April 7 - May 19, 2013

By Allison Moore 
Directed by Jackson Gay

Hannah has it all. Well, sort of:  a caring husband in control of his panic attacks, a free-spirited sister with a penchant for accidental crime, an exciting career fraught with moral dilemmas, and a drunken house plant.  COLLAPSE is a hilarious and transcendent odyssey that explores the real and imagined circumstances that push people to the edge.

“SENSITIVE, TOUCHING & VERY FUNNY…Jackson Gay directs an excellent cast, carefully balancing serious moments and exuberantly comedic scenes.” – Associated Press

“LIGHT-HEARTED…OUTRAGEOUS! A dramedy about recovering from real-life tragedy.” – Time Out, New York

“Insightful writing, SHARP COMEDIC DIRECTION by Jackson Gay.” Cabell and Villar are “MASTERFUL!” – Theatermania

“Allison Moore’s knack for wacky situations serves her well…Hannah Cabell is a whiz at physical comedy!” – NY Post

Allison Moore

(Playwright) Recent productions include Collapse – 2011-12 NNPN Rolling World Premiere at Aurora Theater (Berkeley), Curious Theater (Denver) and Kitchen Dog Theater (Dallas), with additional productions at Theater B (Sacramento), Third Rail Rep (Portland, OR) and Know Theater (Cincinnati). Other work includes The End – “Apocalypse Apartments” (2011 Humana Festival Anthology Project), My Antonia (Illusion Theater, adapted from the Willa Cather novel), Slasher (2009 Humana Festival), End Times (Kitchen Dog Theater), American Klepto (Illusion Theater), Split (Guthrie Theater commission), Hazard County (2005 Humana Festival), Urgent Fury (Cherry Lane Mentor Project) and Eighteen (O’Neill Playwrights Conference). Allison is the recipient of two Jerome Fellowships, two McKnight Advancement Grants and the Bust Artist Fellowship. She holds a BFA from Southern Methodist University and an MFA from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. She is a company member of Kitchen Dog Theater, and a member of the WGA.

Jackson Gay

(Director) Upcoming: Workshop of new musical Her Lightness by David Nugent (Yale Rep); Rolin Jones’ The Jammer (Atlantic Theater Company); Allison Moore’s Collapse (Women’s Project); Bess Wohl’s Barcelona (People’s Light). Recent credits: As You Like It (Chautauqua Theater Company); 3C by David Adjmi (Rattlestick/Rising Phoenix/piece by piece); A Little Journey, 2012 Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Play (The Mint); Red (Alley Theatre); Fallow by Ken Lin (People’s Light and Ojai Playwrights Conference). Currently producing the new musical First Lady of Christmas by Cheri Magid (Book/ Lyrics) with music by Evan Palazzo of The Hot Sardines (; August: Osage County by Tracy Letts and Kenneth Lin’s Intelligence-Slave (Alley Theatre); Sam Mark’s Light Years to the Delling Shore (2011 Sundance Theater Institute at Banff, Canada); David Adjmi’s 3C for Superlab (Playwrights Horizons/ Clubbed Thumb); Punk Princess at NYMF (book/lyrics Yasmine Lever/ music Stew and Heidi Rodewald); Lucy Thurber’s Scarcity (Atlantic Theater Company), where she previously directed Kia Corthron’s Master Disaster and Rolin Jones’ The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Pulitzer Prize finalist); Yale Drama Series presentation of Shannon Murdoch’s New Light Shine (Yale Rep); The Danger of Bleeding Brown by Enrique Urueta (Latino Mix-Fest Atlantic Theater); And When We Awoke There Was Light and Light by Laura Jacqmin (Cape Cod Theater Project); Lisa Dillman’s American Wee-Pie (PlayPenn); Jason Grote’s Box Americana (Eugene O’Neill Playwright’s Conference); Len, Asleep in Vinyl, by Carly Mensch (Second Stage/Juilliard); 10 things to do before I die, by Zakiyyah Alexander (Second Stage Uptown); Collaboration with lighting designer Jennifer Tipton on The Glass Menagerie for the Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process; Best Production Connecticut Critic’s Award The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow at Yale Rep. Jackson is on faculty at Sarah Lawrence College and Primary Stages ESPA School of Theater. She is the recipient of the Jonathan Alper Directing Fellowship at Manhattan Theatre Club, the Williamstown Theater Festival Directing Fellowship and the Drama League’s New Directors/New Works Fellowship. University of the Arts Silver Star Distinguished Alumni Award. BFA Acting University of the Arts. MFA Directing Yale School of Drama. Jackson is from Sugar Land, Texas.

