- The New York Times

“Tim Daly is a WONDER!”

- The New York Times

“★★★★! A Powerful Portrait.”

- The Guardian


- Theatermania


- The New York Times


A World-Premiere play by Penelope Skinner Directed by Leah C. Gardiner.

With Orlagh Cassidy, Tim Daly, Rachael Holmes, Roxanna Hope.

Sometime in the future, Dolores (Rachael Holmes) and Silver (Tim Daly) are living their married life within the constraints and norms of a new world order. In an act of what seems like pure generosity, Dolores secretly opens their home to a stranger in need; but will she come to regret it? Can her actions have an impact or is it just too late? A bold world-premiere thriller, The Ruins of Civilization explores our need for free will and connection, even in a world on the brink of extinction. It’s the latest work from Penelope Skinner, the award winning author of The Village Bike.

Running Time: 2:15, including one intermission.

A World Premiere play by Penelope Skinner
Directed by Leah C. Gardiner
With Orlagh Cassidy, Tim Daly, Rachael Holmes, Roxanna Hope

Sometime in the future, Dolores (Rachael Holmes) and Silver (Tim Daly) are living their married life within the constraints and norms of a new world order. In an act of what seems like pure generosity, Dolores secretly opens their home to a stranger in need; but will she come to regret it? Can her actions have an impact or is it just too late? A bold world premiere thriller, The Ruins of Civilization explores our need for free will and connection, even in a world on the brink of extinction. It’s the latest work from Penelope Skinner, the award winning author of The Village Bike.

Running Time: 2:15, including one intermission.





Broadway: Present Laughter, God of Carnage. Off-Broadway: Bright Ideas (MCC), The Field (Drama Desk nomination), Aristocrats, Dancing at Lughnasa (Irish Rep), The Hundred We Are (Origin Theatre Company), When We Were Young and Unafraid (MTC, Cherry Jones). Regional: Shakespeare Theatre at The Folger, Hartford Stage. TV: “Law & Order,” “A Gifted Man,” “Unforgettable,” “Mildred Pierce,” “Veep,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “Gotham,” “The Good Wife” and “Billions.” Eleven years recurring as Doris Wolfe on “Guiding Light.” Film: Definitely, Maybe; Motherhood; St. Vincent’s; The Sisterhood of Night; Beach House. B.F.A. SUNY at Purchase (Princess Grace Foundation Scholarship). Award-winning voice of numerous audiobooks, television and radio commercials.

Rachael Holmes


Rachel can be seen onscreen as Erica in “Mad Dogs” on Amazon. NY: Bright Half Life (world premiere, dir. Leigh Silverman, Women’s Project), Ruined (dir. Kate Whoriskey, MTC), Persephone’s Cowboy: A Musical (dir. Alex Timbers). Regional: War (world premiere, dir. Lileana Blain-Cruz, Yale Rep), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (dir. Jonathan Moscone, Alley Theatre), Good People (dir. Kate Whoriskey, Huntington Theatre), Ruined (dir. Charles Randolph-Wright, Arena Stage), The Book Club Play (dir. Molly Smith, Arena Stage), Richard II (dir. Michael Kahn, Shakespeare Theatre Company). TV: “Chasing Life,” “Mysteries of Laura,” “The Good Wife,” “Dirt,” and national commercials. M.F.A., NYU.

Roxanna Hope


Broadway: Frost/Nixon, Boeing-Boeing, After the Fall, The Women, The Country House, Our Mother’s Brief Affair. Off-Broadway: Ode to Joy, Horsedreams, Mahida’s Extra Key to Heaven, 1001, Arabian Night, Princess Turandot. Regional: Hedda Gabler (Hartford Stage); Tartuffe, Indian Ink, Hecuba (American Conservatory Theater); Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Richard III, Julius Caesar, Pericles (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ); Williamstown Theatre Festival, Huntington Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse and others. Film/TV: Puncture, “Blue Bloods,” “Unforgettable,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: CI,” “All My Children” and others. M.F.A., American Conservatory Theater.

