and then the question
behind every question: What happens next?
The way you slam your body into mine reminds me
I’m alive, but monsters are always hungry, darling,
and they’re only a few steps behind you, finding
the flaw, the poor weld, the place where we weren’t
stitched up quite right, the place they could almost
slip right through if the skin wasn’t trying to
keep them out, to keep them here, on the other side
of the theater where the curtain keeps rising.
I crawled out the window and ran into the woods.
I had to make up all the words myself.
                                              I made
this place for you. A place for you to love me.
I had a dream about you. We were in the gold room
where everyone finally gets what they want.
We are all going forward. None of us are going back.

“Snow and Dirty Rain”
By Richard Siken

The Gold Room

Written by Jacob Perkins
Directed by Gus Heagerty

Produced by i am a slow tide: Gus Heagerty, Sam Max, Anne Troup


(in order of appearance)
ONE: Robert Stanton*
TWO: Scott Parkinson*
u/s ONE, TWO: John William Watkins*

*These actors appear courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.
An Equity-approved Showcase.


Scenic Design: Emona Stoykova
Lighting Design: greer x
Sound Design: Taul Katz
Costume Design: Elizabeth Ward

Intimacy Director: Sam Max

Production Stage Manager: Andie Lerner*
Assistant Stage Manager: June Buck
Substitute Board Op / Standby ASM: LA Head
Technical Director: Ross Cowan
Wardrobe Supervisor: June Buck
Sound Engineer / Consultant: Hannah Birch Carl
COVID Safety Officer: Anne Troup

Electrics: Ben Eels, Art Kopischke, Emerson Mack, Jack Spalding
Install Crew: Francisco Arcila, Ross Cowan, Claudia Minor-Troyer

Press by John Wyszniewski, Everyman Agency
Promotional and Production Photography: Maria Baranova
Graphic Design: Sam Max

Produced by Gus Heagerty, Sam Max, Anne Troup


Avi Amon, Francisco Arcila, Robert Beseda, Louis & Ellen Blumberg, Doug Crowell, Ben Eels, Catherine & Ned Heagerty, Peter McCormick, Claudia Minor Troyer, Dave Mowers, Melissa Norris, Emma Orme, Dan Pelosi, Jeff & Lizza Perkins, Jacquelyn Roberts, Thomas Jay Ryan, Jesse Smith & Annice Kenan, Jeffrey Steinman & Jody Falco, Alice Stites, Paul Tetreault, Lisa Van Curen


Gus Heagerty (Director, Producer, Founding Artistic Director: i am a slow tide) is a director, writer, and performer. Directing credits include Agnes Borinsky's Brief Chronicle: Books 6-8 (i am a slow tide), Paul David Young's Faust 3 (Judson Memorial Church), Alexander Paris' Cancer, Cancer, Cancer (New Ohio), Franco Giacomarra's Fade to White (Fordham University), Clare Bayley's Blue Sky (Burning Coal Theater, NC), Macbeth (Shakespeare Theater Co.) Heagerty is the founder of i am a slow tide, and was a directing fellow at The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. BFA North Carolina School of the Arts. @gus.heagerty

i am a slow tide (Producer) is a performance and media collective that expands our conception of being alive. Using performance and video, i am a slow tide activates alternative pathways for consideration. In name and in action, i am a slow tide is a wry reflection of identity in the modern world. i am a slow tide is based in brooklyn and led by Director Gus Heagerty. https://slowtide.info/

Taul Katz (Sound Design) is a composer, sound designer, and creative technologist. In 2021 they graduated from California Institute of the Arts where they received a B.A. in music technology. Their pieces range from classical modern composition centering orchestral instruments to experimental sound design that utilizes sonic world building to create emotive and textured narratives. They have written for the Bulgarian Orchestra in Varna, scored interactive installations and built immersive worlds with audio for film and video work. They have collaborated with Alima Lee, Antonio Marziale, Oliver Coates, James William Blades, and scored for brands like Calvin Klein and Dior. Over the past year they have had work at Sundance, The Berlinale, API Fest, Chicago Fillm Fest, Blackstar and many more.

