We All Fall Down : A Conversation with Director Melia Bensussen and Playwright Lila Rose Kaplan

1/26/2020 South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

After the 2pm matinee on January 26 of We All Fall Down, stay for a post-show conversation with Director Melia Bensussen and Playwright Lila Rose Kaplan.


Melia Bensussen previously directed Yerma (2019), A Doll's House (2017)Awake and Sing! (2014), Luck of the Irish (2011), and Circle Mirror Transformation (2010) at the Huntington. Other directing credits include work with Shakespeare & Company, Trinity Repertory Company, Sleeping Weazel, Actors' Shakespeare Project, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Hartford Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, New York Shakespeare Festival, MCC Theater, Primary Stages, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and many others. She has received two directing awards from the Princess Grace Foundation, including their top honor, the Statue Award for Sustained Excellence in Directing. Ms. Bensussen’s edition of Langston Hughes' translation of Federico García Lorca’s Blood Wedding is published by Theatre Communications Group, and she is featured in Rebecca Daniels’ Women Stage Directors Speak, Nancy Taylor's Women Direct Shakespeare, and in Jews, Theatre, Performance in an Intercultural Context. An Obie Award-winning director, she is on the executive board of the Society of Directors and Choreographers and serves as chair of the Arts Advisory Board for the Princess Grace Foundation. A longtime Emerson College faculty member, Ms. Bensussen is the incoming artistic director of Hartford Stage.

Lila Rose Kaplan Huntington: Huntington Playwriting Fellow. Off Broadway: Wildflower, The Light Princess. Regional: The Magician’s Daughter, Home of the Brave, The Villains’ Supper Club, The Pirate Princess, 123, Bureau of Missing Persons. Her plays have been produced at renowned theatres across the country, including Second Stage Theater, South Coast Repertory, American Repertory Theater, New Victory Theater, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, and more. Her plays have been developed at Arena Stage, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Center Theatre Group, New York Theatre Workshop, The Orchard Project, Playwrights Realm, TheatreWorks, PlayPenn, and The Lark. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with her husband and daughter. Website:


We All Fall Down

by Lila Rose Kaplan | Directed by Melia Bensussen
Extended by popular demand | Jan. 10 – Feb. 16, 2020
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont St.

Linda and Saul Stein still live in the Westchester home where they raised their two beautiful daughters. But when Saul unexpectedly retires, Linda summons the family to celebrate Passover for the first time in decades. Linda tends slightly toward the theatrical (okay, a lot), and their family has never been particularly religious (okay, not at all). So their comic attempts to bring the Seder to life go from riotous to heartwrenching in this play from Huntington Playwriting Fellow and Somerville resident Lila Rose Kaplan, directed by Obie Award winner Melia Bensussen. Can this family come together, or will an age-old tradition tear them apart?

Approximate run time: We All Fall Down plays in approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes with no intermission.

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