The Dirty Blondes to Stage Ashley Jacobson's HOW TO BE SAFE at The Kraine Theater

The Dirty Blondes to Stage Ashley Jacobson's HOW TO BE SAFE at The Kraine Theater

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade in association with The Dirty Blondes will present the World Premiere of Ashley J. Jacobson's How to Be Safe, directed by Cezar Williams, June 1-17 at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery), with performances on Thursday, June 1, Friday, June 2, Saturday June 3, Wednesday, June 7, Thursday, June 8, Friday, June 9, Saturday, June 10, Wednesday, June 14, Thursday, June 15, Friday, June 16, and Saturday, June 17 at 7pm and Sunday, June 4 at 3pm. Tickets ($25) may be purchased in advance at www.horseTRADE.info. The performance will run approximately 75 minutes, with no intermission.

Desperate to feel anything, adrenaline junkie and recovering addict, Willow, comes crashing into the all-too-safe world of Audrey, an agoraphobic empath. The women challenge each other, standing toe-to-toe with their opposing psychological demons, in this play that explores the complex inner worlds we build to make ourselves feel safe.

The cast will feature Jenna D'Angelo (How Alfo Learned to Love at 59E59), Brandon Ferraro (Proof at Access Theater), and Faith Sandberg* (A Wonderful Noise with New Dramatists). *Appearing courtesy of the Actors' Equity Association.

Ashley J. Jacobson (Playwright) is a Brooklyn-based playwright and producer. Writing credits include full length plays: The American Play, presented at The Gallery Players, The Lynn Redgrave Theater and Off-Broadway at the Soho Playhouse; The Tunnel Play, presented at The Kraine Theater, The Miracle Play, co-presented with The Secret Theater; and His Beauty, presented at The Gene Frankel Theater. One-act/short plays: Hers, presented in a reading at The Robert Moss Theater, and The Q Train, presented in The Mastodon Theatre Company's Pint-Size Plays. She is the Winner of the 2015 Overall Excellence in Playwriting Award at The New York International Festival and was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting at the 2012 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. A graduate of The New School, Eugene Lang College for Liberal Arts and a member of The Dramatist Guild. She is the founding Artistic Director of The Dirty Blondes.

Cezar Williams (Director) is a director, actor, dramaturg and producer. Stage directing credits include directing all seven short plays in the 8th Annual The Fire This Time Festival, the Off-Broadway premiere of Dancing on Eggshells (Billie Holiday Theatre), Free Will (The Arthur Seelen Theatre), Ghost Town and Tailypo (Detroit NY Festival), Lunchtime in Heaven (48 hours in Harlem), Nightfall and Slow Gin Fits (The Fire This Time Festival 2013 & 2014). Theater acting credits include James and Annie at the Actor's Studio, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati and the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Section 310, as part of the 2014 Summer Shorts Theatre Festival, Thunder as part of the 2007 FringeNYC Festival, Ascension at The National Black Theatre Festival and Yanagai! Yanagai! at La Mama. Television appearances include Law and Order, Blue Bloods, Shades of Blue, NYC 22, and What Would You Do? He can also be seen in the recently released motion pictures Bad Hurt and Hudson Tribes. Cezar is a proud graduate of New York University where he was a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar award winner. He is the former Managing Director of The Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn, NY. He is also the co-founder of Robinson Williams Productions, a theater Production Company based in Yonkers, NY. Finally, he is the Artistic Director of the Obie Award-winning The Fire This Time Festival.

The Dirty Blondes are a feminist theater company with a taste for provocation. Their mission is to produce theater that furthers the right conversation at the right time with the right people. Through this mission, artists are responsible for using their work to participate in a dialogue that bears on their experience and pushes the conversation further - creating stark, challenging and emotional truthful pieces of theater. Founded in Brooklyn in 2012, The Dirty Blondes have produced 16 works of new theater featuring the talent of more than 340 artists (through mainstage productions, beta readings and Play in a Day Festivals. Recent productions include SEX by Mae West at UNDER St. Marks, The Resister Project, a theater festival in response to the 2016 Presidential Election at The Kraine Theater, and Play-in-a-Day festivals Freak Show and The Comments Section. The Dirty Blondes also host The Beta Reading Series in Brooklyn, a series for emerging playwrights to showcase challenging new work and answer important questions about their new text. Visit www.thedirtyblondes.org for more.

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade is a theater development group with a focus on new work that produces a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater every season. FRIGID's Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. FRIGID New York grew out of the annual FRIGID Festival, the first and only festival of its kind in New York City to offer artists 100% of their box office proceeds, and Horse Trade Theater Group, a self-sustaining theater development and management group. Go to www.horseTRADE.info.

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