Based on a true story about working at The Onion.
Where losing your job meets losing your mind.
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg follows Bri and Sheila, a British couple dealing with the severe challenges of parenthood; their only daughter Josephine is wheelchair-bound with cerebral palsy and cannot communicate. With their marriage on the line due to the stress of raising Joe, Bri and Sheila must also contend with their friends Pam and Freddy’s pleas to put Joe in a proper facility and live their lives. The piece’s dark humor is rooted in life’s difficulties as well as the fantasy world that Bri experiences to cope with his family’s hardship.
After a successful run on London’s West End, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg premiered on Broadway in 1968. The production was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Play, Best Direction of a Play (Michael Blakemore), Best Actor in a Play (Albert Finney) and Best Featured Actress in a Play (winner Zena Walker). Subsequent revivals have garnered the 1985 Tony Award for Best Reproduction os a Play and the 1985 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival.
The cast includes Greg Oliver Bodine (Poe Times Two), Becky Byers (Hearts Like Fists, Flux Theatre Ensemble), Heather Cunningham (The Runner Stumbles, Retro Productions), Emily Jon Mitchell, Matthew Trumbull (The Zebra Shirt of Loneliness, FringeNYC) and Kristen Vaughan (New York Innovative Theatre Award winner for Benefactors, Retro Productions). The production team includes Jack and Rebecca Cunningham (scenic design), Ben Philipp (costume design), Jacqueline Reid (lighting design), Jeanne Travis (sound design), Sara Slagle (property design), Charley Layton (dialect coach) and Ricardo Rust (production stage manager).
About the Company: Retro Productions
It is the mission of Retro Productions to present works of retro theatre. Retro is defined as "involving, relating to, or reminiscent of things past (American Heritage Dictionary)." At Retro Productions we will strive to tell good theatrical stories which have an historical perspective -with an emphasis on the 20th century- in order to broaden our own understanding of the world we live in. We believe through stories of human lives and struggles, both dramatic and comedic, we can understand social history and culture and how it affects us today.
Retro received recognition from their first two productions of Catholic School Girls and Mrs. California (as River Heights Productions) then gathered momentum in their third season with the Retro production of Still Life. Also directed by Ric Sechrest, Still Life received accolades from playwright Emily Mann: "Your production got it...Every aspect of the experience was first rate. Retro is clearly a company dedicated to creating impeccable work that truly matters," and Heather E. Cunningham's performance was honored alongside Romeo and Juliet’s Lauren Ambrose and August: Osage County’s Deanna Dunagan as one of Backstage's ‘2007 Performances to Remember’.
Retro Productions put themselves on the map in their fourth season producing Sally Nemeth's Mill Fire and What I Did Last Summer, called "...first-rate: brisk, sweet and occasionally quite moving," by playwright A.R. Gurney. This, their first season in residence at The Spoon Theater, garnered six 2008 New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations: two for performance and four for design, a New York Magazine ‘Off-off Broadway pick’ and the growing reputation of ‘the finished effect of a Retro Production’ (The Fab Marquee, Mill Fire). Kicking off with The Tender Trap and concluding with When You Comin’ Back Red Ryder? Retro's fifth season is proving that with a design team that has the ability to achieve 'theatrical time travel,' (The Fab Marquee) and "a powerful display of New York's dramatic talent," (offoffonline) Retro Productions is “...becoming a reliable source for first-class work.” (United Stages).
Off on the bar crawl to end all crawls, three twenty-something brides-to-be find their lives going topsy-turvy when one of them begins to question her future after a chance encounter with a recently jilted handsome stranger. A wildly theatrical take on the mystique of marriage and the ever-shifting nature of love and identity in a city that never sleeps.
JUMP FOR JOY PRODUCTIONS will be giving 10% of ticket sales to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC, with all funds helping Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. There are plans to perform sections of the play in Sandy shelters and a block of tickets to be given to shelter residents / National Guard members in New York for Sandy.
