New York Theatre Festival To Present New York Premiere Of Cathy Tempelsman's RUN-ON SENTENCE At Hudson Guild Theater
New York Theatre Festival will present the New York Premiere of Cathy Tempelsman's Run-On Sentence at Hudson Guild Theater:
Thursday, September 20 / 6:15pm
Friday, September 21 / 6:15pm
Sunday, September 23 / 8:30pm
Tempelsman's one-act play, about a father-daughter reunion in prison, will be presented as part of New York Theatre Festival's 2018 Summerfest. The show had its world premiere at Barrington Stage Company's 2018 10x10 Festival, directed by Julianne Boyd. The New York premiere is being directed by Jacob Janssen (Three Sisters, The Maids, A View From the Bridge) and features Keri Safran (Singin' in the Rain, Typhoid Mary) and Robert Zukerman (The Puppetmaster of Lodz, A Walk in the Woods).
In the play, based on a true story, a woman visits her elderly father in prison after he has been turned down for parole. She finds that, despite his penchant for telling jokes, coming home is no laughing matter.
Tickets for Run-On Sentence are available online at Brown Paper Tickets: brownpapertickets.com. All performances will be at the Hudson Guild Theater (441 West 26th Street).
In her writing, Cathy Tempelsman is drawn to hidden figures and events from history. Her first play, A Most Dangerous Woman, was inspired by the little-known life of GeorgeEliot and had its world premiere at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, directed by Richard Maltby, Jr. A new script, The Eleventh Hour, is based on a partisan investigation into the final day of combat during World War I. Cathy received a NYSCA commission to develop As You Loathe It, a one-act written in rhymed couplets, into a full-length play. She has been a finalist for the Terrence McNally New Play Award and Francesca Primus Playwriting Prize, and twice nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Her work has also been seen at Barrington Stage Company, Barrow Group, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Echo Theatre, Luna Stage, the New York Theater Festival, and Stageworks/Hudson. In the spring of 2019, Red Bull Theater will present A Most Dangerous Woman as part of its acclaimed Revelation Reading series. Prior to writing plays, Cathy worked for The Wall Street Journal and wrote a book, Child-Wise (William Morrow), then spent several years teaching English and working as a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Vineyard Gazette and Coastal Living. She graduated from Vassar College and has both M.B.A. and M.A. degrees from Columbia University. She and her husband, Leon, have three children and live in New York City.
Jacob Janssen has worked at several theatres in Chicago, including the Goodman (where he recently served as Ivo van Hove's assistant on A View From The Bridge),American Theatre Company, and Northlight Theatre. He also spent several years working in Washington, DC as a director and producer at several theatres, most notably at Studio Theatre, where he produced 16 plays and countless workshops and readings. As a director at Studio, Jacob worked on Carrie: The Musical, starring Barbara Walsh, 10,000 Grey with the German company Machina Ex, and assisted on the world premiere of Lucas Hnath's Red Speedo. Other notable directing projects include serving as Assistant Director on the world premiere of Peter Nachtrieb's The Totalitarians at Woolly Mammoth and serving as the Associate Director of Caridad Svich's Jarman with Force/Collision which premiered in DC before touring the UK. Before arriving in DC, Jacob was the Artistic Director of The Plimoth Players, the all-male Shakespeare company resident at Plimoth Plantation, in Plymouth, MA. For Plimoth he directed Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo & Juliet, The Tempest, and Twelfth Night. Originally from Kiel, Wisconsin, he recently completed an MFA at the Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, where he directed Three Sisters, A Bright New Boise, The Maids, Richard III, Trouble in Mind, and Contractions.