JANE HO

Genre: Drama
Written By John Pallotta, Directed by Arian Blanco

"Cutting edge, riveting." ~The Hudson Reporter

"Pallotta delivers a powerful heartfelt story. A must see." ~Empowerment Source, Inc.

In its continued mission to produce quality theatre on both sides of the Hudson River, The Hudson Exploited Theater Company (HExTC) once again crosses the Hudson to The Lion at Theatre Row Studios with the New York première of Jane Ho written by John Pallotta and directed by Arian Blanco.

Jane Ho is a psychologically penetrating play about the world of a prostitute. Sexy, disturbing, and emotionally moving, it explores the inner workings of the "life." What are they really like behind the mystery of their occupation? To find out, spend an evening with four ladies of the night as they "reveal" the things they tell their pillow, nobody should. This original play was selected by HExTC in 2003 where it was developed and then produced at its residency space, the Park Performing Arts Center's 32nd Street Playhouse. The strong audience response along with a generous matching gift grant from the Ford Foundation spurred HExTC to now produce this NYC premiere. "This process of nurturing, developing, and polishing new plays at our residency space in NJ and then bringing them to such a prestigious venue like Theatre Row signals an important step in legitimizing HExTC's profile as a leading producer of new works," states Artistic Director Adrian Rodriguez, "Jane Ho marks an exciting time for HExTC."About the Company: The Hudson Exploited Theater Co. Inc.
Hudson Exploited Theater Company (HExTC): Is a NJ based theater company that produces on both sides of the Hudson River. HExTC is in residency at the historic Park Theater in Union City and perform at various venues in NYC. HExTC is committed to expanding the notion of what is "American" and to presenting the works of artists that reflect the variety of experiences, backgrounds, races, and cultures that make up the American landscape. HExTC seeks to produce new plays as well as inspired productions of modern classics. HExTC has received numerous awards over the years including a Best of the Fest and OOBR Award for its presentation of Tom Sleigh’s RUBBER. Dismiss All the Poets by Adrian Rodriguez received a NYC Fringe Festival Excellence Award for Direction. Most recently, HExTC’s production of Martinez by Leopoldo Hernandez received an HOLA award for outstanding male performer. For more information about HExTC and its members visit their website at www.hextc.org.

Open:   11/04/05
Close:   11/19/05

Schedule:
NOVEMBER 2005

Performance Schedule
Friday 11/4 8PM Saturday 11/5 8PM
Monday 11/7 7PM Tuesday 11/8 7PM
Thursday 11/10 7PM Friday 11/11 8PM
Saturday 11/12 8PM Monday 11/14 7PM
Tuesday 11/15 7PM Thursday 11/17 7PM
Friday 11/18 8PM Saturday 11/19 8PM

Theater:   Lion Theatre @ Theatre Row
Address:   410 West 42nd Street
New York, NY
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Cost:$15.00
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Ticket Central at 212-279-4200
Company: The Hudson Exploited Theater Co. Inc.         Official Web Site: www.group2theatre.com
Mikaela Kafka Jane Ho
Mikaela is currently filming "Inside Man" directed by Spike Lee where she is being taken hostage by Clive Owen and eventually, hopefully saved by Denzel Washington. Find out upon its release on March 24th of 2006. This Fall she will be playing Jane in Hudson Exploited Theatre Company's production of "Jane Ho" by John Pallotta at the Lion Theatre on Theatre Row running Nov. 4 - Nov. 20.

She just recently played the role of Maggot in Naomi Wallace's "Slaughter City" with the Garage Theatre Group. New York credits include, "Moe Green..." at the Helen Hayes Theatre on Broadway, "Beware the Man Eating Chicken" and "An Old Fashioned Love Story" by Tom Sleigh at the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival, "Mongolia Is Ours" and "Meet Me" at the Mint Theatre; "The Locket", "Jews and Jesus" and the National tour of "Oliver Twist."

