Playwrights Realm Presents Tovah Feldshuh, Michael Cumpsty in “Jam Sessions”

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Tovah Feldshuh, Michael Cumpsty
featured in the
2009 Writers Jam Sessions

Presented by
The Playwrights Realm and
Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts

One week only – July 23 thru July 30
FREE readings by emerging artists open to the public!

The Playwrights Realm – under the leadership of Co-Artistic Directors John Dias and Katherine Kovner and Producing Director Stephanie Ybarra – and the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts present the 2009 WRITERS JAM SESSION – a week of readings by emerging artists, featuring such acting talents as Tovah Feldshuh (IRENA’S VOW, GOLDA’S BALCONY), Michael Cumpsty (DEMOCRACY, COPENHAGEN), Mather Zickel (“Rachel Getting Married,” “I Love You, Man”), etc. free and open to the public – at the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program Center (113 2nd Ave., between 6th and 7th Sts). For reservations please email [email protected].

The 2009 WRITERS JAM SESSION consists of the following free, public readings:

Thurs., July 23, 7pm
Aurin Squire’s BLEED, directed by Katherine Kovner. Something creepy, disturbing and utterly ridiculous is happening to everyman Alex in this dark comedy about a disappearing man making one last stand at mattering.

Tues., July 28, 7pm
Cori Thomas’ MY SECRET LANGUAGE OF WISHES, directed by May Adrales. A child is caught in the middle of an unlikely custody battle between a poor white caregiver desperate to save her, and a black woman desperate to undo a past mistake.

Wed., July 29, 7pm
Carlos Murillo’s DIAGRAM OF A PAPER AIRPLANE, directed by Jerry Ruiz. They thought they were going to change the world, but the world changed them; two decades later, five estranged friends reluctantly come together to read the last play ever written by their late ringleader.

Thurs., July 30, 7pm
William Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET, directed by Jim Calder. An ensemble of just four young actors take on all of ROMEO AND JULIET in this swift and invigorating approach to Shakespeare’s timeless classic.

The 2009 WRITERS JAM SESSION acting company is a mix of long-time veterans and emerging artists, it includes: Mando Alvarado (“Cruzando”); Heidi Armbruster (seen last in The Playwrights Realm’s DOV AND ALI; Drama League nominee for TEA AND SYMPATHY); Ashley Bryant; Nora Cole (last seen on Broadway in ON THE TOWN); Rayme Cornell (host of PBS’s “Real Moms, Real Stories, Real Savvy”); Michael Cumpsty (Broadway veteran – last seen in the revival of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE); Manish Dayal (The New Group’s RAFTA, RAFTA…; the upcoming “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” opposite Nicholas Cage); Laura Esposito; Tovah Feldshuh (IRENA’S VOW, GOLDA’S BALCONY); Natalie Gold (seen opposite Cynthia Nixon in DISTRACTED) Laura Heisler (last seen on Broadway in CORAM BOY; Soho Rep’s EVERYTHING WILL BE DIFFERENT); Charles Hendricks; Marva Hicks (member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices, THE LION KING); Andre Holland (seen on Broadway last season in JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE); Sisi Aisha Johnson; Teresa Avia Lim; Nikiya Mathis; Nanah Mensah; Irungu Mutu; Lucas Near-Verbrugghe (The Public’s BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON); Joyce O’Connor; Maria Christina Oliveras (Off-Broadway’s NIGHT SKY opposite Jordan Baker); Chivas Michael Perkins; Ken Robinson; Nilaja Sun (the critically acclaimed solo show NO CHILD…) and Mather Zickel (“Rachel Getting Married,” “I Love You, Man”).

The Playwrights Realm – which most recently presented Anna Ziegler’s critically acclaimed production of DOV AND ALI – is committed to developing and producing theater with artists – and for audiences – who share its belief that the playwright’s vision is central to great theater. Founded in 2007, The Realm is an off-Broadway theater, led by Co-Artistic Directors John Dias and Katherine Kovner and Producing Director Stephanie Ybarra. It believes in creating immediate, imaginative and theatrically vital productions that spring from the core of the text – its language, its ideas and its mysteries.

The 2009 WRITERS JAM SESSION at the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program center (113 2nd Avenue, between 6th and 7th Streets) runs Thursday, July 23rd; Tuesday, July 28th; Wednesday, July 29th; and Thursday, July 30th all at 7:00pm and is free and open to the public. For reservation please email: [email protected]

For additional information about the 2009 WRITERS JAM SESSION visit www.playwrightsrealm.org.