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THERE OR HERE:

A hotel room in a third world country. The middle of the night. A jetlagged American couple, Robyn and Ajay (she of Eastern European Jewish descent, he was born here but he’s fully Americanized and has no memory of this country), are wide awake. Tomorrow they will meet the woman who will have her frozen egg and his sperm implanted inside her to have their baby. Tonight they won’t have sex even though they want to. The play moves between the past and the present, and between America and this third world country, connected by the tenuous threads of time zones and technology. Robyn and Ajay find themselves confiding in the anonymous beings on the other end of their phone lines rather than in each other; computer technicians, fast food order takers and phone sex operators whose work has been outsourced to another country become the refuge they can’t be for each other right now.


Character Breakdown: 2M, 3F


Set/Technical: simple bare bones set, smooth transitions

Running Time: 100 minutes


Finalist - PEN West Literary Award 2009

2007 PlayPenn Conference.  Finalist, Sundance Theatre Lab 2007 Finalist, O'Neill Theatre Conference 2008 Finalist, STAGE International Competition Finalist, Abingdon Theatre Christopher Brian Wolk Award







Read what the NEW YORK TIMES had to say about Hypothetical Theatre Company’s production of THERE OR HERE, directed by AMY FEINBERG

Alok Tewari, Purva Bedi and Annie Meisles in THERE OR HERE

THE LAST SEDER:


When Lily and Marvin Price's daughters return for the last Passover in their family home, they find that the magic of the Seder ritual is the one thing that will allow them to heal the past and move on with their lives. THE LAST SEDER is a play about the members of this family getting a second chance to say goodbye to a love who is already gone - patriarch Marvin Price who suffers from Alzheimers - enabling them to open new doors to their futures.


Character Breakdown: 5M, 6F


Set/Technical: Unit set

Running Time: 1 hour and 35 minutes, no intermission


Awards:


John F. Kennedy Center's Fund for New American Plays Award


The Charlotte Woolard Award for Promising New Voice in American Theatre (also from the Kennedy Center)


National Foundation for Jewish Culture New Plays for Production grant, sponsored by the Winnick Family Foundation


The Showtime Tony Cox screenwriting award (for the screenplay adaptation)


Park Square Theatre in St. Paul

Ensemble Studio Theatre LA Project and Greenway Court, June 2008, directed by Joseph Megel

Theatre J in Washington, D.C., January 2003, directed by Joseph Megel

The Organic Theatre in Chicago, May 2002, directed by Joseph Megel

Read the LA TIMES article about Jennifer and E.S.T. - LA Project’s production of THE LAST SEDER

Jenny O’Hara & Joseph Ruskin

Annika Marks & Chuma Hunter-Gault   Laurie Hendler & William Duffy

birds:


Jorie - a woman caught between the world of her past and the one she has made for herself - lives a modern Grimm adaptation in New York City today. Entranced and charmed by Gus, a homeless man who uses his own magic to seduce her, Jorie is taken on a dark ride into the city’s underbelly that is triggered when she gives Gus her lover, James’s, coat. A balance of the deux ex machina qualities of fairytale magic with the hardbased realities of the lives of the homeless man, the prostitute, the stockbroker in a post 9/11 world.


Character Breakdown: 2M, 3F


Set/Technical: Abstract, unit set that can be many venues


Production History:


Rorschach Theatre company, opening July 2007, director Wendy McClellan


Development:

*FirstLook@NewPlays, First Look Theatre Company, NYC

*Kennedy Center First Stage reading series, September 2006

*Rorschach Theatre workshop

*ASK Theatre Projects first stage reading

*Cypress College reading in New Play Festival


Honors:

*Honorable Mention - Ojai Playwrights Festival

 

Jjana Valentiner, Tim Getman, Brian Hemmingsen

Read the praise for Rorshach Theatre’s birds, directed by Wendy McClellan.  Click here to read the Washington Posts interview with Wendy and Jennifer (scroll down). 



#1 pick for best theatre in  D.C. by Jolene Munch in The Examiner

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