Spring 2022

Past Events

May 21, 2022
May 20, 2022
May 20, 2022


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


Friday, May 20, 2022, 2:30 PM
Friday, May 20, 2022, 8 PM
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 2:30 PM


by Zizi Majid
Directed by Jonathan Seinen


Donna and Matt Walker face the impending foreclosure of their family store and inn when Lana Usman, an immigrant single mother, offers them a deal that gives them a chance to stay. How To Gild An Eagle is a play about what it takes to belong and what one must sacrifice to hang on to past legacies.


Gillian Abbott
Even Moore-Coll
Meagan Moses
Reya Sehgal
Kristopher Trautz


Creative Team

Stage Manager Samm Lynch
Dramaturg Cole Stern
Producer Andreas Huang
Set Designer Izmir Ickbal
Lighting Designer Hamilton Guillen
Sound Designer Max Silverman
Intimacy Coordinator/Fight Choreographer Leana Gardella



About the Artist



´╗┐Zizi Majid (she/her) is a playwright whose plays advocate for a shared humanity. This play How to Gild An Eagle was a Finalist for [email protected] New Play Reading Series as well as a Semi-Finalist for the O'Neil National Playwrights Conference. Zizi is a recent fellow of WP Theatre's Lab and presented her play They Came In The Night, at the Pipeline Festival 2022. Other plays include Return to Fall (Finalist, Blue Ink Playwriting Award; Semi-Finalist, the O'Neil National Playwrights Conference; Semi-Finalist, Bay Area Playwrights Festival); Cost (Climate Change Theatre Action Commission 2021); Being in Time (International Human Rights Arts Festival 2019); How Did the Cat Get So Fat? (nominated Best Play, Life! Theatre Awards, Singapore); Yusof (Festival Commission, Pesta Raya, Singapore). For five years, Zizi was Artistic Director of Teater Ekamatra (Singapore), successfully breaking into the mainstream during her tenure, tripling audiences and garnering multiple awards. Currently, an Instructor of Drama at Syracuse University; she received her MFA from Columbia University, where she was also a fellow of the International Fellows Program at the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs. This summer, Zizi will be developing her play To Raqqa With Love with a residency at the Catwalk Institute together with two Columbia Alumni, Logan Reed (Directing) and Elizagrace Madrone (Dramaturgy).

poster for How to Gild an Eagle by Zizi Majid