Written by Itamar Moses
Directed by Matt Pfeiffer
November 29, 2018 — December 3, 2018

The Louis Bluver Theatre at The Drake, 302 South Hicks Street

Running Time: 2 hrs (15 minute intermission)

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Featuring James Ijames, Mary Tuomanen, Claire Inie-Richards, and Justin Rose

Elliot builds a computer program to help Molly with her research project, and the variables in their evolving relationship shift as rapidly as the terms of their experiment. This incredibly seductive and ridiculously intelligent comedy by Itamar Moses explores the chemistry between smart, damaged people and what happens when they lose control of the science.

For mature audiences only.  Contains strong language, sexual content, and nudity.

Opening Night Sponsors: Anna Maria and Richard Di Dio

Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.


“Fearless, pointed, frequently funny, and utterly compelling.”

Chicago Theatre Beat

“…funny and heartbreaking…directed with tenderness and humor by Matt Pfeiffer…”

Julia M. Klein, The Inquirer

“The production honors the play with Pfeiffer’s smooth direction, the sterling performances by Tuomanen, Ijames, and as two lovers jilted by the others, Justin Rose and Claire Inie-Richards.”

Howard Shapiro, WHYY

“The leads in Theatre Exile’s production (both playwrights and both actors at the top of their game) are well cast. Mary Tuomanen can do foxy nerd Molly to a turn. And James Ijames as Elliot is more loose and playful than I’ve ever seen him.” 

Kathryn Osenlund, Phindie

“Playwright Itamar Moses’s ability to seamlessly blend razor-sharp dialogue, scientific perspicacity, and the convoluted intricacies of romance is on full display in this newly rewritten version of Completeness…”

Rebecca Rendell, Talkin' Broadway

“Director Matt Pfeiffer provides considerable energy and sparkle in a visually imaginative production…”

David Fox, Reclining Standards

“…a fascinating 95-minute experiment of the mind and heart.”

Bill Chenevert

“…a beautiful presentation of the universal human experience.”

Alyssa Biederman, Broadway World


“James Ijames named one of 5 Philly artists you need to see this fall.”

Victor Fiorillo, Philadelphia Magazine

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James Ijames (Elliot)
James Ijames is a Philadelphia based performer and playwright. He has appeared regionally in productions at The Arden Theatre Company, The Philadelphia Theatre Company, InterAct Theatre Company, The Wilma Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Mauckingbird Theatre Company, and People’s Light and Theatre. James is the 2011 F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Artist recipient, a 2011 Independence Foundation Fellow, a 2015 Pew Fellow for Playwriting, the 2015 winner of the Terrance McNally New Play Award for WHITE and a 2017 recipient of the Whiting Award.  James is a founding member of Orbiter 3, Philadelphia’s first playwright producing collective. James is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Villanova University and resides in South Philadelphia.

Mary Tuomanen (Molly)
Mary Tuomanen’s recent credits include the Arden Theatre’s Fun Home, Opera Philadelphia’s Ne Quittez Pas, and Wilma Theatre’s Mr. Burns. Her play Marcus Garvey And Emma Goldman Have Hot Hot Sex (MARCUS/EMMA) was first developed here at Theater Exile and later premiered at InterAct in 2017. She is a company member of Applied Mechanics and a recent recipient of the Haas Emerging Artist Award, as well as the 2017 Philadelphia Award for her play Peaceable Kingdom. She was a founder of playwright’s collective Orbiter 3 with her friend James Ijames, with whom she is honored to share a stage again after so many years.