About the Company: Jump for Joy Productions
Jump for Joy Productions, led by founder and artistic director Samantha Payne Garland, seeks to engage audiences with compelling theater. Collaborating with a rotating cast of associate producers and artists, Jump for Joy stages classic and contemporary plays, with a focus on professional productions that don't break the bank. And because Jump for Joy believes that all great theater deserves a great audience, the team works hard to promote their projects and engage with audiences who don't normally attend live theater. They want to invite everyone to feel connected to this most elemental form of story-telling.
A night of four new one-act plays including works by Faran Krentcil, Samuel Hoeksema and Sergio LoDolce.
The evening will also celebrate the launch of New Light Productions.
Please join the company after the show for champagne and appetizers to celebrate the launch of New Light Productions.
Cast & Crew include: Ashley Brooke, Sarah Canter Lamb, Christopher Chwee, Morgan Greenwood, Samuel Hoeksema, Kathleen Kenning, Rekima Lynee, Sergio LoDolce, Kendra Slack, & Tracy Wertheimer.
Love Shouldn’t Hurt. But Sometimes It Does. Join All In Black And White Productions and the Midtown International Theater Festival as FLOWERS: A Thorny Romance Story takes the Main Stage in New York. Inspired by the poem, 'I Got Flowers Today," this hard-hitting drama tackles the not so rosy side of relationships. Whether she’s a Fortune 500 wife and mother, a lesbian poet, a Christian first generation immigrant, or a teenager in love, whenever a woman is hit she gets a bouquet of flowers and apology. This is her story. FLOWERS is based on the real life experience of men and women dealing with contemporary issues ripped from today’s headlines. Don’t miss this theatrical exploration that intertwines vignettes, monologues, music, and spoken word poetry. From the playwrights that brought you The Engagement: A Snatch of Life In Three Acts. Flowers has been described as a communal marriage between Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girl’s… and Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues.
NeverCracked is a comedic double bill including Daniel MacIvor's award-winning NEVER SWIM ALONE in which old buddies compete in fast-paced absurdist battles of wits, one-ups, and manliness. The evening also features the world premiere of CRACKED (newly commissioned by The Intentional Theatre Group) by acclaimed DC playwright Gwydion Suilebhan, a solo play starring a woman, an audience, and an egg.
NeverCracked features Daniel Dugan, Candice Holdorf*, Grace Kiley* and Nick Lewis.
*AEA Members - Equity Approved Showcase
The design team for NeverCracked includes Stacey Berman, Duncan Cutler, Emerie Snyder & Keith Truax.
Daniel MacIvor was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in 1962. He is a stalwart of the Canadian theatre scene, having written and directed numerous award-winning productions
including “See Bob Run”, “Wild Abandon”, “2-2-Tango”, “This Is A Play”, “The Soldier Dreams”, “You Are Here”, “How It Works” and “A Beautiful View”. With long time collaborator Daniel Brooks, he created the solo performances “House”, “Here Lies Henry”, “Monster” and “Culde-sac”. Daniel’s play “Never Swim Alone” won the award for overall excellence at the New York Fringe in 1998 and in 2002, he won a GLAAD Award and a Village Voice Obie Award for his play “In On It”, which was presented at PS 122. His play “Marion Bridge” received its off-Broadway premiere in New York in October of 2005. From 1987-2007, with producing partner Sherrie Johnson, he ran da da kamera, a respected international theatre touring company that has brought his work to Australia, Israel, Europe, the UK, and extensively throughout Canada and the US.
Gwydion Suilebhan (pronounced “Gwid-eon Sull-ivan”) is the author of Let X, Abstract Nude, The Great Dismal, The Faithkiller, The Treehouse, and the prologue to Cardenio Found. His plays have been produced, workshopped, and read at the Kennedy Center, National Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Taffety Punk Theatre Company, Mead Theatre Lab,
Theater of the First Amendment, Rorschach Theatre, and the Capitol Fringe Festival. He has received both an Individual Artist Fellowship and a Larry Neal Award from the DC
Commission on the Arts and Humanities and has twice been accepted into the Cultural Development Corporation’s Mead Theatre Lab program.
The Intentional Theatre Group is a collaborative company of artists who share the belief that vital theatre happens in the space between the audience and the stage. The It Group works to highlight the tensions that fill this space by staging productions with a passionate commitment to clarity of intention.