OUTDOING THE JONES'S

Genre: Drama
A New Play About Debts, Doubts and Dilemmas

Creative Artists Laboratory opens its ninth season with the world premier of "Outdoing the Jones's". Written by Artistic Director Tanya Klein, "Outdoing the Jones's" continues CAL's tradition of tackling current hot-button subjects. In this case, the rise of little Nietzsche's at the mall. A marriage spirals out of control as the couple battles mounting debt, forcing them to choose between their children and their possessions.

"Outdoing the Jones's depicts a world in which achievement is measured by the largeness of your house, happiness by the size of your bank account, and success by the amount of possessions you own. In other words, our very own world," said Ms. Klein. "This play takes on the choices we have made as a society through the prism of the choices made by the prototypical suburban couple. Sandra and John are caught up in the rat race of acquiring the newest must-have items. When John loses his job, he forces Sandra to choose between their house and their unborn child."
About the Company: Creative Artists Laboratory
ABOUT CREATIVE ARTISTS LABORATORY
Creative Artists Laboratory was founded in 1996 with the goal of creating theater that not only entertains but makes people think. Driven by the conviction that theater has the capacity to touch people in ways that make them better understand themselves, each other and their connection to the larger world, CAL has produced eight full seasons of contemporary and classical works. In the process CAL has earned kudos such as "brilliant", "exciting", "chock full of entertainment", and "riveting" from In Theater, Back Stage, The Amsterdam News, This Month On Stage, and OOBR.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Tanya Klein made her stage debut 22 years ago in a small village in the backwoods of Bavaria where she was born and raised. She moved to New York in 1992 at age 18. After spending a lot of time acting in and directing countless Off-Off-Broadway and Way-Off-Off Broadway shows, she started to independently produce plays around town. Subsequently she formed her own theater company, Creative Artists Laboratory, which had the good fortune of attaining something most NY theater companies wish for - its own space. From 1996 to 2004, each of CAL's year-round seasons comprised nine mainstage productions with an average run of four to six weeks, about 50 late-night shows, incorporating sketch-comedy, cabaret, and stand-up comedy as well as countless scene showcases and acting workshops. Ms. Klein was artistically involved in most productions and administratively involved in all of them. Ms. Klein's acting resume, if she stopped cutting it down, would comprise over 100 plays. Her directing credits number well over 200 shows, ranging from Chekhov, Ibsen and Strindberg to contemporary works. Her writing credits include numerous one-acts, as well as seven full-length plays.

Open:   04/07/05
Close:   04/30/05

Schedule:
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00PM
Theater:   Creative Artists Laboratory
Address:   303 W. 42nd St., 3rd Fl.
New York, NY 10036
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Cost:Performances: $15.00, Previews: $10 or Call: Creative Artists Lab at (212) 316-0400
Ali Baynes Sandra, suburban housewife
Ali Baynes, a Long Island native, was bitten by the show biz bug at the ripe old age of 6 while on summer vacation at the Poconos' Mount Airy Lodge's highly acclaimed "Gong Show" competition where Ali, donned in a red tutu and fireman's cap, danced her heart out to The Manhattan Transfer's "Twillight Zone". After wowing the judges and amazing the predominantly intoxicated audience, she looked around at the paneled walls of the "Rec Room" and KNEW that performing was for her. Ever since that distinct moment in Ali's impressionable life she wasn't able to get showbiz out of her blood... or fingernails. This is Ali's 5th production with CAL. She was last seen shooting innocent people and protecting the rich as "The Cop" in Tanya Klein's "The Future?" but her personal favorite roles will also include "Judy, the mental patient" on "Guiding Light" and getting abducted during a reenactment of "Unsolved Mysteries". For more information go to www.alibaynes.com.

Michael Jalbert John, her husband
Earlier this season Mike has toured as Bob Cratchit in "A Christmas Carol" and in several more tours with The Gingerbread Players And Jack, one of the nation's oldest TYA Musical Theater Companies. Mike has worked over 10 years Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway. Shows include "Jason and Medea" and "A Cat Among Pigeons". Film and television credits include "Law & Order", "Ransom", and his first SAG job, "My Demon Lover". He has had the pleasure of working with Tanya Klein before in "Much Ado About Nothing", "A Doll's House" and other shows. Originally from Massachussetts, Mike graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in filmmaking. He studied acting with the Jean Shelton studios in San Francisco and at HB Studios here in New York, most recently with Sam Groom.
Cassandra Cooke Jessie, her sister
Cassandra Cooke comes to us from London, England. She obtained a BFA in Theatre from the University of Pittsburgh and also studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Australia. Since moving to New York Cassandra continued her studies at Stella Adler and the Atlantic Theatre Acting School. Most recently she starred in the Columbia Grad thesis film, "Extras" and will next be working on the short film, "A Very Tony Christmas," directed by Lee Eypper. She has been in several shows with Love Creek Productions, including Sam Shepard's "Icarus's Mother" as well as two showcases with Creative Artists Laboratory. She is currently a member of The Actor's Club Theatre Company and is studying voice with Lorraine Goodman. Thank you, Tanya, for giving me the opportunity to be in your play and for casting me with such talented actors.

Brian Seibert Phillip, her brother
New York Theater includes Hay Fever (Simon), Waiting for William F. Buckley (Frederick), Eusebius & Floristan (Eusebius), Tape (Jon), Joined at the Head (Jim), The Future (Billy), Thanksgiving Dinner (James), Penguins, Puppies & Porn (Nurse), Chekhov's Anniversary (Khirin), Strindberg's Easter (Benjamin) and When You Wake (R). Regional Theater: MacBeth (MacDuff/Sergeant, Murderer), Pigeon River Opera (Roger Connor/Chorus), Watching Trisha (William), Katie (Brandon), The Waiting Room (Ash), As You Like It (Oliver/LeBeau/Corin/William). Among a number of independent and student films, Brian has appeared on MetroTV (Dead End Street), A&E (America's Castles) and The Outdoor Life Channel (Dive Today). Brian earned his MFA in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School where he worked with Lloyd Richards, Gene Saks and Ron Liebman. When he completed his BA in Communication, he also earned the title After Dinner Speaking State Champion in the Michigan Intercollegiate Forensics League. Brian's talents have also extended into producing and directing both regionally and in New York City.