Oblivion runs approximately two hours, which includes one intermission.


Uber-hip Brooklynites Pam and Dixon take great pride in their progressive approach to parenting. But when their 17-year-old daughter, Julie, repeatedly lies about where she spent the weekend, their cool, high-brow fa├žade crashes and burns. Carly Mensch's Oblivion takes a wry look at Nietzsche, famed film critic Pauline Kael and what it means to fight for the things you love.

Carly Mensch is currently a story editor on the Showtime series Weeds. Other plays include Now Circa Then, All Hail Hurricane Gordo and Len, Asleep in Vinyl. She has developed work at The Kennedy Center, Marin Theatre Company, New York Stage & Film, Center Theatre Group and Ars Nova, where she was the 2008 Playwright-in-Residence, as well as a founding member of Play Group.

Oblivion is part of the 7th Annual First Look Repertory of New Work


The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust is the Production Sponsor of the First Look Repertory of New Work.

Watch & Listen

  1. Meet the Playwrights of First Look

    Meet the Playwrights of First Look

  2. First Look

    First Look's Oblivion in Production

  3. First Look

    First Look's Oblivion in Rehearsal

  4. First Look Teaser

    First Look Teaser

Cast & Artists

The Artists

  • Author: Carly Mensch
  • Directed by: Matthew Miller
  • Scenic Design: Chelsea Warren
  • Costume Design: Myron Elliot
  • Lighting Design: J.R. Lederle
  • Sound Design: Miles Polaski
  • Stage Manager: Tess Lauchaire
  • Dramaturg: Kelly Kerwin
  • Assistant Director: Catherine Allen

The Cast

Program Articles

Hello First Look Audiences!

Welcome from Artistic Producer Rebecca Rugg

Oblivion: Playwright and Director in Conversation

A conversation between director Matt Miller and playwright Carly Mensch

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Content Advisory

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