The Swan

Written by Elizabeth Egloff

Directed by Jen Ellison and John Kahara

Cast: John Kahara, Kim McKean, Dana Wall

Opened March 2007

Jeff Nominated: Best Acting in a Supporting Role: John Kahara

The Swan, a fairy tale for adult, is set in Nebraska and tells the story of thrice-married Dora Hand, who begins a tediously boring affair with the married milkman Kevin. Inexplicably, a swan crashes into their lives through her window. The passion Dora denies Kevin suddenly manifests itself in her efforts to nurse the swan, whom she names Bill, back to health. But Bill doesn’t merely recover. He transforms into a young handsome human man who knows nothing of human emotional fickleness.

“Adult fairy tale superbly acted… It is a clever play full of wrenching emotion and zest. John Kahara and Kim McKean are marvelous. This little gem enchants.”  Recommended. Tom Williams

Elizabeth Egloff’s path to the theatre started when she took a playwrighting class at Brown University in the hopes that it would expand her poetry. Her fascination for playwrighting lead her to declare a double concentration in playwrighting and poetry. After receiving her graduate degree from Brown University Egloff started working for New Voices Theatre while also working as a teacher at Emerson college in Boston teaching screenwriting and adaptation. In the hopes of becoming a playwright Elizabeth Egloff successfully applied to the Yale School of Drama. Since graduating from Yale in 1989, Egloff has been able to support herself through playwriting. She has received several awards, including the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Foundation Writer’s Award, the Oppenheimer Award, and the Kesselring Prize, as well as grants from the Fund for New American Plays, the W. Alton Jones Foundation, AT&T, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Foundation for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trust, and the McKnight Foundation. Other plays by Egloff include The Devils, The Lover, Wolf-Man and Phaedra. The Devils, an adaptation of Dostyevsky’s political novel, recently premiered at New York Theatre Workshop and won the Weissberger Prize.

Designs: Joei Klein, Set Designer Richard Norwood, Lighting Designer Beata Pilch, Costume Designer Omar Mashal, Sound Designer Laura Madden, Slides Designer Géraldine Dulex, Dramaturge Michal Janicki, Graphic Designer