Sheila Callaghan's EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH Begins 1/28 at Rattlestick
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, True Love Productions and The Theatre @ Boston Court have announced that the New York Premiere of Everything You Touch, written by Sheila Callaghan and directed by Jessica Kubzansky, will begin previews Wednesday, January 28 at 8pm at the Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street. The official opening night is set for Thursday, February 12 at 7pm. Everything You Touch is scheduled to run through Sunday, March 29, 2015.
Victor is a ruthless 1970's fashion designer at the top of his game. Esme is his glamorous protégé and muse who is pushed aside when an ordinary Southern woman inspires Victor to make his artistry accessible to the masses. A generation later, a woman grappling with a healthy dose of self-loathing must wrestle her own family demons to find her way back through the world of fashion that won't give her size a second look. Skipping back and forth in time, Everything You Touch is a viciously funny look at the struggle to find an identity that's more than skin deep.
The set design for Everything You Touch is by Francois-Pierre Couture; costume design is by Jenny Foldenauer; lighting design is by Jeremy Pivnick; property design is by John Burton: video design is by Adam Flemming; sound design is by John Zalewski. Everything You Touch was commissioned by True Love Productions.
Sheila Callaghan's plays have been produced and developed with Soho Rep, Playwright's Horizons, South Coast Repertory, Clubbed Thumb, The LARK, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, New Georges, The Flea, Woolly Mammoth, Boston Court, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, among others. Sheila is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award for emerging artists, a Jerome Fellowship from the Playwright's Center in Minneapolis, a MacDowell Residency, a Cherry Lane Mentorship Fellowship, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, and the prestigious Whiting Award. Her plays have been produced internationally in New Zealand, Australia, Norway, Germany, Portugal, and the Czech Republic. Her plays include Scab, Crawl Fade to White, Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake), We Are Not These Hands, Dead City, Lascivious Something, Kate Crackernuts, That Pretty Pretty; Or, The Rape Play, Fever/Dream, Roadkill Confidential, Elevada, and Women Laughing Alone with Salad. Her plays have been published with Playscripts.com and Samuel French, and several of her collected works are published with Counterpoint Press. She has taught playwriting at Columbia University, The University of Rochester, The College of New Jersey, Florida State University, and Spalding University. Sheila is an affiliated artist with Clubbed Thumb and a member of the Obie winning playwright's organization 13P. Sheila is also an alumni of New Dramatists. In 2010, Callaghan was profiled by Marie Claire as one of "18 Successful Women Who Are Changing the World." She was also named one of Variety magazine's "Ten Screenwriters to Watch" of 2010.
Jessica Kubzansky is the Co-Artistic Director of The Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena. Her most recent productions there were the world premiere of Everything You Touch, and RII, her own three-person adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard II. She is also an award-winning director working nationally in a wide variety of venues such as South Coast Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, The Geffen Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Silk Road, The Aurora, The Publick, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, The Laguna Playhouse, Antaeus, ICT, The Colony, East/West Players, A Noise Within, Theater 150, 24th Street, EST-LA, Playwrights' Arena, among many others. She has directed numerous productions which have toured both nationally and internationally. Kubzansky does a great deal of new work development, and has had the privilege of developing work by an amazing group of playwrights, including Luis Alfaro, Bill Cain, Sheila Callaghan, Julia Cho, Jordan Harrison, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, Zayd Dohrn, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, David Wiener, Ken Urban, Christina Anderson, Carlos Murillo, Laura Schellhardt, Jean-Claude van Itallie, Diana Son, Nick Salamone, and many other wonderful writers in many new play development settings, including Ojai Playwrights Conference, Portland Center Stage JAW Festival, South Coast Rep's Pacific Playwrights Festival and NewSCRipts, the Playwrights Center of Minneapolis, the Taper Labs, and many others. Kubzansky has received numerous awards and honors, among them the Los Angeles' Drama Critics' Circle's Margaret Harford Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatre. Proud member of SDC.Christian Coulson (Victor). Theater: Hedda Gabler (Palimpsest), A Picture of Autumn (Mint Theater), Travesties (McCarter), Dutch Masters (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Rumble Ghost (PS122), Ghosts (London's Gate Theatre), Festen (UK national tour), Journey's End (West End), Romeo and Juliet (Liverpool Playhouse). Founder member of QWAN with whom he has performed NOTES! (Abrons Arts Centre and elsewhere) and Swan!! (PS122 and elsewhere). Film: Peter & John, Love is Strange, Those Who Wander, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him, Gayby, Leaving Circadia, I am Nasrine, "Tom Riddle" in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Hours, Four Feathers. TV: "Eye Candy," "Nurse Jackie," "The Good Wife," "Gossip Girl," "Miss Marple," "Charles II," "Little Britain," "Hornblower," "Forsyte Saga," "Love in a Cold Climate". Directing: Summer Shorts (The Tank), Jeffery and Cole... (New York, Los Angeles, Australia), Kim Smith: Misfit (New York & Australia).
