Tania in the Getaway Van

by Susan Bernfield • Directed by Portia Krieger

Fall 1975: 11-year-old Laura is in the hall closet, pretending to be Patty Hearst. Diane, her mom, heads back to school, gonna get a job, gonna make Laura her companion in liberation, openness, possibility! If, by quirk of history, Laura is supposed to come of age at the same time as her mom...well, she's not gonna play, no way. Flash forward to today: is Laura a model product of the women’s movement, or just of Diane’s expectations?

Featuring Therese Plaehn*, Erica Spyres*, Colleen Werthmann*, and Stephanie Wright-Thompson*.

Susan Bernfield’s plays include Stretch (a fantasia) (People’s Light & Theatre; New Georges; Ohio Theatre’s Ice Factory Festival; published by Playscripts); Barking Girl (Chrysalis Productions; O’Neill Playwrights Conference); Big Hungry World (First Light Festival/EST); Out From Under It (Vital Theatre; published by Indie Theatre Now); and a solo musical, Tiny Feats of Cowardice (music, Rachel Peters; FringeNYC; Adirondack Theatre Festival).  In addition, she’s developed work at New Harmony Project, Lark Play Development Center, Playwrights Horizons, Magic Theatre, HB Playwrights, among others, and her plays have been finalists for the National New Play Network’s Showcase of New Plays, Bay Area Playwrights Festival and the Playwrights Center’s PlayLabs.  She’s also the founder and producing artistic director of New Georges, a theater company in New York City; in that capacity, she serves on the boards of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, the League of Professional Theatre Women and the LIT Fund.

Breaking Ground is the Huntington Theatre Company's festival of new work, a vital part of our new play development program. The festival highlights the work of local playwrights and presents national writers in partnership with the Huntington. Over the last seven years, Breaking Ground plays have gone on to appear at the Huntington as well as theatres in Boston, across the country, and internationally. Unless otherwise noted, admission to all Breaking Ground readings is FREE and open to the public.


  • Susan Bernfield Playwright Susan Bernfield
  • Portia Krieger Director Portia Krieger
  • Therese Plaehn Carol Pilling Therese Plaehn
  • Erica Spyres Stacey / Katelyn Erica Spyres
  • Colleen WerthmannDiane
  • Stephanie Wright ThompsonLaura
  • Gabriel RodriguezReader
  • Jessica WolfStage Manager
  • Rachel PetersA capella tunes

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