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Cell Cycle by Cristina Pippa


ISBN #1-933159-85-5
JAC #2007-0003


The Cast

  • ALICIA TRABER: A girl of nine and a young woman of 19

  • CAITLYN TRABER: Alicia's sister at age 6 and 16

  • RAINER BRANDT: A college student.

  • DR. FIORI: A cancer researcher in her late ‘30s. She speaks with an Italian accent.

  • MATTHEW TRABER: Alicia's father, a U.S. Counterterrorism Director

  • SHANNON TRABER: Caitlyn and Alicia's mom

  • SIERRA: An alternative health worker

  • ANDERS: A young, bureaucratic government official in Counterterrorism


In the heat of America’s war on terrorism, the Director of Counter-terrorism has cancer. One of his daughters seeks solace and hope in cancer research. The other turns to God.


The Setting

The not-so-distant future. A research lab and a home in Washington (DC); and the inside of a cell. The scenes should almost overlap, even as they shift in place and time.


About This Playwright

Winner of the National Playwriting Award from Wichita State and finalist for the David Mark Cohen Award, Cristina Pippa completed her B.A. at Columbia University and her M.F.A. at the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, where she received the Iowa Fellowship for the Arts. Pippa was recently in residency in Austin (TX) to co-write and direct a new play, which premiered at the ArtSpark Festival. She has been commissioned by Avalon Theatre Company to travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina and to write a play about Bosnian refugees in the Midwest for production in 2007. Pippa has also been commissioned by the Special School Foundation to write a play for tour in St. Louis. Cristina's work has been produced and developed by the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca (NY); Six Figures Theatre Company, Gallery Players, The Looking Glass Theatre, and This Woman's Work Theatre Company in New York City; Axial Theater Company in Pleasantville (NY); Lakes Performing Arts Center, Outbound Theater, the Iowa New Play Festival and Darwin Turner Action Theater in Iowa. Cristina co-created and performed with Ashtar Theatre from Palestine, participated in Erik Ehn's African Playwrights Conference, and collaborated on a legislative theatre piece with Augusto Boal. Having received the Norman Felton Fellowship, Cristina attended the 2005 Sundance Theatre Lab, and assisted directors Michael Grief and Peter Dubois and playwrights Jessica Hagedorn and David Grimm. Lecoq-trained director and Dell'Arte instructor, Ralph Hall, collaborated with Cristina on a workshop of her play, Piero Paramore, and Drama League Directing Fellow, Peter James Cook, recently directed Misgivings at the Hangar Theatre. The production will be remounted at the West End Theatre by Six Figures Theatre Company. Visit Cristina online at www.cristinapippa.com!

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