Genre: Comedy
Written by Richard Strand; Directed by SuzAnne Barabas

New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, is proud to announce the World Premiere of The Realization of Emily Linder by Richard Strand, author of the Civil War drama Butler.

Everything may not always be as it appears in this comedic-drama about Emily, an eccentric, retired university professor, who has come to the “realization” that she knows the exact day that she will pass away. She gathers her two daughters to her side to inform them of her imminent demise and to give each explicit instructions and assignments to fulfill prior to her earthly departure. Emily, for the most part, is behind the wheel steering her own poignant journey in her life’s final mission, but an unexpected someone from her past emerges to divert her off course and places her in uncharted territory on the road to possible new discoveries.

The cast includes Marnie Andrews, Dana Benningfield, Corey Tazmania and Jenny Vallancourt and is directed by SuzAnne Barabas. Sneak preview performances to this limited engagement begin Thursday, April 23 with opening night Saturday, April 25 at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ), and will run  through Sunday, May 24, 2015. Tickets may be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or online at www.njrep.org.

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

The Realization of Emily Linder

Written by Richard Strand

New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ)

Sneak Previews: Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24 at 8pm

Opening Night with Reception: Saturday, April 25 at 8pm

Regular Performance Schedule through May 24

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

Sundays at 2pm & 7pm

Opening Night: $60

Regular Ticket Price: $45

Discounts to seniors (65+) and groups of 10 or more

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

Coupons and Discounts accepted on Thursday and Sunday evenings only, pending availabilityFor 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:

Richard Strand (Playwright) Richard Strand wrote his first play in 1976, a one act entitled Harry and Sylvia. That play won two national awards, was published by Hunter Press and a full-length version of that same play, entitled Clown, premiered at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago.  Since that time he has had premieres at GeVa Theatre in Rochester, New York; Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago; Rivendell Ensemble in Chicago; The Cricket Theater in Minneapolis; Performance Network in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Detroit Repertory Theatre; and a number of other venues.  His plays have been published by Samuel French, Dramatists Play Service and Applause Books.  Two of his plays, The Bug and The Death of Zukasky, premiered at The Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville. The Bug has been translated into German, Italian, Greek, French and Spanish and continues to be performed in the United States and in Europe. Ten Percent of Molly Snyder, My Simple City and The Second-Story Man were written in Iowa City, Iowa where Mr. Strand was a member of the Playwright's Workshop.  Butler premiered at New Jersey Repertory Company last year and several regional productions of that play are planned. Mr. Strand currently lives in California with his wife, Mary Lynn. He is the department chair, technical director and resident set designer for the theater department at Mt. San Antonio College where he teaches History of Theater and Playwriting.

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, premiere), The Adjustment, 10% 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), and Swimming at the Ritz. 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.

Marnie Andrews (Emily Linder) In over forty years of performing, Marnie played leading ladies (Camelot, The Killing of Sister George, The Glass Menagerie) and originated roles in new play premieres.  Her screen work includes the recent Hits, (directed by David Cross, Sundance Film Festival 2014,) TV shows, ER, Murder One, Wonder Years, and recurring with Mark Harmon on Reasonable Doubts.   Her Los Angeles work garnered both Dramalogue and Garland Awards. Marnie began developing new plays with Merely Players in the 1970’s, which launched the careers of Jose Rivera and Jeffrey Hatcher.  As writer, she was awarded the Berrilla Kerr Playwriting grant. She is a member of PLAYS IN PROGRESS, a collective in Hudson, NY.  She collaborates with her photographer Jeff Jacobson on articles published internationally as well as multimedia pieces. Some highlights of thirty years as director are her Trojan Women, chosen by the Getty Museum in Los Angeles for an international audience of classical scholars and recent productions of The Mousetrap and Fifth of July, acclaimed by the American College Theatre Festival. AEA/SAG/AFTRA/UUP.

Dana Benningfield (Margaret Hall) Dana most recently appeared as Miriam in Elaine Smith’s Angels and Ministers of Grace. Other NJ Rep credits include Mike Folie’s Lemonade, Gino DiIorio’s Winterizing the Summer House, Sandra Perlman’s In Search of Red River Dog, Moise Kaufman’s The Laramie Project and Mark Dunn’s North Fork for which she was nominated “Best Featured Actress” by the Star-Ledger.  She has also had the pleasure of directing two NJ Rep main stage productions: Vincent Sessa’s A Child’s Guide to Innocence and Charlie Schulman’s Character Assassins.  She has appeared off-Broadway and regionally at the John Houseman Theatre, Wings Theatre, Miranda Theatre, 78th Street Theatre Lab, Expanded Arts, Irish-American Theatre Company, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theatre Center Children’s Theatre, Studio City Players (Los Angeles), Premiere Stages at Kean University, the Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey and The Alabama Shakespeare Festival where she also received her MFA.  She is very pleased to be among such a talented group of people at NJ Rep. She dedicates this show to her mother.  www.danabenningfield.com.

Corey Tazmania (Janet Linder-Martini) Corey Tazmania (AEA) was last seen on the main stage in Jericho by Jack Canfora. Other NJ REP credits: The Housewives of Mannheim by Alan Brody, A Child's Guide to Innocence by Vincent Sessa; script in hand series Esther's Moustache by Laurel Ollstein, Providence by Cody Daigle and The Tangled Skirt by Steve Braunstein; Theatre Brut 2005; Pericles (OOBR award), The Parable Conference (Next Wave Festival/BAM); Oliver Twist (STNJ); Villainous Company (The Clurman); Medea (Gallery Players) The Tempest (HITFest). Recent work include Pablo Helguera's The Well Tempered Exposition for PERFORMA 11, NYTW summer residency at Dartmouth (reading Red Dog Howls by Alexander Dinelaris), The Family Shakespeare (MTWorks), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Hudson Warehouse), workshop Hobo Grunt Cycle (Lone Wolf Tribe), and The Housewives of Mannheim (59E59). Regionally, Corey has worked with The Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Burning Coal, The Magic Theatre, Mill Mountain, toured with The New England Shakespeare Festival and toured nationally with the National Shakespeare Company.

Jenny Vallancourt (Jennifer Lee) NJ Rep: October 1962BookendsRelease Point. Select NYC: Since Africa with Red Fern, Prince at the Gene Frankel Theatre. Jenny is a Founding Member of The Brewing Department (TBD), a non-profit theater collective. With TBD: Hilda in Ibsen's The Lady from the Sea; Desdemona in Othello, coming this fall, 2015.  www.jennyvallancourt.com.                                              ####

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:   04/23/15
Close:   05/24/15

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Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 pm
Saturdays at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm
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Theater:   New Jersey Repertory Company
Address:   179 Broadway
Long Branch, NJ 07740
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By Car: Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 105. When you exit you will be on 36 East. Take 36 East to the 7th light (Broadway) and turn right. Take Broadway to the 10th light and turn left onto Liberty. On your left will be the theater's parking lot. Make your next left and turn left again to enter the lot. The theater's rear entrance is well lit under a bright sign. By Train: Take the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line to Long Branch. The theater is a short cab ride, or 10-minute walk. If walking, you will be facing 3rd Avenue when you leave the train. (There will be a convenience store across the street and the restaurant Casey Jones. To your left is a Rite-Aid.) Turn left on 3rd and walk to Broadway (about 4 blocks). Cross the intersection and turn right onto Broadway -- the theater is midway down the street, but continue walking around the block. Entrance is in the rear.

Cost:$45 Adults; $40 Seniors
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