Genre: Drama
Written By Rich Rubin, Directed by Shelly Feldman



Proudly Presents the World Premiere of


“[Rich Rubin] brings surprising humor..and sensitivity” to Alzheimer’s Disease. – Oregonian (Assisted Living)


Hilarious, moving and Simonesque.” – Neil Simon Festival (Assisted Living)


“Quick-witted and fecking hilarious.” – Off-Off-Off Theatre (Hamlet in Hiding)


“Wicked Twist of a play.” –Sydney Short & Sweet Festival (Maid/Man)


“A great play … frank, funny and timely.” – Trustus Theater Company Playwright Competition (Costa Rehab)


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“I dunno who the fuck I am anymore.  And then it gets worse … ‘cause sometimes I do know.”– Davis (in Costa Rehab)


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MAIEUTIC THEATER WORKS (MTWorks)is pleased to announce the world premiere production of Rich Rubin’s COSTA REHAB, directed by Shelly Feldman. COSTA REHAB will play a three-week limited engagement at the Workshop Theater (312 West 36th Street, 4th Floor). Performances begin Thursday, November 3 and continue through Saturday, November 19. Opening Night is Friday, November 4 (8 p.m.).



Wheeler and Corso, two injured Iraq War veterans, recuperate in the rehab unit of a stateside Army hospital. Their friendship is based on a profane camaraderie and a shared, if unstated, experience of war. Both men, however, are bored and sliding towards burnout, worn down by the weight of their injuries and the impersonal face of the Army bureaucracy. The arrival of Davis, a third injured vet, serves to rejuvenate the other two soldiers, providing them with a fresh, if unconventional, mission to focus on. Their subversive quest on Davis’ behalf leads to a renewed sense of hope for all three of them.



Featuring Nicholas Urda* (Kidnapping Laura Linney) and MTWorks Company Members Peter Cappello*Sarah Chaney*Louise FloryRachel McPhee* (Vieux Carre, directed by Tony Award nominee Austin Pendleton) and Jacob Thornhill* (Mr. Roberts alongside Tony Award nominee Hunter Foster, directed by Tony Award nominee Robert Longbottom).


COSTA REHABis produced by Martha Goode (Bdwy’s The Miracle Worker) and features scenic and costume design by Craig Napoliello, lighting design by Dan Gallagher. London Griffith is the production stage manager.


COSTA REHABplays the following regular schedule through Saturday, November 19:


 Tuesdays at 7 p.m.  – Talk-Back Tuesdays with Special Guests leading a panel

 Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

 Thursdays at 7 p.m.

 Fridays at 8 p.m.

 Saturdays at 8 p.m. 


Ticketsare $18 (veterans $12; students/seniors $15) and are now available online at or by calling 866-811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater’s box office ½ hour prior to performance.


Running Time:90 minutes, no intermission




Workshop Theater(312 W 36th St, 4th Floor)




SHELLY FELDMAN (Director) is an Israeli born actress and director. In Israel she was a member of the Haifa Theater, where she directed and performed in many classical and contemporary plays and also led the Theater’s improv troupe.  Along with her theatrical work, Shelly embarked on a successful film and television career, receiving a Best Actress award for her role in the short film The Orthodox Way. She went on to become the managing director of the Israeli SAG, where she created a program in which children in underprivileged neighborhoods received free acting classes and attended theatre and film screenings for free. NYC favorite credits include Dean/Don which she co-wrote with her husband for the Ensemble Studio Theater; the Off-Broadway One-woman show DAI (U/S); the leading role in Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell at the New York International Fringe Festival. As a former soldier in the Israeli army, she found it easy to connect with the dark humor of Costa Rehab and the knowledge that the fight for your life doesn't end when you leave battlefield. She's a member of MTWorks.


