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‘Be Mean to Me’ – A New Play by Alumni Sofya Levitsky-Weitz
November 18, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
A new play by Sofya Levitsky-Weitz
Directed by Halena Kays
At 17, Meril and Jean are best friends who can finish each other’s sentences. At 27 they are struggling to reconnect and make sense of their shared past. Moving fluidly across a decade of change, growth, divergent choices, immense love and deep hurt, playwright Sofya Levitsky-Weitz (a 2015 alum of Northwestern’s MFA in Writing for the Stage & Screen) paints a portrait of the power of friendship, and the damage we can inflict on ourselves in the name of love, desire, and ambition.
TALKBACK: A talkback is scheduled for Fri., Nov. 18 immediately following the show with Playwright Sofya Levitsky-Weitz, a graduate of Northwestern University’s MFA in Writing for the Screen & Stage program and assistant professor and Director Halena Kays.
Sofya Levitsky-Weitz is a playwright and TV/film writer who splits her time between Brooklyn and Los Angeles. She writes for FX’s THE BEAR, Hulu’s THE DROPOUT, and GASLIT for Starz and has an original project in development with Lionsgate. Her play this party sucks (on the 2019 Kilroy’s List) is optioned by Mark Gordon Pictures for the stage and film/TV rights and will be commercially produced next year. Other plays include Cannabis Passover (IAMA, PWC Playlabs, 2021-2 finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference), be mean to me, Gehinnom, and Intuitive Men. She was a 2018-2019 Jerome Fellow and 2019-2022 Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. She is a MacDowell Fellow and has also been in residence at Barn Arts and TOFTE Lake. She was the recipient of the Penn State 2020 New Musical Initiative and her musical Nostalgia Night (composer: Matt McCollum) was produced in Winter 2022. She has worked on several movies with Michael Showalter including Fox Searchlight’s The Eyes of Tammy Faye. She got her MFA in Writing for the Screen & Stage from Northwestern University, where she serves on the Advisory Board, and is a member of EST/Youngblood. www.sofyalevitskyweitz.com