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Photo Flash: Ars Nova's GOOD LITTLE WIDOW

Ars Nova (Jason Eagan, Artistic Director; Jeremy Blocker, Managing Director) proudly presents the world premiere of Bekah Brunstetter's new play Be a Good Little Widow, directed by Stephen Brackett. A limited Off-Broadway engagement plays Wednesday, April 20 through Saturday, May 14 at Ars Nova (511 West 54th Street).

Official Opening Night is set for Monday, May 2 at 7:00PM.

Melody thought being a young wife was hard, until she became a widow. Luckily her mother-inlaw, Hope, is a professional - mourner, that is. Navigating the prickly terrain of pressed black dresses, well-intended advice and inappropriate outbursts, Melody stumbles toward
understanding what it means to find someone through losing them in this new sad comedy about handling loss like a grownup.

Bekah Brunstetter's plays include: A Long and Happy Life (Upcoming, Naked Angels, 2012), House of Home (Williamstown Theater Festival), Miss Lilly Gets Boned (Lark playwright's week; Finborough Theater) and OOHRAH! (The Atlantic Theater). She was the 2009 Playwright-inResidence at Ars Nova, a member of the Primary Stages' writer's group, a current Playwright Realm fellow, a 2011 resident playwright of the Finborough Theater, London, and an alumni of Ars Nova's Play Group and the Women's Project Writer's Lab. She is currently working on a commission for the Roundabout Underground. MFA, the New School for Drama.

Director Stephen Brackett's recent credits include Trixie and Monkey: All or Nothing by Kim Rosenstock (Ars Nova), Nick Jones and Rachel Shukert's The Sporting Life (Studio 42/Vineyard Theater), Dan Fishback's You Will Experience Silence (Dixon Place), F#@king Up Everything(NYMF), Confidence Man (Woodshed Collective), Bixby Elliot's PN1923.45LS01 Volume 2 (FringeNY), and Whore and The Ones That Flutter (SPF/Public Theater). He was the 2010 Director-in-Residence at Ars Nova.Ars Nova awarded Brunstetter a commission to write this play during her tenure as the company's 2009 Playwright-in-Residence, and has developed the play through its Play Group, Out Loud and Next Step programs. Brunstetter began working on the piece with Brackett during his tenure as Ars Nova's 2010 Director-in-Residence. Be a Good Little Widow features Jill Eikenberry (Broadway: All Over Town, Moonchildren; OffB'way The Kid, TV: "L.A. Law") as Hope, Chad Hoeppner (Spy Garbo at 3LD) as Craig, Jonny Orsini (Banished Children of Eve at Irish Rep) as Brad and Wrenn Schmidt (film: Client 9, Jailbait) as Melody. This production includes Set Design by Daniel Zimmerman, Costume Design by Jessica Pabst, Lighting Design by Burke Brown and Sound Design by Bart

Ars Nova is committed to developing and producing theater, comedy and music artists in the early stages of their professional careers. Its unique development programs are designed to support outside-the-box thinking and encourage innovative, genre-bending work. By providing a safe environment where risk-taking and collaboration are paramount, Ars Nova gives voice to a new generation of artists and audiences, pushing the boundaries of live entertainment by nurturing creative ideas into smart, surprising new work. For more information on Ars Nova's
programs, visit Ars Nova was founded in memory of Gabe Wiener.

Producing credits include: The Wii Plays, ANT Fest, Now Circa Then, Bloodsong of Love, Missed Connections NYC, Sax & Dixon: We Thee Wed, Mel & El: Show & Tell, Two Girls for Five Bucks and the Ten Dollar Heartbreakers, Playlist, Jollyship the Whiz-Bang, boom, From Up Here, Dixie's Tupperware Party, At Least It's Pink, 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, Holy Cross Sucks!, Freestyle Love Supreme and The Wau Wau Sisters.

Be a Good Little Widow plays April 20 - May 14 as follows:
Tuesday - Saturday at 8:00 PM, with Opening Night performance Monday, May 2 at 7:00 PM.

Added performance Monday, May 9 at 8:00. No performances May 10 or May 11.

Added performance Saturday, May 14 at 2:00 PM.

Tickets on sale to Ars Nova members on March 16.
Memberships beginning at $30 offer half-price tickets and other perks.

For more info, please visit
Tickets on sale to the public on March 30.
Tickets are $30 with special Preview Ticket Pricing:
$10 April 20 - 23 and $20 April 26 - 30
Please visit for details!

Tickets may be purchased through, 212-352-3101 or at the Ars Nova box office starting 30 minutes prior to each show (subject to availability).
Ars Nova 511 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019

Photo Credit: Ben Arons

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