Rosalind Productions Inc.'s Off-Broadway premiere of Jennifer Maisel's The Last Seder is set to open tonight, Tuesday December 4th (7pm). This Off-Broadway limited engagement at Theater Three (311 West 43rd Street) began December 1st and has been extended to January 13th. The show runs 100 minutes without an intermission.
Jessica Bauman directs a cast that includes Ryan Barry (In the Summer Pavilion - 59E59), Kathryn Kates (Food and Fadwa - NYTW, “Seinfeld”), Natalie Kuhn (Poetic License - 59E59), Andy Lucien (Line), John Michalski (A Splintered Soul - Rosalind Productions), Eric T. Miller (Betrayed - The Culture Project), Greg Mullavey (Broadway: Rumors, Romantic Comedy; “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman”), Mélisa Breiner-Sanders (As Wide As I Can See - HERE Arts Center), Abigail Rose Solomon (“Days Of Our Lives,” Mr. & Mrs. Smith), Sarah Winkler (Einstein’s Gift - Epic Theatre), and Gaby Hoffmann (Sleepless in Seattle, Field of Dreams, Uncle Buck, Everyone Says I Love You, Now and Then, and You Can Count on Me).
Faced with their father Marvin’s worsening Alzheimer’s, the four grown Price daughters return for the final Passover celebration in their childhood home. Lily, their overwhelmed mother who's taken up cursing, is planning to put Marvin in a nursing home and sell the house. Each daughter arrives with her own baggage: Michelle picks up a total stranger to pose as her nice Jewish boyfriend; Angel seduces her ex on the roof; Claire fights with her fiancé about wedding plans; Julia, pregnant with her lesbian life partner, psychoanalyzes everyone except herself. Marvin does not recognize any of them. But when he takes the lead at their last Seder, a magical moment occurs which gives the women the strength and courage to finally move forward.
The Last Seder received a National Foundation for Jewish Culture New Plays for Production Grant, before receiving the Fund for New American Plays Award from the Kennedy Center, as well as the Charlotte Woolard Award for Promising New Voice in American Theatre. The play has been produced at The Organic Theatre, Chicago; Theatre J, DC; Ensemble Studio Theatre - LA Project; Teatro da Juventude, Brazil; Park Square Theatre, St Paul; and St. Louis Repertory. The screenplay adaptation of The Last Seder won Showtime's Tony Cox Award.
The Last Seder has scenic design by Gabriel Evansohn, lighting design by Graham Kindred, costume design by Sydney Gallas, and sound design by Sam Kusnetz.
Performances will be at Theater Three (311 West 43rd Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues, on the 3rd Floor) and will play Thursdays through Saturdays evenings at 8pm and Sunday matinees at 3pm with Special Added Performances on Wednesday, December 19th at 8pm and matinees Wednesday, December 12th & 19th at 3pm. Tickets are $18; to purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.RosalindProductions.com or call 212/868-4444.
Jennifer Maisel is an award winning playwright, television and film writer whose work has been produced nationally and internationally. The Last Seder received a National Foundation for Jewish Culture New Plays for Production grant, sponsored by the Winnick Family Foundation, and was workshopped at Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey before receiving the Fund for New American Plays Award and the Charlotte Woolard Award from the Kennedy Center. The play has been produced at The Organic Theatre, Chicago; Theatre J, DC; Ensemble Studio Theatre - LA Project; Teatro da Juventude, Brazil and Park Square Theatre, St. Paul; the screenplay adaptation won Showtime’s Tony Cox award.