The Zero Hour by the Clementine Collective

runs August 23–27

The Zero Hour by the Clementine Collective

Thu · August 24, 2017

7:00 pm

$20–$25 ($13 student rush tickets at the door)

The Zero Hour by the Clementine Collective
The Zero Hour by the Clementine Collective
The Clementine Collective is back for its second season with Madeleine George’s queer, dark, almost-love story! Returning from the Big Apple, the production is helmed by director Amelia Cain, in her regional debut.

A Pulitzer finalist, George makes us rip our sides laughing and then cracks our hearts in two, all while examining how the personal and the political intersect. In times that seem unprecedented, the Clementine Collective reorients us in this wonderful and painful comedy.

Rebecca and her chronically unemployed butch girlfriend, O, have created a happy nest in their run-down Queens walk-up. But domestic bliss starts slipping as their daily lives are overtaken by charming Nazis, family ghosts, and the secrets they keep. The two women fight for, and against, each other in this sharp, moving almost-love story.

Amelia Cain is an actor, director, model and puppeteer based in Brooklyn. She trained at Boston University. She is a resident company member with Hamlet Isn’t Dead and a lead puppeteer with Puppetsburg. Recent credits include The Chorus in Henry the Fifth, Enobarbus in Antony and Cleopatra at the Slipper Room and Rebecca in Ashes to Ashes with the Invisible Girls Theatre co. Credits in direction include The Park Bench Play and an adaptation of Justin Butcher’s Scaramouche Jones.

Madeleine George has been a member of New Dramatists since 2010. Her plays include Hurricane Diane, The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Pulitzer Prize finalist; Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award), Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Susan Smith Blackburn Award finalist), Precious Little, and The Zero Hour (Lambda Literary Award Finalist). Madeleine is the recipient of a Whiting Award, the Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship, and two MacDowell Fellowships, and she holds commissions from the Sloan Foundation/Manhattan Theatre Club, the Big Ten Theatre Consortium, and the Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis. She was a founding member of the Obie-Award winning playwrights’ collective 13P (Thirteen Playwrights, Inc), and is currently the Mellon Playwright in Residence at Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey.


The Clementine Collective seeks to enrich the Pioneer Valley with socially relevant plays written within the last 30 years. By acknowledging our privileges, we strive to promote acceptance and diversity to share new and otherwise neglected stories. We create a space for young artists to develop, connect and support each other’s work.

Last year, three theatre artists from Western Massachusetts came together to share their art with the communities who had raised them. Fresh out of school, and eager to collaborate, Micky Strachota, Annalise Cain and Mia Wurgaft founded the Clementine Collective to continue the artistic journey they began at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School. Their first show What Screams I Hear Are Mine (winner of the National Partners of the American Theater Playwriting Award) was written by company member Annalise Cain. It was performed in PVPA’s new theater, and with the help of many donors, they were able to donate their ticket sales to the school that had cultivated them.

“Zero Hour, The (George)” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the South Hadley Cultural Council, the Ashfield Cultural Council, and the Amherst Town Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Venue Information:
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
289 Main St
Greenfield, MA, 01301