Claire Inie-Richards (Lauren/Nell/et al.)
Claire is a Philadelphia-based actor and teaching artist. As a Company Member of People’s Light she has performed in PROJECT DAWN, I AND YOU, THE CHERRY ORCHARD among others, and will appear in next summer’s OUR TOWN. Locally She has performed with Theatre Horizon, Delaware Theatre Company, Shakespeare in Clark Park and Lantern Theatre where she will next appear in MEASURE FOR MEASURE. Claire has worked for BBC Radio 4, and holds a degree in theatre from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.Itamar Moses (Playwright)

Justin Rose (Don/Franklin/et al.)
Justin is a Philadelphia-based performer, director and teaching artist. Recent onstage credits include Geoff Sobelle’s HOME, which will next tour to Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Berkley Rep, Let the Dog See the Rabbit (Lightning Rod Special), Always Coming SoonThe Future (Brat Productions), 99 BREAKUPS (Pig Iron Theatre Company), The Douglas/Poins in Henry IV(Shakespeare in Clark Park & Team Sunshine), and The Balladeer in The West (Alex Bechtel Producer/Director). He also directed former Cirque du Soleil juggler Greg Kennedy’s Theorem (Philly Fringe) and is the Assistant Director for Geoff Sobelle’s Object Lesson. Justin was a Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of The Candidatos, a two-man theatre company that performed their most popular show, I’m Sorry & I’m Sorry, at the New York Clown Theatre Festival, and Fringe Festivals in Dublin, St. Louis, Minneapolis and Philadelphia. He is a graduate of The Pig Iron School and The University of Iowa.

Matt Pfeiffer (Director)
Matt is a Philly born actor and director who serves as the Associate Artistic Director of Theatre Exile. Some previous Exile credits; BugThe Lieutenant of InishmoreThe Aliens, and True West. Other credits include; Arden Theatre, InterAct, Walnut St., 1812, Lantern Theatre, Delaware Theatre Co. The Gulfshore Playhouse, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, UArts, Mask and Wig, and 20 seasons with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Matt is a twelve-time Barrymore nominee and winner, for his direction of The Whale and The Invisible Hand both with Theatre Exile. He’s also a recipient of the F. Otto Haas Award. Matt is a proud grad DeSales University. Love to Kim and John.

Colin McIlvaine (Set Designer)
Adapted from a set design by Darcy Scanlin
Colin is a Philadelphia-based, Barrymore nominated scenic designer named this season as one of American Theatre Magazine’s 20 People to Watch.  Recent credits include: Ella (Delaware Theatre Company), Salt Pepper Ketchup(Interact Theatre).  Colin’s recent associate design credits include: Thunderbodies (Soho Rep), Pipeline (Lincoln Center).  In addition to his freelance career, Colin lectures at The University of the Arts and Temple University.  B.A. University of Maryland; MFA Scenic Design Temple University.

Alison Roberts (Costume Designer)
Completeness is Alison Roberts’ 18th show with Theatre Exile; she’s been a collaborator since 2006. She has a BA in Theatre Arts from Rowan University and an MFA in Costume Design and Technology from Illinois State University. She has been freelance designing in the Greater Philadelphia Area for the last seventeen years. She’s worked with the Arden Theatre Company, The National Constitution Center, Delaware Theatre Company, InterAct Theatre, 1812 Productions, Lantern Theater Company, Theatre Horizon, Villanova University and Philadelphia Young Playwrights. For more information check out

Alyssandra Docherty (Lighting Designer)
Alyssandra Docherty is a Philadelphia based lighting designer originally from Vernon, NJ. After graduating with honors and a BA in Theatre from DeSales University, she continued her training as an apprentice at Goodspeed Musicals in Connecticut.  She spent five seasons as the Lighting Supervisor at Philadelphia Theatre Company, and has been touring internationally as the Associate Lighting Designer with Koresh Dance Company since 2013 and with BalletX as their Lighting Director since 2017.  Recently, Aly’s designs have been seen in Theatre Horizon’s The Color Purple, Philadelphia Theatre Company’s Sweat, Walnut Street Theatre’s In Between, and Azuka Theatre’s Mrs. Harrison.  She has also designed for the Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival, Shakespeare in Clark Park, Simpatico Theatre Company, DeSales University, Drexel University, and Wolf Trap Opera, among others.

Mike Kiley (Sound Designer)
Michael Kiley is a sound designer, composer, performer and educator working in theatre and dance. He has designed and composed for numerous Theatre Exile productions, including Rizzo, The Invisible Hand and The Aliens. Other theatre credits include The Arden Theatre, People’s Light, and others. Dance collaborations include Faye Driscoll, luciana achugar, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, Chelsea and Magda and SubCircle. Michael makes his own work under the moniker The Mural and The Mint, including The Empty Air and Animina, two GPS controlled compositions for iPhone. He is a 2016 recipient of The Pew Center For Arts and Heritage Project Grant to produce Prescription, an immersive, participatory voice piece next Fall.

