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4 Hollinger Plays


On today’s podcast, I facilitate a roundtable discussion with three of the four directors tackling the works of Michael Hollinger this season. As an added bonus, Mr. Hollinger joins us! We attempt to identify the Hollinger lens, the women in the plays and the themes that present a sense of urgency. Stay Tuned!


Red Herring – noir comedy about marriage and other explosive devices. 

Three love stories, a murder mystery, and a nuclear espionage plot converge in this noir comedy about marriage and other explosive devices. It’s 1952: America’s on the verge of the H-bomb, Dwight Eisenhower’s on the campaign trail

Director: David Bradley

TouchTones – revolves around a phone sex office. 

A new musical comedy about love, sex, and the fantasy at the other end of the line… 

It’s 1999, the cusp of a new millennium, and technology promises intimacy as well as anonymity. Christine and her fiancé Justin wander into this titillating world of role-play, secret delights, and shifting identities; but who will they be when they come out again? (And will they recognize themselves?)

Director: Emmanuelle Delpech

Sing The Body Electric – revolves around a lightning strike and scars left over. 

Jess is tanking in Physics, so her mom hires Lloyd to help her pass. But she’d rather study his son, the survivor of a lightning strike that killed his girlfriend a year ago, and tattooed his body with elegant scars. When Lloyd and Mom hit it off, these two broken families are bound ever closer, inexorably — with explosive results. An intricate, atmospheric tale of love, sex, and the unseen forces that draw us together and drive us apart.

Content Warning: Sing the Body Electric contains references to domestic abuse and suicide.

Director: Deborah Block

Hope and Gravity – revolves around an elevator accident. 

When an elevator crashes in a major city, nine lives intersect in surprising ways–through love and sex, poetry and dentistry, in offices, homes, and hotel rooms. By turns comic and profound, Hope and Gravity traces the delicate and miraculous threads that connect us all.

Director: Jennifer Childs 

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