Nadia Bowers

(Susan) Broadway: The Farnsworth Invention (by Aaron Sorkin, dir. Des McAnuff), Doubt, Metamorphoses. Off-Broadway: most recently, The Netflix Plays (Ars Nova). Wildflower (Second Stage); Julius Caesar (The Public Theater, NYSF); Dog and Wolf (59 E. 59th St.); Romania, Kiss Me! (Play Co.); Eyes of the Heart (NAATCO); Tempest Tossed (a 3-person Tempest, Continuum Company), In Your Shoes (original solo show, NYC Fringe Festival). Regional: Sundance Theatre Lab @ Banff, Circle Mirror Transformation (Huntington Theatre Company); Tartuffe (Westport Playhouse), Crimes of the Heart (Open Fist-LA; Scenie Award “Best Actress in a Comedy”); Boston Marriage, Blood Wedding (Guthrie Theater); Tartuffe (La Jolla Playhouse); Winter’s Tale, Twelfth Night, Othello (Elm Shakespeare). Film/TV: Non-Stop, Little Ones; “NCIS,” every incarnation of “Law & Order,” “The Young and the Restless,” “As The World Turns,” B.A: Dartmouth College Sociology/French. M.F.A: NYU’s Graduate Acting

Hannah Cabell

(Hannah) Broadway: A Man for All Seasons (Roundabout). Off-Broadway:  3C (Rattlestick), Compulsion (The Public Theater), Zero Hour (13P),
Pumpgirl (Manhattan Theatre Club), Jane Eyre (The Acting Company), Millicent Scowlworthy (SPF), Gentleman Caller (Clubbed Thumb), Mark Smith (13P). REGIONAL/
INTERNATIONAL: World premieres of Marie Antoinette (ART and Yale Repertory Theater), Compulsion (Yale Repertory Theater and Berkeley Repertory Theater; BACCA nom), and Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of Three Sisters (Cincinnati Playhouse); As You Like It (Continuum Company, Florence); world premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (Berkeley Rep; BACCA nom); Sedition and Mary’s Wedding (Westport Country Playhouse). TV/INTERACTIVE: Law & Order: CI, Homefront, Grand Theft Auto. Training: MFA, NYU/Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting. Recent recipient of the Annenberg Fellowship for the Arts.


(Ted) Off-Wild With Happy as Mo’/Elder Bovane (The Public Theatre / Sundance Theatre Lab);  Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom as Levee (Baltimore Centerstage& Philadelphia Theatre Company); Marcus Or the Secret of Sweet (City Theatre of Pittsburgh); The Piano Lesson as Lymon (Hayworth Theatre, Los Angeles). Television: 24 (Fox) and Guiding Light (CBS). Training: MFA, Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts and BA, Morehouse College.


(David) NY credits include War Horse (Lincoln Center Theater); After the Revolution (Playwrights Horizons); The Age of Iron(CSC); Coraline (MCC); The Brothers Size (The Public); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (NYSF); Jump (Under the Radar – The Public).   Regionally he has worked at Williamstown, The Huntington, The Studio, Yale Rep, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre Company.  His Film and Television credits include The Rebound, Two Lovers, “Mercy,” “Law & Order,” “The Beautiful Life,” “The Return of Jezebel James.”  Elliot is a graduate of Vassar College (AB) and the Yale School of Drama (MFA) where he was the recipient of The Oliver Thorndike Acting Award.


