Photo Flash: First Look at Jennifer Maisel's THE LAST SEDER at Theater Three
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.
Rosalind Productions Inc. produces stories in which the female characters are as vital, complex and influential as the male characters. Last year, RP produced the sold-out Off-Broadway premiere of A Splintered Soul and the hit Off-Broadway revival of John Patrick Shanley’s Savage in Limbo. RP associate produced The Miracle Worker on Broadway. In Los Angeles, RP produced G.B. Shaw’s Misalliance and Proof at The Odyssey; the World Premiere of Stages by Abigail Rose Solomon, which ran at Hudson Mainstage Theatre, extended at The Matrix Theatre, and received a NAACP Theatre Award nomination. RP co-produced a sold-out run of As You Like It with Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company at The Matrix.
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. The show runs 100 minutes without an intermission.
Natalie Kuhn and Andy Lucien