Social Security premiered at The Bushwick Starr in February 2015, featuring Elizabeth Dement, Cynthia Hopkins and T. Ryder Smith.
June, a retired pretzel factory worker, finds herself deaf after 40 years with machines, widowed, and stranded in the urban muck of Reading, PA. She forges ahead gamely, but her yearning for ordinary human companionship only drives her further into danger.
Director: Paul Lazar
Producers: Jennifer Conley Darling and Eva C. Scanlan
Stage Manager: Derek Spaldo
Set: Sara C. Walsh
Lights: Simon Harding
Sound: Ben Williams
Production Associate: James Zebooker
Costumes: Jacob C. Climer
Co-presented by terraNOVA Collective
2015 Honorable Mention The Kilroys
"Ms. Masciotti mines the banalities of everyday chatter for heroic poetry...there's a determined empathy in her work that enlivens the senses." - The New York Times
"(5 out of 5 stars) [Masciotti] deserves a prize for putting a retired pretzel-machine worker center stage, for figuring a way to write an entire play about how money changes hands in America that seems truthful and wry." Time Out New York
"Among the great many female characters in modern drama -- Molly Bloom from Ulysses, Lil Bit from How I Learned to Drive, Marge Gundersen from Fargo -- June...of Christina Masciotti's Social Security stands proudly among them...a truly modern heroine of our time." New York Theatre Review
"Christina Masciotti's wormwood-bitter comedy about a crotchety old lady falling prey to her landlord needed precise execution, which it got from director Paul Lazar and crackerjack cast Cynthia Hopkins, T. Ryder Smith, and the astonishing Elizabeth Dement. Truthful about how money and society work and funny as fuck, Masciotti is major - she is our heir to Moliere." - Helen Shaw's Best Shows of 2015, Divers Alarums
The Bushwick Starr, February 2015
The Bushwick Starr (developmental reading), January 2014
Social Security is made possible with support from a Jerome Foundation 50th Anniversary Grant, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, and the generous contributions of many individual patrons.
Photography by Maria Baranova