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Ian Saint-Germain, Ella Kennedy Davis; photo by Joan Marcus

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Lucas Papaelias, Cassie Beck; Photo by Joan Marcus

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Ella Kennedy Davis, Lynda Gravátt; Photo by Joan Marcus

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Cassie Beck, Ella Kennedy Davis, Ian Saint-Germain, Lucas Papaelias; photo by Joan Marcus

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Lindsey Ferrentino; photo by Mark Douet

This Flat Earth

Mainstage Theater

Written by Lindsey Ferrentino
Directed by Rebecca Taichman

World Premiere

Why’s everybody acting so shocked? …Why don’t the grown-ups just fix it?

At a middle school in this seaside town, the unthinkable has happened, placing a bewildered community in the national spotlight. Stuck at home in a state of shocked limbo, Julie and Zander, two twelve-year-olds, try to make sense of the chaos they witnessed, their awkward crushes, and an infinitely more complicated future — but the grown-ups are no help at all. An urgent response to our times, This Flat Earth is a startling and deeply felt story of growing up in our confounding world.

Running Time: 90 minutes, no intermission

Cassie Beck — Lisa
Ella Kennedy Davis — Julie
Lynda Gravátt — Cloris
Lucas Papaelias — Dan
Ian Saint-Germain — Zander

Christine H. Kim — Cellist

Scenic Design: Dane Laffrey
Costume Design: Paloma Young
Lighting Design: Christopher Akerlind
Sound Design: Mikhail Fiksel
Music Director: Christian Frederickson
Production Stage Manager: Cole P. Bonenberger
Assistant Stage Manager: Shane Schnetzler

Design Team Bios

This Flat Earth is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award



Scene: This Flat Earth

On the eve of returning to her middle school, Julie reckons with the unthinkable, still reeling with questions — but the grown-ups are no help at all.


First Rehearsal Photos: This Flat Earth

Lindsey Ferrentino is making her Playwrights debut with This Flat Earth, an urgent response to our times directed by Tony Award winner Rebecca Taichman. Go inside the rehearsal room for a sneak peek at the process!


Everything Turns Away

Lindsey’s writing evinces qualities we at Playwrights are coming to recognize as her trademarks: bright crackling humor, a keen ear for the ways class informs relationships, and a yen for theatrical gestures.