Reading of Moderation by Kevin Kautzman

Directed by Devin Brain

with Ceci Fernandez and J.D. Mollison

The reading was performed on the evening of July 19, 2021. Congratulations to all who dedicated themselves to bringing together a successful exploration of the script.

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Short Summary of Moderation


In the darkly comic drama, social media content moderators lose their mind at work as they struggle to perform well enough to get a better job at the Company, whose mission is to "Connect the World" but whose platform is increasingly becoming an unruly tool for global discord and the worst the human Id can devise. MODERATION is a ripped-from-the-headlines doomscroll thriller that will appeal to anyone who has ever had doubts about social media and its effect on society.

Kevin Kautzman (playwright)

Kevin Kautzman is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter originally from North Dakota. He has been a fellow at the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis and the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin. His work has appeared around the US and UK and is published by Broadway Play Publishing, Oberon and Playscripts. He can be found online at


Devin Brain (director)

Devin Brain is the Associate Artistic Director of The Acting Company and a freelance director based in NYC. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, he has directed across the country as part of The Acting Company’s national tours, as well as being featured in theaters in Chicago, NYC, and China. Recent productions include Othello, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, You / Emma by Paz Pardo (an adaptation of Madame Bovary), Exposure by Laura Zlatos (an exploration of the life and work of Francesca Woodman), Bones in the Basket (an original adaptation of Russian Fairy Tales), Middletown by Will Eno, Breath of Kings (his adaptation of Richard II, Henry IV, and Henry V), Blacktop Sky by Christina Anderson, and The Droll {Or, a Stage-Play about the END of Theatre} by Meg Miroshnik.

Ceci Fernandez (She)

Ceci Fernandez is an actor, writer and producer. She has worked on stages all over the world, most notably The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Yale Repertory and The Old Vic Theatre Royal. TV and digital credits include The Resident, The Good Wife, The Exorcist, Temporary Guardian, and Dichos. Ceci is the co-creator and head writer at @instaMiniSeries. She received her MFA from Yale School of Drama.

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J.D. Mollison (He)

Past Productions: Octet, (Signature Theater), X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation, Julius Caesar (The Acting Company), Venice (The Public Theater), A Civil War Christmas (New York Theatre Workshop), Moby Dick (American Repertory Theater)  Les Misérables (Original Cast 1st Broadway Revival), The Box (The Foundry), black odyssey (CalShakes), Iphigenia 2.0 (Signature Theater), A Winter's Tale (Public Works DTC), Greater Angels (EPbB), Monstrosity (13P), Avenue X (Dreamlight Theatre Company) Jelly's Last Jam (Alliance Theatre). TV: ShamelessMadam SecretarySVUShades of Blue. Training: Carnegie Mellon University.

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