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I Found a Zipper

April 27 - June 10 | Theodore & Adele Shank Theatre

by Milo Cramer. Directed by Kim Rubenstein.


About the Show

An alien comes to earth looking for love and ends up at the Costa Mesa Walk-In Clinic where
cures are hard to come by and nobody seems to have any answers. In a phantasmagoric world
where nothing and no one is what they seem, I Found A Zipper... asks: What is love? And is love
the answer?

Content Warning

Sexual harassment, medical malpractice, child abuse, slapstick violence



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PREVIEW april 27 @ 7:00pm

May 8 @ 7:30pm

May 9 @ 7:30pm

May 13 @ 7:30pm

June 10 @ 2:00pm

June 10 @ 7:30pm


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  The Cast

Human Costume/ Witch: Ellen Nikbakht

Mom: Holly Robertson

Janet: Gabi D'Amico

Kid: Garrett Lee

Alien/ Manager/ Dr. Rudolph: Layth Haddad

Alien/ Dr. Eyelashes: Lisette Velandia

Alien/ Customer/ Patient: Nikki Yar


The Creative Team

Playwright: Milo Cramer

Director: Kim Rubinstein

Assistant Director: Molly Lasher

Assistant Director: Jeffrey Speirs

Dramaturg: Mia Van Deloo

Lighting Designer: Taylor Olson

Assistant Lighting Designer: Ayuna Graham

Scenic Designer: Tzu Yu Su

Costume Designer: Ting Xiong

Assistant Costume Designer: Natalia Darwish

Sound Designer: Padra Crisafulli

Production Stage Manager: Lily Fitzsimmons

Assistant Stage Manager: Angela Park

Assistant Stage Manager: Madison Novitski

Production Assistant: Annais Scott




About the Director

Kim Rubinstein was most recently Long Wharf Theatre's Associate Artistic Director where she directed Guys and Dolls, Midsummer Night's Dream, Private Lives, Santaland Diaries, and The Cocktail Hour. This past summer she directed Much Ado About Nothing for Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Other regional credits include The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Portland Center Stage and San Jose Rep), Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Julius Caesar (Chicago Shakespeare), Love's Labour's Lost (Next Theatre), The Tempest (Southwest Rep), The American Plan and Eloise and Ray (Roadwoarks), Pan and Boone (Running with Scissors), Baby With The Bathwater (Roundhouse Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival), Beckett Shorts (Berkshire Theatre Festival, Splinter Group's Buckets O'Beckett Festival. She was Associate Director with Michael Mayer and Tour Director of the National Tour of Angels In America.

Her other teaching credits include ten years on the acting/directing faculty at Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Brown/Trinity Consortium, Wesleyan University, NTI at The O'Neill Center and a ongoing teaching gig with the School at Steppenwolf. Kim has been very active in the development of new plays and has directed many readings and workshops at places like New Dramatists and Long Wharf.

Ms. Rubinstein is a recipient of the TCG/NEA directing fellowship and was nominated for the Alan Schneider Directing Award, among other awards for her directing and teaching. Upcoming projects: SANTALAND DIARIES at the Long Wharf, THE AMERICAN PLAN at The Old Globe.


About the Playwright

Milo Cramer’s solo musical School Pictures is upcoming at Playwrights Horizons, after premiering last year at The Wilma in Philadelphia (“charming from start to finish … beautifully heartbreaking” - Talkin’ Broadway). Other works include Cute Activist at The Bushwick Starr (“a brilliant match of material and theater… a fable for our times” - New York Times), and Minor Character: 6 Translations of Uncle Vanya at the Same Time (“delightful… a spring green forum on youth’s discontents” - Helen Shaw, The Village Voice), created with New Saloon and presented at The Public Theater's Under The Radar Festival. Milo’s audio play BOY FACTORY can be heard on Playwrights Horizons: Soundstage, and their newest play Deep Purple Wiggle is upcoming at Theater Battery in Seattle. Milo has developed work at SoHo Rep, Ars Nova, SPACE on Ryder Farm, EST/Youngblood, and MacDowell, and is currently under commission from Clubbed Thumb. He is a 2nd-year Playwriting MFA candidate at UC San Diego. Representation: Emma Feiwel, WME.