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Jun 21 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013 from 5-6:30 pm.
Acclaimed playwright Jenny Schwartz (SOMEWHERE FUN, GOD'S EAR) will discuss her work and sign copies of her plays, joined by actress Kathleen Chalfant who will read from SOMEWHERE FUN.
Jenny Schwartz, acclaimed playwright of GOD'S EAR and SOMEWHERE FUN, will discuss her work and sign copies of her plays. Jenny will be joined actress Kathleen Chalfant from SOMEWHERE FUN, currently running at Vineyard Theatre through 6/23, who will read from the play. Ms. Schwartz and Ms. Chalfant will participate in a discussion and Q&A moderated by Vineyard Theatre Co-Artistic Director Sarah Stern, and Jenny will sign books afterwards.
JENNY SCHWARTZ (Playwright) plays include GOD'S EAR, CAUSE FOR ALARM, and SOMEWHERE FUN, currently running at Vineyard Theatre. GOD'S EAR was produced in New York by New Georges and Vineyard Theatre, also directed by Anne Kauffman. GOD'S EAR has been produced nationally and internationally from Lisbon, Portugal to Boise, Idaho to Sydney, Australia. Jenny is the 2012 recipient of the Frederick Loewe Award for Musical Theatre for the development of her musical IOWA, which she is writing with composer Todd Almond. Other awards and honors include the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Benjamin H. Danks Award in Drama, a Kesselring honor, two grants from Lincoln Center's Lecomte du Nuoy Foundation, and Soho Rep's Dorothy Strelsin Playwriting Fellowship. Additionally, both GOD'S EAR and SOMEWHERE FUN were finalists for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Jenny received an MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University, is a graduate of Juilliard's playwriting program, and a member of New Dramatists. Jenny co-chairs the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab with director Ken Rus Schmoll.
"A playwright to reckon with" – Alexis Soloski, Village Voice
"Tremendous… What is revolutionary is Schwartz' ability to make linguistic gamesmanship into something profoundly moving." – Helen Shaw, Time Out New York
Somewhere Fun by Jenny Schwartz
"If you care about theater that stretches your imagination, go see this remarkable play. Playwrights like Schwartz make our landscape somewhere strange, heightened and incredibly fun." – David Cote, Time Out NY
"Evocative, darkly funny and moving. The stellar cast on display at the Vineyard Theatre fluently voices Schwartz's imaginative linguistics. Kauffman's stylish production is a perfect showcase for Schwartz's unique way of communicating how humor may inform and illuminate the messy, contradictory human condition."– Jennifer Farrar, Associated Press
"A first-rate production. Kate Mulgrew and Kathleen Chalfant give bravura performances. It is impossible not to admire Schwartz's deft facility with wordplay, reminiscent of the great Edward Albee. Anyone willing to think — and feel — will be rewarded by experiencing Somewhere Fun." – Brian Scott Lipton, Theatremania
MCC Theatre, May 16–
Reasons to Be Happy begins three years after a contentious break-up, with Steph and Greg wondering if they can make a fresh go of it. Trouble is, she's married to someone else and he's just embarked on a relationship with Steph's best friend, Carly, a single mom whose jealous ex-husband, Kent, has trouble articulating his feelings – navigating the rocky landscape of conflicting agendas and exploding emotions isn't going to be easy for any of them. Reasons to Be Happy is a funny, surprising, and poignant new play about the choices and sacrifices we are willing to make in the pursuit of that often elusive ideal: happiness.
Reasons to Be Happy is a companion piece to LaBute's critically-acclaimed award-winning play, Reasons to Be Pretty, first produced at MCC Theater in 2008 before moving to Broadway where it was nominated for three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Play.
March 13, 2013: Neil LaBute Play Sets Off Broadway Cast —Variety
March 14, 2013: Jenna Fischer to star in Neil LaBute's next off-Broadway play
April 9, 2013: Julia Stiles In Talks For Stage Double Bill —contactmusic.com
May 16, 2013: Neil LaBute's Reasons to Be Happy, Starring Jenna Fischer and Josh Hamilton, Premieres Off-Broadway May 16 —Playbill.com
June 7, 2013: The Office's Jenna Fischer Has Lots of Reasons to Be Happy Off-Broadway —TheaterMania
June 11, 2013: Neil LaBute's Reasons to Be Happy, Starring Jenna Fischer and Josh Hamilton, Opens Off-Broadway —Playbill
June 11, 2013 Same Couples, Reshuffled by a Mellowing Playwright (Theater Review) —Ben Brantley, NY Times
June 11, 2013: ‘Reasons To Be Happy’ introduces a mellower, more optimistic Neil LaBute —Elizabeth Vincentelli, NY Post ★★★☆
June 11, 2013: Pretty, Happy: Neil LaBute Takes His Listless Characters as Far as They Can Go —Observer
June 11, 2013: Legit Review: ‘Reasons to Be Happy’ —Marilyn Stasio, Variety
June 12, 2013: ‘Reasons to Be Happy,’ theater review —Joe Dziemianowicz, NY Daily News
June 17, 2013: 'Reasons to Be Happy' Off Broadway Debut: Neil LaBute Studies Once More an Irresolute Individual —Michael Sommers, New Jersey Newsroom
Reasons to be Happy is now available (June 4, 2013). Select LaBute plays also below.
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