Mainstage Theater

Written by Leslye Headland
Directed by Trip Cullman

For these young assistants, life is an endless series of humiliations at the hands of their hellacious boss, a powerful uber-magnate.  In rare moments of calm when the phone calls stop rolling, Nick and Nora and their traumatized co-workers question whether all their work will lead to success -- or just more work.  Leslye Headland’s Assistance is a biting, high-octane satire about our attraction to power and what we’re willing to sacrifice to stay in its orbit.

Michael Esper
Sue Jean Kim
Virginia Kull
Lucas Near-Verbrugghe
Amy Rosoff
Bobby Steggert

Scenic Designer: David Korins
Costume Designer: Jessica Pabst
Lighting Designer: Ben Stanton
Sound Designer: Jill BC DuBoff
Production Stage Manager: Kyle Gates

Photos of (1) Virginia Kull and Michael Esper; (2) Michael Esper and Virginia Kull; (3) Amy Rosoff; and (4) Sue-Jean Kim and Lucas Near-Verbrugghe by Joan Marcus.


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Playwrights' Perspectives

Leslye Headland on "Assistance"

You've heard the old adage that "Hell is other people." Of course you have. Yawn. It's been so oft-repeated that I suppose Hell has lost some of its gravitas, much to the delight of whoever may be in charge down there. I recently heard Tim Keller, one of my favorite Christian writers, sum up Hell in a refreshingly terrifying way. In discussing Camus' Myth of Sisyphus, Keller defined Hell as: "having to execute a pointless act from which nothing ever comes except the need to do it again."


Tim Sanford and Leslye Headland

Tim: Leslye, why would a bright, capable young person such as yourself like theater? Leslye: (Laughs) How did you get enmeshed in this funny business? Oh my god, how can you not like theater? I think I was just like most people who are young, and when they’re in high school they don’t really know what’s going on... and I fell in love with Stephen Sondheim. I was obsessed with Stephen Sondheim. I wasn’t really a musical theater nerd or a drama nerd but when I moved high schools, they were doing a production of Company and I really wanted to be in it.