Monica Piper's NOT THAT JEWISH Begins Tonight at New World Stages

Monica Piper's NOT THAT JEWISH Begins Tonight at New World StagesMichael Alden Productions has announced that performances of the New York premiere of NOT THAT JEWISH begin tonight, October 6, 2016.

NOT THAT JEWISH, written and performed by writer, actress and comedian Monica Piper (Writer of Roseanne, Mad About You, Rugrats) and directed by Mark Waldrop (Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly, Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends), officially opens on October 23 and performances are scheduled through January 2017 at New World Stages (340 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019). Tickets are available online at www.NotThatJewish.com or by calling Telecharge at 212.239.6200.

Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe nominated writer, actress and comedian Monica Piper stars in this autobiographical ride of a Jew...'ish' woman's life. From her show business family in the Bronx, to a WASP wedding, to her first step on a Comedy Club stage and life as a single mom, Piper shares the milestones and moments that shaped her life with the same signature wit found in her writing on Roseanne, Mad About You, and her Emmy Award winning work on Rugrats. In 90 lightning fast minutes, the audience travels with Piper from innocence to individuality, reliant to resilient, sharing both the hilarity and the heartache along the way.

Monica Piper began her career studying improv with Second City in Chicago, and performed with "Sons of the Sunset," and "Papaya Juice" in San Francisco, before going solo as a stand up and becoming one of Showtime Network's "Comedy All Stars." Her Ace Award-winning Showtime Special, "No, Monica... Just You" was nominated for an American Comedy Award. Piper went on to become an acclaimed television writer, eventually becoming the showrunner of the #1 children's animated series, Rugrats, for which she won an Emmy.

NOT THAT JEWISH is directed by Mark Waldrop, and features set design by Michael Carnahan, lighting design by Julie Duro, sound design by Ian Wehrle, and projection design by Zachary G. Borovay.

NOT THAT JEWISH is produced by Michael Alden, Ronda Spinak, Marcia Seligson, Jim Russek, Richard Winkler and Alan Duncan Ross, in association with Jewish Women's Theatre. NOT THAT JEWISH was originally commissioned by Jewish Women's Theatre and received its world premiere in Santa Monica, CA on November 13, 2014.

Tickets for NOT THAT JEWISH range from $49-$79 and are available online at www.NotThatJewish.com or by calling Telecharge at 212.239.6200.

NOT THAT JEWISH was originally commissioned by the Jewish Women's Theatre (JWT) in Santa Monica, CA, where it premiered in their performance and art space, The Braid, in November of 2014. The show played for 16 months, and in 2016, Ms. Piper was nominated for the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Solo Performance.

MONICA PIPER (Playwright and Performer) was a Campfire Girl... in the Bronx. "You sense your life isn't normal when you're sitting on the D train with a bag of marshmallows and a twig." Monica began her career as a high school English teacher. While finding it rewarding, she realized her pas­sion was making people laugh. She studied improv with Second City in Chicago, and performed with "Sons of the Sunset," and "Papaya Juice" in San Francisco. Monica then went solo as a stand up and soon became one of Showtime Network's "Comedy All Stars." It wasn't long before she landed her own Ace Award-winning Show­time Special, "No, Monica... Just You," and was nominated for an American Comedy Award as one of the top five female comedians in the country. Monica was recruited by Ms. Barr herself to write on Roseanne. Thus began her career as a sit-com writer. She went on to write for Mad About You and Veronica's Closet. Now a mother, sit-com hours meant too much time away from her son, so Monica turned to animation. After writing for the adult cult favorite, Duckman, she became the showrunner of the #1 children's animated series, Rugrats, for which she won an Emmy. She went on to develop and write series for Nickelodeon, Disney and Cartoon Network. Monica has returned to her first love, performing. As a stand-up, she's the headlining entertainer for organizations around the country. Her most recent include fundraising dinners for the City of Hope, the Jewish Federation, The National Alliance on Mental Illness, The Premiere Oncology Foundation, as well as Jewish groups nationwide. An artist-in-residence with the Jewish Women's Theatre, Monica performs original pieces for their acclaimed At-Home Salon Theatre. She is eternally grateful to the JWT and a special patron for commissioning her one-woman show, "Not That Jewish." Monica lives in Santa Monica with her son, Jake, whom she loves and adores almost every day.


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