World Premiere Drama Coming to Antioch

Kleban Award-Winner to Premiere ‘Imaginary Love’ at Hapgood Theatre Company

For the final production of the 2010-2011 Season, the Hapgood Theatre Company is thrilled to present the world premiere of Kait Kerrigan’s play “Imaginary Love.” A finalist for the 2006 Princess Grace Award, this play documents the relationships between two young couples in New York.

Kara and Lyle are no longer an item. They are pursuing other romances – Lyle with a smoking hot, leading expert in electrical engineering, Kara with the editor-in-chief at Forbes – throwing themselves into their careers and doing everything they can to move forward with their lives. Yet they are connected in the head and heart in ways that make them begin to wonder if they will ever really be able to let each other go.

A genius at manipulating the relationships of space and time, Kerrigan spins a profoundly captivating tale of the parallel evolutions of love and life, and the turning points that take us through them. The Hapgood is especially pleased to announce that the New York-based playwright will be present throughout the rehearsal process, making revisions in preparation for the premiere, and will stay through opening night on June 3.

KAIT KERRIGAN is a playwright, lyricist, and bookwriter. She made her Off-Broadway debut in 2006 with her musical Henry and Mudge, written with composer Brian Lowdermilk. Henry and Mudge went on to win her the Kleban Award for Most Promising Librettist. This season, her play Transit was presented at the 2010 Lark Play Development Center’s Playwrights’ Week and her play Imaginary Love will receive a world-premiere production at the Hapgood Theatre in Antioch, CA. Additional works include The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown, The Freshman Experiment, Tales $om the Bad Years, The Woman Upstairs, and Wrong Number (all musicals written with Brian Lowdermilk).

The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown is currently under option with Beth Williams and Broadway Across America and received a developmental production at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in 2009. Kerrigan’s work has been developed by the La Jolla Playhouse, Primary Stages, Lark Play Development Center, Manhattan Theatre Club, Perry Mansfield New Works Festival, ASCAP/Disney Workshop, New York Musical Theatre Festival, National Alliance of Musical Theatre, CAP21, Goodspeed, the Orchard Project, and others. She was a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a 2006 Larson Award winner, and, releases her first album with Lowdermilk entitled Our First Mistake on the Sh-K-Boom label. Kerrigan is an alumna of Barnard College, and a member of ASCAP, the Dramatists Guild, and For more information, visit

Imaginary Love plays at the Nick Rodriguez Theater in Antioch, June 2 – 19, 2011, Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm.

Cast: Michael Barrett Austin*, Roselyn Hallett, Bill Olson* and Maryssa Wanlass
* Member of Actors’ Equity Association

Creative Team: Kait Kerrigan (Playwright), Josy Miller (Director), Jason Miller (Production Design), Nicole Langley* (Stage Manager)
* Member of Actors’ Equity Association

Press Quotes:
“Perhaps the most important young writers in musical theater today.”
—TALKIN’ BROADWAY on Kerrigan and her writing partner Brian Lowdermilk
“This latest production is full of luxurious romps in the grass, tender caresses and big, wet kisses. ”
—THE NEW YORK TIMES on Kerrigan/Lowdermilk’s Henry and Mudge

Tickets: $15 – $35. Tickets are available by calling the box office at (925) 219-8545 or at

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