By Chiara Atik
The Julie Harris Stage | June 27 – July 20, 2018 | Previews June 27 and 28

Over the centuries, few things have wielded such power over mankind as the promise of a great romp between the sheets.  FIVE TIMES IN ONE NIGHT wittily depicts five couples discovering truths about themselves while navigating the rocky terrain of romance. From Adam and Eve to the only humans left on a post-apocalyptic planet (with stops in the 12th century and the modern day) FIVE TIMES IN ONE NIGHT explores joy, excitement, danger, and disappointment in a funny and revealing quintet of short plays.


Lacy Allen

Lacy Allen

Recent NYC credits: NY Times Critics Pick: Inanimate (The Flea), LOCKED UP B*TCHES (The Flea), Puffs (New World Stages). Select New York credits: Brunch Plays (Ensemble Studio Theater), Maybe I’ll Fix My Teeth (Primary Stages), F The Summit (The Dirty Blondes), Swell (The Brick), WWCP (WritopiaLab), Naked Holidays (Endtimes), Hearts of Europe (Dramatic Adventure Theatre), Thin Mints (BOOM!). Lacy has performed and continues to develop her solo show Cindy is Right Now (The PIT/ The Flea). Favorite regional roles: Lauren in Circle Mirror Transformation (Oregon Contemporary Theatre), Phil’s Girl in Bobrauschenbergamerica and Irina in Three Sisters. Commercial: Google Pixel. Born and raised in Mill Valley, California, Lacy is a founding member of the collaborative theater company The Revel Yell based in Humboldt, CA. She studied at American Conservatory Theater (ACT), Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), Bay Area Theatresports Improv (under Keith Johnstone), The People’s Improv Theater (The PIT), Tres Artis and The Growing Studio. Lacy is a graduate of University of Oregon. Thanks to the fam, my love and friends for routing for me through this crazy journey of life!

Drew Lewis

Drew Lewis

Drew Lewis is an actor, playwright & filmmaker based in NYC. Theater: Romeo & Juliet, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival); Richard II (The Pearl Theater Company); Henry V (New York Classical Theater); Spamalot, The Fox on the Fairway (Saint Michael’s Playhouse); Don’t Dress For Dinner (New London Barn Playhouse). His play Front Lines was a semi-finalist at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference and his play Registered was a finalist in the Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival. He has helped develop new work at Manhattan Theater Club, Soho Rep, The Lark, Bushwick Starr, HERE Arts Center & most frequently at Ensemble Studio Theatre. TV: Succession; Blue BloodsMozart in the Jungle; and Dr. Hack on Tru TV’s Hack My Life. Upcoming: Puffy (TBS/Refinery 29). Graduate of Kenyon College. Thanks to RJ.


Chiara Atik



Chiara Atik‘s plays include Five Times in One Night, BUMP (Ensemble Studio Theaterand WOMEN, a mashup of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and HBO’s “Girls” (The People’s Improv Theater/Hollywood Fringe Festival). Chiara’s writing has been featured in Glamour Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, The Atlantic, The Hairpin,, and Refinery29. Other writing credits include “Paris is Lovely/Lonely When You’re Alone” (Amazon Kindle, Paperback 2014 ) and “Modern Dating: A Field Guide,” (Harlequin, 2013). Her feature film script, Fairy Godmother, was on the 2016 Black List.



R.J. Tolan has been co-Artistic Director of EST’s Youngblood since 2003 and is a proud member of EST. Recent Youngblood credits: Sweet Forgotten Flavor by Patrick Link, La Fete by Daria Polatin, Triage by Sharyn Rothstein, The Jamal Lullabyes by Emily Conbere, The True Life Story of [Your Name Here] at the Brick, plus dozens of Brunch plays. Previous EST Marathon: Christmas Present by Amy Herzog; Not All Korean Girls Can Fly by Lloyd Suh. Shows and workshops at The Brick, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Cherry Lane Alternative; co-directed the 2000 Off-Broadway revival of Godspell. R.J. lives in Brooklyn with his wife Lisa and their sons, Max and Charlie.

“…the play is a coup for WHAT. It should not be missed by any adult of any sexual persuasion…” Provincetown Banner review

“While Chiara Atik’s play Five Times in One Night is a comedy about sex, the term “sex comedy” doesn’t come close to defining it. This isn’t trashy, exploitative, or unsophisticated: it’s thoughtful, funny, and ultimately extremely satisfying. In fact, Five Times in One Night is one of the smartest comedies I’ve ever seen: it’s cleverly and tightly written and nearly every line garners its own audience reaction.” Ptownie review

“Smart, fresh and funny, Chiara Atik is a vibrant emerging voice in contemporary theater.
In Five Times in One Night, her pitch-perfect writing playfully explores the delight, confusion, awkwardness, vulnerability and ravenous abandon of a very primal act: sex. Good sex, bad sex, sex for pleasure, sex for procreation, sex for adventure, sex to escape the mundane, sex to escape the inevitable, sex as an act of kindness. It’s all here.” Cape Cod Times review

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