by Erica Wachs

ADAPTED FROM "The Slow Burn: A Summer of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels" by Sarah Chihaya, Merve Emre, Katherine Hill, and Jill Richards

"We can't be your inspiration. We're dysfunctional thirtysomething professors, nothing interesting happens in our lives until we get tenure. Until then, our existence is just a big waiting game."

It's official--after a successful staged reading this fall, Contemporaries will be presented as a full production this April!

Contemporaries follows four professors--Sarah, Jill, Merve, and Katherine--writing to get tenure, who fall in love with Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels, and find themselves within her characters. As they struggle to survive in academia, they must deal with the consequences of the charade they play, blurring the lines between their realities and fiction. On female friendship, sexism in academia, motherhood, spaghetti-cooking, and dog-sitting (those who read the event description for the staged reading weren't expecting those last two, were they?)

If you have any questions, or would like to get involved, please email producer Jocelyn Wexler at
Contact the Show
April 19 at 8:00pm
April 20 at 8:00pm
April 21 at 2:00pm
April 21 at 8:00pm
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Patrons should arrive at the theater 15 minutes before the performance to claim their reservation. At the scheduled performance time, patrons will be let in off of the waitlist based on when they signed up on the YDC website. Patrons with reservations arriving after this time will be treated as if they are at the top of the waitlist. Please see the full policy here.
SarahAgnes Enkhtamir
KatherineEmily Harburg
Production Staff
DirectorAparna Nair-Kanneganti
ProducerJocelyn Wexler
Stage ManagerJordan Pliant
Lighting DesignerEmma Garey Levine
Master ElectricianErin Dowling
Sound DesignerTarek Ziad
Set DesignerClaire Carroll
Costume DesignerEren Kafadar
Props DesignerAmy DePoy
Sound EngineerTarek Ziad
Graphic DesignerKatherine Xiu
Makeup ArtistMicah Mingo
WriterErica Wachs
Assistant DirectorJordan Pliant
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