|The House Of Yes
| Open: 04/15/10 Close: 05/02/10
Who says "no" to Jackie-O? Not Mrs. Pascal, Jackie's whiskey-soaked mother; not Anthony, Jackie's lost little brother; not Marty, Jackie's prodigal twin; not even Lesly, Marty's new light within. No, no one says "no" to Jackie-O ...and, as the Pascals re-unite for a hurricane-blown Thanksgiving on their Kennedy-adjacent D.C. estate, that becomes a problem of simply incestuous, decidedly hilarious -- and quite possibly murderous -- proportions. A wickedly witty 90s cult-classic, The House of Yes is a semi-psycho, incestuous dark comedy.
Director Brandt Reiterhas acted and directed in stage, film and television in New York and Los Angeles; he is currently Vice Chair of Playwriting for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (Region I) and teaches Dramatic Literature and Acting at the University of New Haven. Brandt was jazz critic at LA Weekly from 2000-2004; he has also written for Village Voice and All About Jazz New York. Training: George Morrison (Professional class, 5 years); Earl Gister; Viatcheslav Dolgachev; Austin Pendlton. MFA, Theatre (Directing & Playwriting), Sarah Lawrence College; BA, American Studies, Temple University; Certificate, Film Theory and Criticism, Sorbonne, Paris.
Playwright Wendy MacLeod'sThe House of Yes premiered in 1990 and has been produced at Soho Rep, The Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin, The Gate Theater in London, and The Washington Shakespeare Company. It became an award-winning Miramax film starring Parker Posey in 1997, earning a Special Jury Award at Sundance. MacLeod’s other plays include: Juvenilia (Playwrights Horizons), The Water Children (Playwrights Horizons; L.A.’s Matrix Theatre), Things Being What They Are (Seattle Rep.; Steppenwolf; Bay Street Theater), and Sin and School Girl (The Goodman, Chicago). A New Dramatist alumna and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, she is the James E. Michael playwright-in-residence at her alma mater, Kenyon College, and has been a guest professor at Northwestern University's film and theater departments. (wendymacleod.com)
Heathcliff Entertainment is a producer of adventurous, thought-provoking and comedic contemporary American theater. Executive Producer Zoë Swenson is the founder of Heathcliff Entertainment, and The House of Yes is her debut as producer. In addition to running the business-side, she is an actor and has performed in Chicago and Boston. She came to New York in 2006 to attend the professional program at the New Actors Workshop and holds a BA from the University of Chicago. Outside of the theater industry, Zoë is the Head Varsity Cross Country and Track Coach at Convent of the Sacred Heart, a private school for girls in Manhattan.