HOLDEN is a tragicomic piece, plumbing a darker dimension of J.D. Salinger’s famous novel, The Catcher in the Rye. A few obsessive super-fans have taken up residence in Salinger’s private writing bunker. Unbeknownst to the reclusive author himself, their mission to get Salinger to publish once more spirals into a larger excavation of violence in America and the male imagination.

HOLDEN premiered at the Ice Factory Festival in NYC in August, 2015

  • Conceived, Written, and Directed by Anisa George
  • Creator-Performers: Jaime Maseda, Matteo Scammell, Scott Sheppard, Bill George, and Adele Goldader
  • Additional Contributing Creators: Mark McCloughan & Emilie Krause
  • Scenic Design: Nick Benacerraf
  • Sound Design: Alex Bechtel
  • Lighting Design: Seth Reiser
  • Costume Design: Rebecca Kanach
  • Props Design: Cem Ozdeniz
  • Dramaturge: Madeline Charne

Compelling ... the entire production holds you in a disturbing grip.

—The New York Times

Provocative ... a Sartre-esque purgatory.

—The Philadelphia Inquirer

Outstanding cast and direction ... we should all take heed of the timely messages ... masterfully delivered by George & Co.


Holden renders articulate what is too often wasted in mute violence.

—The Theatre Times

A story of historical reckoning, a violent punch ... Stunning.

—The Daily Beast

fascinating ... testosterone-fueled ... a pressure cooker of unresolved frustration ready to explode without warning.

—The Huffington Post