Everything You Touch

January 28 – March 29, 2015
Cherry Lane Theatre, Mainstage
38 Commerce St., New York, NY

Written by Sheila Callaghan
Directed by Jessica Kubzansky

This piece was originally commissioned by True Love Productions.

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Featuring: Christian Coulson, Allegra Rose Edwards, Chelsea Fryer, Tonya Glanz, Lisa Kitchens, Nina Ordman, Miriam Silverman and Robbie Tann

Set: Francois-Pierre Couture
Costumes: Jenny Foldenauer
Lighting: Jeremy Pivnick
Props: John Burton
Original Composition and Sound Design: John Zalewski
Video: Adam Flemming
PSM: Theresa Flanagan
ASM: Rachael Gass

Victor is a ruthless fashion designer in the 1970s at the top of his game. Esme, his glamorous protégé and muse, is pushed aside when an ordinary Southern woman inspires Victor to make his artistry accessible to the masses. A generation later, a woman grappling with a healthy dose of self-loathing must wrestle her own family demons to find her way through the world of fashion that won’t give a woman her size a second look. Skipping back and forth in time, Everything You Touch is a viciously funny look at the struggle to find an identity that’s more than skin deep.

Sheila Callaghan’s plays have been produced and developed with Soho Rep, Playwright’s Horizons, South Coast Repertory, Clubbed Thumb, The LARK, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, New Georges, The Flea, Woolly Mammoth, Boston Court, and Rattlestick Playwright’s Theatre, among others. Sheila is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award for emerging artists, a Jerome Fellowship from the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis, a MacDowell Residency, a Cherry Lane Mentorship Fellowship, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, and the prestigious Whiting Award. Her plays have been produced internationally in New Zealand, Australia, Norway, Germany, Portugal, and the Czech Republic. These include SCABCRAWL FADE TO WHITECRUMBLE (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake), WE ARE NOT THESE HANDSDEAD CITYLASCIVIOUS SOMETHINGKATE CRACKERNUTSTHAT PRETTY PRETTY; OR,THE RAPE PLAY, FEVER/DREAM, EVERYTHING YOU TOUCHROADKILL CONFIDENTIALELEVADA, and WOMEN LAUGHING ALONE WITH SALAD. She is published with and Samuel French, and several of her collected works are published with Counterpoint Press. She has taught playwriting at Columbia University, The University of Rochester, The College of New Jersey, Florida State University, and Spalding University. Sheila is an affiliated artist with Clubbed Thumb and a member of the Obie winning playwright’s organization 13P. Sheila is also an alumni of New Dramatists. In 2010, Callaghan was profiled by Marie Claire as one of “18 Successful Women Who Are Changing the World.” She was also named one of Variety magazine’s “10 Screenwriters to Watch” of 2010.