This is the true story of nine characters, once played by Meryl Streep, picked to live in a house, and have their lives taped to find out what happens when people stop being, oh I don't know, direct and start getting, well, breathy. The characters in STREEPSHOW! have no knowledge of the actress Meryl Streep and think of themselves as real people with uncannily similar, tragic biographies. But when the winner of STREEPSHOW! is promised the opportunity to rewrite her tragedy, it's every Streep for her exquisitely poised self. This is theater in reality TV drag, actors in Meryl drag, and America's pop music canon in cabaret drag. Episodes One and Two are presented together and separately from Episodes Three and Four.
About the Artists
By Jay Stull Directed by Andrew Neisler
JAY STULL (playwright) is a director and writer of theater and does both of these things mostly in New York City. STREEPSHOW! Episodes 1-4 were developed by Ars Nova and Dixon Place.
His play The Capables ran in the summer of 2013 at the Gym and Judson and in the Spring of 2015 at the Bloomington Playwrights Project. He was a 2015 Directing Fellow at Clubbed Thumb, where he directed a workshop production of a new play by Jenny Schwartz called As Far As The Day Goes. Other directing credits include Emily Schwend's Utility (The Amoralists at Rattlestick, NY Times Critic's Pick), and Take Me Back (Walkerspace, NY TImes Critic's Pick), Noah Mease's Omega Kids (Dixon Place), Mark Roberts' Rantoul and Die (The Amoralists at The Cherry Lane, NY Times and Time Out Critic's Pick), Anne Adams's Strange Country (The Access Theater), and Lisi DeHaas's Leave Me Green (the Gym at Judson). He is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, The Civilians R&D Group, and the SDCF Observership Class.
Andrew Neisler (Director) is a Georgia-raised, Brooklyn-based theatre director and producer. Recent credits: Cesar Alvarez’s The Elementary Spacetime Show (FringeArts), NY Times’ Critics Pick The Rise and Fall of Marcus Monroe (Ars Nova/Williamstown Theatre Festival), Andrew Farmer’s critically acclaimed The Gray Man (Pipeline Theatre Company), NY Times’ Critics Pick Clown Bar (The Box), and Drama Desk nominated Charlatan (Ars Nova). He is currently under commission at Ars Nova developing Bull’s Hollow, a trilogy of theatre and music, with frequent collaborators Jaclyn Backhaus and Mike Brun. And in development with composer Cesar Alvarez on NOISE, a new musical. He has directed new work with Naked Angels, Primary Stages, New York Theatre Workshop, Williamston Theatre Festival, The Lark, Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYU, University of the Arts, and more. He is a Co-Director of the arts incubator Fresh Ground Pepper (fgpnyc.com) and a Teaching Artist at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School. He is an alumnus of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, the Civilians R&D Group, and Ars Nova’s Director Residency. www.andrew-neisler.com