Cry It Out by Molly Smith Metzler


  • Sept 10, 11 & 12, 2021
  • Sept 17, 18 & 19, 2021
  • Sept 24, 25 & 26, 2021
  • Special Streaming Video on Demand Sept 24-26, 2021

Jessie is a corporate lawyer in a Manhattan firm. Lina is a community college dropout and born-and-bred Long Islander. They do not seem to have anything in common, but marooned at home with infants, they strike up a fast friendship. In the yard between their houses—as far as their baby monitors will reach—they bond over sleep deprivation, unreliable childcare, and “having it all.” A candid comedy about who gets to make which hard choices in the tinderbox of parenthood and class in the United States

Cry It Out

Molly Smith Metzler

Director: Molly Noble
Stage Manager: Ross Tiffany Brown
Set Designer: Sharlyn Klein
Light Designer: Wayne Hovey
Costume Designer: Donnie Frank


Ilana Niernberger as Jessie
Amanda Vitiello as Lina
Andrew Patton as Mitchell
Kellie Donnelly as Adrienne


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“A funny story that weaves together very different but highly meaningful stories from three new mothers.”

USA Today

“A special kind of show … empathetic and enjoyable ... it all rings utterly true.”

Chicago Tribune

“A deeply felt topical drama that takes audiences on an emotional roller-coaster ride that whipsaws through laughs, poignant tears and moments of monumental rage.”

LEO Weekly

“Whip Smart”

USA Today

Molly Smith Metzler (playwright) is the author of Cry it Out, Elemeno Pea, The May Queen, Carve, Close Up Space and Training Wisteria. Her regional credits include: Northlight Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, South Coast Repertory, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Chautauqua Theater Company, City Theatre, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Geva Theatre Center, Mixed Blood Theatre Company and in New York City at the Manhattan Theatre Club.

In television, Metzler has written for Casual (Hulu), Orange Is the New Black (Netflix), Codes of Conduct (HBO), and is currently a writer/producer on Shameless (Showtime). She is also a screenwriter, currently adapting Ali Benjamin’s award-winning novel The Thing About Jellyfish into a film for OddLot Entertainment with Made Up Stories and Pacific Standard (Reese Witherspoon’s company). Metzler was educated at the State University of New York at Geneseo, Boston University, New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts and the Juilliard School. She lives in Los Angeles and Kingston, N.Y.

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