Cast Announced for Jennifer Jasper's PRESSING MATTERS Off-Broadway
Mary J. Davis / MBL Productions will present the World Premiere of Pressing Matters by Jennifer Jasper, directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt. Pressing Matters will begin performances on Saturday, April 15 and celebrate its opening night on Thursday, April 20 running through May 20, 2017 at Theatre Row's Clurman Theatre (410 West 42nd Street).
A boxed-set of six quirky stories nestled into one evening. Seven words map the course of a young couple's life. A young woman is on a perpetual quest to move forward with the help of her butler. A mother discovers parenting is an obstacle course in the modern age. Three generations of women find a common voice. Chloe and Essie remember. Passengers await their final destination. Jennifer Jasper's Pressing Matters wastes no words as she weaves tales in her own humorous and heartfelt storytelling style.
"Jennifer's voice is very special, and I am thrilled to be presenting Pressing Matters, a collection of short plays. Her ability to capture huge themes with such efficiency, intelligence and wit is very interesting to watch. Jennifer's work is very well served by our director Adrienne Campbell-Holt. I cannot wait for audiences to experience this production." Mary J. Davis, MBL Productions
Pressing Matters stars Ito Aghayere (Film: Logan Lucky. Playwrights Horizons' Familiar), Molly Carden (EST's Please Continue), Saum Eskandani (Off-Broadway: Disaster), Jenn Harris (NY: Modern Orthodox, Silence), and Genesis Oliver (Off-Broadway: Empathitrax). Creative team includes: Parris Bradley (Scenic Designer), Adrienne Perry (Costume Designer), Grant Yeager (Lighting Designer), Amy Altadonna(Sound Designer), Seth Kieser (Production Stage Manager), Jillian Cimini (Casting Director), Dailey-Monda Management (General Manager). Pressing Matters is produced by Mary J. Davis & MBL Productions.
IF YOU GO:
by Jennifer Jasper, directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt
Begins Saturday, April 15 -May 20, 2017; Opening on April 20, 2017
Press dates are: Tuesday, April 18 at 7pm: Wednesday, April 19 at 2pm & 8pm; Thursday, April 20 at 8pm (opening)
Playing Schedule: Tuesday at 7PM; Wednesday - Saturday at 8PM; Saturday matinee at 2PM; Sunday at 3PM; Added performance on Wednesday, April 19 at 2PM.
Theatre Row's Clurman Theatre is located at 410 West 42nd Street.
Tickets are $49 and can be purchased by visiting Telecharge.com or calling 212-239-6200.
For more information, go to pressingmatters.info.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
JENNIFER JASPER (Playwright) is an emerging playwright who has worked for many years as a director and performer in Seattle, Washington. She recently relocated to Bennington, Vermont to pursue her writing and other creative interests. Her short play Etymology was a winner in the 2014 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Theatre Festival. In 2016, her short play Eggs was a finalist for City Theatre's (Miami) National Short Play Award. Eggs has also been produced by Studio 620 (St. Petersburg, Florida) and Studio Theatre (Seattle). Her new short play, Here, Gus is slated for production by Live Girls! Theater (Seattle) this summer. Her short plays have been produced by Live Girls! Theater, The 14/48 Projects (Seattle) and City Theatre (Miami). Her solo show Bullygirl received an Artist Trust GAP Grant in 2016. She was a recipient for the Willapa Bay Artist in Resident, 2015. She is an acclaimed storyteller and solo performer and has performed nationally. She received an Artist Support Grant from Jack Straw (Seattle) in 2013 for her storytelling. She was Resident Director for Printer's Devil Theatre (Seattle) and founding member of The Pulp Vixens and Kings' Elephant Improvisational Theatre.
Adrienne Campbell-Holt (Director) is a Brooklyn-based director and choreographer and the Founding Artistic Director of Colt Coeur. She has completed two short films: Autobiography of Red (adapted from Anne Carson's epic poem), and Henry + the Trains (NYITFF 2017). She is the director of #makeitfair and is currently developing a feature film with screenwriter Joel Fishbaine and producers Sam Goldberg and Erica Rotstein. BA Barnard College, Columbia University. Current/Upcoming: New York Indie Theater Film Festival screening of Henry + the trains, (January 2017), Matter Inc's Total Power Move, Associate Director on Dear Evan Hansen, directed by Michael Greif (Broadway). This summer she will direct the world premiere of Downstairs by Theresa Rebeck at Dorset Theatre Festival, as well as the return of Christopher Nuñez's The Surgeon and her Daughters at the Cherry Lane. Recent: Colt Coeur's world premiere production of Empathitrax, by Ana Nogueira (HERE).One Child Born: The Music of Laura Nyro (NYMF, 2016), Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl (Dorset Theater Festival), workshop of The Saints by Nathan Dame (JAW Festival, Portland Center Stage)world premiere of Cal in Camo (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Kings by Sarah Burgess (Pipeline Festival, WP Theater, Spring 2016),world premiere of Christopher G. Nuñez's The Surgeon and her Daughters (Cherry Lane Mentor Project), world premiere of Theresa Rebeck's The Nest (Denver Theatre Company), One Child Born (Oberon at American Repertory Theater), world premiere of How to Live on Earth by MJ Kaufman (Colt Coeur @ HERE, September 2015), Dental Society Midwinter Meeting by Laura Jacqmin at Williamstown Theater Festival (Foeller Fellowship), world premiere of Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel (Colt Coeur @ HERE, NYC), Red starring Tim Daly (Dorset Theater Festival, VT), world premiere of Greg Moss' REUNION (South Coast Rep), world premiere of Everything is Ours by Nikole Beckwith (Colt Coeur @ HERE), world premiere of Eliza Clark's Recall (Colt Coeur @ Wild Project), Flu Season (American Conservatory Theater, SF), world premiere of Lucas Kavner's Fish Eye (Colt Coeur @ HERE), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Yale), Dead Man's Cell Phone (NYU), world premiere of Steven Levenson's Seven Minutes in Heaven (Emerging America Festival, Huntington Theater Company and Colt Coeur @ HERE). Adrienne was a Time Warner/Women's Project Lab 2014-2016 Fellow, a recipient of a Jerome Foundation/Tofte Lake Fellowship, the EST/Sloan grant, an alum of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and a New Georges Affiliated Artist and Audrey Resident. She has developed work with La Jolla Playhouse, Roundabout Underground, Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, Rattlestick, Women's Project Theater, New Georges, Playwrights' Center, Portland Center Stage, and the Ensemble Studio Theater. www.adriennecampbellholt.com
Mary J. Davis (Producer) New York productions: A Persistent Memory by Jacob G. Hofmann, Disaster! by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick on and off Broadway, C.O.A.L. by David Brian Colbert, James Wesley's Unbroken Circle, Susan Charlotte's When Truth is Not Enough (also in Philadelphia), She's of a Certain Age (directed by Anthony Marsellis), New York premiere of Tennessee William's The Pretty Trap, The Shoemaker (starring Danny Aiello). Co-producer James Wesley's Art and Science (Uptown Theater, Dallas). Investments include Great Comet on Broadway and Doubt in London (September 2017). Pro bono lawyer for the ACLU. mblproductions.net