Written by Martyna Majok, Directed by Emilie Whelan, Prod. by Oakland Theater Project

Oakland Theater Project is thrilled to stage the Bay Area Premiere of Martyna Majok’s 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony-nominated play Cost of Living, directed by Emilie Whelan (A Streetcar Named Desire; Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus).

Cost of Living deftly challenges the typical perceptions of those living with disabilities and delves deep into the ways class, race, ethnicity, and wealth can create gulfs between people, even as they long for to connect. TRAILER

Sound Design and composition by Ray Archie of Brooklyn Sound Lab


  • HIGHEST RATING! “Breathtaking” – Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle
  • A profoundly moving and satisfying examination of the price of isolation and loneliness and the importance of connection, love, and trust” – Emily S. Mendel, Berkeleyside
  • “Emilie Whelan skillfully conducts a quartet of talented actors in a play of consummate humanity” – K. Marguerite Caronna, Theatrius
  • “It resonates. It matters.” – Kelly Rogers Flynt, Broadway World
  • ★★★★★ “The play is beautifully written and marvelously well-executed by a company of actors who achieve extraordinary levels of excellence” – Charles Kruger, TheatreStorm
  • “Superb… It’s quite possible a myriad of thoughts and feelings will continue to resonate long after you arrive home” – Sally Hogarty, East Bay Times
  • “Under Whelan’s direction, Majok’s words and the characters embodied by this multi-talented cast are definitely felt and remembered” – Charles Lewis III, 48 Hills

March 3, 2024

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