Tim Daly


Theatre: Red; The Scene; The Exonerated; Six Degrees of Separation; The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial; Henry Flamethrowa; Coastal Disturbances (Theatre World Award); Oliver, Oliver; Buried Child. Television: “Madam Secretary,” “Private Practice,” “The Sopranos” (Emmy Award nomination), “The Fugitive” (SAG Award nomination), “Wings.” Film: Low Down (2014 Sundance Film Festival; associate producer), After Darkness, Bereft, Against the Ropes, Basic, The Object of My Affection, Made in Heaven, Just the Way You Are, Diner. Producer: Poliwood, Bereft, Edge of America (Humanitas Prize, Peabody Award, WGA Award, DGA Award), Execution of Justice. Web series: “The Daly Show.” President of The Creative Coalition, Board member InsideOUT Writers.



Penelope won both of the U.K.’s most promising playwriting prizes in 2011 for her play The Village Bike which premiered at London’s Royal Court Theatre and made its American debut at MCC Theater in 2014 starring Greta Gerwig and directed by Sam Gold. Her play Linda received its world premiere this season at London’s Royal Court Theatre in a production directed by Michael Longhurst. Her other plays include Fred’s Diner (Magic Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre), Eigengrau (Bush Theatre) and Fucked (Old Red Lion). She has written films for directors Kevin MacDonald and Susanne Bier, and was a writer for several seasons on the hit U.K. television series “Fresh Meat.”



New York: The Public Theater, Soho Rep (Obie Award), Urban Stages, Atlantic Theater Company, Rattlestick, Keen Company, Zipper Theatre. Select national credits: Arena Stage, American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Rep, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Alliance Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Studio Theatre, TheatreWorks, South Coast Repertory, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Barrington Stage, Philadelphia Theatre Company, City Theatre, national tour of Wit with Judith Light. As a writer/director: Sony Entertainment, Cultures Collide. As a short film director: The Belle of New Orleans, Alliance Theatre. As a film producer: Mother of George, best cinematography, Sundance. As an actor: playing herself in Ira Sachs’ upcoming film Little Men opposite Greg Kinnear. Upcoming theatre: Broadway Bounty Hunter (Barrington). B.A., University of Pennsylvania. M.F.A. in directing, Yale School of Drama.


Scenic Design

MTC: The Lion; Glimmer, Glimmer and Shine; Between Us; Cradle and All. Recent New York credits: Pretty Filthy; Mr. Burns, a post-electric play; Stage Kiss; Indian Ink; Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 and 3). Other work includes production design for the HBO Peabody Award-winning series “In Treatment,” Neil LaBute’s DirecTV series “Billy and Billie,” Denis Leary’s FX series “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” and the feature films Some Velvet Morning (TriBeCa Films), Loitering with Intent (Parts and Labor/The Orchard), Dil Dhadakne Do (Excel), Little Boxes (2016 TriBeCa Film Festival).


Lighting Design

Broadway: The Elephant Man, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and It’s Only a Play. Off- Broadway: The Explorers Club and Cactus Flower. Regional credits include productions with Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Guthrie Theater, The Old Globe, TheatreWorks, Huntington Theatre, Portland Stage Company, TACT, Barrington Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, McCarter Theatre, Bay Street Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Dallas Theater Center, Hartford Stage, George Street Playhouse and Westport Country Playhouse. Mr. Rosenberg has previously served as associate lighting designer on over 35 Broadway productions.


Costume Design

Broadway: The Heidi Chronicles. With MTC: When We Were Young and Unafraid, By the Water, Murder Ballad, and Taking Care of Baby. Selected Off-Broadway: Antila Pneumatica, Marjorie Prime, The Qualms, Grand Concourse, Pocatello, Assistance, The Whale (Lucille Lortel Award) (Playwrights Horizons); Her Requiem, Kill Floor (LCT3); Exit Strategy (Primary Stages); King Liz (Second Stage); The Nether (MCC); I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard (Atlantic Theater); The Fortress of Solitude (The Public Theater); Buyer & Cellar (Barrow Street, national tour, London’s The Chocolate Factory, Rattlestick); She Kills Monsters (Drama Desk nom.; The Flea). Many productions with Rattlestick, The Flea, Juilliard, Clubbed Thumb (Associate Artist). Regional: Williamstown, Dallas Theater Center, Long Wharf, Kirk Douglas, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Cleveland Play House.