Eli Lynn (Intimacy Director)
Eli (they/them) is an apprentice with Intimacy Directors International (, where they have over 60+ hours of training in Intimacy Direction. They were honored to be a participant in the first ever Pedagogy Intensive with IDI at the University of Illinois in the summer of 2018. They have also studied stage combat for over nine years, and are a recognized Advanced Actor Combatant with 5 international stage combat organizations. They currently apprentice under Broadway Fight Master Ian Rose, and and are working towards Certified Instructor status with both the Society of American Fight Directors and Fight Directors Canada. Acting credits include: Sensitive Guys(World Premiere, InterAct Theatre), Shakespeare In Love (PA Shakespeare Festival), The Winter’s Tale (Folger Theatre), Sleeping Beauty (People’s Light). Love always to Vanessa. Soli Deo Gloria.

Shaelyn Weatherup (Props Master)
Credits: 1812 Productions- Broken BiscuitsThis Is The Week That Is; Lantern Theater Company- Hapgood; University of the Arts- American IdiotBourgeois GentlemanAcediaRocky Horror Show. BFA University of the Arts Theater Design and Technology.

Brian V. Klinger (Stage Manager)
Brian V. Klinger has been a proud Equity member since 1988. In the Philadelphia area, Brian has worked at the Walnut, Prince, Arden, Philadelphia Shakespeare, Society Hill Playhouse, Delaware Theatre Company, Resident Theatre Company, PSM’d several musicals at Penn’s Landing Playhouse and was in residence for four years at the Wilma.  National and international tours include Jelly Roll!Ballet Hispanico of New YorkRespect, two years with Florida’s Asolo Theatre, a memorable summer with the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats in the US and Canada and overseas with Road and the world premiere musical Blackbirds of Broadway.  Off-Broadway with Perfect Crime and The Hummingbird’s Tour as well as work with Lincoln Center’s Directors’ Lab and regionally seasons at Princeton’s McCarter, Atlanta’s Alliance, Virginia’s Barter, the Utah Shakespearean Festival and W.H.A.T. in Wellfleet, MA.  Amidst this, there were also the years spent as a Franciscan Friar, but that’s another story entirely.

Courtney Banks (Production Manager)
This is Courtney’s second year with Theatre Exile and first year as production manager. She has been involved as the assistant production manager of Theatre Exile for the productions of Ideation and Really. She also works as a freelance stage manager working at companies such as Theatre Horizon and The Santa Fe Opera.

Randi Alexis Hickey (Assistant Director)

Itamar Moses
Itamar Moses is the author of the full-length plays OUTRAGE, BACH AT LEIPZIG, CELEBRITY ROW, THE FOUR OF US, YELLOWJACKETS, BACK BACK BACK, COMPLETENESS, and THE WHISTLEBLOWER, the musicals NOBODY LOVES YOU (with Gaby Alter), FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE (with Michael Friedman), and THE BAND’S VISIT (with David Yazbek), and the evening of short plays LOVE/STORIES (OR BUT YOU WILL GET USED TO IT). His work has appeared Off-Broadway and elsewhere in New York, at regional theatres across the country and in Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Venezuela, Turkey and Chile, and is published by Faber & Faber and Samuel French. Awards for his work include Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle, and Obie awards in New York, as well as awards from the Portland, San Diego, Dallas, and Bay Area Theatre Critics Circles. He’s received new play commissions from The McCarter, Playwrights Horizons, Berkeley Rep, The Wilma Theater, South Coast Rep, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center, and The Goodman. On television, Itamar has written for TNT’s MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE, HBO’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE, WGN’S OUTSIDERS, SHOWTIME’S THE AFFAIR, and TNT’S THE ALIENIST. He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU and has taught playwriting at Yale and NYU. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect. Born in Berkeley, CA, he now lives in Brooklyn, NY.