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By A Thread

An Irons in the Fire Project

March 3, 2018
Cornelia Connelly Center

A new play by Eljon Wardally
Directed by Kel Haney

Seating is extremely limited.
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Set in a third grade classroom, Nelson, a former soldier, and Cody, a former football player, try to cope with their traumatic brain injuries in a therapy group for people with similar conditions. Even though their injuries are different, they are both dependent on each other to get better, but when tensions and memories of the past come to a head, they must decide whether they are strong enough to change their lives or fall victim to what seeks to destroy them.


Omari Hardwick
Jose Joaquin Perez
Michael Grew (Stage Directions)


Eljon Wardally is a playwright and screenwriter born in New York with Grenadian roots. She got her start performing at Downtown Art Theatre on the Lower East Side and has worked for MTV as a Producer/ Director covering red carpets and special events across the U.S. and Caribbean. Plays include: Blooming In Dry Season (O'Neill National Playwrights Conference Finalist), By A Thread (Sundance MENA Theatre Lab Semi-Finalist), Big Black Balloon (O'Neill National Playwrights Conference Finalist), Bishop (O'Neill National Playwrights Conference Semi-Finalist, Kennedy Center Finalist), The Gift (The Network One Act Festival Semi-Finalist), Home Sweet Home (The Strawberry Festival Semi Finalist),  Docket 32357 (New Works By Young Women Finalist), Charlotte's Song (Judson Church). Short Films include: Kicked, Docket 32357 (Winner Audience Choice International Black Film Festival of Nashville, Winner Grand Jury Prize Huffington Post Black Voices Breakthrough Theater Series), and Docket 32357 Web Series. She received her MFA in Playwriting from Fordham/Primary Stages as part of its Inaugural class.



Kel Haney is a freelance director, who focuses on new plays and musicals. Recent credits include: Haney/Comfort’s The Elephant In Every Room I Enter (Next Door at New York Theater Workshop & La MaMa), Christopher Wall's The Inherent Sadness Of Low-Lying Areas (World Premiere - New World Symphony, Miami), Sharyn Rothstein's A Good Farmer (Premiere - American Theater Group), Neil LaBute’s What Happens In Vegas (59E59 - world premiere) and The Way We Get By (American Theater Group - regional premiere), Laura Maria Censabella's Paradise (Luna Stage; Passage Theatre), Chris Cragin-Day's A Woman (59E59 - world premiere) and Foster Mom (Premiere Stages), Gardiner Comfort’s You’re Not Tough (HERE, Dixon Place), Vickie Ramirez’s Glenburn 12 WP (59E59), Jordan Jaffe’s Crude (Black Lab Theatre/Theater 511 @ Ars Nova - featuring Nico Tortorella),  Jonathan Caren’s The Recommendation (The Flea), Quiara Alegria Hudes’s Water By The Spoonful, Kate Cortesi’s Great Kills, Deborah Brevoort’s My Lord, What A Night, and James Christy’s At Liberty Hall (all at Premiere Stages). She has directed/developed new work with Abingdon Theatre Company, The Amoralists, Ars Nova, Atlantic Theater Company, Cherry Lane, Keen Company, Labyrinth, The Lark, Ma-Yi, Naked Angels, New Dramatists, New Georges, Partial Comfort, Playwrights Realm, Rattlestick, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Westport Country Playhouse, & Williamstown. Also: MTC Directing Fellow, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Mabou Mines Residency, Old Vic/New Voices Exchange and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. She also directed the critically acclaimed short films, I Am Them and Stay Close.

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