WPS 2015

by Eleanor Burgess

April 8 - 24
Edith Kutz Theater of the Lackland Center

See what the critics are saying:

NJ Arts Maven - Sheila Abrams
Broadway World - Marina Kennedy

"Wonderfully written by Eleanor Burgess with superb direction by Margo Whitcomb... The five-person cast completely captures the essence of their roles with performances that bring to light the passion people feel for their work and how their personal relationships can be affected." (Marina Kennedy, broadwayworld.com)

A smart and funny look at work, love, teachers and get-rich-quick tech start-ups.

Winner of the Susan Glaspell Award and the Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, Start Down is a funny and startling glimpse into the world of technology, education and its potential (or consequences) for educators and students alike.  Influenced by his girlfriend's teaching career and driven to produce a cutting-edge product, a San Francisco software developer Will, creates a program which will change the face of teaching forever.  It's a brilliantly profitable idea until it threatens some deeply held core values and ultimately his own relationship. 

Eleanor’s play MOCHA was produced by the Last Act Theatre Company last January as part of Austin’s Fronterafest, and her short play PARK SLOPE MINSTREL SHOW was featured in the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival this past summer. She has also had work produced by Everyday Inferno Theatre Company, the Emerging America Festival and the One Minute Play Festival and developed at the Vineyard Theatre, New Georges, Broad Horizons, Reverie Productions, and the Crashbox Theater Company. She has been a playwriting fellow at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston and a member of the writers’ group at the Arcola Theatre in London. Originally from Brookline Massachusetts, she studied history at Yale College and subsequently taught history, filmmaking and creative writing in London and New Haven. She is an MFA graduate in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Playwright Eleanor Burgess featured in American Theatre Magazine.


Tim Liu Will
Molly Densmore Sandy
Jeanine T. Abraham* Karen
Christopher J. Young* Adam
Donald Danford Matty
Gabriel Robinson Jesse

*denotes a member of Actors Equity Association.

Eleanor Burgess talks about START DOWN with Joe Pizzo of Black River Middle School

 Performance Times:
 Thurs. 7:30pm; Fri. & Sat. 8pm;  Wed. & Sun. 2pm
 KUTZ THEATER of the Lackland  Center

 Detailed Performance Schedule:

  2pm 730pm 2pm 8pm 2pm 8pm 2pm
  Wednesday Thursday* Friday Friday Saturday Saturday Sunday
April X X 8 8 X 9 10
  X 14 X 15 X 16 17
  20 21 X 22 X 23 24

X = No performance that day & time
X = Cancelled Performance

Ticket Pricing

   Adult   Children - 12


$25.00 $17.50


$27.50 $17.50

*Thursday Family Night:  $25.00 ALL SEATS (2 for 1 Rush Ticket Special when purchased at door 2 hours prior)

*SPECIAL EDUCATOR DISCOUNT AVAILABLE - $5.00 off the purchase of a regular adult ticket.
Cannot be combined with any other offer


CSC Supports:

Centenary Stage Company's mainstage professional productions employ members of Actors Equity Association.