Jump For Joy Productions Brings THE DRUNKEN CITY to Workshop Theatre, 11/30-12/16


Jump For Joy Productions presents Adam Bock's comedy The Drunken City, directed by Misti B. Wills (In Search of Euphoria, New World Stages). The Drunken City will play a limited engagement at The WorkShop Theatre's Mainstage (312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Ave.). Performances begin Friday November 30th (8 p.m.) and continue through Sunday December 16th (2 p.m.).

Off on the bar crawl to end all crawls, three twenty-something brides-to-be find their lives going topsy-turvy when one of them begins to question her future after a chance encounter with a recently jilted handsome stranger. A wildly theatrical take on the mystique of marriage and the ever-shifting nature of love and identity in a city that never sleeps.

JUMP FOR JOY PRODUCTIONS will be giving 10% of ticket sales to the Mayor's Fund to Advance NYC, with all funds helping Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. There are plans to perform sections of the play in Sandy shelters and a block of tickets to be given to shelter residents / National Guard members in New York for Sandy.

The production stars Nicholas Cocchetto, Tyrone Davis, Jr.*, Samantha Payne Garland, David Marshall, Jen Ponton, and Kelly Strandemo. *Performing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.

The production features scenic design by Danica Andler, costume design by Name of Kelsey O'Brien, and lighting design by Maxwell Bowman. Juni Li is the stage manager.

The Drunken City plays the following schedule:

Preview Friday, Nov. 30th at 8pm
Opening Saturday, Dec. 1st at 8pm
Sunday, Dec. 2nd at 2pm
Thursday, Dec. 6th at 8pm
Friday, Dec. 7th at 8pm
Saturday, Dec. 8th at 8pm
Sunday, Dec. 9th at 2pm
Thursday, Dec. 13th at 8pm
Friday, Dec. 14th at 8pm
Saturday, Dec. 15th at 8pm
Sunday, Dec. 16th at 2pm

Tickets are $18 and are now available online at www.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater's box office ½ hour prior to performance. Running Time: 90 minutes. For more information, visit www.jumpforjoyproductions.org.

Adam Bock (Playwright) The Thugs premiered at NYC's Soho Rep in 2006, winning an OBIE for playwriting for Mr. Bock and an OBIE for directing for Anne Kauffman, and was named to both of TimeOut NY's Top Ten lists. His new play The Receptionist will world-premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club in October 2007, directed by Joe Mantello. His play The Drunken City will be at Playwrights Horizons in early 2008.

Five Flights played Off-Broadway at Rattlestick Theater in 2004, after a five-month sold-out run at San Francisco's Encore Theater in 2002. The play won the Glickman Award, and was nominated for the American Theater Critics Award, the Elizabeth Osborn Award, and two BATCC Awards. It has been published inBreaking Ground, an anthology of new plays edited by Kent Nicholson.

Shotgun Players' production of Swimming in the Shallows won the 2000 Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Awards for Best Original Script, Best Production, and Best Ensemble. Swimming in the Shallows was a Clauder Competition Award-winner, an L. Arnold Weissberger Award nominee, an LA Weekly nominee, a GLAAD Media Award nominee, named to TimeOut NY's Top Ten, and has been produced in Los Angeles, London, San Francisco, Boston, Providence, Santa Cruz, Ithaca, Key West, Long Beach, Toronto, Montreal, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as Second Stage's Uptown Series in New York City in the summer of 2005.

Mr. Bock helped Jack Cummings III develop The Audience, nominated for three 2005 Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical. His play The Shaker Chair,produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville in the Humana Festival in 2005, was nominated for the Kesselring Prize. The Typographer's Dream has been produced in New York City and San Francisco, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and in Berkeley in 2006. Mr. Bock's play Thursday was produced in San Francisco with a 2003 NEA grant.

These and other plays have been read or workshopped at New York Theater Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, NYC's Vineyard Theater, Soho Rep, Underwood Theater, Rude Mechanicals NYC, the JAW/West Festival at Portland Center Stage, Printer's Devil, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theater, Salt Lake Actors Company, Southwark Theater, TheatreWorks New Works Festival, New Works at Perry-Mansfield, and Clubbed Thumb. Mr. Bock is an artistic associate at Shotgun Players and Encore Theater, and is a resident playwright at New Dramatists.

MISTI B. WILLS (Director) NY directing credits include Off-Broadway: In Search of Euphoria and Twilight the Musical (assistant director) at New World Stages, Off-Off Broadway: Afterlight (NY Fringe Festival 09, Cherry Lane Theatre), Twelfth Night (Shakespeare's Sister Co), The Pearl Merchant, Songs for a New World, and The Importance of Being Earnest. Fave Regional/Academic: Fires in the Mirror, Thistleblossoms, A Thing of Beauty, West Side Story, The Music Man, Alice in Wonderland, Our Town, and a national tour of The Imaginary Invalid. Misti holds a Master of Arts degree in theatre education from Emerson College and has studied with Anne Bogart, Michael Mayer and David Mamet. She is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and The League of Professional Theatre Women. She is currently the Resident Director for Shakespeare's Sister Company and on the acting faculty of the New York Film Academy and Long Island University. www.mistiwills.com

JUMP FOR JOY PRODUCTIONS, led by founder and artistic director Samantha Payne Garland, seeks to engage audiences with compelling theater. Collaborating with a rotating cast of associate producers and artists, Jump for Joy stages classic and contemporary plays, with a focus on professional productions that don't break the bank. And because Jump for Joy believes that all great theater deserves a great audience, the team works hard to promote their projects and engage with audiences who don't normally attend live theater. They want to invite everyone to feel connected to this most elemental form of storytelling.

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