by David Lindsay-Abaire
directed by Billie McBride

Cantankerous assisted living resident Abby learns she’s been assigned a roommate after years of willful solitude. Enter Marilyn: an energetic and positive force who charms everyone around her…except Abby, of course. The two women make a seemingly harmless bet, that quickly intensifies into a cutthroat competition. Don’t miss Christy Brandt and Annie Butler in this uproarious and exhilarating “odd couple” comedy.

Originally commissioned by the Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) with funds provided by US Trust and received its world premiere there on October 1, 2015. Ripcord is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Director – Billie McBride
Scenic Design – Amanda Embry
Costume Design – Elly Hunt
Lighting Design – Kristof Janezic
Sound Design – Jacob K. Harbour

Stage Manager – Victoria Esquibell*
Asst. Stage Manager – McKenna Warren
Asst. Stage Manager – Caroline Castleman

Abby Binder – Anne Faith Butler*
Marilyn Dunne – Christy Brandt*
Scotty – Brade Bradshaw
Colleen/Woman in White – Jenna Neilsen
Derek/Zombie Butler/Masked Man/Benjamin – Graham Ward*
Lewis/Clown – Hagan Oliveras
Understudies – Kayla Johnson, Hagan Oliveras

Bob and Dixie Slater
John David Lentz Memorial Endowment Fund
Mickey & Kym Thompson and Jenifer Houston & Alan Busche
The Ramble House and Creede Guide & Outfitters

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


Billie McBride

We have always felt that when seniors move to assisted living facilities that they have reached the end of their lives. Sad images of nursing homes have been stamped into our hearts and minds. Ripcord does take place in an assisted living facility, but these two women are far from done. They are opposite in every way. One is a loner and the other very social and filled with joy. One is alone and the other surrounded by family. Each has a secret. Ripcord is about not being able to run away no matter how hard you try.  True to David Lindsay-Abaire’s style there are bizarre happenings but those also never seem impossible. It’s a very funny play laced with sadness, fear and a bit of tragedy but as Lindsay-Abaire says, “There was always this sort of interconnectedness between humor and tragedy because that’s just what life was. If I’m gonna write a comedy, it shouldn’t be a surprise that, underneath it, there’s pain and hurt and desperate need.” But also, it’s filled with hope.


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