Hundred Days


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Book by The Bengsons and Sarah Gancher
Music and Lyrics by The Bengsons
Directed by Anne Kauffman

2017/18 Season

November 15, 2017—December 31, 2017

HUNDRED DAYS ran approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.

Read Synopsis

NYTW brings you a folk-punk dream like you’ve never experienced. Shaun and Abigail Bengson’s HUNDRED DAYS unleashes an exhilarating and raw story about embracing uncertainty, taking a leap, and loving as if you only had a hundred days to live. Written by The Bengsons & Sarah Gancher, HUNDRED DAYS is directed by Anne Kauffman with movement direction by Sonya Tayeh.

HUNDRED DAYS was originally commissioned, developed and produced by Z Space and piece by piece productions.

Co-Scenic & Props Design Kris Stone
Costume Design Sydney Gallas
Co-Scenic & Lighting Design Andrew Hungerford
Sound Design Nicholas Pope
Stage Manager Lindsey Turteltaub


  • Performers

    The Bengsons have appeared at such venues as Joe’s Pub (NYC), MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA) and the Market Theater (Johannesburg, South Africa). Their music has been featured on “So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX) and most recently in Anything that Gives Off Light (National Theatre of Scotland/The Team), Sundown, Yellow Moon (Ars Nova/WP), Hurricane Diane (Two River Theatre), you’ll still call me by name (New York Live Arts) and Iphigenia in Aulis (Classic Stage Company). They are founding members of the Real Make Collective. Abigail Nessen Bengson has toured as a member of tUnE-yArDs, including an appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Upcoming work includes The Lucky Ones at Ars Nova and a commission with Lincoln Center.

  • Performer

    Colette began playing the cello at the age of four in Detroit, Michigan. With a primary focus on performing with pop/rock bands and in theater, she has toured extensively in Europe, the U.S. and Asia, and appeared on albums including the Grammy nominated work of Angelique Kidjo (Oyé), The Pop Ups (Radio Jungle) and Sara Bareilles (The Blessed Unrest). She has performed and recorded with many artists, including Jens Lekman, Josh Groban, Rilo Kiley, Rachael Yamagata, Greg Laswell, Girls in Trouble, Au Revoir Borealis, Matt Jones & the Reconstruction, and The Bengsons. Her original work ‘Seed/Stem/Calyx’ (co-written with The Bengsons) will be paired with the choreography of Sonya Tayeh and can be seen on tour with the Malpaso Dance company for their 2017-18 season. She currently resides in New York City.

  • Performer

    Selected Off-Broadway: Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (Public Theater, Lortel Nomination); Rimbaud in NY (BAM); New York Animals (New Ohio); Iphigenia in Aulis (CSC); Dance, Dance Revolution (Ohio). Selected regional: Marie Antoinette (A.R.T./Yale Rep); Prometheus Bound (A.R.T.); The Last Goodbye (Williamstown). TV: “The Path,” “Orange is the New Black”.

  • Performer

    Dani, a Louisville, Kentucky native, discovered her love for rhythm at the early age of 7 and by the age of 8, Markham was gigging regularly with the Louisville Leopard Percussionists. During her early years, Markham was featured in Modern Drummer Magazine and received nation-wide attention for her drumming and xylophone ragtime chops. Markham continued her pursuit in music, receiving a full-tuition scholarship to the University of Miami’s esteemed Frost School of Music. While attending the University of Miami, Markham expanded her studies in world music including Brazilian, Afro-Beat, and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Her recent collaborations include critically acclaimed indie-rock band, Tune-Yards, Sonya Tayeh’s you”ll still call me by name, and most recently, Grammy nominee, Childish Gambino. She has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” “Conan,” “Jools Holland,” and has performed alongside comedian, Dave Chapelle. Markham appeared on the judge panel this year for the international Hit Like A Girl drum competition and actively engages in programs that inspire the youth and women through drumming and creative expression. Markham is currently based in Brooklyn, New York and is an official LP (Latin Percussion) Artist and Endorsee.

  • Performer

    NYC-based performing artist and creator. Siren in Kansas City Choir Boy starring Courtney Love and Todd Almond (Prototype NYC, A.R.T. Boston, C.T.G. LA, Arsht Miami), backup singer for Julie Klausner Live (Joe’s Pub, The Bellhouse), choir leader/producer for Sherie Rene Scott’s All Will Be Well and Lovestream, vocalist for Sonya Tayeh and The Bengsons’ you’ll still call me by name (Judson Memorial Church, NYLA), featured soloist with Fresh Ground Pepper’s Camp Over There (Bonnaroo), composer on Folk Wandering, chanteuse Lillian O’Malley in Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More. Recent performances at Lincoln Center, the Feminist Power Awards, La MaMa, Ars Nova. BFA NYU Tisch.

  • Performer

    Off-Broadway: Hundred Days (Public Theater – Under the Radar); I & You (59E59 Theaters); For The Last Time (Clurman Theatre). Other theatrical credits include Blues For Mr. Charlie (Williams Project); And She Would Stand Like This (The Movement Theatre Company); The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (People’s Light); Frontieres Sans Frontieres (Bushwick Starr); The Last Tiger in Haiti (La Jolla Playhouse/Berkeley Rep); and Party People (Berkeley Rep). TV: “Gotham,” “Blindspot.” Film: Buzzer, Medias Res, and Stranger In Blood. Training: Atlantic Theater School, Cal State Hayward. Currently a TCG Fox Fellow at Berkeley Rep.

