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Four-Part Podcast Production
Originally aired October 16

New York Premiere Audio Play
Audio Version and Original Stage Play by Anne Washburn
Directed and Freely Adapted by Saheem Ali

In a co-production with Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company 


Each of the episodes are available here as a podcast, and will also be available for download wherever you get your podcasts.

For the optimal experience of the sonic landscape of the play, we recommend listening with over-the-ear headphones as the first option, earbuds as the second option, and an external or Bluetooth speaker as a third option.


This fall, as the election draws near, tune in to a searing and searching new audio drama from acclaimed playwright
Anne Washburn about America’s present-day divisions, seen through the eyes of the very recent past. SHIPWRECK centers on a group of liberal friends gathered at an upstate farmhouse on a day of crystalline beauty. While the weather outside grows increasingly apocalyptic and the conversation within grows precariously honest, the group discovers that in turbulent times, every dinner invitation comes at a cost. Slated to be a stage production in The Public’s 2020 season, SHIPWRECK has been re-worked specifically for an audience listening from home or headphones. Saheem Ali directs this harrowing and hilarious masterpiece about race, religion, family and the nightmarish fallout of the American experiment.

Now Available for On Demand Listening
Originally aired October 16


Each episode is available for downloads wherever you get your podcasts.


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Four-Part Podcast Production is available for on-demand listening for an open-ended run.


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Mia Barron

(Mare). The Public: Knickerbocker Broadway: Coast of Utopia. Off-Broadway: Hurricane Diane (NYTW) The Wolves (LCT) Pain and the Itch (Playwright’s Horizons), Dying for It (Atlantic), Domesticated, (LTC) Spirit Control (MTC). Regional: recent premiere, The Coast Starlight (La Jolla), Guthrie, Old Globe, Mark taper, Geffen, three seasons at Williamstown, among others. Tour: Joan Didion’s White Album (BAM’s Next Wave). TV: "Get Shorty", "Blue Bloods", "Elementary". Awards: Two-time Obie winner, Drama Desk. MFA: NYU.

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Brooke Bloom

(Allie). Broadway/NY credits: Time and The Conways at Roundabout, Everybody at Signature, Cloud Nine (Drama Desk Nom) The Atlantic, You Got Older (Drama Desk Nom and Obie Award) for Page 73. Feature film highlights include: The Surrogate (SXSW 2020), Minyan (Berlinale 2020), She’s Lost Control (Berlinale Premiere, Best Film Nom Independent Spirit Awards) and Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story. Television series regular roles on Netflix’s "Gypsy", Amazon’s "Alpha House" and recurring on Amazon’s "Homecoming", etc.

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Phillip James Brannon

(George W. Bush). The Public: Tiny Beautiful Things, ToasT. Broadway: JUNK (Lincoln Center). Off-Broadway: Toni Stone (Roundabout), Log Cabin, BootyCandy (Playwright's Horizons, Obie Award) The Antipodes (Signature Theatre), The City of Conversation (Lincoln Center), Nat Turner in Jerusalem, Love and Information, Belleville (NYTW). Regional: Dangerous House (Williamstown), Huntington, The Wilma, Woolly Mammoth, KC Rep, Goodman, Steppenwolf. TV/Film: “The Sinner", "Servant”, “The Good Fight”, “Elementary”, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, “Law & Order: SVU”, Contagion. Training: DePaul University.

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Bill Camp

(Donald Trump). Broadway: The Crucible (Tony nom.), Death of a Salesman (Drama Desk nom.), Coram Boy, Heartbreak House, Jackie, The Seagull. Off-Broadway: Homebody/Kabul (Obie Award Winner), The Misanthrope, Olly's Prison. Regional: Co-Adaptor and lead for In a Year With 13 Moons (Yale Rep) and Notes From the Underground (Baryshnikov Arts Center, Yale Rep, La Jolla Playhouse). Film: Dark Waters, Joker, The Kitchen, Native Son, Molly’s Game. Television: “The Night Of” (Emmy Nom.), “The Outsider.”

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Rob Campbell

(Jim). The Public: Macbeth, The Singing Forest, Measure For Measure, Titus Andronicus, 365 Plays, In The Blood, King Lear, Him, The Treatment, As You Like It. Broadway: All The Way, Ivanov, Translations. Off-Broadway: Lights Shining On Buckinghamshire, Antlia Pneumatica, Iphigenia, House For Sale, Small Tragedy (Obie Award). Film: Middleground, I Am A Seagull, Winter’s Tale, Admission, Rabbit Hole, Hedwig And The Angry Inch. TV: "The Crossing, Chicago Med", "Damages", "Brotherhood", "Hostile Waters". Training: Yale Drama.

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Raúl Esparza

(Luis). Recent: Television: “No Way Back”, NBC , Theatre: “ Arturo Ui“, CSC. Chess”, Kennedy Center. Broadway: Leap of Faith, The Homecoming (Tony nom., Drama Desk Award), Company (2007 Tony nom., Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards), Taboo (Tony nom., Drama Desk Award), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Cabaret, The Rocky Horror Show (Theatre World Award). Off-Broadway: The Normal Heart; Comedians: tick, tick Boom! (Obie Award, Drama Desk nom.). Regional: Sunday in the Park with George and Merrily We Roll Along (Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration); Slaughterhouse-Five and Fur (Steppenwolf); Cry, the Beloved Country, Richard II (Goodman Theatre); HOLA Jose Ferrer Acting Award. Film: FERDINAND, FIND ME GUILTY. Television: “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Path”.

