On Thursday, May 17 Cake Productions, one of the most cutting-edge-aware theatre companies in the country, will present the New York Premiere of Tiffany Antone's prophetic wake-up call, "IN THE COMPANY OF JANE DOE," a new play about a woman who gets herself cloned then wants a Do-Over. There are men in the play. One of them causes all the trouble.
Originally presented in Los Angeles, "IN THE COMPANY OF JANE DOE" will play at the New York Workshop's 4th Street Theatre (83 East 4th Street – between Second Avenue and Bowery) through Saturday, June 2nd.
Directed by Paul Urcioli, "IN THE COMPANY OF JANE DOE" stars Brooke Berry, Sarah Brill, Francesca Day, Jason Guy, Marta Kuersten, Robert Maxwell, Liz Neptune, Joe Stipek. Sets are by Sara Walsh, lighting is by Dante Olivia Smith and costumes are by Amy Pedigo-Otto.
"IN THE COMPANY OF JANE DOE" is a wake-up call written by a woman about a woman who, by a stunning scientific SNAFU, gets cloned. CLONED. The play is an extraordinary portrait of an Advertising Executive at the top of her game. She is a sixty-four-hour-a-week workaholic who refuses to take time off for Christmas, misses birthdays and doesn't even use the word vacation. She is also strikingly beautiful. Buffed, Botoxed, manicured, pedicured, stretched, worked-out, chemically-peeled, dentally-bleached, systematically-starved, militantly-disciplined and a proud member of three gyms. No amount of work is too much for her. She has been born to please, accomplish, endure and deliver. When the over-stressed Jane begins to crack she consults with the wrong Doctor. The result is a not-so-perfect clone who SHOWS UP AT THE OFFICE. An event that completely confuses Ruby, the redheaded secretary who deserves play of her own.
"IN THE COMPANY OF JANE DOE" should be seen by any woman that has ever worked in America or anywhere else on earth. That is more than 48 million women since 1972.
The play has won New Works for Young Women, University of Tulsa New Plays on Campus, The Playwrights' Center Dini Ostrov Stage Spirit Award, Hal Kanter Award in Comedy Writing, Marianne Murphy Women & Philanthropy Award in Playwriting.
New York Theatre Workshop's 4th Street Theatre is located at 83 East 4th Street (between Second Avenue and Bowery). Nearest Subways: 6 to Astor Place / F to Second Avenue. Tickets are $18. To purchase, call 1-800-838-3006 or visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/238165.
Tiffany's plays have been read and/or performed in Los Angeles, New York, D.C., and Minneapolis. Her newest play, Cricket Woman Mother Earth (or) A Nasty Comeuppance, was a 2011 O'Neil finalist. Her plays Ana and the Closet and Twigs and Bone were both Jerome Finalists and O'Neil semi-finalists for 2009 & 2010. Her play The Good Book is available through Samuel French. Tiffany's play In the Company of Jane Doe has won numerous awards and will receive its first NY production this Spring with CAKE Productions. Tiffany was a 2008 Hawthornden Fellow and a 2009 Sherwood Award Finalist with CTG, and was recently awarded the 2012 Bucky Award for Outstanding Literary Artist. Tiffany holds her MFA in Playwriting from UCLA, and currently lives/teaches in Arizona where she writes for stage and screen. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild, The Playwright's Center and The Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative (for whom she is also a contributing blogger). She is the co-founder of The@trics Theatre, serves on the education committee at the Prescott Center for the Arts, and runs Little Black Dress INK, a female playwright producing organization with upcoming productions/readings in AZ, CA, and MN. Read more about Tiffany and her works at www.TiffanyAntone.com or www.LittleBlackDressINK.org.
Paul Urcioli is an actor, director and producer living in Brooklyn. He recently directed Reckless, Mom & the Razor Blades, David Mamet's Revenge of the Space Pandas and Greg Kotis' A Walk in the Public Area at the Atlantic Theater; The Devil and Billy Markham and the award winning Bridezilla Strikes Back in the New York International Fringe Festival. Other directing credits include: Our Town and Twelfth Night… with NYU Undergraduate Drama/Atlantic Theater Company; Brian Parks' Suspicious Package at the HERE Arts Center; Little Red Riding Hood, The Rimers of Eldritch, Jitterbugging: Scenes of Sex in a New Society, The Women, Pullman Car Hiawatha, The Happy Journey to Trenton & Camden, Harm's Way, Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet as well as one acts in The Atlantic Theater Company's New Works Series on the Second Stage. As an actor: The Invitation (OHIO Theater), Americana Absurdum (PS 122, the Lucille Lortel and the Menier Chocolate Factory in London) Eat the Taste at the Barrow Street Theater, Over the River and Through the Woods, MOJO, Goner, Saved, Troilus & Cressida. Film: the soon to be released Thanks For Sharing, Morning Glory, 3 Backyards (Sundance 2010 Award Winner) The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3, The Killing Floor, Calling it Quits, Off the Black. TV: Homeland, Unforgettable, Royal Pains, The Good Wife, multiple appearances on all the Law and Orders, The Unusuals, Cupid, Six Degrees, Third Watch, Sex and the City and a recurring role on the CBS drama Queens Supreme. He has also appeared in national commercials for MasterCard, Verizon, Maxwell House, State Farm, Barclay's, Comcast, Progresso, Healthy Choice, KY, FedEx, Fidelity, Delta, Volkswagen, and Las Vegas among others. From 1991 – 2006, Paul taught Advanced Performance Technique and Improvisation at The Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, was Adjunct Faculty at N.Y.U.'s Tisch School of the Arts and was an Artist in Residence at Oberlin College from 1986-89 teaching acting, movement, improvisation and performing with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is also producing the feature film Phoenix directed by Amy Redford.
CAKE, a female-founded theatre company, produces Off-Off-Broadway pieces that are culturally significant to modern, urban audiences. Winner of the 2010 NY Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Featured Actor (Amir Darvish) and nominated for Outstanding Costume Design (Brooke Berry and Mark Mears), Cake Productions is geared towards commercially appealing, thought-provoking, edgy plays. In addition to creating opportunities for women as performers, administrators and designers, Cake focuses heavily on production values and presents their work in welcoming, accessible venues. The company also produces readings of potential new or adapted material for future mainstage productions and offers practical educational workshops for theater students and professionals.