When Grace B. Matthias is raped, her world spirals into chaos. Between navigating emotionally unstable guidance counselors, overbearing lawyers, an angry championship football team, and useless Wikipedia answers, Grace tries to make sense of her world anew. A complex collision of satire and dark comedy, The Rape of the Sabine Women, By Grace B. Matthias fearlessly explores rape culture in America. Written by Michael Yates Crowley and directed by Tyne Rafaeli, this world premiere was developed as part of The Realm’s Writing Fellowship in the 2014-2015 season. 

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The Rape of the Sabine Women,
by Grace B. Matthias

by Michael Yates Crowley
Directed by Tyne Rafaeli


August 25 - September 23, 2017
at The Duke on 42nd Street
229 W. 42nd Street

Starring Jeff Biehl | Alex Breaux | Chas Carey | Sebastian Chacon | Doug Harris
Eva Kaminsky | Andy Lucien | Susannah Perkins | Jeena Yi

Set Design: Arnulfo Maldonado | Costume Design: Ásta Bennie Hostetter | Sound Design: Mikaal Sulaiman
Light Design: Barbara Samuels | Stage Manager: Chris De Camillis



Michael Yates Crowley is a Brooklyn-based writer and performer whose work has been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Berlin, Edinburgh, and elsewhere. His works for theater include The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B Matthias (O’Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist, UMASS New Play Lab); School Shooting IV (developed at NYTW and Ars Nova); Song of a Convalescent Ayn Rand Giving Thanks to the Godhead (American Repertory Theater, Joe’s Pub); temping (premiered at the 53rd New York Film Festival, A.R.T.); The Dead, Inc. (Schlosstheater Moers); Evanston: A Rare Comedy (2013 O’Neill NPC selection, 2015 Alliance/Kendeda Finalist); and The Ted Haggard Monologues (published by S. Fischer Verlag; filmed by HBO). He is a member of Ars Nova’s Play Group, a former NYFA Playwriting fellow and member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and a graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwrights Program at Juilliard. Together with the director Michael Rau, he founded the narrative technology company Wolf 359.

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Tyne Rafaeli was born in London and trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Columbia University.  She has directed new plays, classics and musicals in London and the US. Her work has been seen at: Classic Stage Company, The Atlantic Theatre, Roundabout, The Geffen Playhouse, Two River Theatre, New York Stage & Film, PlayMaker’s Rep, Goodspeed, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Great Lakes Theatre, American Players Theatre, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Juilliard, The O’Neill Playwright’s Conference and PlayPenn, amongst others.  Tyne is a 2016-2018 Time Warner Directing Fellow at the Women’s Project Theatre and was awarded the 2013-14 SDCF Sir John Gielgud Fellowship for Classical Direction. She has previously served as Associate Director to Bartlett Sher on multiple Broadway and West End productions. Upcoming projects include: Measure For Measure at the California Shakespeare Theatre and the West Coast premiere of Martyna Majok's Ironbound at the Geffen Playhouse.

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