Theater for the New City, Dream Up Festival

Collapse and Release

By Kieran Cusack
September 14 – September 14
Saturday, 8PM

Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director, Presents:

Collapse and Release

A Staged Reading

Collapse and Release is a two-act play about Little Sky Klimbers, a kindergarten program where teddy bears meet mind control. Three aspiring kindergarten teachers who think they’ve landed a job are there for an educational weekend retreat. The program, though, is illusory and follows the cunning trappings of cult indoctrination. Inspired by true events, the play explores how susceptible we are to peer pressure and thought reform — so much so that we can surrender our identity without even knowing it.

Kieran Cusack is a playwright, director and long-time resident of the East Village. A writer by trade, he has edited scripts for As The World Turns, written correspondence for former President Clinton, and developed web content for organizations that include Opus 3 Artists and Penguin Random House.

His latest play, Collapse and Release, received a scene reading with Naked Angels at Theater 80 on St. Mark’s Place in 2018. His two-act play, The Attic Pilot, was a finalist of the Rita and Burton Goldberg Dramatic Writing Award and received a workshop at the Lark Theatre in New York City. His one-act play, Invisible Disability, won the Very Special Arts Playwright Discovery Competition and a full production at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Along with playwriting, he has read scripts for the Soho Rep;
produced a night of Harold Pinter’s work at the Paradise Factory; and written coverage and directed scenes as an intern at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Kieran has a BFA in Playwriting and Screenwriting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a Master’s in International Affairs at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy & Strategy.