That Heaven’s Vault Should Crack

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What would you do if you were called to radical action to stave off devastation? This set of stimulating short plays imagines what it would be like for people like us to throw our lives into upheaval, as Noah before the flood – and what it’s like for the One who calls.

Rae Binstock grew up in Cambridge, MA. She earned her B.A. from Columbia University, where she was mentored by David Henry Hwang and Ellen McLaughlin. Her plays include land of no mercy, That Heaven’s Vault Should Crack, and We Are The Light of the World, and have been produced and developed at venues such as the T. Schreiber Studio, the New Group, the Lark Development Center, Landing Theatre Company, the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, Salt Lake Acting Company, The Hearth Theater, The Fresh Fruit Festival, and Stella Adler’s Playwrights Division.

Rae is a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a Rita Goldberg Playwrights Workshop Fellow at the Lark, Emerging Artist Fellow in Dramatic Writing at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Playwriting/Screenwriting from The New York Foundation for the Arts. She has been awarded residencies by Art OMI, the Wassaic Project, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, PLAYA Summer Lake, and Writers at Dairy Hollow; she is also a contributing writer at, a Princess Grace Award finalist, and an O’Neill Conference and SPACE at Ryder Farm semifinalist. Rae served as the Writers’ Assistant on both FX Networks’ FOSSE/VERDON and Apple TV’s upcoming comedy Schmigadoon. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her cat, Black Cat. (Allison Schwartz, Paradigm Talent Agency;

Kareem Fahmy is a Canadian-born director and playwright of Egyptian descent. He has directed a number of world premiere productions including James Scruggs’s 3/Fifths (3LD, New York Times Top 5 Must-See Shows), Sevan K. Greene’s This Time (Sheen Center, New York Times Critics’ Pick), Bess Welden’s Refuge*Malja (Portland Stage), Adam Kraar’s Alternating Currents (Working Theater), Nikkole Salter’s Indian Head (Luna Stage), and Victor Lesniewski’s Couriers and Contrabands (TBG Theatre, also co-creator). Kareem’s plays, which include A Distinct Society, The Triumphant, Pareidolia, The In-Between, and an adaptation of the acclaimed Egyptian novel The Yacoubian Building, have been developed or presented at The Atlantic Theater Company, New York Stage & Film,Target Margin Theater, The Lark, Fault Line Theater, and Noor Theater. He has been a fellow or resident artist at the Sundance Theatre Lab, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Phil Killian Directing Fellow), Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center (National Directors Fellow), Second Stage (Van Lier Directing Fellow), Soho Rep (Writer/Director Lab), Lincoln Center (Directors Lab), The New Museum (Artist-in-Residence), and New York Theater Workshop (Emerging Artist Fellow & Usual Suspect). He has developed new plays at theaters around the country, including MCC, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Dramatists, The Civilians, Geva Theatre, Pioneer Theatre, Silk Road Rising, and Berkeley Rep. Kareem is the co-founder of the Middle Eastern American Writers Lab at The Lark and a co-founder of Maia Directors, a consulting group for organizations and artists engaging with stories from the Middle East and beyond. MFA: Columbia University.

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