Spring 2022

Past Events

June 19, 2022
June 17, 2022
June 17, 2022


Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 West 129th Street
New York, NY 10027
(enter on 125th Street, west of Broadway)


Friday, June 17 @ 2:30 pm
Friday, June 17 @ 8 pm
Sunday, June 19 @ 2:30 pm


by Ida Esmaeili
Directed by R Lee Kratzer



In an Upper East Side apartment, seven teenage girls gather over the course of a year as they prepare for their debutante ball: a night which will ultimately change their lives in ways they never could have predicted. 


GIRLHOOD is a dark comedy that follows a diverse and tight-knit group of friends navigating the tragedies of adolescence, and the small cruelties they inflict upon each other while they look for their places in the world. They are funny. They are strong. They are deeply flawed. And they are figuring it out. 


This is a play about friendship. This is a play about growing up. This is a play about power, in a world where young women are told they don’t have any.



Content Warning

Please be advised that this production contains the following: graphic death; alcohol and drug use and overdose; death of a parent; discussion of anxiety and panic attacks, an eating disorder, and sexual assault of a minor. For more information, please email [email protected]


Run Time

70 minutes, no intermission



(in order of appearance)
Natalie Gerene Krueger - PIPER
Julia Caldwell - MEI
Maaike Laanstra-Corn - TESSA
Faith Evan Wilansky - ANNIE
Anna Aubry - MADDIE
Quinn Kennedy - KATIE
Anuka Sethi - JAYA
Safwa Ozair - COVER (Jaya / Maddie / Tessa):
Amanda Shi - COVER (Annie / Katie / Mei / Piper):


Production Team & Crew

Playwright Ida Esmaeili
Director R. Lee Kratzer
Producers Mary Alex Daniels & Joanna Pisano
Associate Director Madison Goldberg
Dramaturg Anisa Rose Threlkeld
Production Stage Manager Sage Spitz
Choreographer Olivia Palacios
Fight & Intimacy Choreographer Hannah Roccisano
Costume Designer Liv Rigdon
Sound Designer Stella Emmett Kortchmar
Scenic Coordinator Tavish Miller
Lighting Coordinator Ashley Kok
Props Coordinator Britta Kuhn

About the Artist

Ida Esmaeili is a Swedish-Iranian writer, actor and songwriter currently based in New York City. Her writing explores themes of multiculturalism, particularly Middle-Eastern stories set within Western society, and coming-of-age young womanhood. Her work has been produced or commissioned by Ars Nova, Guild Hall of East Hampton, and Pale Blue Dot Theatre Company, and in August she can be seen performing in her play (tenderly) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is a recent graduate of the MFA Playwriting Program at Columbia University. Her music can be found on Spotify.