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Trip Cullman

Also at Playwrights Horizons: Adam Bock’s A Small Fire (Drama Desk nomination), Bock’s The Drunken City, Sarah Schulman’s Manic Flight Reaction. Other NYC credits include Adam Rapp’s The Hallway Trilogy: Nursing (Rattlestick), Leslye Headland’s Bachelorette (Second Stage), Terrence McNally’s Some Men (Second Stage), Bert V. Royal’s Dog Sees God… (Century Center), Bock’s Swimming in the Shallows (Second Stage), Jonathan Tolins’ The Last Sunday in June (Rattlestick and Century Center), Paul Weitz’ Roulette (EST), Robert Farquhar’s Bad Jazz (Play Co.), Gina Gionfriddo’s U.S. Drag (stageFARM), Lloyd Suh’s American Hwangap (Play Co./Ma-Yi) and Rinne Groff’s Of a White Christmas (Clubbed Thumb). Regional credits include John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation (Old Globe), Richard Greenberg’s The Injured Party (South Coast Rep), McNally’s Unusual Acts of Devotion (La Jolla Playhouse), Christopher Durang’s Betty’s Summer Vacation (Bay Street Theatre) and Bess Wohl’s Touched (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Upcoming: Weitz’ Lonely, I’m Not (Second Stage). Artistic Associate, The Play Company. Training, Yale School of Drama.
(As of February 2012)

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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."

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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.