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Prodigal nonbinary playwright Sloane is summoned back to their ailing grandmother's home with the assistance of their botanist husband Gwyn to settle the estate. When Gwyn's childhood best friend Beckham arrive, they discover there may be more to the house-- and to Sloane-- hidden beneath the floorboards.

  • Productions at Edinburgh Fringe (Reviews, Off-Fest Nomination, and Brighton Fringe long-list), 59E59, The Brick, Yale School for Drama, Mountview, The Gilbert Theater, Literaturhaus Copenhagen, and The Tank.

  • Developmental residency with Elephant Room Productions.

  • Published with Next Stage Press, available now at The Drama Book Shop.

  • 10 2023 BroadwayWorld Off-Broadway Award nominations, including Best New Play.


"Ivories is a unique and intriguing tragicomedy-thriller hybrid, with a fantastic team that has clearly put so much love and care into the production." ★★★★★ Lost in Theatreland


"This show brings horror, chiller with some touches of humour, but most of all what a great theatre show that we loved." ★★★★★ MoreishTV

"A playwright to keep an eye on for SURE! Ivories has it all: tears, trauma, sexual tension, ghosts, laughs & the understanding that nothing (and no one) is ever as they appear to me. The cast is stunning. The script is stunning." ★★★★★ Hailey Green


"An absolutely amazing show for fans of horror and LGBT+ theatre. The masterful writing along with the actors' chemistry kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time." ★★★★★ Grace Laughton

"Horror fans know the real deal when we see it, and Riley Elton McCarthy's tightly wound exploration of haunting grief is a refreshing case in point." ★★★ The Scotsman

IVORIES was first developed at Student Theatre at Marymount at Northeastern University at New York City (formerly known as Marymount Manhattan College). The initial staged reading was directed by Hope Johansen, produced in STAM New Works Festival in April 2023. The sold-out reading had an attendance of approximately 250.

IVORIES then was one of the first full-length plays to open in New York City after the COVID-19 pandemic. Headlining the 2021 PrideFest at The Tank, this smash-hit workshop production was also directed by Hope Johansen.

IVORIES received a developmental residency with Elephant Room Productions. IVORIES went on to 75 Zoom developmental workshops from 2021-2024.


IVORIES made its collegiate debut at The Yale School of Drama in April 2023, directed by Alexandra Thomas.



IVORIES played a pre-Edinburgh tryout at The Brick AUX in March 2023. Directed by Riley Elton McCarthy, associate directed by Chloé Kramer, this production starred Raffi Manjikian as Gwyn, Riley Elton McCarthy as Sloane, Ryan Pangracs as Beckham, and Chloé Kramer as The Neighbor.

This production played an encore revival at 59E59 in July 2023. For this production, Hans Mueh replaced Raffi Manjikian as Gwyn.

IVORIES was then published by Next Stage Press for a July 2023 release. It is available to purchase now at The Drama Book Shop. It remains one of Next Stage Press's most popular publications.

This production then moved to Edinburgh Fringe at TheSpaceUK on the Mile in August 2023 and received mass critical acclaim.

IVORIES received a private developmental reading at ART/NY in October 2023

IVORIES received its regional premiere in North Carolina in April 2024 at The Gilbert Theater. Riley grew up performing at this theatre, and it was their 35th anniversary season headliner directed by Larry Carlisle and Vicki Lloyd.

IVORIES received its London industry presentation premier at Mountview in June 2024, directed by Elliot Aitken.

IVORIES will play an industry presentation workshop at The Tank in September 2024, before transferring to Literaturhaus Copenhagen at the start of a European tour in November 2024. This production is directed by Riley Elton McCarthy, associate directed by Chloé Kramer, and stars Mitchell Goecke as Beckham, Raffi Manjikian as Gwyn, Chloé Kramer as The Neighbor, and Riley Elton McCarthy as Sloane.

IVORIES is currently seeking to transfer off-broadway. It's time to extend the haunting.

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