A serial podcast created by director Katie Brook and writer Trish Harnetiaux.


As they launch their new route to The Bahamas following a disastrous event, an American cruise ship conglomerate calls on an avant-garde theatre director to adapt Ionesco’s The Chairs in a last ditch effort to rebrand.

Written by Trish Harnetiaux (based on her play We Are Not Well), produced by Katie Brook, designed by Ben Williams, and featuring Anthony Arkin, Eric Berryman, Susan Blommaert, Johnny Gasper, Emily Cass McDonnell, Keilly McQuail, Danielle Skraastad, Nidra Sous la Terre, and Jacob A. Ware.

The PlayCo commission will feature Episode One of The MS Phoenix Rising.


ui accordion buttonui accordion buttonui accordion buttonui accordion buttonABOUT KATIE BROOK

Katie Brook is a director of new experimental plays and performance, most recently, the premiere of Liza Birkenmeier’s Dr. Ride’s American Beach House at Ars Nova. Previously with Trish Harnetiaux: How to Get Into Buildings (New Georges). Brook makes original work collaboratively with her theatre company, Televiolet. Her work has been presented at various venues in New York City and beyond, including The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival, Prelude NYC, and more. She is also the Director of Production at StoryCorps, an oral history project that broadcasts stories weekly on NPR

Photo by Maria Baranova

ui accordion buttonui accordion buttonui accordion buttonui accordion buttonABOUT TRISH HARNETIAUX

Trish Harnetiaux’s plays include Bender and Brian (Exponential Festival, Prelude Festival, forthcoming JACK), Tin Cat Shoes (Ars Nova Play Group/ Playwrights Horizons Superlab /Clubbed Thumb summerworks), How to Get into Buildings (Soho Rep writer-director lab/New Georges), and If You Can Get to Buffalo (Incubator Arts Project, Son of Semele Ensemble, The Acme Corporation) all published by Samuel French. She has been a resident at MacDowell, Yaddo, The Millay Colony, and SPACE at Ryder Farm. MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College.

Photo by Jude Domski

The MS Phoenix Rising

Written by:
Trish Harnetiaux

Directed and Produced by:
Katie Brook

Designed by:
Ben Williams

A Mini-Commission presented as part of #Playfrom6FeetAway