Sandra Tsing Loh, Leslie Kritzer and Mary Beth Peil Set for THE MADWOMAN IN THE VOLVO Reading at 92Y Tonight
92Y presents Sandra Tsing Loh: A Work-In-Progress Staged Reading of The Madwoman in the Volvo, a co-production of 92Y and Sundance Institute Theatre Program, with Leslie Kritzer and Mary Beth Peil, directed by Lisa Peterson tonight, October 10, 8:15 pm. Tickets from $30. Visit www.92Y.org or call 212.415.5500 for more information.
The Madwoman in the Volvo, Sandra Tsing Loh's "menopause memoir," has been called "scorchingly smart and funny as hell" and Loh herself as "that rare writer who is howlingly funny on the surface and subtly brilliant just beneath." Now in development as a stage production, through the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, Loh brings the madwoman to life with Leslie Kritzer and Mary Beth Peil in a staged reading at 92Y on Friday, October 10, directed by Lisa Peterson.
Sandra Tsing Loh (writer & performer) - Sandra is the author of the bestselling New York Times notable book Mother on Fire, inspired by her hit solo show of the same name, which ran seven months at 24th Street Theatre. During that time, she was named one of the 50 most influential comedians by Variety. Her other solo shows include Aliens in America and Bad Sex With Bud Kemp (both off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre), Sugar Plum Fairy (Geffen Playhouse, Seattle Rep), and I Worry (Kennedy Center, Actor's Theatre of Louisville). Her short story, My Father's Chinese Wives, won a Pushcart Prize in 1996, and is also featured in the Norton Anthology of Modern Literature. Loh's previous books include A Year in Van Nuys, Aliens in America, Depth Takes a Holiday, and a novel, If You Lived Here,You'd Be Home By Now, which was named by the Los Angeles Times as one of the 100 best fiction books of 1998. She has been a regular commentator on NPR's Morning Edition, APM's Marketplace, and Ira Glass' This American Life. Currently, her weekly segment The Loh Life is heard on KPCC and her syndicated daily radio science minute The Loh Down on Science is heard weekly by 4 million people. A Pushcart Prize winner, MacDowell Fellow and three-time National Magazine Award nominee, her new book The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones, based on her Best American Essay 2012 in the Atlantic Monthly on menopause, was published by W.W. Norton in May 2014.
Lisa Peterson (director) - Lisa is the co-writer of An Iliad, the OBIE and Lortel Award-winning Solo Performance that she created with Denis O'Hare, based on Homer's epic poem. In addition to many classic plays, Lisa has directed the premieres of new works by Donald Margulies, Tony Kushner, Beth Henley, Naomi Wallace, Caryl Churchill, Janusz Glowacki, Marlane Meyer, Culture Clash, Jose Rivera and many others at theaters including NYTW (OBIE for directing Light Shining in Buckinghamshire), Public, Vineyard, MTC, Primary Stages, Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, Guthrie, ATL, Berkeley Rep, McCarter, Arena Stage, Geffen, Hartford Stage, Seattle Rep and many more.
Leslie Kritzer (performer) - Leslie most recently finished a run in Nobody Loves You at Second Stage Theatre. Her Broadway credits include Elf (Jovie), Sondheim On Sondheim, A Catered Affair (Drama Desk nom.), Legally Blonde (Clarence Derwent Award) and Hairspray. Off-Broadway credits include The Memory Show (Transport Group), NEWSical opposite Perez Hilton, First You Dream (Kennedy Center), Every Tongue Confess (Arena Stage), Guys and Dolls (Barrington Stage), Rooms (Outer Circle Critics nom.), On the Town (Encores!), Great American Trailer Park Musical (Drama Desk nom.), Bat Boy, Godspell, Pop!, Born Yesterday, Vanities (World Premiere), Urinetown (national tour) and Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. TV/Film: Law and Order SVU, 3 lbs (CBS). Her solo shows include Leslie Kritzer Is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches (Time Out NY Award) and Beautiful Disaster which is currently in development.
Mary Beth Peil (performer) - Broadway credits include Nine (Outer Critics Circle Nomination) and The King and I(Tony Nomination). Off-Broadway credits include The Room, Hedda Gabler, First Lady Suite, Frame 312, As 1000s Cheer, Sylvia, Missing Persons (Obie), A Cheever Evening (Obie), The Naked Truth (Obie), Later Life, Finding the Sun. Regional: Madagascar and Wit (Adirondack Theatre Festival), Lucky Duck (Old Globe), Sweeney Todd (Kennedy Center And Paper Mill Playhouse), They All Laughed (Goodspeed), Hay Fever and Triumph of Love (Yale Rep),Hamlet (The Huntington), A Month in the Country (Arena Stage), Assassins (San Jose) Film credits include Odd Couple II, Stepford Wives, Flags of Our Fathers and The List (to be released). Television credits include The Good Wife, Law & Order and SVU, The Reagans, and Dawson's Creek. Ms. Peil is a company member of The Atlantic Theater Company and the Drama Dept. Previous Life credits include the Metropolitan Opera National Company, NY City Opera, Young Concert Artists, Metropolitan Opera Auditions Winner. Ms Peil is a graduate of Northwestern University.
About The Sundance Institute Theatre Program - The Sundance Institute Theatre Program, a core component of Sundance Institute founded by Robert Redford, advances the work of risk-taking theatre artists by providing rare developmental opportunities that support artists throughout their careers. By providing a continuum of support, the Theatre Program contributes to a meaningful and engaging cultural dialogue between artists and their audiences.
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