McKelvey Courtney Collins


April 20-28 2024


IN RESIDENCE: April 16 – 29, 2024

Depths of the Valley follows estranged siblings Alice, Riah, and Nadia who are reunited by the death of their father. In returning to their childhood home, they revisit the secrets and abuse that has scarred their past and present. With tensions already at a boiling point, the arrival of Bo, Alice’s fiancé, and Hayden, his little sister, sends things over the edge.

April 20, 8pm
April 21, 3pm
April 21, 8pm
April 22, 8pm
April 23, 8pm
April 24, 8pm
April 27, 8pm
April 28, 3pm
April 28, 8pm
RUNNING TIME: 95 minutes
PRICE: $15 presale, $20 at the door
At IRT: 154 Christopher st. NYC #3B (third floor)
ADA Accessible

McKelvey Courtney Collins (Playwright, Co-Director, Producer, Choreographer, Costume Designer)
Abigail Hosford (Co-Director, Producer)
Violet Woundy (Stage Manager)
Owen Collins (Lighting, Sound, Prop, Scenic Designer)
Ainsley Jo Purcell (Assistant Stage Manager)
Caroline Burke as Alice
Rain Rainwater as Riah
Zoé Zifer as Nadia
Cody Edwards as Bo
Emmeline Chuy as Hayden
Natalie Shinnick as the Deer-Headed Girl

McKelvey Courtney Collins (Playwright, Co-Director, Producer, Choreographer, Costume Designer) is a playwright, choreographer, and stage manager currently based in New York City while she earns her BFA at the New School for Drama. Her original plays include Depths of the Valley (IRT Theater) (also co-director, producer, choreographer, costume designer) and Jack Mormon (the New School) (also director, producer, costume designer). Previous stage management experience includes Ted Bundy’s Volkswagen (IRT Theater), Project: Library (Spark Theatre Festival), Trophy Boys (The Tank), Later Life (Katonah Classic Stage), Given Circumstances (the New School), Red Bike (the New School), and MFA New Visions Festival (the New School). Previous choreography works include the Identity and Present Expressions Concerts (Halestone Dance Studio).

Abigail Hosford (They,She,He) (Co-Director, Producer), is an NY/NJ based actor, director, and screenwriter. Hosford trained with Developing Artists and the Barrow Group. Their recent credits include directing the narrative music videos “By The Sea” and “John Mulaney’s Stuck in Purgatory” by UK-based artist Mr.Culpepper. Their style often explores stories that follow everyday life through the lens of disturbed magical realism.

Violet Woundy (Stage Manager) is a stage manager, director, and producer based in NYC. NYC stage management credits include An Axemas Story (Player’s Theater), Ted Bundy’s Volkswagen (IRT Theater), and with Pipeline Theater Company (Little Lives, The Hills), The Bechdel Project/Ensemble Studio Theater (The Kit: Made by Martha), Hudson Classical Theater Company (Richard II, Emma, Macbeth), and The New School (Pony Up, The Tall Ones, Arlington, Dress In Code). Part of the inaugural cohort of Stage Management fellows for The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals at Classic Stage Company. As a director and producer, she’s worked with The Tank, Town Hall, Theater Row, and the back of game stores.

Owen Collins (Lighting, Sound, Prop, Scenic Designer) – He has been making theater professionally for over 30 years, having worked on over two hundred productions. His design work has been seen at The Ailey Citigroup Theatre (Progeny Dance), the Corcoran Gallery of Art (W&L Repertory Dance Co.), Lucille Lortel Theatre (Aquila Theatre’s Comedy of Errors) as well as other venues in the United States. He earned his MFA in Theater Design from the University of South Carolina-Columbia. A Professor of Theater at Washington & Lee University, where he has taught since 2002.

IRT Theater is a grassroots laboratory for independent theater and performance in New York City, providing space and support to a new generation of artists. Tucked away in the old Archive Building in Greenwich Village,  IRT’s mission is to build a community of emerging and established artists by creating a home for the development and presentation of new work.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York State Legislature; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council; A.R.T./New York’s NYC Small Theatres Fund made possible with support from the Howard Gilman Foundation & support for ASL interpretation provided in part through funding from Access A.R.T./New York.

ACCESS: IRT is a fully wheelchair-accessible facility. Please reach out to Kori Rushton if you have any accessibility questions or concerns,

PLEASE NOTE: All sales final and there is no late seating at IRT Theater.