RICH RUBIN (Playwright) his plays have been produced throughout the U. S., including theaters in New York, Chicago, Seattle and Los Angeles. Internationally, his work has been staged in Berlin, Sydney, Singapore and the U. K. Rich’s play Assisted Living was a co-winner of the Neil Simon Festival’s inaugural New Play Contest and had a staged reading at the Festival’s Heritage Center Theater (Cedar City, UT) in August 2011. Assisted Living previously received productions at the Adobe Theater (Albuquerque, NM) in 2009 and Sandy Actors Theater (Sandy, OR) in 2011. It was a finalist in the Long Beach (CA) Playhouse 2008 New Works Festival and a semifinalist in the Firehouse Theater (Richmond, VA) 2009 Festival of New American Plays. Rich’s most recent play, Marilyn/MISFITS/Miller, about the breakup of the storied marriage of Arthur Miller to Marilyn Monroe, was selected as a finalist for the 2011 Julie Harris Playwright Award as well as a semifinalist for both the 2011 Eugene O’Neill Conference and the 2011 Playwrights First Award of the National Arts Club. A physician by training, Rich served in the U. S. Army Medical Corps from 1972-1976. He is a Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and is currently a member of the volunteer teaching faculty at the Oregon Health and Science University. Rich is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America and Portland’s Nameless Playwrights, a group of Oregon playwrights over the age of sixty.

Maieutic Theatre Works (MTWorks), is an award-winning not-for-profit theatre company based in NYC that premieres distinctive new plays, bringing Broadway caliber to Off-Off Broadway audiences since 2006. Now home to both emerging and established theater professionals, MTWorks' mission is to birth new plays inspired by playwrights and regions outside of New York.


Past productions include FLASHBACKS a 5th year anniversary celebration at the June Havoc Theater, directed by David Stallings; David Stallings’ The Family Shakespeare at the June Havoc Theater, directed by Antonio Minino; The 2011 National NewBorn Festival hosted by The City College of New York; Underworld IV hosted by Tym Moss (TalkRadio's Artists Exposed) at The Triad NYC (Benefit); Cody Daigle’s A Home Across the Ocean at Theatre Row, directed by Cristina Alicea; Carol Carpenter’s Good Lonely People at The Robert Moss Theatre (Winner of 3 Planet Connections Theatre Awards; Best Supporting Actress, Best New Playwright, Activist Award), directed by Diánna Martin; David Stallings’ Barrier Island at Center Stage NY, directed by Cristina Alicea; The 2010 National NewBorn Festival at Asya Geisberg Studio, various directors; Underworld: Duets, hosted by Tony nominee Willy Falk (Miss Saigon) at The Triad NYC (Benefit) ; 4 Variations of Mee at Manhattan Children’s Theatre, various directors; Louise Flory's Look After You at The SoHo Playhouse (FringeNYC 09), directed by David Stallings; Jacqueline Goldfinger's The Oath at The Arclight Theater, directed by Cristina Alicea; The 2009 National NewBorn Festival at The ArcLight Theater, various directors; Into the Underworld: A Broadway Understudy Tell All...With Music, hosted by Katie Adams & Julie Bieber (Wicked) at The Triad NYC (Benefit); David Stallings' Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell at The Connelly Theater, directed by Cristina Alicea (FringeNYC 08); Cody Daigle's Providence at The Rock Theatre, directed by Ian Crawford; Underworld: A Night With Broadway's Understudies, hosted by Law Tarello (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) at The D-Lounge (Benefit); The 2008 National NewBorn Festival at The Payan Theatre, various directors; David Stallings's Arpeggio at The 45th Street Theatre, directed by Cristina Alicea; The 2007 National NewBorn Festival at The Payan Theatre, various directors; and David Stallings’ Folie a Deux: Insanity in Pairs at The Rock Theatre, directed by Cristina Alicea.


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Listings Information:


What: Rich Rubin’sCOSTA REHAB, directed by Shelly Feldman

Where: Workshop Theater (312 West 36th Street, 4th Floor)

When: Thursday, November 3 and continue through Saturday, November 19;  Tuesdays at 7 p.m. | Wednesdays at 7 p.m.  | Thursdays at 7 p.m.  | Fridays at 8 p.m. | Saturdays at 8 p.m. 

How: Ticketsare $18 (veterans $12; students/seniors $15) and are now available online at or by calling 866-811-4111

Preview:   11/03/11
Open:   11/04/11
Close:   11/19/11

Tuesdays at 7 p.m. – Talk-Back Tuesdays with Special Guests leading a panel
Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Thursdays at 7 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Theater:   Workshop Theater
Address:   312 West 36th Street
New York, NY
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