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Cry it Out

By Molly Smith Metzler
Directed by Zandi Carlson

Rolling Bay Hall

Oct 27-Nov 11  |  7pm Thu.-Sun.

Oct 12  |  5pm Closing Night

"In the course of discussing parenthood, postpartum depression, and gender roles, the play offers some extraordinary insights that will send you out of the theater with much to ponder."

-LEO Weekly

JESSIE  |  Kim Douthit
ADRIENNE  |  Josy Wegner

LINA  |  Erin Gabbard

MITCHELL  |  Leon Huggins

UNDERSTUDY  |  Kate Pippinger

Production Team

Assistant Director  |  Melanie Hampton

Production Stage Manager  |  Maddy Garfunkel

Dialect Coach  |  Marianna de Fazio
Costume Designer  |  Dawn Janow 

Lighting/Sound Designer  |  Eli Backer

Scenic Designer  |  Ken Michels

The running time is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.


This play contains mature content and language that may not be appropriate for young audiences.

Covid-19 Safety
After careful consideration and reviewing the policies that other theatre organizations are implementing, we have decided to relax our vaccine and mask requirements for our 2023-24 season for the time being. We recommend that our patrons be vaccinated and wear masks during the performance.



Successful lawyer Jessie trades in her tailored suit and New York City apartment for yoga pants covered in breast milk and a duplex in the suburbs. Her new neighbor, Lina, a Long Island native who works in an entry level position and has terrible credit, comes from a vastly different economic background. Nonetheless, they have one huge thing in common: they’ve been cracked open by the love they feel for their newborns. But their intimacy is punctured when a stranger who lives in the mansion up on the cliff appears in the yard and asks if they would include his wife, a new mom who is having “a hard time,” in their coffee klatch. Cry It Out is a reflection of the direct influence that social dynamics, family support systems, and class have on parenthood. This dark comedy explores what the reality of shifting into parenthood means and the impossible nuances that one must face head on, without the luxury of hindsight or a full night's sleep.

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois 

"Presents a more comprehensive picture of the challenges and triumphs of new motherhood."

-WFPL Louisville

"Empathetic and enjoyable ... it all rings utterly true."

-Chicago Tribune

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