Rosalind Productions Inc. will present the Off-Broadway premiere of Jennifer Maisel's The Last Seder. This Off-Broadway limited engagement at Theater Three (311 West 43rd Street) begins December 1st and continues through December 20th only. Opening Night is set for Tuesday December 4th (7pm). The show runs 90 minutes without an intermission.
Jessica Bauman directs a cast that includes Ryan Barry (In the Summer Pavilion - 59E59), Kathryn Kates (Food and Fadwa - NYTW, “Seinfeld”), Natalie Kuhn (Poetic License - 59E59), Andy Lucien (Line), John Michalski (A Splintered Soul - Rosalind Productions), Eric T. Miller (Betrayed - The Culture Project), Greg Mullavey (Broadway: Rumors, Romantic Comedy; “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman”), Abigail Rose Solomon (“Days Of Our Lives,” Mr. & Mrs. Smith), Sara Surrey (Rutherford & Son - Mint Theater; Where's My Money - MTC), Sarah Winkler (Einstein’s Gift - Epic Theatre), and Gaby Hoffmann (Sleepless in Seattle, Field of Dreams, Uncle Buck, Everyone Says I Love You, Now and Then, and You Can Count on Me).
Faced with their father Marvin’s worsening Alzheimer’s, the four grown Price daughters return for the final Passover celebration in their childhood home. Lily, their overwhelmed mother who's taken up cursing, is planning to put Marvin in a nursing home and sell the house. Each daughter arrives with her own baggage: Michelle picks up a total stranger to pose as her nice Jewish boyfriend; Angel seduces her ex on the roof; Claire fights with her fiancé about wedding plans; Julia, pregnant with her lesbian life partner, psychoanalyzes everyone except herself. Marvin does not recognize any of them. But when he takes the lead at their last Seder, a magical moment occurs which gives the women the strength and courage to finally move forward.
The Last Seder received a National Foundation for Jewish Culture New Plays for Production Grant, before receiving the Fund for New American Plays Award from the Kennedy Center, as well as the Charlotte Woolard Award for Promising New Voice in American Theatre. The play has been produced at The Organic Theatre, Chicago; Theatre J, DC; Ensemble Studio Theatre - LA Project; Teatro da Juventude, Brazil; Park Square Theatre, St Paul; and St. Louis Repertory. The screenplay adaptation of The Last Seder won Showtime's Tony Cox Award.
The Last Seder will have scenic design by Gabriel Evansohn, lighting design by Graham Kindred, costume design by Sydney Gallas, and sound design by Sam Kusnetz.
Performances will be at Theater Three (311 West 43rd Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues, on the 3rd Floor) and will play Thursdays through Saturdays evenings at 8pm and Sunday matinees at 3pm with Special Added Performances on Monday, December 3rd at 8pm, Wednesday, December 19th at 8pm and matinees Wednesday, December 12th & 19th at 3pm. Performances continue through Thursday, December 20th only. Opening Night is set for Monday, December 4th at 7pm. Tickets are $18; to purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.RosalindProductions.com or call 212/868-4444.
Jennifer Maisel is an award-winning playwright, television and film writer. Her Goody Fucking Two Shoes was a Heideman Award finalist and was produced in the 29th Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Jennifer’s There or Here was a finalist for the Sundance Theatre Lab, the O’Neill Theatre Conference, the STAGE International Script Competition, Abingdon Theatre’s Christopher Brian Wolk Award and the PEN West Literary Award. It was workshopped at PlayPenn in Philadelphia, prior to its critically acclaimed premiere at The Hypothetical Theatre in New York. Jennifer’s other work has won South Coast Repertory’s California Playwrights Competition, the Center Theatre International Playwrights Competition and the Roger L. Stevens Award from the Fund for New American Plays and includes the plays birds, Mad Love, Mallbaby, Eden and …And the Two Romeos. Her most recent play, Out of Orbit, was workshopped at the 2010 Sundance Theatre Lab at Mass MoCA. For more about Jennifer, go to www.jennifermaisel.com.
Jessica Bauman recently directed Taming of the Shrew at Juilliard. Making Up the Truth, the solo performance she developed and directed, by and with This American Life journalist Jack Hitt, premiered at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven in June 2011. Making Up the Truth will be included in the 2012 Spoleto Festival. She is the founder and Artistic Director of New Feet Productions, for which she directed and produced Into the Hazard (Henry 5), her own six actor adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry V, All Day Suckers by Susan Dworkin and Milk by Emily DeVoti (co-produced with New Georges) and, most recently, the world premiere of Leave the Balcony Open by Maya Macdonald. For the 24 Hour Plays on Broadway, she has directed the premieres of Terrence McNally’s Teachers Break with Cynthia Nixon and Maura Tierney, Harrison Rivers’ and it seems to me a very good sign… with Naomi Watts and John Krasinski, and David Lindsay-Abaire’s Dress the Orphans with Rachel Dratch and Rosie Perez. Her work has been seen at theatres such as New Georges, NY Theatre Workshop, Soho Rep, the Public, Juilliard (including the world premiere of Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Abaire), Rising Phoenix Rep and the 52nd Street Project. Regionally, she has worked at the Huntington Theater, Portland Stage Company, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Theatre Outlet (Allentown, PA), Vermont Stage Company and the O’Neill. She has collaborated with playwrights such as David Lindsay-Abaire, Kia Corthron, Tracey Scott Wilson, Emily DeVoti, Jenny Lyn Bader, Diana Son, Napoleon Ellsworth and Kirsten Greenidge. She has been an Artist-in- Residence at Tribeca Performing Arts Center, a Drama League Directors Project fellow, and is an alumna of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, a NYTW Usual Suspect and New Georges Affiliated Artist. Jessica was a finalist for the 2007-2009 TCG/NEA Career Development program for Directors. For more info, visit www.jessicabauman.net.