The Bengsons / Book, Music and Lyrics

The Bengsons have appeared across the country and around the world at such venues as Joe’s Pub (NYC), NYU’s Skirball Center (NYC), MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA), On The Boards (Seattle), FlynnSpace (Burlington, VT), and the Market Theater (Johannesburg, South Africa). Their indie folk opera, Hundred Days (Public Theatre’s UTR, Z Space, San Francisco; Know Theatre, Cincinnati) was awarded the TBA Award for Best New Musical. They have had three singles featured on national television on “So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX). Most recently their music was featured in Sundown, Yellow Moon for Ars Nova/WP, Hurricane Diane at Two River Theatre Company, Sonya Tayeh’s You’ll Still Call Me By Name at New York Live Arts and Anne Washburn and Rachel Chavkin’s Iphigenia in Aulis at Classic Stage Company. They are founding members of the Real Make Collective with Sonya Tayeh and Jo Lampert. Abigail Nessen Bengson has toured as a member of tUnE-yArDs, including an appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Upcoming work includes The Lucky Ones at Ars Nova and a commission with Lincoln Center.

Sarah Gancher / Book

Sarah’s writing has been seen on stages across the US and internationally, including London’s National Theatre, Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre, Steppenwolf, The Public Theater, Seattle Rep, Hartford Stage, Ars Nova, P73, the Women’s Project, The Flea and NYC SummerStage. Honors include the New York Stage and Film Founder’s Award, the Clifford Odets Commission, a Time Warner Fellowship at the Women’s Project, the AR Gurney Prize. and a Drama League Nomination for Best Production of a Musical. She is a member/alum of P73’s writer’s group Interstate 73, The Playwrights Realm Writing Fellows program, the Women’s Project’s Lab and the Ars Nova Play Group. Sarah was a co-writer of The TEAM’s Mission Drift (Drama League nom, Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize, Scotsman Fringe First, Herald Angel; London’s National Theatre, int’l tour to Europe, Asia, and Australia.) Sarah frequently collaborates with devising ensembles including Telluride Theatre and Hand2Mouth (Portland, OR) and has served as the in-house writer for Blue Man Group, as well as enjoyed previous and concurrent lives as a jazz violinist and circus clown. She is currently working with The Bengsons on multiple projects including Hundred Days which premiered at Under the Radar 2017 and a project with Ars Nova. Upcoming: World premieres of I’ll Get You Back Again at Round House Theater, directed by Rachel Chavkin and Seder at Hartford Stage directed by Elizabeth Williamson. She is under commission by Asolo Repertory Theater and Second City Theatricals.

Anne Kauffman / Director

Recent credits include: A Life (Lortel, Drama League and Drama Desk nominations), Marjorie Prime (Lortel and Drama League nominations), Detroit, Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra and Maple and Vine at Playwrights Horizons; The Nether at MCC; Smokefall at MCC, The Goodman Theater and South Coast Rep; Buzzer at the Public Theater; You Got Older (Drama Desk nomination) with P73 Productions; Belleville at Yale Rep, NYTW and Steppenwolf; Hundred Days at Under the Radar, Z Space and The Know Theater; The Muscles in our Toes at Labyrinth Theater Company; Somewhere Fun and God’s Ear (also with New Georges) at the Vineyard Theater; Stunning and Slowgirl at LCT3; You Better Sit Down: Tales from My Parents’ Divorce with the Civilians at Williamstown, ArtsEmerson and The Flea. Anne is a founding member of the Civilians, a Clubbed Thumb Associate Artist, where she helped create the CT Directing Fellowship, a New Georges Associate Artist, a Sundance Program Associate, member of the Artistic Council of Soho Rep, and an Executive Board Member of the SDC. Awards include OBIES for Directing and for Sustained Excellence, the Joan and Joseph Cullman Award for Exceptional Creativity from Lincoln Center, the Alan Schneider Director Award, and two Barrymore Awards.

Sonya Tayeh / Movement Director

Sonya Tayeh is NYC based choreographer and director.  Since paving her professional career, her work has been characterized as a blend of powerful versatility and theatrical range.  Tayeh’s selected credits include: you’ll still call me by name, a dance-symphony directed, and choreographed for her commission from Bill T. Jones’ institution New York Live Arts; Martha Graham Dance Company/Lamentation VariationHurricane Diane (Two River Theatre); Hundred Days (Public Theater/Know Theatre);The Skin of Our Teeth (Theatre For A New Audience); Andrew Lippas’ The Wild Party (City Center Encores); Iphigenia in Aulis (Classic Stage Company), Kung Fu (Signature Theatre), The Last Goodbye (San Diego’s Old Globe). She has gleaned accolades for her versatile work, including two Emmy nominations for Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” and the Lucille Lortel and Obie Awards for Outstanding Choreography for her work on David Henry Hwang’s dance-play Kung Fu, for which she also received a Drama Desk nomination. Upcoming projects include:  Moulin Rouge! (The Colonial Theatre) and The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova)