Genre: Comedy
Written by Charles Leipart and Directed by SuzAnne Barabas

New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, is proud to present the U.S. Premiere of Swimming at the Ritz by Charles Leipart, which is based on the real life events of socialite Pamela Churchill Hayward Harriman, who was appointed U.S. Ambassador to France in 1993 by President Bill Clinton.

She was dubbed the ultimate “party girl” among society’s elite, the last courtesan of her time. Living the idyllic life at the luxurious Ritz in Paris for years, Harriman, who was married to the son of Winston Churchill, among others, had no problem spending her step children’s inheritance on her extravagant lifestyle. But her step children had enough and conspired with their attorneys to shut her down.

On the edge of losing everything, Harriman is left with her only remaining friend, a handsome young Italian valet at the Paris Ritz Hotel. There, she reveals her journey from man to man and bed to bed, in a funny, yet compelling tour-de-force.

The cast includes Judith Hawking and Christopher Daftsios, and is directed by SuzAnne Barabas. Sneak preview performances to this limited engagement begin Thursday, January 8 with opening night Saturday, January 10 at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ), and will run  through Sunday, February 1. Tickets may be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or online at www.njrep.org.

The production team includes: Jessica Parks (Set Design & Props), Jill Nagle (Lighting Design), Merek Royce Press (Sound Design), Patricia E. Doherty (Costume Design), Michael “Rusty” Carroll (Technical Director), and Jennifer Tardibuono (Stage Manager).

Swimming At The Ritz

Written by Charles Leipart


New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ)
Sneak Previews: Thursday, January 8 and Friday, January 9 at 8pm;

Opening Night with Reception: Saturday, January 10 at 8pm

Regular Performance Schedule through February 1

Thursdays & Fridays 8pm; Saturdays 3pm & 8pm;

Sundays at 2pm & select Sundays at 7pm

Ticket Prices: Sneak Previews $40

Opening Night: $60

Regular Ticket Price: $43

Discounts to Seniors (65+), full-time students (13-23), and groups of 10 or more

Tickets are available at www.njrep.org or by calling 732-229-3166

Discounts and coupons not valid on Saturday nights

For more information about New Jersey Repertory Company please visit www.njrep.org

To arrange interviews or press tickets please contact NJ Rep Director of Marketing & Communications Adele Sammarco at 732-229-3166 or adele@njrep.org.

Who’s Who:

Charles Leipart (Playwright) Awards: The Kleban Award for Librettist; New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) 2010 Excellence in Writing Lyrics; Finalist for the Fred Ebb Foundation Award in Songwriting 2005, 2006 & 2008.  Winner of the Global Search for New Musicals, Cardiff, Wales, 2005. His musical Frog Kiss received the most Citations for Excellence at NYMF 2010. Upcoming works include Swimming at the Ritz, a dramatic comedy which toured the UK in 2010/2011; Enchanted April, a musical romance, with music by Richard B. Evans; an original animated musical feature, Jazzland, with a score by Eric Scott Reed. His adaptation of Helene Hanff’s comic memoir, Underfoot in Show Business, received its world premiere at the Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne, UK, May 2008, directed by award-winning BBC director, David Giles. His original musical, Me and Miss Monroe, featuring Rachel York, was produced in an industry workshop by Chase Mishkin, 2011.  Other musicals: Pickwick’s Haunted Christmas, The Price of Everything, espresso trasho, The Showgirl of 52nd Street, The Doctor’s Wife. Charles is a former Fellow of the Edward F. Albee Foundation and a recipient of a regional Emmy for The Undefeated Rhumba Champ. His work is published by Dramatists Play Service and Applause Theatre Books of New York. A native of Chicago, a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Speech, Charles lives and writes in New York City, and is a member of The Dramatist's Guild.

SuzAnne Barabas (Director) For NJ Rep, SuzAnne directed Find Me a Voice, North Fork (premiere), Immortal Interlude (premiere), Octet (premiere), Till Morning Comes (premiere), Maggie Rose, Getting in Touch With My Inner B*tch (starring Christine Lavin), The Adjustment10% of Molly Snyder, Romulus Linney's Klonsky & Schwartz, Apostasy (premiere), Women Who Steal, Apple, The Housewives of Mannheim (premiere), Evie's Waltz, Dead Ringer (premiere), Steven Dietz’s Yankee Tavern, Puma (premiere), Night Train (premiere), Just In Time: The Judy Holliday StoryBakersfield Mist, Annapurna, Happy, Broomstick (premiere), and most recently, Lucky Me (premiere). SuzAnne directed productions of The Housewives of Mannheim at 59E59 Theater (NYC), Ensemble Theater of Santa Barbara (CA), and Phoenix Theater (Indianapolis). In addition, she directed regional productions of Ibsen's A Doll's House, The Fantasticks, The Roar of the Greasepaint the Smell of the Crowd, Cabaret, Shaw's Heartbreak House, A.R. Gurney's The Perfect Party, Marsha Norman's 'Night Mother, Philip Barry's The Philadelphia Story, Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy, Mark Dunn's Belles, Lee Blessing's Down the Road among others. She is a member of Actors Equity Association, BMI, the Dramatists Guild, SDC, and LPTW.

Judith Hawking (Pamela) Broadway: Long Acre- Voices in the Dark, Lincoln Center - Ivanov. Off-Broadway: The Mint Theater - A Soldier's Wife (Drama Desk Nominee), Second Stage - Living Out, The Public/Shakespeare in the Park - Julius Caesar, Hudson Guild - West Moon Street (It Award Nominee), MCC - Hunting Morels, Soho Playhouse - The Love of the Nightingale, The Director's Company - Avow, Signature Theater - Marco Polo... Promenade Theater - Dear Vienna, Playwright's Horizon - Police Boys, SPF - Hardball, Theater Row - Two Noble Kinsmen, The Most Deserving at DCPA Denver Centre for the Performing Arts, The Totalitarians at Southern Rep. International: Edinburgh Fringe - As It Is (Best Ensemble Nominee), Canada- The Citadel, The Grand, Centre Stage and Vertigo. Regional: McCarter Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse, The Old Globe, American Repertory Theater, Long Wharf Theater, Asolo Theater, F.S.T., Cleveland Playhouse, Barrington Stage, American Stage, Geva, Arena Stage(Helen Hayes Nominee), Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Garden Grove Shakespeare. T.V.: Law & Order (Recurring), L & O: Criminal Intent, L & O: S.V.U., As The World Turns, Third Watch. Film: A Very Serious Person (Showtime), On Jackson Avenue (HBO's Latino Film Festival and The Quad Cinema), Mercy Man (The L.A. Hollywood Film Festival), Asylum Seekers (Indie Festival Showings in Vegas, Paris, Shanghai, Moscow and New York) and Alec Baldwin's Short Cut To Happiness. www.judithhawking.com.

Christopher Daftsios (Pietro) New York Theater credits include: Picture Ourselves In Latvia (published/produced by Samuel French- originated role), Visitor from Forest Hills (w/ Tony Roberts, Louise Lasser), Of Mice and Men (Mint Theater Company), The Muckle Man (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), A Flea in Her Ear (John Houseman Studio). Regional Theatre credits include: Laughter on the 23rd Floor (New Century Theatre), The Glass Menagerie/ Biloxi Blues/ Laughter in the 23rd Floor (Forestburgh Playhouse), Mercy and the Firefly (Luna Stage - originated role), Lobby Hero/ Glorious/ Boeing Boeing (Shadowland Theatre). Film/TV: Royal PainsLaw & OrderLaw & Order: Conviction (guest lead), Incident at Chekhov Creek (w/ David Strathairn), Family Secrets (A&E), Terry from Ohio (Fox), Denizen (w/ Anthony Laciura) and the upcoming feature Evil Alive. Christopher has collaborated with Berlin directors Johanna Hegenscheidt and Christoph Winkler creating over a dozen original theatre pieces performed in over thirty venues in New York and throughout Europe. His most recent collaboration with Winkler, True Face: Dance IS Not Enough won Germany's prestigious Faust Award: Best New Theatre 2014. 


Support for NJ Rep is provided in part by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Shubert Foundation, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, the Stone Foundation of New Jersey, Edgerton Foundation, Monmouth Arts’ ArtHelps Project, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Investors Bank Foundation, OceanFirst Foundation, Dramatists Guild Fund, Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, JENNJOE Fund of the Community Foundation, the Darien Family Fund of the Ayco Charitable Foundation, Jersey Shore Theatre Club for Education, the Jewish Communal Fund, the Community Foundation of New Jersey, Actors Equity Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the Puffin Foundation. NJ Rep is a member of the National New Play Network, The New Jersey Theater Alliance, TCG, and the Monmouth and Long Branch Arts Councils.


Open:   01/08/15
Close:   02/01/15

Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00pm
Saturdays at 3:00pm and 8:00pm
Sundays at 2:00pm:
Theater:   New Jersey Repertory Company
Address:   179 Broadway
Long Branch, NJ 07740
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