Press Play is a new joint program between the Kitchen Theatre Company and Cinemapolis that puts a currently running play in conversation with a film that explores similar themes. This 3-part series will include screenings of select films paired with the Kitchen’s productions of Ironbound (January 21-February 4; screening: Tuesday, January 30), Bright Half Life (March 4-18; screening Tuesday, March 13), and Matt & Ben (May 27-June 10; screening Tuesday, June 5). Following each screening, audiences are invited to stay for a conversation led by Kitchen Theatre artists.

The first double bill of the series is Martyna Majok’s play Ironbound and Lars von Trier’s film Dancer in the Dark, starring Björk. Both the play and the film discuss the immigrant experience with honesty, grit, and heart–and feature casts led by female protagonists you’ll never forget.

M. Bevin O’Gara, the director of Ironbound and Producing Artistic Director of the Kitchen Theatre, will be leading the post-screening conversation on Tuesday, January 30th. The film screening begins at 7 pm.

Film title pairings for Bright Half Life and Matt and Ben TBA.


Selma is a Czechoslovakian immigrant, a single mother working in a factory in rural America. Her salvation is her passion for music, specifically, the all-singing, all-dancing numbers found in classic Hollywood musicals. Selma harbors a sad secret: she is losing her eyesight and her son Gene stands to suffer the same fate if she can’t put away enough money to secure him an operation. When a desperate neighbor falsely accuses Selma of stealing his savings, the drama of her life escalates to a tragic finale. Written and directed by acclaimed Danish auteur Lars von Trier, the film garnered scores of awards and nominations after its release in 2000, including a Golden Globe nomination for the breakout performance from Icelandic musician, Björk.


Hard-working Polish immigrant Darja is done dating cheaters and dreamers. It’s time to look out for herself and the only thing that matters more—her son. Over the course of three relationships, two decades and three presidential administrations, Darja must decide how hard she’s willing to fight for what she loves most. From rising star Martyna Majok comes a portrait of a woman for whom love is a luxury – and a liability – when fighting to survive in America. A new play brimming with humor, wit, and a lot of heart.


Bold, intimate, engaging… Kitchen Theatre Company (KTC), now in its 27th season, is downtown Ithaca’s critically acclaimed and nationally recognized year-round professional theater company, specializing in regional and world premiere plays. KTC’s intimate 99-seat theater is in a beautifully renovated, LEED-certified building in the West End neighborhood of downtown Ithaca, New York. KTC is the first not-for-profit recipient of the David R. Strong Memorial “Small Business of the Year” Award from the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce and receives public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the Tompkins County Tourism Program. The Kitchen Theatre Company also receives general operating support from the Shubert Foundation.