What? You haven't even seen ANGRY YOUNG WOMEN IN LOW RISE JEANS WITH HIGH CLASS ISSUES even once! This will likely be your last chance, at least under the direction of author Matt Morillo, because Theater for the New City is going to present the laugh fest one last time from December 1 to 18, 2011.
The comedy parades a series of foxy, witty, anxious women who bear the expectations of the world like an itchy muffler. In a series of skits, they go head to head with such issues as Electra complexes, bikini waxes, low-rise jeans, oversexed mothers, thongs, brazen teenagers, men's sexual fantasies, side effects of birth control drugs, mean teenagers on the subway, sympathy sex and the artistic integrity of "blue" independent films.
The play, Morillo's first, has been published by Samuel French, along with Morillo's ALL ABOARD THE MARRIAGE HEARSE (TNC, 2008) and "American Soldiers" (TNC, 2010). The show debuted in the Duo Theater in 2006 and opened at TNC in 2007, followed by an Off-Broadway run at The Players Theater on MacDougal Street, multiple engagements in Hollywood and Sydney (Australia) and three TNC return engagements. After this run, the comedy will have racked up 175 performances over six years.
The cast is a mix of newcomers and "ANGRY YOUNG WOMEN All Stars," veterans of previous productions including an actress from an Australian production. The actors will be Jessica Durdock Moreno, Zachary Harrison, Jess Loudon (Australia), Peter Buck Dettmann, Chris LaCour, Jon Sprik, Kelly Lockwood, Christine Cartell and Jenni Halina.
In the winter of 2006, writer/director and then-filmmaker Matt Morillo simply wanted to tell some funny stories about relationships and produced ANGRY YOUNG WOMEN as a lark, thinking it would be a one-time thing. The show's success has been attributed to its broad appeal to both sexes.
ANGRY YOUNG WOMEN IN LOW RISE JEANS WITH HIGH CLASS ISSUES premiered at the Duo Theater in New York's East Village January 19 to February 25, 2006 and was revived by Theater for the New City, NYC January 4 to February 24, 2007. An Off Broadway production opened at The Players Theater on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village on July 12 and closed October 20, 2007. In Sydney, Australia, Stella Green Productions produced 31 performances with an Australian cast and director from August 14 to September 2, 2007 and revived it with 27 performances from January 9 to February 9, 2008. The play was subsequently mounted in Brisbane, Australia from July 9 to 25, 2009 at the Visy Theater. A West Coast production was presented at Hudson Mainstage on Hollywood's Theater Row in October and November, 2008. TNC presented return engagements in 2009 and 2010
Matt Morillo's directorial hand has figurEd Strongly in the success of the play, which was his stage debut. Casting has always been a strong point in Morillo's productions, drawing largely from an ensemble of accomplished comic actors he originally assembled for his films, who have been known throughout his stage career as the KADM SuperStars. Notable among them is Jessica Durdock Moreno, the only member of the 2006 production of "A.Y.W." to appear in Morillo's final one. Moreno also gave distinguished performances in two of Morillo's other plays, ALL ABOARD THE MARRIAGE HEARSE (TNC, 2008) and THE INVENTOR, THE ESCORT, THE PHOTOGRAPHER, HER BOYFRIEND AND HIS GIRLFRIEND (TNC, January 2011).
Morillo has surprised many for his ability to write expertly for female characters. While he has staged the premieres of all his plays, he has not hogged the director's chair in productions of his most well-known play, ANGRY YOUNG WOMEN, often giving the job to women directors. Its Australian productions were staged by Anzac directors, one of them a woman, and the TNC production in 2010 was also directed by a woman, Bobbi Masters.
Originally a filmmaker, born and raised in Hicksville (Long Island), Matt Morillo made an auspicious theatrical debut in 2006 with ANGRY YOUNG WOMEN IN LOW RISE JEANS WITH HIGH CLASS ISSUES This play, Morillo's second comedy, ALL ABOARD THE MARRIAGE HEARSE (TNC, 2008) and his family drama, AMERICAN SOLDIERS (TNC, 2010), have all been published by Samuel French Inc.