DEAR JANE PLAYED IT'S FINAL OFF-BROADWAY PERFORMANCE ON AUGUST 26, 2017.
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DEAR JANE PLAYED IT'S FINAL OFF-BROADWAY PERFORMANCE ON AUGUST 26, 2017.
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ABOUT THE SHOW
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a new play by JOAN BEBER
directed by KATRIN HILBE

Set in an NYC rehearsal room, Dear Jane journeys into the life of a passionate artist, Julie, who explores the many divergent paths of her past.

From her fractured relationship with her identical twin Jane, to love affairs, questionable parenting skills, and her time as a political activist — she strives to emulate how art is the ultimate expression of meaning, even if it may be beyond her boundaries.

REVIEWS
"Touching moments and beautiful singing….The acting is exceptionally good"
- Reviews Off Broadway
"A wonderfully authentic gathering of actors getting ready to rehearse a play."
- Front Mezz Junkies
"Well-acted, emotionally-charged drama."
- Theatre Is Easy
"In her play, Dear Jane, Joan Beber digs bravely into her relationship with a deceased twin sister. Seamlessly directed by Katrin Hilbe, Dear Jane visualizes the playwright’s reflections on her life in the shadow of death. Three generations materialize as a collage of impressionist recollections. Both script and production subtly remind us that Ms. Beber is a visual artist."
- Berkshire Fine Arts
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THE TEAM
Off-Broadway 2017 Cast & Creatives
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HOLLY CINNAMON (Nina)

is atingle to make her Off-Broadway debut in Dear Jane. Hailing from Canada, Holly recently moved to New York after completing her MFA in Musical Theatre at the Boston Conservatory. Regional: Anne Shirley in Anne and Gilbert (Guild Theatre), 1984 and A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre); Film: Finding My Dad’s Memories (Emmy-nominated Pixela Pictura). hollycinnamon.com

JON KOVACH (Tommy)

NY: Theatre Row, The Tank, Bay Street, Capital Rep., Guild Hall. Regional: Merrimack Rep., Playhouse in the Park, Human Race Theatre Co., Hippodrome, Wellfleet Harbor Actors’ Theatre. This Miami University (Ohio) theatre graduate has worked with internationally recognized film-makers (G. Clooney, A. Goddard), authors (N. Balthazar, R. Jones), and received awards/acclaim as an actor, musician, director, writer, and producer. JonKovach.com

JENNY PIERSOL (Julie)

is thrilled to be making her off-Broadway debut in Dear Jane!  She most recently appeared in White Christmas (Judy Haynes) at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.  National tours: Lincoln Center’s South Pacific.  Regional: Walnut Street Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Fulton Theatre. Love to my family for your unwavering faith in me!  Isaiah 30:21. jennypiersol.com

AMANDA ROSE (Jane)

Broadway/National tours:  Holiday Inn (Linda u/s), Wicked (Nessarose), Dr Dolittle starring Tommy Tune, Oklahoma! (Laurey). Most recent regional credits include: Gypsy(Louise) starring Robert Newman and Kim Zimmer- Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, 9 to 5 (Judy)- Walnut Street Theatre, The Full Monty (Pam)- Fulton Opera, A Chorus Line (Kristine)- Paper Mill Playhouse, Sunset Blvd. (Betty)- PCLO, Miss Saigon(Ellen)- Ogunquit Playhouse, and Curtains (Nikki)- Papermill Playhouse. Big thanks to DGRW.

MICHAEL ROMEO RUOCCO (Roger)

is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts New Studio on Broadway. Credits: Broadway: Bombshell (in Concert). Off-Broadway: The Underclassman. Williamstown Theatre Festival: The Elephant Man (starring Bradley Cooper), Late Night Cabaret (hosted by Lewis Black). NYMF: Pandora’s Box (starring Kerry Butler). Town Hall: 2014 Broadway Rising Stars. Film: Run All Night (starring Liam Neeson), Trust Issues (starring Tara Summers), Delenda.