(Scenic Design). His New York credits include Rx (Primary Stages); All-American (LCT3); The Dream of the Burning Boy and Ordinary Days (Roundabout Underground); Oohrah!  (Atlantic Theater Company); The Bereaved ( Partial Comfort); punkplay (Clubbed Thumb) and End Days ( EST). His work has appeared regionally at the Alliance Theatre, Baltimore Centerstage, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Chautauqua Theater Company, Cleveland Play House, Dallas Theater Center, George Street Playhouse, Glimmerglass Festival, Guthrie Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, The Old Globe, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Company, Two River Theater, Westport Country Playhouse, Wilma Theater and Yale Repertory Theatre. Mr. Savage’s awards include a Helen Hayes Award for Much Ado About Nothing, a Helen Hayes Award nomination for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Richard III and a Connecticut Critics Circle Award for The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow. He is a member of Wingspace Theatrical Design, holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Yale School of Drama, where he is currently on the faculty.


(Costume Design) a native of Romania, has designed for major theater, opera and dance companies including The National Theater of Bucharest and was involved in different international theater festivals such as the Quadrennial Scenography Show  in Prague. Oana is part of the first Romanian theater design catalogue, Scenografica. Since 1999, when she moved to New York , her collaborations in theater, opera, film and dance include Robert Woodruff,  Richard Foreman, Maya Beiser, Richard Schechner, Andrei Serban, Blanka Zizka, Brian Kulick, Zelda Fichlander, Annie-B Parson &Paul Lazar , Jackson Gay Razvan Dinca, Karin Coonrod, Jay Scheib, Kristin Marting, Evan Ziporyn, Eduardo Machado,Gus Solomon Jr.&Paradigm, Carmen De Lavallade, Jackson Gay,Dusan Tynek,Rebecca Taichman,Rania Ajami,Gisela Cardenas, Tony Speciale, Pavol Liska& Kelly Copper, Matthew Neenan,Molissa Fenley, Zishan  Ugurlu, Michael Sexton,Michael Barakiva, Pig Iron Company, Play Company, Charles Moulton, Ripe Time, among others. MFA in Design from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. Princess Grace Recipient, NEA/TCG Career Development Program. Barrymore Award.


(Lighting Designer) New York credits include The Public Theater, MCC, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, Atlantic Theater, The Play Company, Ma-Yi, The LAByrinth Theatre, Intar, The Mint, and others. Regional credits include South Coast Repertory, The Long Wharf Theater, The Alley, The Huntington Theatre Company, The Children’s Theatre Company, Centerstage, A.C.T., Hartford Stage, Yale Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, George Street Playhouse, Theatre Latte Da, and others. He has a B.A. from Macalester College and an M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama. Paul has taught at Cal Poly Pomona and Amherst College, and is currently a Lighting Designer/Theatre Consultant for Schuler Shook.


(Sound Design) For Women’s Project Theater: Birdy, Jump/Cut, Broadway: Picnic, Wit, Other Desert Cities, Good People, The Constant Wife, The Good Body, Bill Maher: Victory… Off-Broadway includes Lincoln Center, MTC, Atlantic, Vineyard, MCC, Playwrights Horizons, The Public, Second Stage, NYTW, WP, New Georges, Flea, Cherry Lane, Signature, Clubbed Thumb (Affiliate Artist), Penguin Rep. Regional: Bay Street, La Jolla, Cincinnati Playhouse, Westport Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Portland Stage, Long Wharf, The Alley, NYS&F, Humana, Williamstown, ATF. Radio: Studio 360, Naked Radio. Nominations: Drama Desk, Henry Hewes.  Awards; Ruth Morley Design Award, 2011 Obie for Sustained Excellence. Adjunct Professor at Sarah Lawrence College.  Love to Adam.

  • Collapse – Trailer

  • Collapse – Behind the Scenes

  • COLLAPSE with Elliot Villar and Hannah Cabell
    Photo by Carol Rosegg

  • COLLAPSE with Nadia Bowers, Elliot Villar and Hannah Cabell
    Photo by Carol Rosegg

  • COLLAPSE with Nadia Bowers
    Photo by Carol Rosegg

  • COLLAPSE with Maurice McRae, Hannah Cabell and Nadia Bowers
    Photo by Carol Rosegg

  • COLLAPSE with Hannah Cabell and Maurice McRae
    Photo by Carol Rosegg