Digital Playbill: We Will Never Reach The Shore

Queens Theatre's New American Voices and The Apothetae present

We Will Never Reach The Shore

Written by Tim J. Lord

Directed by Jackson Gay

part of the Forward Festival of the Arts


( * denotes member of Actors Equity Association)

ANTIGONE/CHORUS.......... Madison Ferris *
TERESIAS/CHORUS.......... Lizan Mitchell *
OEDIPUS/CHORUS .......... Christine Bruno *
MENOCEUS/CHORUS .......... Lipica Shah *
JOCASTA/CHORUS .......... Yvette Ganier *
POLYNICES .......... Amar Bains
ETOCLES .......... Josiah Bania *
CREON/CHORUS .......... Ava Eisenson *


American Sign Language Interpretation provided by Body Language Productions

Open Captioning provided by Sign Nexus

Who's Who

( * denotes member of Actors Equity Association)

Tim J. Lord Headshot

PLAYWRIGHT Tim J. Lord is the recipient of the inaugural Apothetae-Lark Fellowship for a writer with a disability, the 2019 Reg E. Cathey Writing Residency at the Orchard Project, a 2017-18 Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, and he will be an artist-in-residence at New York Stage & Film this summer. As a native of the Midwest and a member of the disability community he tells stories of people and communities who are often overlooked on our stages in order to illuminate ignored and underrepresented perspectives. His play We Declare You a Terrorist premiered at Round House Theatre in April 2022. Other work has been developed and produced at The Public Theater, The Lark, The Kennedy Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Queens Theatre in the Park, New Harmony Project, The Playwrights’ Center, Geva Theatre, Pillsbury House + Theater, Circle Rep, the Summer Play Festival, The Cutout Theatre, The Working Theater and The 52nd Street Project. Tim studied playwriting with Paula Vogel and Chay Yew, and is a graduate of the MFA Playwriting Program at the University of California, San Diego.

Jackson Gay Headshot

DIRECTOR Jackson Gay's directing work includes Karen Hartman's Goldie, Max, & Milk; Lucy Thurber’s Transfers for Audible, MCC, and New York Stage & Film; Lover Beloved with Suzanne Vega and Duncan Sheik (Alley Theater); God’s Ear and The Seagull (Juilliard); Kleptocracy by Kenneth Lin (Arena Stage); These Paper Bullets! by Rolin Jones with music by Billie Joe Armstrong (New Neighborhood, Atlantic, Geffen, Yale Rep – Critics Pick Time Out NY, Best Production and Adaptation LA Sage Awards, Time Out Los Angeles, Connecticut Critics Circle Award Best Production and Best Director). Jackson is a 2021 Guild Hall Artist-in-Residence and co-Producing Artistic Director of New Neighborhood

Madison Ferris Headshot

Madison Ferris * (Antigone/Chorus) played Laura Wingfield in the Broadway production of The Glass Menagerie starring Sally Field. She had the pleasure of working with Tim J. Lord on his play On Every Link A Heart Does Dangle; Or, Owed at The Lark as the heroine, Mellie. Madison's television credits include Amazon's PANIC, Law & Order:SVU, and Shades of Blue. She will be playing Lucy Iverson in the world premiere of the hilarious new play ALL OF ME this Fall at Barrington Stage Company.

Lizan Mitchell Headshot

Lizan Mitchell * (Teresias/Chorus) Broadway: Electra, Having Our Say, So Long on Lonely Street. Off-Broadway: On Sugarland, Cullud Wattah, Passage, Brownsville Song, Cell. Recent Regional Theater- Our Daughters Like Pillars, Richard lll, Skeleton Crew, The Tempest, A Raisin in the Sun (Helen Hayes Award). Film/TV: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Good Wife, Law and Order, The Human Stain, The Preacher's Wife. Coming soon: Bodies They Ritual (Clubbed Thumb Theater (NY).

Chirstine Bruno Headshot

Christine Bruno * (Oedipus/Chorus) (AEA / SAG-AFTRA) is an award-winning actor, teaching artist and disability equity consultant for the entertainment industry. She has worked as an actor across the U.S. and internationally. Her credits include the 2019 Off-Broadway world premiere of Bekah Brunstetter’s Public Servant,  Jose Rivera’s world premiere adaptation of Genet’s The Maids,  the title role in the UK musical tour, Raspberry, Law & Order, God Friended Me, and the 2021 festival favorite Best Summer Ever on Hulu®. Christine received her MFA in Acting and Directing from the New School, is a member of The Actors Studio, serves on the NY Local Board of SAG-AFTRA, is Chair of the New York Local SAG-AFTRA Performers with Disabilities (PWD) Committee and is a teaching artist for Queens Theatre’s Theatre for All program and Playwrights Horizons School at NYU. She has received Artist Grants from NYFA, NY Arts Education Roundtable and the Center for Cultural Power. @christinebrunonyc