Sam Max (Producer, Founding Company Member: i am a slow tide) is a writer, director, and producer working in performance and film. Their work centers queer characters in “poetic spaces where death and dreams converge, making otherworldly encounters possible” (Suhrkamp Theater Verlag). As an independent Producer under the banner “New Confusion” they focus on the practical development and presentation of contemporary, formally assured performances and films in America and abroad. Their directorial film debut Chaperone, starring Zachary Quinto, premiered at Sundance Film Festival competing for the Grand Jury Prize, won a Jury Special Mention at Palm Springs and Turin Horror, and was shortlisted for the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. The film was named one of IndieWire’s 10 Must-See Shorts of Sundance, and has played over two-dozen festivals internationally. Hulu commissioned their second film Ticks, which Filmmaker Magazine deemed “seductive and unnerving.” Their performance work has been presented by Under the Radar Festival, Museum of Sex, Joe’s Pub, Theatertreffen / Berliner Festspiele (Berlin), Goethe-Institut Beijing, and Dagesh Transitions Festival (Vienna). In development and upcoming: This Is My Favorite Song by Francesca D’Uva (production-Abrons), trans girl suicide museum (workshop-Mercury Store), and a new commissioned performance for Deutsches Theater’s ensemble, which will be absorbed into the company’s repertoire, in 2024. Recently they are a seven-year resident of New Dramatists, a winner of the 2021 Lotos Prize in the Arts and Sciences, a nominee for the 2022 Iris Prize in Filmmaking, a nominee for the 2022 Kurosawa Award (24fps), and one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” Previously with i am a slow tide: Set Design and Dramaturgy for Brief Chronicle Books 6-8. samspacemax.info

Scott Parkinson* (TWO) is excited to return to the stage with collaborators both new and old in The Gold Room. Scott is an award-winning actor who has appeared in many of literature’s most celebrated works, both On- and Off-Broadway and around the country, as well as a number of new plays, world premieres, and the national tour of The 39 Steps.  Some of his roles include Hamlet, Aguecheek, Cassius, Richard II & Richard III, Iago, Mercutio, Angelo, Puck, Prior Walter, Tom Wingfield, Judge Brack, Treplev, Reverend Hale, and the Stage Manager in David Cromer’s landmark Off-Broadway production of Our Town. Theatre credits include The Coast of Utopia at Lincoln Center, Classic Stage Company, MCC, Chicago Shakespeare, Writers Theatre, the Goodman, Studio Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Seattle Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Hartford Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, and the Mark Taper Forum. He is also a writer, director, audition coach, and has taught Shakespearean acting. In addition to his artistic pursuits, Scott currently manages the ISHTA Yoga studio near Union Square in Manhattan.

Jacob Perkins (Playwright) is a writer and performer from South Carolina. His plays include a triptych of texts titled Home Church Play (comprised of Home Church Play, Where Have You Gone, and Dad), The Dinosaurs, The Interview, The Gold Room, Restaurant in D Major, and The Third Rail. He’s presented and developed his work through Clubbed Thumb, Ars Nova, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Page 73 @ Yale, Soho Rep, Two Headed Rep, Studio Tisch @ NYU, Gibney Dance Center, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, and the NEWvember Festival, among others. Perkins is the winner of Clubbed Thumb's 2020 Biennial Commission, recipient of the inaugural DVRF/O’Henry Productions Emerging Playwright Award, was shortlisted for multiple O’Neill Theater Center NPCs, received an Honorable Mention for the 2017 Relentless Award, and named a semifinalist for the 2018 Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship and Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Alumnus of Ars Nova Play Group, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and Project Y Playwrights Group. Previously with i am a slow tide: “Mom” in Brief Chronicle Books 6-8. www.jacobdperkins.com

Robert Stanton* (ONE) has appeared on Broadway in Ink, Saint Joan, A Free Man of Color, Mary Stuart, The Coast of Utopia, and A Small Family Business. His Off-Broadway credits include Dying for It, The Bald Soprano (Atlantic); The Killer (TFANA); Love’s Labor’s Lost, Cymbeline, Rum and Coke, Measure for Measure (The Public); Love Child (written and performed with Daniel Jenkins), All in the Timing (Obie Award, Clarence Derwent Award, Primary Stages); Fuddy Meers (MTC); A Cheever Evening (Playwrights Horizons); Owners and Traps (NYTW). Regional credits include The Critic & The Real Inspector Hound (Emery Battis Award), Strange Interlude (Shakespeare Theatre Company); The School for Wives (Two River); Rear Window (Hartford Stage); What the Butler Saw (Westport); The Forgotten Woman, Dissonance (Bay Street); The Front Page, On the Razzle (Williamstown); Twelfth Night, Major Barbara, Once in a Lifetime, and The Homecoming (ART). Films include Jason Bourne, True Story, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Arthur and the Invisibles 2 & 3, Find Me Guilty, The Stepford Wives, Head of State, The Quiet American, Mercury Rising, Next Stop Wonderland, Red Corner, Washington Square, Striptease, Dennis the Menace, Bob Roberts, and A League of Their Own. Television includes “Blue Bloods,” “Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin,” “Mr. Mercedes,” “Elementary,” “Orange Is the New Black,” several “Law & Order”’s, and “Frasier.”

