New York Premiere of WITNESSED BY THE WORLD Set for 59E59 Theaters, 11/8-12/15
59E59 Theaters welcomes Douglas Denoff, The Culture Project and WBTW Productions, LLC with the New York premiere of WITNESSED BY THE WORLD, written by Ronnie Cohen and Jane Beale and directed by Karen Carpenter. WITNESSED BY THE WORLD begins performances on Friday, November 8 for a limited engagement through Sunday, December 15. Press opening is Wednesday, November 20 at 7:15 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Thursday at 7:15 PM; Friday at 8:15 PM; Saturday at 2:15 PM & 8:15 PM; and Sunday at 3:15 PM. Please note, there is no matinee performance on Saturday, November 9 and no performance on Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving). Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Tickets are $49 ($33.50 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or go to www.59e59.org.
Joan Ross has been haunted by the assassination of JFK since childhood. Now an acclaimed reporter and seasoned researcher, she has been re-reading the Warren Commission Report, reviewing old television footage and generally immersing herself in the 'facts' from that period. And most of it is pure bunk.
Ira Basil is a well-regarded Hollywood screenwriter known mainly for light comedies - his first foray into drama went so poorly he's afraid to pick up a pen. So when Joan enters his life to help him with his next project, he just knows his career will get back on track.
Together they begin to work on a script that's loosely based on a 'true life' mystery: Jack Ruby as a mafia wanna-be conned into doing a big job for the mob. But art begins to resemble life when the greatest unsolved mystery of the 20th Century comes to a shocking conclusion.
Charlotte Maier (Broadway's God of Carnage) stars with Bob Ari (Die Mommy Die!), Lois Markle (Hedda Gabler at the Roundabout), Max Gordon Moore (Man and Superman at Irish Rep), and Joe Tapper (Hypochondriac, dir. Ruth Maleczech at Mabou Mines).
The design team includes Libby Stadstad (Scenic Design), Cory Pattak (Lighting Design), Martin T. Lopez (Costume Design), Lindsay Jones (Sound Design), Matthew Haber (Projection Design). The Production Stage Manager is Jana Llynn.
Best known for her Award-winning direction of the smash hit Love, Loss, and What I Wore, by Nora & Delia Ephron, Karen Carpenter (director) is a director, producer, and writer who has been making theater for 30 years. Karen enjoyed seven seasons as Associate Artistic Director of The Old Globe (San Diego) and chaired the MFA Stage Management program for the Yale School of Drama. In 2011, at her alma mater Boston University School of Theatre Arts, she established The Karen Carpenter Award for Excellence in Theater Arts, to be awarded in perpetuity to a student of exceptional merit.
Ronnie Cohen and Jane Beale (playwrights) have written several plays, a musical The Street, and a feature film. Their first play, Correction, was honored at the Sienna International Playwrights' competition and won a Beverly Hills Film Festival award for Best Screenplay. Dogs Lie, a one-act play with a short off-off-Broadway run was subsequently produced by Top Movie Films and won Best Film USA and Audience Choice Best Film award from ITN. It was honored at La Femme Film Festival, the Filmi South Asian Film Festival in Toronto, the Big Apple Film Festival in New York, and at the Independent Film Festival in Cannes. Back Bay Nights, a television comedy, is under development.