by Iva Brdar

Translated by Ana Brdar

The WORLD PREMIÈRE of a new play from Serbia!

February 22 – March 4, 2018

Rule of Thumb tells the story of Ana and Monika, two high-spirited young women from Sweden who enter a hitchhiking contest and find themselves on a series of peculiar, delightful, and unsettling rides through the borderlands of Serbia and Bulgaria. With quirky humor and tremendous heart, Rule of Thumb explores themes of class and cultural divide, as well as issues of economic and refugee migration from global and local perspectives.

Berlin-based Serbian Playwright/Screenwriter Iva Brdar has been described as “the lovechild of Caryl Churchill and Samuel Beckett – but funny.” Her sister, writer Ana Brdar, translates. Rule of Thumb was shortlisted for two European playwriting competitions, and in April 2018 it received its European première at the Schauspiel Stuttgart. The Cherry Arts was Ithaca is thrilled to produce the play’s world première!

Photos of the world premiere production by Rachel Philipson:

Directed by Beth F. Milles

starring Helen T. Clark and Darcy Rose
with Lawrence Bierria, Sarah K. Chalmers*, Jeff Guyton*, Craig MacDonald*, and Jacob Garrett White*

(*member, Actors’ Equity Association)


 Cherry partnered with NYC’s Voyage Theatre Company to produce a staged reading of Rule of Thumb for their Parts Unknown series!

The reading was presented on May 29, 2018 at the New York Public Library on 53rd street.

Directed by Beth F. Milles and featuring: Amara James Aja*, Helen T. Clark, Carolyn Goelzer*, Jeff Guyton*, Bryan Hagelin, Craig MacDonald*, Darcy Rose, and Jacob Garrett White* (*member, Actors’ Equity Association)

Photos of the Parts Unknown staged reading by Mustafa Onder: