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by Christina Anderson

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A live, theatrical experience that will transport you to the heart of Christina Anderson's stirring turn-of-the-twentieth-century drama.


Crystal Lucas-Perry, Kevin Mambo, Jared McNeill, Postell Pringle

"Molière in the Park's virtual productions make imaginative use of video filters and effects, and this new one does not disappoint. The impressive cast includes Crystal Lucas-Perry and Kevin Mambo."

-The New York Times

About the Play

1896. When Ruby, a young Black woman fleeing the American South, boards a ship bound for Liberia, she finds herself at odds with her companion’s domineering, God-fearing father and his mysterious expedition. Unwilling to sit passively below deck, she befriends the crew, becoming entangled in a mutinous uprising that threatens them all. Performed live with breakthrough technology and expansive visuals that put the audience aboard the troubled vessel, pen/man/ship is a heart-pounding story of truth-seeking at all cost and a powerful reminder of the dangerous limits of self-righteousness


Meet Christina Anderson


Christina's work has appeared at The Public Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Penumbra Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, and other theaters in the United States and Canada.  Awards and honors: Inaugural Harper Lee Award for Playwriting, two PONY nominations, three Susan Smith Blackburn nominations, and Woursell Prize Finalist. Christina obtained her B.A. from Brown University and an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama’s Playwriting Program. She's a resident playwright at New Dramatists, Epic Theatre Ensemble, and a DNAWORKS Ensemble member. 

Creative Team​

Director: Lucie Tiberghien
Producer: Garth Belcon
Production Manager: Thyra Hartshorn
Video Designer/Engineer: Rocco DiSanti
Production Designer: Lina Younes
Costume Designer: Ari Fulton

Lighting Designer: Marie Yokoyama
Original Music & Sound Designer: Victoria Deiorio
Head Animator: Ursula Echeverria

Animator: Emily Rawson

Assistant Director/Subtitles Supervisor: Chloé Noble

Sound Engineer: Daniel Williams

Production Stage Manager: Madison Lane

Community Liaison: Kaliswa Brewster

Marketing Associate: Nicole Breeden

Technology Consulting Group: Liminal Entertainment Technologies, LLC

Marketing & Advertising: Lisa Lewis

Publicity: David Gibbs/DARR Publicity

Presented in partnership with LeFrak Center, Lakeside and Prospect Park Alliance.


pen/man/ship is a Molière in the Park production, presented in partnership with LeFrak Center at Lakeside and Prospect Park Alliance.

 We thank our 2021 season major supporters: The de Groot Foundation, Samira Wiley, Sybilla and Alex Balkanski, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Evelyn Sharp Foundation, and Elizabeth and Jonathan Weiswasser.

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