Lipica Shah Headshot

Lipica Shah * (Menoceus/Chorus) (she/her) is a New York City-based actor, voice actor, and alto who thrives on collaboration and has a passion for new play development. She has originated several roles, including at Manhattan Theatre Club, The New Group, Mixed Blood Theatre Company, American Conservatory Theater, California Shakespeare Theater, and Florida Studio Theatre. On screen she’s appeared on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, HBO, USA, Showtime, and Comedy Central. Hear her in the English dubs of Pokémon, A Silent Voice, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, and Great Pretender, among others. As an inclusion advocate, she’s Co-Founder of the non-profit organization 1497 and on the Steering Committee for AAPAC (the Asian American Performers Action Coalition), which will be receiving a Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre this year.

Yvette Ganier Headshot

Yvette Ganier * (Jocasta/Chorus) is an Obie award-winner for playing Prix in Kia Corthron's Breath Boom at Playwright's Horizons. Ms. Ganier is known for working with August Wilson having originated the roles of Rena in Jitney and Black Mary in Gem of the Ocean. Other credits: Broadway - The Miracle Worker, King Hedley II; London - Jitney (Olivier, Best New Play); as well as a multitude Off-Broadway and Regional theater credits. Yvette is currently recurring in New Amsterdam on NBC as Nurse Linda Weber. She is a 2021 member of the Orchard Project in development of her TV series, Wynnefield.

Amar Bains Headshot

Amar Bains (Polynices) (any pronoun) is a recent 2021 graduate of the School of Drama at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. A third culture kid, avid reader, and TIm Drake stan who‘s newly settled in Brooklyn and loves telling stories. They are excited to reunite with Tim J. Lord after portraying Ham in a production of his play Down In the Face of God at UNCSA. Rep: McGowan Rodriguez Management.

Josiah Bania Heashot

Josiah Bania * (Etocles) is an actor, educator, and playwright. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, his work has been seen at theaters across the country, including Mark Taper Forum, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Geffen Playhouse, American Repertory Theater, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Yale Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Dorset Theatre Festival, Artists Repertory Theater, among others. His plays have been workshopped at The Lark and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. As an educator, he has taught at the Yale Summer Conservatory, Williams College, New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts, Western Oregon University, as well as many years of private coaching. He lives in New York City.

Ava Eisenson Heashot

Ava Eisenson * (Creon/Chorus) is a New York City based actor. Previous theatre credits include: We Declare You a Terrorist at Roundhouse Theatre; Diaspora at The Gym at Judson; the giants at Loft 227; Old Love New Love at Luna Stages; The Mnemonist of Duchess County at The Beckett Theatre and 365 Days/365 Plays at The Public Theatre. Recent film and tv credits: Milkwater (Starring Molly Bernard and Robin de Jesús); Songs for a Sloth (Winner: Best Fim, Venice Film Awards); The Politician on Netflix; Dietland on AMC; The Blacklist on NBC; FBI on CBS; and upcoming Only Murders in the Building on Netfilx. Ava is also working on an art/tech project called SecondBody ( For more info:

Queens Theatre


Taryn Sacramone, Executive Director
Connie Baker, Rentals and Events Manager
Charles Bennett, Building Attendant
Victor Catano, Production Manager
Dominic D'Andrea, Director of Community Engagement
Richard Hinojosa, Director of Education
Vasilios Leon, Box Office Assistant
Willy Mosquera, Front of House Manager
Bernadette Ott, Development Manager
Angelica Rodriguez, Finance Manager
Gabriel Rodriguez
, Box Office Supervisor
Jay Rogers, Director of Operations/GM
Jordi Toro, Box Office Assistant
Jorge Toro, Building Attendant
Rob Urbinati, Director of New Play Development
Steve Wolf, Assistant Production Manager/Lighting Supervisor

Marketing and PR: Anat Gerstein, Inc.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Gary Kesner, President
Tracy Capune, Vice President
Bruce Levine, Treasurer
Mark Misk, Secretary
Alfonso Quiroz


Georgiana Benatti
Steve Chen
Salvatore DiMartino
Susan B. Lipsky
Irene Zoupaniotis


Eric Adams, New York City Mayor
Donovan Richards, Queens Borough President
Laurie Cumbo, Commissioner, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
Michael Dockett
, Queens Borough Commissioner, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation

Board President Emeritus: Frances A. Resheske

Get the Latest News & Events Directly in Your Inbox