Emona Stoykova (Scenic Design) is a NYC based set designer for theater and live performance, with a special interest in new plays and adaptations. She holds an MFA in Set Design - Yale School of Drama, BA in Scenography - National Academy of Arts, Bulgaria and is a graduate of the National School of Fine Arts, Bulgaria. In Europe she’s collaborated with such storied directors as Alexander Morfov, Robert Wilson, Galin Stoev, and others. American credits include more than 20 shows such as An Enemy Of The People (Yale Repertory Theatre); She Talks to Beethoven, A Number, Girlfriend and The Seventeenth Chapel (A.R.T/NY); Coop (Paradise Factory); Ella in the Tundra (The Signature Theatre); Dead Man’s Cell Phone and Nothing is the End of the World (Stella Adler Studio); Old Friends That Just Met (Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute); The Hour of Great Mercy and Bulgaria! Revolt! (Yale Iseman Theatre). Emona is a founding member or KrymovLabNYC. She is recipient of the Donald and Zorka Oenslager Fellowship Award in Design, the McDougal Scholarship and the Ray Klausen Scholarship. Her work was exhibited in 2011 and 2015 Prague Quadrennials and was featured at the USA Pavilion of PQ19 and at USITT 2019.

Anne Troup (Producer) is an actor, director and producer based in New York. Her production company, Grover Knows Productions (GKP), focuses on emerging filmmakers and storytellers. Credits include Incomplete (Hulu) by Zoey Martinson, The Snakes (HBO Max) by Michelle Beck, Others (Slamdance Film Festival) by Grace Rex, Swimming (Out on Film) by Sam Dash, Patriettes (winner of the #Fword competition) by Kristen SaBerre and EllaRose Chary, and Human Interest (winner of Best Digital Series at SeriesFest) by Matthew-Lee Erlbach and Mallory Portnoy. Follow @anne_the_troup and @grover_knows for more information and updates on her residency space in Fleischmanns, NY.

Elizabeth Ward (Costume Design) is a performance designer who creates live-form visual landscapes using performance-based mediums, approaching costume as a primary compositional element. She works in installation, concert, opera, theater, aerial ballet, large-scale spectacle, and endurance art. International: Beijing Music Festival, London's West End, Ferrari Museum Abu Dhabi, Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet, English National Opera, Suzhou Kunqu Opera, ROMEARCA, Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies, Handel House Museum London, Royal Shakespeare Company. US: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, The Public Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City Opera, SITI Company, Signature Theater, Sundance Film Festival, ESPN Creative Projects, PBS Great Performances, Handel & Haydn Society, Geffen Playhouse, Spoleto Festival.

John William Watkins* (u/s: ONE, TWO) Off-Broadway: Sleep No More (Punchdrunk), The Threepenny Opera (Atlantic Theatre Company), The Jack Plays (TerraNOVA Collective). Regional: Wink (world premiere), The Grand Inquisitor, Sonnets for an Old Century, The Lonesome West, Guys On Ice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Richard III, Hamlet, School for Scandal, The Drowsy Chaperone. TV: “Gotham,” “Blacklist.”

greer x (Lighting Design) is a white, queer transsexuelle artist, organizer, and propagandist whose work focuses on abolition and autonomy as pathways for liberation. Select recent projects include: Polylogues (Colt Couer), Twin Size Beds (Under The Radar), Brief Chronicle: Books 6-8 (i am a slow tide), Climate Change: an Opera (BRIC Arts Center), Call Out Culture (ANT Fest), Bye Bye Boobies (Franky Bradley's Cabaret). She also serves as the Programs and Operations Coordinator for Queer|Art and as a Consultant for Trans Equity Consulting. greer-x.com