9–11pm / Oct 5 / Segal Theatre

Where Are We Going?

Kate Benson & Jessica Almasy

Examined Life


I Love You Stranger

Deepali Gupta

Photos by Kate Benson, Liane Fredel, Amelia Golden
Works-in-Process are excerpts from new work, in development or recently premiered.


Where Are We Going?

We’re all in it together: who is we? Where are we headed? And who is in charge? Where Are We Going? is a road-trip play, laced with the joy, stupidity, and danger of the open road. Which road? Are we on the right road? What is this place we are moving through? And when will it end? Did you remember your bathing suit? When can we stop for coffee

Kate Benson is a writer and actor in New York City. Plays include [Porto], A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes, Super Magic Wild Forest, and Lee Miller. She has an MFA from the Brooklyn College Playwriting Program.

Jessica Almasy: Anything That Gives Off Light (Joe’s Pub, Appalachia tour, EIF), Memory Retrograde and Warlesbian (harunalee, Under the Radar, Ars Nova), Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova, Signature), …Great Lakes (Women’s Project, Dixon Place), enjoy (Play Company), Untitled Flag Project (the Brick), television, indie movies, commercials, audiobooks, theatre company member, Audie Award, Golden Earphones. BFA: NYU, MFA: Brooklyn College, writer, actress, director, mother, fish waitress.

Examined Life

Socrates famously said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” He also believed women were not worthy of that life. Examined Life is a dark, comedic retelling of the history of philosophy. Why are all the “great” philosophers dead white men? Examined Life takes this myth on with a humorous romp through philosophy, offering a challenge: our ideas of democracy, freedom, and equality were born in a culture of oppression. By bringing the monstrousness of philosophers into the light, Examined Life encourages us to see how we contribute to other’s subjugation, and how we can begin to support one another’s freedom through a more nuanced understanding of our cultural inheritance.

NotAmuse Theater seeks to create and tell stories that examine our world, peel back the layers of human complexity and power constructs, and resonate on an instinctual level. We lead with humor always, but underneath we are searching for identity and consciousness. Recent work includes Facets, Bremen Freedom, The Infernal Machine, and Medusa Volution.

Sophie Amieva is a theatremaker and founder of NotAmuse Theater. She was praised by the New York Times for “display[ing] fine talent for comedy,” and has performed internationally. She teaches Bouffon and mask at NYU’s Tisch School.

Regan Penaluna has a PhD in philosophy from Boston University and an MS in journalism from Columbia University. She’s a senior editor at Guernica magazine, and writing a book for Grove Atlantic about women philosophers.

This is Sophie and Regan’s first collaboration.


Insta: @samievatheater

I Love You Stranger

This is a musical attempt to arrive at a definition of bipolar. An etymological, epistolary, epiphanic, episodic, insane fantasia! An investigation of the archives of a pivotal romance, an exploration of the disputed history of a psychiatric disorder—and an inquiry into the nature of the suicidal impulse. What happened to you, and did it ever go away? A year in the life of the artist throws a lifetime into relief.

Deepali Gupta is a writer and performer. Her work explores themes of mania and insanity, and their relationship to the feminine body. She makes work in an attempt to unravel the warped weave of narratives surrounding mood disorder and neurodivergence. She has developed or presented work with Ars Nova, The Public Theater, The Bushwick Starr, and others. She is an affiliated artist of Target Margin Theater and The Civilians, a member of the New Georges Jam, and a resident artist with Ars Nova. BA: Brown University (Weston Award, Writing for Performance); MFA: NYU Tisch.


Insta: @deepaligupta

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