Untitled Play About Dead Bodies

by MJ Kaufman • Directed by Kara-Lynn Vaeni

Lila and Ella met washing dead bodies at a Brooklyn chevra kadisha, a traditional Jewish burial society. When Lila suddenly cuts off their affair on the same day Ella receives an ominous note in the mail, Ella seeks out Brooklyn's only Jewish private eye, Sassy Feigenbaum. MJ Kaufman's new play is about dead bodies and ex-girlfriends.

Featuring Cassie Beck*, Becca Blackwell*, Diane Davis*, Philana Mia*, Maria-Christina Oliveras*, and Carmen Zilles.

Originally from Portland, Oregon, MJ Kaufman attended Wesleyan University and recently received an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama. He has received awards and commissions from the Program for Women in Theater, the Playwrights Foundation, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Young Playwrights Inc., New Harmony Project, Global Age Project, and the Huntington Theatre Company, where he is also a Huntington Playwriting Fellow. MJ was awarded the 2010 Jane Chambers Prize in Feminist Theatre for his play A Live Dress. His work has also been produced by Fresh Ink Theatre, the Yale School of Drama, and performed in Russian in Moscow. He received the 2013 ASCAP Cole Porter Prize in Playwriting, and is currently a member of the Clubbed Thumb Emerging Writers Group, The Falcons.

(As of June 2014)

In 2012, the Huntington launched the Summer Workshop, a two-week new work retreat culminating in public readings of the plays in development. The Workshop is modeled after the Sundance Theatre Lab and is an extension of the Huntington’s Playwriting Fellows program and Breaking Ground Reading Series. Huntington Director of New Work Lisa Timmel and Huntington dramaturg Charles Haugland support the writers during the intensive, artist-driven development process, and the festival is produced by Huntington Associate Producer M. Bevin O’Gara.


  • MJ Kaufman Playwright MJ Kaufman Playwright
  • Kara-Lynn Vaeni Director Kara-Lynn Vaeni Director
  • Cassie Beck Miriam Cassie Beck Miriam
  • Diane Davis Sassy Diane Davis Sassy
  • Philana Mia Lila Philana Mia Lila
  • Maria-Christina Oliveras Ella Maria-Christina Oliveras Ella
  • Becca BlackwellButch
  • ReaderCarmen Zilles

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