She Calls Me Firefly

She Calls Me Firefly has won the 2019 New York Innovative Theater Award for Best Original Short Script! Huge thanks to the team who made it possible! Much love to Daniel Burns for his nomination as best featured actor!!

a new American play by Teresa Lotz 
directed by Ludovica Villar-Hauser 

The World Premiere of She Calls Me Firefly
coming June 2018 to The SoHo Playhouse. 

June 6th - June 23rd, 2018 7:30PM
Mondays and Wednesdays – Saturdays

The SoHo Playhouse
15 Vandam Street
New York, NY 10013
Between 6th Avenue and Varick Street

It's Nickel Beer Night at Freddie's Place. Ken has come to drown his sorrows, but no amount of alcohol can wash away the pain of his broken relationship with Levi, nor the secrets of his past. As you enter Freddie’s you will instantly be transported from New York City streets to a Kentucky dive bar. Pull up a stool, grab a drink, and find yourself immersed in the searing world of She Calls Me Firefly. A co-production by Parity Productions and New Perspectives Theatre Company.

Emily Batsford* as Veronica
Daniel Burns* as Levi 
Paula Ewin* as Freddie
Sean Hudock* as Ken
*Actors appear courtesy of Actors' Equity Association (AEA)

Assistant Director: Judith Binus
Dramaturg: Melody Brooks
Production Design: Meganne George
Lighting Design: Deborah Constantine
Original Sound Design: Janie Bullard
Production Stage Manager: Carolina Arboleda
​Production Assistant: George Weinhouse, M.D.
Casting Director: Jamibeth Margolis, CSA


"Real and surreal at the same time... magnificently intense...people like me are going to want to see this absorbing drama again and again. It’s motherhood, up with a twist, and it is as real as real gets."
- Sherri Rase, QonStage

"This is a play about memory, intimacy, boundaries and trauma... Sensitive material is delicately handled without exploitation."
- Bob Criso, Hi! Drama

"Often one’s unconscious explodes into the present, bearing past traumas in the hope of reconciliation and healing. Lotz attempts to realize this in her strong, heartfelt drama. Her attempt is noteworthy, and the exceptional talents of a powerful ensemble with precise, empathetic direction more than bring the production to life. They allow its complexity to soar."
- Carole Di Tosti

See audience reviews on SHOW-SCORE!



June 2018: Parity Productions and New Perspectives Theater Company co-produce the World Premiere of She Calls Me Firefly by Teresa Lotz at Soho Playhouse. The production is met with critical acclaim and is an proud official NYC Pride Partner! The production was directed by Ludovica Villar-Hauser and starred Emily Batsford* as Veronica, Daniel Burns* as Levi, Paula Ewin* as Freddie, and Sean Hudock* as Ken.

June 2017: She Calls Me Firefly enjoys two Pride Week readings presented at the end of a workshop. The first reading was at the SOHO Playhouse and the second was at Jimmy’s No. 43 in the East Village.

CAST: Emily Batsford, Paula Ewin, Sean Hudock, and Eddie Lopez

2016: Rewrites, Rewrites, Rewrites!!!

April 17th - May 3rd, 2015: A Workshop Production co-produced by VH Theatrical Development Foundation (now Parity Productions) and New Perspectives Theatre Company.

Freddie's Place 
aka New Perspectives Studio
458 West 37th Street 
(between 9th and 10th Avenues)
New York, NY 10018

Matthew J. Harris*
Sean Hudock*
Autumn Kioti*
Landon G. Woodson*

*Member of Actor's Equity Association

Scenic and Costume Design by Meganne George
Lighting Design by Deborah Constantine
Sound Design by Janie Bullard
Production Stage Manager: Ashley Holmes*
Stage Manager: Allyson Namishia*

Live music provided by Kelli King’s Texarkana band

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November 18, 2014:  She Calls Me Firefly was presented as part of Cherry Lane Theatre’s TONGUES reading series. The reading was directed by Ludovica Villar-Hauser, stage managed by Jenny Waletzky, featuring Jack Weppler as Ken, Autumn Kioti and Veronica, Matthew J. Harris as Levi, and Skyler Pinkerton as Freddie.

November 17, 2013: She Calls Me Firefly was presented as a reading at New York University. The reading was directed by Ludovica Villar-Hauser, stage managed by Jenny Waletzky, featuring Maxwell Eddy as Ken, Autumn Kioti and Veronica, Jason Linforth as Levi, and Skyler Pinkerton ( as Freddie.