She originated the role of Joan Collins in "Dressing Room Divas" which ran in NY, Chicago, and L.A. Regional credits include Angie in "Breaking Legs" "I Hate Hamlet", "Arms and the Man", and "Top Girls" which earned her "Actress of the Year" in In Pittsburgh's Year in Review. As a director, she recently directed "Goose Vows," for NJDramatists, "Ampersand" a new play by Mark Bazzone and "Spitting Daisies," a finalist in the 2003 Samuel French Festival. She is also co-creator and producer with her husband Osborn Focht of "A Day at Dante's" a new cartoon that can be viewed at www.billZbob.com

John Pallotta (Playwright) Born and raised in the New York City, John has been a professional actor for over 20 years. He has amassed almost 200 professional acting credits, both theatre and film. He was best known as the lovable DOLAN for 6 yrs in the longest running show in New York "LINE". Some of his favorite Off and Off Off Broadway credits include: VEGAS (his first play) that was work shopped at The Lambs Theatre in NYC. Jacob Marley in Sandra Nordgren's critically acclaimed adaptation of Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol; Quasimodo in The Hunch Back of Notre Dame (Tour); John Merrick in The Elephant Man; Norman Bulansky in The Boys Next Door; Molina in Kiss of the Spiderwoman; Joey Delaney in Man Enough; Bickham in Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie; Felix Turner (understudy) in The Normal Heart; Torch in Beirut; Clark Davis in Short Eyes; Willis in Split Second, Teddy in Cuba and His Teddy Bear. And a psychopathic serial killer (Archie) in the one-man play, "So I Killed A Few People." He has studied with truly wonderful teachers such as William Hickey Uta Hagen, Herbert Berghof, Earl Hyman, Salem Ludwig and Anne Jackson. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Group II Theatre Productions.

He has been a Finalist as well as a Professional Observer at The Actors Studio in NYC. As a playwright he has written 15 plays and one screenplay, which was optioned for film. : His most recent play, Jane Ho closed with outstanding reviews in Union City NJ and will open on Theatre Row in October 2005. His plays have been produced/work shopped / read at various theatre's, such as: Vegas his first play at The Lamb's Theatre. Beyond The Palisades, which starred Emmy Award winner, Jenn Jiles (P.C. II Theatre). And "HOW I KILLED MY ROOMMATE...and got away with it", which seemed as though it ran forever. Other works at, The Pantheon, The Producers Club, The 13th Street Rep., The Mint Theatre The Toledo Repertory Theatre, The Rhodes Theatre in Los Angeles and the Malibu Theatre in CA., The Dramatist Guild of America as well as The Hudson Exploited Theatre Company in Union City NJ, which just produced Jane Ho. And one reading aboard an AMTRAK train when it broke down outside of Cattlesburg KY on a cold winter night in 1999. Two new plays will be read in the month's ahead, "When I was Black" and "So you wanna be in pictures...Day In the life of a porn star" John can also be see in an upcoming episode of Law and Order Trial by Jury. And as of May 4th he is up for the role of Peter Gotti in an up coming film entitled: THE GOTTI'S.

  Arián Blanco (Director) is set to direct the New York premiere of "Jane Ho" by John Pallotta at Theater Row this coming November. Most recently, he directed "Living in Exile...An Evening of Cuban Contemporary Theater," which featured the plays "Martínez" by Leopoldo Ramos and "Union City, NJ, Where Are You?" by Rogelio Martínez. Last October he directed the US premiere of "Dinosaurios" by Argentinean playwright Santiago Serrano as part of Teatro I.A.T.I.'s main stage season. Earlier, he directed "He and She" by Adrián Rodríguez as part of Debaun Center for the Performing Arts 2004 One Act Play Festival. He has directed other plays by Adrián Rodríguez including, "The Union City Plays" (2002) at the Park Theatre and the world premieres of "MO(U)RNING" (2003), "Dismiss All the Poets" (2002, Fringe Excellence Award in Direction,) "La Fabrica" (2001), and "Cuban Operator Please..." (2000), each debuting at the New York Fringe Festival. Blanco works as Program Associate for the New York State Council on the Arts. He has worked as a consultant for organizations such as the Arts & Business Council, The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and the Hudson County Office of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. He is co-founder of the Hudson Exploited Theater Company (HExTC) and currently serves as its Volunteer Executive Director. Arián is a graduate of Penn State University.