The “Placid Purlers” spread out across a museum to talk about their knitting group, recruit new members, and provide 5-minute knitting lessons. Before long, their varied strategies for keeping calm during complicated times collide.
Attend the MFA Late Nites on October 19th (at mfa.org), find the knitting characters, and eavesdrop on their conversations! Begin anywhere, follow any character, leave and return as you wish — scenes occur simultaneously in different locations, and loop every 15 minutes!
“Hardly Soft” is an immersive play commissioned by the Museum of Fine Arts, and features Dylan Goodman (Tommy), Ben Heath (Sal), Kim Klasner (Ula), Kim MacCormack (Quinn), Chelsea Ruscio (Doreen), and Grace Trapnell (Christy).
Dylan Goodman (he/him/his) is a union organizer by day and an actor by night. He is a proud alum of Davison College and the Jewish Organizing Institute and Network (JOIN) for Justice Fellowship. On and off the stage, he builds community through the power of storytelling and collective action. Boston theatre credit: The Ghost Sonata (Bengtsson), Fort Point Theatre Channel. New York theatre credits: Body Maps (deviser/performer), Dixon Place; Not for Resale (unicorn ensemble), Dixon Place. He is deeply grateful to his whole family—both inherited and chosen.
Ben Heath is an actor and fight choreographer. He graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Acting. Recent area credits include Rick in Six Degrees of Separation (Bad Habit Productions), Guiderius in Cymbeline (Brown Box Theatre Project), and Horatio in Hamlet (Brown Box Theatre Project).
Kim Klasner is excited to take part in HARDLY SOFT. Some of her recent credits include WINTER PANTO: 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (imaginary beasts), A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY (Flat Earth Theatre), PEERLESS (Company One), MISS PENITENTIARY (Maiden Phoenix Theatre Company), and LANGUAGE OF ANGELS (Happy Medium Theatre).
Kimberly MacCormack is beyond thrilled to collaborate with MJ on another immersive play, after last November's One Last Ride: A Car Play at MIT Hacking Arts (Olivia)! Kim holds a B.A. in Theater Studies from Emerson College and is a proud troupe member of True Story Theater. Some favorite past credits include: Mary in How the Other Half Loves (Hovey), Four in (We Are) The Antarticans! (Flat Earth Theatre), Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (EVVY Award Winner: Best Leading Actress), and Sylvia in The Pride (RareWorks Theater Company.) Upcoming: Nell/Jeanine/Patient Griselda in Ghost Light Player's Top Girls. Let's do this thing!
Chelsea Ruscio loves being a part of curious theater endeavors. She’s been in plays in cars and plays in people’s living rooms so naturally she was down to be in a play in a museum. If you have ever taken a Freedom Trail tour you may have seen her dressed in colonial garb and if you have children you may have seen her appear as DW at the Boston’s Children Museum. In September she embarked on an exciting new adventure teaching math and social studies to 5th graders. She lives in South Boston with her very strange corgi and her delightful husband.
Grace Trapnell is thrilled to be taking part in Hardly Soft ! Recent regional credits include Gay Shorts (Open Theatre Project), Wit (Hub Theatre), Julius Caesar (Praxis Stage), and Love’s Labor’s Lost, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (CSC). She will be appearing in Boston Theater Company’s Move Your Face at BPT this spring, and is a Core Member of Artists' Theater of Boston. Grace hails from Charlottesville, Virginia, and holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Vermont. Many thanks to MJ and the rest of the fabulous cast!