Tonya Glanz (Esme). Film/TV: The Adderall Diaries, "The Good Wife," Daredevil (Netflix), "High Maintenance," "Blue Bloods," Elementary," "Hostages," "Murder in Manhattan" (ABC Pilot), "Untitled Jersey City Project" (FX), "Nurse Jackie," "Law and Order: SVU." Theater: January Joiner (Long Wharf), The Forest War (Shotgun Players, SF), Big Death & Little Death (Crowded Fire, SF). Company member of Killing My Lobster sketch group/theater company for five years, co-creator of the web series "Timeless Seasons".
Lisa Kitchens (Louella). Regional credits include: Napoli!, Major Barbara, A Christmas Carol (American Conservatory Theater), Henry I: Part II, Man in the Iron Mask (Shakespeare Santa Cruz) and Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods (The New Harmony Project). Other credits include: The Bellagio Fountain Has Been Known to Make Me Cry (Concrete Temple Theatre), Circus Circus (New York International Fringe Festival) and The House of Bernarda Alba (Moscow Art Theater). Lisa is a recent graduate of the American Conservatory Theater's MFA Program.
Miriam Silverman (Jess). NY: You Got Older (Page 73), Finks (EST- Drama Desk Nom), Septimus and Clarissa (Ripe Time), The Witch of Edmonton (Red Bull), Hamlet (Public), Bone Portraits (Walkerspace). Select Regional: Shakespeare Theatre Company Affiliated Artist where roles include "Isabella" in Measure for Measure, "Helena" in All's Well That Ends Well, "Julia" in Two Gentlemen of Verona, "Clarice" in David Ives's The Liar (world premiere) and "Marcela" in The Dog in The Manger (Helen Hayes Nomination); Berkshire Theatre Festival, Guthrie, Arena, Folger, Trinity Rep. TV/Film: "Elementary," "Pan Am," "Law & Order: CI," Better Days Ahead.BA and MFA from Brown. 2011 TCG Fox Fellow.
Robbie Tann (Lewis). Regional: Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Long Wharf); 4000 Miles (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Troublemaker, or the Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatright (Berkeley Rep); American Buffalo (Kansas City Rep); Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Heist! (Humana Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville); 4000 Miles (Hangar Theatre); Oliver Twist (Vermont Stage Company). New York: Adventures of Tom Sawyer (New Victory), Galois (New Ohio), Much Ado About Nothing (New York Classical Theatre). TV: "Nurse Jackie," "Person of Interest," "Gotham." Film: Family Fang, Freeheld.Allegra Rose Edwards (Model 1) is making her Rattlestick debut in Everything You Touch. She recently appeared in Steel Magnolias (Idaho Shakespeare Festival), Everything You Touch (Theatre @ Boston Court) and Arcadia (American Conservatory Theater). Other credits at A.C.T. include "Belle" in A Christmas Carol and "Chrysothemis" in Elektra. She has also appeared in Legally Blonde: The Musical at the Arvada Center, Project: Lohan at The Costume Shop, as well as Othello, A Doll's House and The American Clock through A.C.T.'s conservatory. Allegra received her MFA in acting from A.C.T. and her bachelor's in theatre/television production from Pepperdine University. Allegra currently resides in Los Angeles.
Chelsea Fryer (Model 2) is elated to make her New York debut with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's production of Everything You Touch. She is a recent graduate of UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television. Recent productions include All's Well That Ends Well (Theatricum Botanicum), A (Micro) History of World Economics, Dance (L.A. Poverty Department) and Everything You Touch (Theatre @ Boston Court).
Nina Ordman (Model 3). Credits include: national tour of Chicago ("Hunyak"), According to the Chorus as "Nikki" (The Barrow Group, NYC), staged reading of Othello as "Desdemona"(The Barrow Group, NYC), Hello Dolly! ("Ermengarde"), and various commercial work. BFA University of Oklahoma.
Everything You Touch plays Tuesday-Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday at 3pm at the Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street. Tickets are $30 through February 11 and $55 beginning February 12 through March 29; student tickets are $15; and theater artist and under-30 tickets are $20. Tickets may be purchased at www.rattlestick.org or by phoning OvationTix at 866.811.4111. Please note that prices and performance schedule are subject to change; please visit www.rattlestick.org for the most up-to-date information.