by Erica Wachs

Poster of Contemporaries

ADAPTED FROM “The Slow Burn: A Summer of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels” by Sarah Chihaya, Merve Emre, Katherine Hill, and Jill Richards 

“We can’t be your inspiration. We’re dysfunctional thirtysomething professors, nothing interesting happens in our lives until we get tenure. Until then, our existence is just a big waiting game.” 

It’s official–after a successful staged reading this fall, Contemporaries will be presented as a full production this April! 

Contemporaries follows four professors–Sarah, Jill, Merve, and Katherine–writing to get tenure, who fall in love with Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels, and find themselves within her characters. As they struggle to survive in academia, they must deal with the consequences of the charade they play, blurring the lines between their realities and fiction. On female friendship, sexism in academia, motherhood, spaghetti-cooking, and dog-sitting (those who read the event description for the staged reading weren’t expecting those last two, were they?) 

If you have any questions, or would like to get involved, please email producer Jocelyn Wexler at

For all inquiries, please contact: 

Media and Downloads

PDF icon merve.pdf (.pdf - 83.58KB)
PDF icon jill.pdf (.pdf - 85.62KB)

Performance Dates & Times

April 19, 2018 - 8:00pm

April 20, 2018 - 8:00pm

April 21, 2018 - 2:00pm

April 21, 2018 - 8:00pm


Saybrook Underbrook

Venue Accessibility: 
Lobby is accessible via elevator near the Head of College's office inside entryway I. Balcony level seating is accessible via lobby entrance. Stage level seating requires the use of stairs.



Production Team

Stage Manager
Lighting Designer
Head Electrician
Sound Designer
Set Designer
Costume Designer
Props Designer
Sound Engineer
Graphic Designer
Makeup Artist