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Jenny Jules

(Donald Trump's Secretary). The Public: Father Comes Home From The Wars, Sweat (National mobile tour). Broadway: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, The Crucible. Off-Broadway: Her Portmanteau (NYTW), Julius Caesar, Henry IV ( St Ann’s Warehouse), Ruined (Arena Stage). West End: Way of The World, Julius Caesar (Donmar Warehouse), Vagina Monologues (Ambassadors). Off West End: Ruined, King Lear, The Homecoming, Big White Fog (Almeida). Numerous radio plays including The Member of the Wedding BBC Radio 4.

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Sue Jean Kim

(Jools). The Public: Office Hour. Off-Broadway: The End of Longing (MCC), Aubergine, Assistance, Drunken City, BFE (Playwrights Horizons), The Chinese Room (Williamstown Theatre Festival), 10 Out of 12 (Soho Rep), Water by the Spoonful (Second Stage), The Hallway Trilogy (Rattlestick). Film: Hide and Seek, First Reformed, Maggie’s Plan, James White, Bachelorette. TV: “I Know This Much Is True”, “Little America”, “The Blacklist”, “Homeland”, “High Maintenance”, “Crash and Burn”, “Cop Show”, “Delocated”.

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Bruce McKenzie

(Lawrence). Broadway: The Farnsworth Invention. Off-Broadway: Paris, 10 Out Of 12, Big Love, Glory of the World, Stanley in Ivo van Hove’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire. International: Weisses Rauschen (Ruhrfestspiele Recklingshausen; Theatre Freiburg). Regional Theatre: Three Sisters (Yale Rep); Polaroid Stories, Our Town, title role in Hamlet (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Krapp’s Last Tape (Dallas Theatre Center). Leading roles at La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Long Wharf Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Goodman Theatre, others.

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Joe Morton

(James Comey). TV: “Scandal,” “God Friended Me,” “The Politician.” Film: “The Brother From Another Planet,” “Terminator 2: Judgement Day,” “Justice League.” Broadway: Hair, Raisin (TONY Nominated). Off-Broadway: Turn Me Loose. Awards: 2014 Emmy Award winner for ‘Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series’ and 2018 NAACP Image Award for his role “Rowan/ Eli Pope” in Scandal, Lucille Lortel Award and 2017 Off Broadway Alliance Award for Turn Me Loose. Twitter @JOEtheMORTON

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Jeremy Shamos

(Andrew). Broadway: Meteor Shower, Noises Off, Clybourne Park (Tony nomination), Glengarry Glen Ross, Assembled Parties etc. Off-Broadway: 20+ plays. (Obie, Lortel, Drama Desk awards). TV: "Bad Education" (HBO), recurring on "Better Call Saul", "Nurse Jackie", guest on "Succession", "Fosse/Verdon", "The Affair", "The Night Of", "SMILF" etc. Upcoming TV: "The Undoing" (HBO). FILM: Birdman, Magic in the Moonlight, The Big Sick. Upcoming Film: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom starring Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman.

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Richard Topol

(Richard). The Public: King Lear, Merchant of Venice (also Broadway), Winter’s Tale. Broadway: Lemml in Indecent (OCC Nomination), Larry David’s Fish in the Dark, The Normal Heart, Awake & Sing, Cymbeline, Julius Caesar. Off-Broadway: Anatomy of A Suicide (Atlantic), Dance of Death (CSC), When the Rain Stops Falling (LC), Regrets (MTC), Hamlet (TFANA). Film/TV: Lincoln, Indignation, Mickey Blue Eyes, "Loudest Voice," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," recurring on "Manifest," "Genius: Einstein," "Billions," "The Practice," and "Covert Affairs".


Anne Washburn
Saheem Ali
The Bengsons
Original Music Composers and Performers
Palmer Hefferan
Sound Design
UltraViolet Audio; Matt Boynton Owner and Chief Engineer; Lead Audio Engineer Ania Grzesik
Audio Engineering
Beth Lake
Assistant Audio Engineer
Sarah Lunnie
Iyvon Edebiri
Creative Content Producer
Raz Golden 
Assistant Director and Script Supervisor
Janelle Caso
Production Stage Manager
Luisa Sánchez Colón
Assistant Stage Manager


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The Bengsons

THE BENGSONS, married duo Shaun and Abigail Bengson, are composers and performers who have appeared at such venues as Joe’s Pub (NYC), MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA), Freight & Salvage (Berkeley, CA) and the Market Theater (Johannesburg, South Africa). Their music has been featured in Hundred Days (La Jolla Playhouse, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, Know Theater, Z Space, US Tour), The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova), Sundown, Yellow Moon (Ars Nova/WP), Anything That Gives Off Light (Edinburgh Theatre Festival, US Tour), Where the Mountain Meets the Sea, (Humana Festival of New American Plays), Hurricane Diane (New York Theatre Workshop, Two River Theatre), You’ll Still Call Me By Name (New York Live Arts, Jacob’s Pillow), The Place We Built (The Flea), and Iphigenia in Aulis (Classic Stage Company). They have scored for TV and film, including So You Think You Can Dance (FOX) and the short film The Ceiling Fan. They are recipients of the Jonathan Larson Grant and Richard Rodgers Award, and have been nominated for the Drama Desk, Drama League, and Lucille Lortel Awards. Abigail has appeared on High Maintenance (HBO) and toured as a member of tUnE-yArDs, including an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (NBC). www.bengsons.com 


The radio play features compelling deliveries of the figures, their attitudes, and the playwright’s descriptive, articulate, and often elevated poetic language by the excellent cast.

- Deb Miller, DC METRO
A riveting sound design by Palmer Hefferan.

- Jesse Green, The New York Times
Washburn should be celebrated for drilling down into a moment four years ago, and running tests on the core sample.

- David Cote, The Observer

- Elysa Gardner, New York Stage Review