OTHER PEOPLE - EXISTENTIAL COMEDY ABOUT WHEN THREE IS A CROWD

Genre: Comedy
Disillusionment with love and dissatisfaction with sex

"Other People" tells the story of Alice and Greg, yuppies who have been dating since their sophomore year at Yale. She works in publishing, he works in finance and they should be well on their way to the wedding announcements in the Sunday Times, but their relationship is unraveling. In uncharacteristic act of spontaneity, they decide to go home with Krista, a struggling actress whose biggest claim to fame is a tampon commercial, after meeting her in a bar. The two women are each other's opposites, their fears and fantasies embodied. Alice is Asian/multiracial, sardonic and intellectual. Krista is blonde, bubbly and "All-American."

The piece explores the ways in which self-perception is created by others. The women have, ironically, spent much of their lives wishing to have the qualities and traits of the other person. They find themselves in an apartment, vying for the attention of a single man but end up confronting each other and their own deep-seated issues. Is hell really other people or just yourself?

Alice will be played by Joyce Wu, Greg by Evan Shafran and Krista by Amy Ludwigsen. The director is Genevieve Gearhart, lighting design is by Parker Pracjek.

Open:   02/01/07
Close:   02/10/07

Schedule:
February 1, 3, 8, 9, 10
All performances 8:00 pm
Theater:   Wow Cafe
Address:   59 E 4th Street
New York, NY
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Cost:$10-15 sliding scale, or Call: at 212-777-4280
  Joyce Wu (Playwright/Alice) studied with acclaimed playwright OyamO and graduated with honors from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in English Literature. Her first play was shortlisted for the Oxford University Drama Society's New Writing Festival and she later directed it at the Burton Taylor Theater in Oxford and the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater in Ann Arbor, where she also starred. She was a recipient of the U of M Theater Associate's Award for Playwriting. As an actress, she has previously appeared in New York productions of "The Little Prince" and "Passing," both directed by Nana Dakin.
  Genevieve Gearhart (Director) is an actor, director and choreographer who currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. She is a founding member of Mir Productions; a theater company that specializes in multimedia and multicultural performance.

Genevieve's recent directorial work includes: "If There's Jack in the Box, Get Out"(West End and Gene Frankel Theaters), "American Dream" (Wow Café Theater), "re:_______" (Experimental Theater) and was assistant director for several short plays at the Williamstown Theater Festival

  Evan Shafran (Greg) received his B.A in Dance Theatre and Sociology in 2005 from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. He is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Thin Ice Theatre Collective, an experimental theatre company formed with six of his fellow alumni. The company will produce work that will examine the notion of horror in society. He is also part of Mir Productions, a new theatre company with which he co-wrote and performed, "If There's Jack in the Box Get Out." Select credits include: " The Liberation of Little Lulu " at Theatre for the New City, "Forget Me Not" at PS122, "The Cherry Orchard" (directed by Michael Greif) at the Williamstown Theater Festival's 50th anniversary season.

  Amy Ludwigsen (Krista) is a making her New York debut with "Other People." She is a graduate of Northwestern University and has spent the past three years living and performing in Chicago. Amy has appeared at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, ShawChicago Theatre Company, Marriott's Lincolnshire Theatre, American Folklore Theatre, and the Tony- Award Winning Utah Shakespearean Festival.