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Nobody Likes Jews When They're Winning: Sarah and Patrick want to get married, so long as her Jewish family doesn't find out. This comedy examines the ways in which Jews are portrayed in Hollywood and how pervasive these stereotypes can be. Through the pathos of the comic Jewish identity, the play examines the larger themes of family, intimacy and self determination.
Written by Maia Madison (nee Rosenthal)
Directed by Diana Basmajian
MAIA MADISON (Playwright) Writing Credits: The Pick Me Theory - A One Woman Show adapted into a Pilot for ICON PRODUCTIONS, “Second Shot” (Staff Writer, Associate Producer, RED STRING PRODUCTIONS), “Antonia Brown” “The Key” “Elephants and Donkeys” “Whiz Bang” Starring Mayim Bialik “The Emily Series” - Children's Book. Acting Credits Include: Off Broadway: Made In Heaven (SoHo Playhouse) Regional: House and Garden (Goodman Theatre), Vagina Monologues (Apollo Theatre), Night of The Hunter (Goodman Theatre), Taming of The Shrew, Winter's Tale, Twelfth Night, Measure For Measure, Cymbeline (Shakespeare's Motley Crew), Tony N' Tina's Wedding. Los Angeles: A Coney Island Christmas - Workshop (The Geffen Playhouse), Understudy for Joan Rivers in Joan Rivers: A Work In Progress by a Life In Progress (The Geffen Playhouse), Threepenny Opera, I Stand Before You Naked, Autobahn, Macbeth, Joe's Garage, Getting Frankie Married...And Afterwards, The Existents, Dear John Mayer, (OFTC), The Late Night Sketch Comedy Show at (Celebration Theatre) Television/Film: “Weeds”, “Bones”, “Huff”, “WeddingBells”, “Miss Guided”, “Girlfriends”, “What About Joan”, “Jessie”, “Fred: TV, The Untitled Victoria Pile Project”, “Early Bird”, “Barbershop”, “Unfabulous”, “Strong Medicine”, “Svetlana”, “Days of Our Lives”, “Let It Go”, “Summer Slow”, “We Have To Stop...Now”, “Lookers”. Training: Northwestern University. Groundlings.
DIANA BASMAJIAN (Director) is the Associate Producer for the uneXplained, a new documentary series premiering on A&E/Bio Channel Summer 2012. Diana has also directed and developed shows with Tony-winners Shuler Hensley, Lea Salonga, and Austin Pendleton Emmy-winner Eileen Fulton and Tony-nominees Kate Baldwin and Aaron Lazar, among others. Her plays and concerts have been performed at Lincoln Center’s The Allen Room, Arena Stage, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Feinstein’s, Cafe´ Carlyle, Princeton University, the cell, Michael Weller Theater, Working Mans Clothes, and the NY International Fringe Festival. Diana has been honored to work with Chuck Mee, Jonathan Tunick, Sheldon Harnick, Bekah Brunstetter, and companies such as Naked Angels, Rattlestick, Old Vic/New Voices, the New School for Drama, Apple Tree Theater, Theater Building Chicago. She has served on the faculties of Northwestern's Cherub Program, Westminster Choir College, and the New School for Drama. Training: Northwestern University, MFA from New School for Drama. Awards: Leopold Schepp Fellow, LCU Grant, NSD Scholar.
OPEN FIST THEATRE COMPANY
Presents their Fourth…
FIRST LOOK FESTIVAL
Featuring World Premieres of Works
By Neil LaBute, Elizabeth Berger, Maia Madison and Joseph Fisher, with readings of new work by Jim Knable, Melanie Marnich, Jessica Goldschmidt, Sheldon Bull, Jason Paige & Dean Mora, Phil Swann & Ron West.
Directed by Diana Basmajian, Benjamin Burdick,
Gita Donovan & Amanda Weier
Two Month Festival begins Friday, July 13
at the Open Fist Theatre in Hollywood!
June 28, 2012…Los Angeles…The Open Fist Theatre Company presents their fourth annual FIRST LOOK FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS, with new works written by Neil LaBute, Elizabeth Berger, Maia Madison, and Joseph Fisher, along with staged readings by Jim Knable, Melanie Marnich, Sheldon Bull, Phil Swann & Ron West, Jason Paige and Dean Moira and Jessica Goldschmidt.
The festival is a 2 month celebration of contemporary American theatre and music. Material has been carefully selected from around the country, and ten new works will be presented in production or in staged reading/concert format. There will be four full productions and six staged reading and concert events.
This year we are thrilled to announce the return of Neil LaBute to the Open Fist (2009 Helter Skelter, The New Testament, 2006 Audobahn) with Short Ends, a collection of short plays, written for the stage and screen. Short Ends marks the first time Mr. LaBute’s short works for the screen make their stage debut.
We are equally thrilled to announce the world premiere of Everything is Enough by up-and-coming writer Elizabeth Berger (“The Neighbors” ABC’s new show), a dramedy about Dennis Max whose sanity and marriage is threatened when his sister and his newly adopted niece come to stay in his home. In August, Open Fist member Maia Madison (nee Rosenthal) makes her writing debut on the OFTC stage with a world premiere comedy, Nobody Loves Jews When They’re Winning, about an interfaith couple trying to live happily ever after, without her Jewish family finding out. And finally, closing out the festival, is Joseph Fisher’s world premiere production of In The Canopy Of The Forest (Mr. Fisher’s Wolf Inside the Fence was nominated for best new play of 2010 LA WEEKLY AWARDS), a dark and beautiful tale about surviving youth, life and friendships in the pacific northwest.
Presenter / Producer: The Open Fist Theatre
Theater > Drama
Theater > Theatrical Comedy
Event Phone: 323-882-6912
The Open Fist Theatre
6209 Santa Monica Blvd.
LA - Hollywood / Westside
Performance Dates: 8/9/2012 - 9/8/2012
Preview: Thursday, August 9 at 8pm
Opening: Friday, August 10 at 8pm
Performances: Saturday, August 18 at 8pm Wednesday, August 22 at 8pm Thursday, August 23 at 8pm Friday, August 31 at 8pm Saturday, September 1 at 8pm Thursday, September 6 at 8pm Friday, September 7 at 8pm
Matinees: Sunday, August 19 at 2pm Sunday, September 2 at 2pm, Closes: Saturday, September 8 at 8pm
TICKET PRICES for the FIRST LOOK FESTVIAL are as follows:
Single ticket prices for FIRST LOOK NEW WORKS: $20.00
Preview Prices are $15.00
All performances take place at The Open Fist Theatre, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood.
For tickets, please call (323) 882-6912 for details or visit www.openfist.org to purchase tickets online or to view complete schedule.
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