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An Irons in the Fire Project

June 4, 2018

Written by Caroline V. McGraw
Directed by Oliver Butler

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If you want a revolution
Return to your childhood
And kick out the bottom

So wrote d.a. levy, the unofficial poet laureate of Cleveland, Ohio. Years later a playwright named Carrie struggles to conjure d.a.'s Cleveland- a landscape of promise, disappointment, and mystery. Weaving interviews and texts with fantasy and metatheatrics, BELIEVELAND explores literary inheritance in a city famous for its river catching on fire.

Performed by

Betsy Aidem
Bill Buell
Tommy Heleringer
Alex Hurt
Keilly McQuail
Nana Mensah
Lizzy Jarrett (stage directions)

Special thanks: Caroline Smith (workshop Stage Manager)


Caroline V. McGraw's plays include I Get Restless, Ultimate Beauty Bible, Believeland, The Bachelors, Tall Skinny Cruel Cruel Boys, The Vaults, and The King is Dead. Her work has been produced and developed at theaters across the country, including Page 73, Lesser America, Portland Center Stage’s JAW Festival, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Theater Ninjas, New Georges, the Lark, South Coast Rep's Pacific Playwrights Festival, Naked Angels, Second Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, IAMA, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Studio 42, City Theatre Pittsburgh, and Ars Nova. She is an alum of the New Georges Jam, the Civilians R&D Group, Interstate 73, and the Primary Stages Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group. Caroline was the 2013 Page 73 Playwriting Fellow, as well as their 2016 Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence. She is a 2018 New Georges Audrey Resident. She is working on commissions from Yale Rep and Manhattan Theatre Club/The Sloan Foundation. Caroline is a graduate of the Playwriting program at the Yale School of Drama, where she studied under Paula Vogel.


Oliver Butler is a founder and co-Artistic Director of The Debate Society. He recently directed The Amateurs by Jordan Harrison at The Vineyard. He directed the West Coast Premiere of Will Eno's Thom Pain (Based On Nothing) starring Rainn Wilson at The Geffen Playhouse. Regionally he directed Christopher Shinn's An Opening In Time at Hartford Stage and Daniel Goldfarb's Legacy at Williamstown Theatre Festival. In Australia he directed the premiere of Timeshare by Lally Katz at The Malthouse in Melbourne. He also directed the premiere of Will Eno’s The Open House (OBIE Award for Direction; Lortel Award, Best Play) at the Signature Theatre Company. He is a Sundance Institute Fellow and a Bill Foeller Fellow (Williamstown).

Poster Art by Sean Devare