BOB, BLESSED BE THE DYSFUNCTION THAT BINDS to Perform at Columbia Teachers College, 3.23

The Open Book,  Marvin Kaye Co-founder and Artistic Director announces that "BOB, Blessed Be The Dysfunction That Binds" written and performed by Anne Pasquale and directed by Mary Ann Hay, has been invited to perform at the 2012 WHEN WORLD'S COLLIDE Conference at Columbia Theachers College, on Friday, March 23rd at 7:00 pm. Regularly scheduled performances continue Sunday, March 11th at 2 pm and Sunday, March 18th at 2 pm. All tickets are $18.00 and can be purchased on-line at or by calling (212) 864-4444.  The 78th Street Theatre Lab now know as the The Soter/Lee Black Box is located at 236 West 78th Street, just east of Broadway.

WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE is sponsored by the Center for Opportunities and Outcomes for People with Disabilities of the Health and Behavior Studies Department at Teachers College, Columbia University. The O&O Conference theme continues with: When Worlds Collide: Ongoing Challenges of Special Education in 2012. It features researchers, practitioners, policy makers and visionaries from around the country who are seeking greater support and services for individuals with disabilities globally.

In “BOB, Blessed Be The Dysfunction That Binds,” when mental illness comes home the entire family has special needs. Actress and writer Anne Pasquale invites you to meet her special needs brother Bob, her family and share with them in the crisis, craziness, laughter, tears and triumph that highlight this coming of age journey. This 90 minute solo show promises to shed some light on the lives of folks with disabilities and those who love them. The production, funded in part by a successful Kickstarter campagin will be donating proceeds from ticket sales to Spurwink Supported Living Facilities.    

Playwright and performer Anne Pasquale has appeared in The New Dramatist's “Three Sisters,” Lincoln Center's “A View from the Bridge,” Theatre of the Open Eye’s “Birdbath,” The 78th Street Theatre Lab’s “Ruffian on the Stair” and “Paradise Lost” at The Actors Studio and  Gallery Player’s “The Altruist” by TJ Edwards directed by Mr Brad Malow.  Ms. Pasquale is a founding member of Accidental Repertory Theater and as such she has appeared in various ART productions under the direction of Mr. John Strasberg including Serafina Della Rosa in the “Rose Tattoo” section of “Tennessee Williams: “The Writer and His World,” Emma Goldman and Kristina Linde in “Variations on a Do! lls House,” and the role of Judith Keith, the Jewish wife in “Brecht on Brecht.”  Additionally Ms. Pasquale is an established teaching artist, the proud recipient of the Young Audience New York 2009 Roster Artist of the Year Award and creates and tours her repertoire of educational assemblies under the banner of “Living History Programs” for audiences of all ages in venues along the East Coast.  Ms. Pasquale is also a member of The Actor's Studio.    

Director Mary Ann Hay has directed and choreographed numerous musicals in collaboration with ArtsConnection and Music Theatre International in New York City.  As an actress she has appeared in theater, film, TV and commercials including the role of Real Jean opposite Denis Leary in Rescue Me on FX TV.  She is a member of SAG, AFTRA, AEA, Theatre Artists Workshop of Westport, Polaris North and Accidental Repertory Theater in New York City.

    The design team includes sound by Keith Herron.

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