NYTW brings you a folk-punk dream like you've never experienced before. 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.
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’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.
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 has worked nationally and internationally across the worlds of dance and theater, and is also an accomplished and proud teacher. Tayeh’s most recent 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; Hurricane Diane (Two River Theatre); Hundred Days (Public Theater); 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: As You Like It (Public Theater’s Public Works; newly commissioned pieces for the Hudson Valley Dance Festival; Cape Dance Festival; The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova); Soft Power (Ahmanson Theatre).