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Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!

DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB, featuring a revolving cast of Broadway's brightest performing without a net, took it home for Thanksgiving at The Zipper Factory Theater (336 West 37th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues) on Thursday, November 20 at 11:30pm. 

DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB is where Broadway goes to let its hair down. The late night happening of improv, music, sketches and stories was created by its stars: industry mainstays Steve Rosen (The Farnsworth Invention, Monty Python's Spamalot), David Rossmer (Fiddler on the Roof, Titanic), Sarah Saltzberg (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and music director Dan Lipton (The Coast of Utopia).

On November 20, DON'T QUIT marked one year of performances at the Zipper Factory. The show began as a one-off benefit on June 26, 2006 at Joe's Pub, which grew into 10 sellout months. In the spring of 2007, a commercial production played off-Broadway at the HA! Comedy Club in Times Square. By 2008, the show was firmly planted at the Zipper Factory, playing to oversold houses every month.

This month's show featured a number of first-time guests, including a handful of veteran screen actors: Dylan BakerNoah Emmerich and Richard Kind. Tony nominee Gavin Creel made his first official appearance, and old friend Marc Summers, from the ‘80s game show Double Dare, returned for a third time. 

DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB's official website is dontquitnyc.com.

Open Doors is the Theatre Development Fund's theatre arts mentoring program for high school students, started in 1998 by TDF with playwright Wendy Wasserstein. Its goal is to explore the relevance of theatre in the lives of today's youth. The program matches distinguished theatre and dance professionals with students who have no prior exposure to theatre for an entire school year. Mentors accompany students to performances on and off Broadway, introducing them to the artists who create and perform NYC theatre.

DON'T QUIT is proud to have raised over $30,000 for Open Doors since June 2006.

Photos by Peter James Zielinski

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Maurice Murphy, Asmeret Ghebremichael, and Derrick Baskin

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Sandy Rustin and Gavin Creel

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Noah Emmerich, Dylan Baker, and John Ellison Conlee

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Maurice Murphy and Derrick Baskin

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Marc Summers, Rachel Maier, and Jerzy Gwiazdowski

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Jerzy Gwiazdowski and Molly Ephraim

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Sarah Saltzberg

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
David Rossmer and Steve Rosen

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Celia Keenan-Bolger and John Ellison Conlee

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Dan Lipton

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Maurice Murphy, Asmeret Ghebremichael, and Derrick Baskin

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Gavin Creel shakes his money maker!

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Jerzy Gwiazdowski, Steve Rosen, and Sandy Rustin

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Dan Lipton

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Jerzy Gwiazdowski and Steve Rosen

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Steve Rosen

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
David Rossmer, Jerzy Gwiazdowski, Sarah Saltzberg, and Sandy Rustin conducted by Steve Rosen

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
David Rossmer

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Marc Summers

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Marc Summers

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Marc Summers

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Marc Summers

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Steve Rosen

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Steve Rosen, John Ellison Conlee, and Jason Kravits

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Noah Emmerich with Steve Rosen, John Ellison Conlee, and Jason Kravits

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Noah Emmerich

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Dylan Baker

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Dylan Baker

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Dylan Baker

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Dylan Baker

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
David Rossmer and Sarahsaltzberg

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
David Rossmer, John Ellison Conlee, and Sarah Saltzberg

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
John Ellison Conlee and Sarah Saltzberg

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Steve Rosen, David Rossmer, Gavin Creel, and Sarah Saltzberg

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Gavin Creel

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Gavin Creel

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Gavin Creel

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
David Rossmer and Steve Rosen

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Jerzy Gwiazdowski and Jason Kravits

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Maurice Murphy, John Ellison Conlee, Jason Kravits, and Sarah Saltzberg

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Maurice Murphy, John Ellison Conlee, Jason Kravits, and Sarah Saltzberg

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
John Ellison Conlee and Sandy Rustin

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Jason Kravits and the cast

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Jason Kravits and the cast

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Jason Kravits

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
David Rossmer

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
David Rossmer

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Molly Ephraim

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
Molly Ephraim

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
The Broadway Symphony

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
The Broadway Symphony

Photos: DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB at the Zipper!
The cast of DQYNJ for November 20th, 2008


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