Original Music & Sound Design

Selected Broadway: The Elephant Man, The Trip to Bountiful (Tony nomination), The Best Man (Drama Desk Award), Clybourne Park, Seminar, Man and Boy, The Columnist, Next Fall, A Bronx Tale, Prelude to a Kiss, Proof, A Streetcar Named Desire, Twelve Angry Men, A Few Good Men. Other New York credits include Ripcord, Old Hats, Dada Woof Papa Hot, Incident at Vichy, Satchmo at the Waldorf, Domesticated, Measure for Measure (Delacorte), The Orphans’ Home Cycle (Drama Desk and Henry Hewes Awards), Shipwrecked!… (Lucille Lortel Award), The Skriker (Drama Desk Award), Machinal (Obie Award). Film credits include a score for the Emmy-nominated “The Trip to Bountiful” and Showing Roots.


Dialect Coach

MTC: Prodigal Son, The Snow Geese, The Columnist, Good People, Ruined, The American Pilot, Defiance, Absurd Person Singular and Iron. Women’s Project: Ironbound, The Architecture of Becoming. Signature Theatre: Night is a Room, The Liquid Plain, The Wayside Motor Inn, And I and Silence. Soho Rep: Blasted. Williamstown: An Intervention. McCarter: Having Our Say, Yellowman. Film: The Benefactor; Me and Earl and the Dying Girl; An Education; Shame; Julie and Julia; Synechdoche, NY; Talk to Me; O Brother, Where Art Thou?; Requiem for a Dream; The Song Catcher. TV: “Madam Secretary,” “Mr. Selfridge,” “Shameless,” “Mildred Pierce,” “The Closer.”


Production Stage Manager

MTC: Constellations (Jake Gyllenhaal, Ruth Wilson), Heisenberg (Mary-Louise Parker, Denis Arndt). Other Broadway: Allegiance (George Takei, Lea Salonga), Soul Doctor, War Horse, The People in the Picture, Elf, Wicked, Rent, Good Vibrations, Phantom… Tours: The Book of Mormon, Phantom…, Chicago, Spamalot, Urinetown, The Grinch…. Off-Broadway/regional: Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812; White Christmas (Boston); Ragtime (Avery Fisher Hall); Robin & the 7 Hoods (The Old Globe); The Toxic Avenger. Graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University. Love to Colin.


Stage Manager

Brae is thrilled to return to MTC where he previously worked on Tales from Red Vienna. Recent credits include Allegiance, The Cripple of Inishmaan (Broadway); Romeo and Juliet, Private Lives (Hartford Stage); A Christmas Story, The Musical (tour); Tempest (La MaMa); Portland Stage, Goodman Theatre, New London Barn Playhouse.



“CRITICS’ PICK! THE RUINS OF CIVILIZATION is remarkably pleasurable and beautifully realized: well paced, well spoken and very deft in planting slyly placed clues as to what the future will be”

- The New York Times

“A bright account of keeping calm and carrying on until doomsday.”

- The New York Times

“Much of the pleasure — and horror — of RUINS is in gradually spotting the subtle ways life has changed, and how much it feels like a natural extension of the way we live now.”

- The New York Times

“4 STARS! Playwright Penelope Skinner offers a powerful portrait.”

- The Guardian

“The terrors of Skinner’s future world are revealed with deceptively placid care. And near the end, there is a scene of domestic horror made all the more shocking for its soft and unhurried determination.”

- The Guardian

“A meaty dystopian drama from Penelope Skinner.”

- NBC New York

“A compelling story. Eloquent and satisfying. Penelope Skinner draws a terrifying future with a strong resemblance to the present.”

- Theatermania

“Tim Daly is a wonder.”

- NBC New York

“Rachael Holmes is deeply sympathetic.”

- The New York Times

“Rachael Holmes is tragically convincing.”

- Theatermania

“Beautifully played by Roxanna Hope.”

- Theatermania

“Roxanna Hope is impressive.”

- NBC New York

“Orlagh Cassidy is good throughout.”

- Theatermania

“Directed with an appropriately anxious placidity by Leah C. Gardiner.”

- Ben Brantley, The New York Times