareoselsky ’19 (Playwriting) and directed by Daniella Caggiano will be the second play performed as part of the New Plays Festival 2019 featuring nine new plays by the graduating MFA playwriting class. 

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