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Lucy Jackson in association with Dutch Kills Theater presents


by Helen Banner
directed by Jess Chayes
January 12 - February 3, 2019

Next Door @ New York Theatre Workshop | 79 E4th Street, New York, NY 10003

INTELLIGENCE is Helen Banner’s stunning new play debut, developed with and directed by Jess Chayes.


Sarah MacIntyre, a presidential appointee parachuted into the Foreign Service, has been assigned two wary young diplomats to develop her pet project: New Training Scenarios for the Resolution of Intractable Global Situations. The three begin to role-play, led by a charismatic woman experienced in persuading men to lay down arms.


Suddenly, a rebel group lashes out in a distant country, destroying a tenuous peace. The women’s role-playing becomes increasingly charged, pushing them deeper into the bodies and minds of violent insurgents. Meanwhile, as Washington undergoes its own regime change, their work becomes active weaponry for Sarah’s political enemies...

INTELLIGENCE pulls the audience into a basement conference room in Washington, D.C., for an intense experience of how we code and decode others and ourselves through our imaginations.


Lee Culvert // Kaliswa Brewster*

Paige Smith // Amelia Pedlow*

Sarah MacIntyre //  Rachel Pickup*


Director // Jess Chayes
Playwright // Helen Banner
Scenic Designer // Carolyn Mraz
Lighting & Projection Designer // Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
Sound Designer // Sinan Zafar
Costume Designer // Sophia Choi
Props Designer//  Jess Cummings
Production Stage Manager // Allison Raynes*

Assistant Stage Manager // Nicole Richards*

Production Manager // Emma Johnson

Casting Director // Rebecca Gushin

Producer // Lucy Jackson

Associate Producer // Alley Scott
Public Relations // Ron Lasko

INTELLIGENCE received developmental support as part of the 2017 Artist Residency Program of The Drama League of New York, and the New Georges JAM.

Next Door at NYTW provides a home for companies and artists who are producing their own work. This initiative provides each project with subsidized resources and space for development and performance in the Fourth Street Theatre.

Read a brief interview with Helen about INTELLIGENCE in Playbill, and learn about the other 18-19 Next Door shows!

Photography credited to Kent Meister


Marketing image models: Margaret Ivey & Jessica Frey

*These actors/stage management appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity


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