|Quit The Road, Jack
| Open: 03/05/15 Close: 03/22/15
A new comedy about -- the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). NAFTA? Well, when the son of a divorced and miserable couple of burnt-out ex-musicians runs away from home to join up with the immigrant worker rights movement, mom and dad are forced to travel across North America together to find their boy.
Jerry Polner (“I saw a lot of terrific shows at The Planet Connections Festivity, but nothing made me laugh louder, longer, or more pleasurably than the first scene of Jerry Polner’s Fix Number Six“– Martin Denton, nytheatre.com), is a writer of sketches, parodies, and stage comedies, many taking skewed looks at serious issues. Recently, his How Do You Want it, a romantic comedy about the Federal Reserve System, won the Planet Connections Award for Outstanding Production of a Staged Reading, and his Fix Number Six, nominated for six Planet Connections awards, was also published by Next Stage Press and Indie Theater Now. His other short plays have been produced by the Workshop Theater Company, Brooklyn Playwrights Collective, Manhattan Theatre Source, and NY Madness; and Weatherman, a comedy about the weather bureau, was published by Samuel French. Jerry’s comedy sketch script Fugitive Math Teachers was one of the winners of Break Media’s Break.com Video Contest. Online, he has written for Political Subversities and McSweeney’s.
Jonathan Warman’s other New York work includes the premiere of Tennessee Williams’ Now the Cats with Jewelled Claws, starring Mink Stole and Everett Quinton (“Outrageously entertaining, thanks to the imagination of the director“– Backstage; “His surehanded staging provokes both laughs and thought“ – Theatermania) and the new musical Me and Caesar Lee with Ernestine Jackson. The cast of Quit the Road, Jack, features Cynthia Bastidas (productions at the New Ohio theater, Denver Theater Center); RJ Batlle (The Improv, A La Vida! at the Hudson Guild) Jes Caitlin Dugger, (Fancy Nancy Off-Broadway, Guest star on TV’s Homeland, co-star of Warner Brothers’ One Tree Hill); Rosemary Howard (featured in the recent films The Wolf Of Wall Street, Weight); Connor Johnston (Portland Center Stage, Actors Fund Theater); Jorge Marcos (Guest and Co-Star of TV’s The Good Wife, White Collar,) Jay Reum (featured on TV’s Animal Planet and Investigation Discovery series), and Rob Skolits (The Normal Heart, Lincoln Center Theater). Set design is by Eric Marchetta, costume design is by Maddie Peterson, lighting design is by Yuriy Nayer, and choreography is by Liz Piccoli. The production is stage managed by Vanna Richardson.