Our Very Own Carlin McCullough

Our Very Own Carlin McCullough

June 19 - July 29, 2018
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater

Written by Amanda Peet
Directed by Tyne Rafaeli
Featuring Emily Bader, Mamie Gummer, Abigail Dylan Harrison, Caroline Heffernan, Tyee Tilghman & Joe Tippett

“Amanda Peet crafts beautifully human drama. Her magic touch [is] an authentic feel for people, beat by beat, as their emotions suck them into untenable situation.” – Entertainment Weekly
“This is one match you won't want to miss! The cast is phenomenal, with actors shading their characters with compassion and confusion.” – TheaterMania
“Stuffed with provocative questions about parenthood, mentorship, and family structure which it neither answers nor skirts, but rather mulls over with care and intelligence.” – Entertainment Weekly
“Peet shrewdly understands the humanistic power of secrets and surprises.” – Entertainment Weekly
“Mamie Gummer and Amanda Peet ace this tennis tale!” – The Hollywood Reporter
“Immediately we're drawn in by Coach Jay (an astutely cast Joe Tippett)... the two young actors who play Carlin (Abigail Dylan Harrison and Caroline Heffernan) are both superb... and terrific Tyee Tilghman as Salif rounds out this taut, four-character study.” – The Hollywood Reporter

A single mother discovers that her ten-year-old daughter is a tennis phenom. When a young, dedicated coach takes Carlin under his wing, her meteoric rise takes shape, and this threesome struggles over what is best when building up a champion.

Major support for this world premiere production provided by the Edgerton Foundation New Play Production Fund

In The News

Review: Amanda Peet crafts beautifully human drama in Our Very Own Carlin McCullough

Review: Amanda Peet's Our Very Own Carlin McCullough: A tennis prodigy learns life's score

Review: Mamie Gummer and Amanda Peet ace this tennis tale

Review: Mother-Daughter Relationships Take Center Court in Our Very Own Carlin McCullough

Review: "Edge-of-your-seat gripping from its instantly engrossing start to the poignancy of its stunningly unexpected finish, Our Very Own Carlin McCullough scores a grand slam for the Geffen!"

Review: Amanda Peet's Play Brings Mamie Gummer — and Teen Drama — to the Geffen

Review: Our Very Own Carlin McCullough Looks at Whose Dream a Parent Should be Pursuing

Listen: Actress and writer Amanda Peet discusses her world premiere play Our Very Own Carlin McCullough on the Geffen Playhouse Unscripted podcast

Interview: Joe Tippett On His Upward 'Highway' From 'Waitress'ing to Coaching 'Carlin'

Feature: Amanda Peet’s New Play Our Very Own Carlin McCullough Has a Game of Thrones Connection

Feature: Amanda Peet and Mamie Gummer Team Up for Our Very Own Carlin McCullough

Feature: Amanda Peet, playwright: How the actress became the author of the Geffen's upcoming premiere

Interview: Introducing Amanda Peet, Playwright

Interview: Amanda Peet on her new play & how writing is like childbirth

Interview: Amanda Peet on How Playwriting Made Her a ‘Less Precious’ Actor

Geffen Playhouse Blog: Set for Success: Putting the right players in the room — an interview with Amanda Peet and Tyne Rafaeli

Cast Announcement: Mamie Gummer and Joe Tippett to Lead Cast of Our Very Own Carlin McCullough




Meet The Artists

AMANDA PEET (Playwright)
Amanda Peet was most recently seen in IFC’s Brockmire. Before that, she starred in the HBO series Togetherness, created by the Duplass Brothers, and Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. She appeared in the films Something’s Gotta Give, The Whole Nine Yards, Syriana, Please Give and Igby Goes Down, among others. Theater credits include Break of Noon and This Is How It Goes, both by Neil LaBute, as well as the Broadway revival of Barefoot in the Park. Her play The Commons of Pensacola, which was produced by Manhattan Theatre Club, starred Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Tyne Rafaeli directs classics, new plays and musicals, including the recent Geffen Playhouse productions of Actually by Anna Ziegler and Ironbound by Martyna Majok. Her work has also been seen at Roundabout Theatre Company, Classic Stage Company, Playwrights Realm, Atlantic Theater Company, Two River Theater, California Shakespeare Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, New York Stage & Film, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Goodspeed, Juilliard, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Great Lakes Theater, American Players Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, O’Neill Playwrights Conference and PlayPenn, among others. Rafaeli is a 2016-2018 Time Warner Directing Fellow at the Women’s Project Theater and was awarded the 2013-2014 SDCF Sir John Gielgud Fellowship for Classical Direction. She served as Associate Director to Bartlett Sher on multiple Broadway and West End productions. Upcoming work includes the world premiere of I Was Most Alive With You by Craig Lucas at Playwrights Horizons and Usual Girls by Ming Peiffer at Roundabout Theatre Company.

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Performance Info

Minor profanity

2 hours, including one 15 minute intermission.