Nightlands

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IVY
If something is true
astrologically
it is repeated
many times.
So if I repeat myself
it’s because
what I am saying
is true.


Don’t tell the future. Don’t do it, baby. Nightlands combines Philadelphia history with family myth to tell the story of two women whose relationship ignites an entire city. Commissioned by New Georges through a Full Stage NYC grant administered by New Dramatists. Premiered October 2011 at HERE Arts Center in New York directed by Tamilla Woodard produced by New Georges.

The image above is my grandmother. This play is based on her life and work.

Full-length play. 3W, 2M. 100 minutes.

Rachel Leslie and Polly Lee. Photo by Carol Rosegg. Set by Jim Findlay.

Rachel Leslie and Polly Lee. Photo by Carol Rosegg. Set by Jim Findlay.

The North Philadelphia neighborhood where some of the action takes place.

The North Philadelphia neighborhood where some of the action takes place.

“We are in history now,” one character says as the simmering tensions finally burst loose near the end. When “Nightlands” is at its strongest, it reminds us that that statement is always true.” — The New York Times
“A big beautiful play” – nytheatre.com
“An arresting tale of an unlikely love affair set against the roiling racism of the early 1960s” – backstage.com