BRANDON TIMMONS (Jaxon)

cherishes his theatrical experiences; from dancing summer after summer at The Muny to leading the band through Guthrie Theatre’s Music Man as Tommy Djilas. He’s stoked to be joining the cast of Dear Jane! This one’s for Grandmom! Many thanks to Harden and Curtis for being on my team. If you want to see what’s next, follow him on Instagram: @thebrandontimmons.

SANTINA UMBACH (Jill)

Broadway: Mamma Mia! Off Broadway: Mad Libs Live! Las Vegas: Mamma Mia! (Ali) Regional; Speakeasy Stage Company: In The Heights (Nina) *Best Actress in A Musical, The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Pickles) *IRNE Nominee, Huntington Theater Company: Becoming Cuba, as well as numerous readings/workshops throughout the city. Alumni of The Boston Conservatory. Thanks to Diego and my family! Xoxo

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JOAN BEBER (Playwright)

has worked primarily as a visual artist in her early career, experimenting with painting, performance, installation art & poetry. While raising four daughters, she exhibited her work in San Diego County. Her one person shows included The UCSD Annex Gallery, The Jewish Community Center Gallery & The Art Institute in Balboa Park. Having graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in English Literature many years earlier, Joan spent ten years in UCSD’s Concurrent Enrollment Program to prepare for graduate school. After three years of commuting from San Diego & competing with younger students, she received her MFA at age sixty-seven from USC. Hunger: In Bed with Roy Cohn, written at seventy-three, was her first produced play in Los Angeles and a world premiere. At the risk of his career as an attorney, Joan’s father tried to exonerate Ethel in the early 50s.

KATRIN HILBE (Director)

is a director of opera and theatre of Liechtenstein-Kansas origin, working both in the US and in Europe. Her production of R. Strauss’ Salome for New Orleans Opera won “Best Opera Production”, and the play St Joan by Julia Pascal won the Hilton Edwards Award for best direction and adaptation at the Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival. Select theatre creditsIn Bed With Roy CohnThe Savannah DisputationBreaking The SilenceA Midsummer Night’s DreamThe Man In The Newspaper HatDanton’s DeathSelect music-theatre/opera credits: Die Schumann SonateFalstaffPelleas Et MelisandeFremd Bin Ich Eingezogen…,

Katrin is a member of SDC, LPTW, TRU, DG and the PDU of The Actors Studio.

More information: Katrinhilbe.com and Manytracks.org

WENDY SEYB (Choreographer)

is an award-winning Director, Choreographer, and Filmmaker. Career highlights include choreographing The Pee-wee Herman Show (Broadway/HBO), Sting (Carnegie Hall), NBC/Universal Television, and Disney Theatricals. Her original short film, starring emmy-winner Peter Scolari, was an award-winning favorite at film festivals. Her Off-Broadway work earned her significant praise (The Toxic Avenger, Murder For Two, Click Clack Moo)

JOHN MCDERMOTT (Scenic Design)

Ethel Sing (Beckett); TribesPeerless and Lost in Yonkers (Barrington Stage); Dear Elizabeth and Red (Dorset Theater Festival); 3CA Summer Day with Karen Allen, The Revisionist with Jesse Eisenberg and Vanessa Redgrave (Rattlestick); Dry LandCal in Camo (Colt Coeur). Bedlam: Saint JoanHamletSense and Sensibility and The Seagull; 2015-17 season set designer at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Assistant Professor at Adelphi University.

GERTJAN HOUBEN (Lighting and Projection Design)

is a lighting and projection designer whose work has been seen all around the world. He grew up in the Netherlands, but his passion for lighting led him to New York City. Gertjan was previously involved with Joann Beber’s In Bed With Roy Cohn. Other Credits: Bastard Jones (the cell); Crackskull Row (Irish Rep); Ideation (59E59). MFA NYU. gertjanhouben.com

LARA DE BRUIJN (Costume Design)

work in theatre, opera, dance, and film has been seen locally, nationally and internationally.  Favourite projects include The Two Character Play (New World Stages), Christopher, (Project 44), Blasted (Calderwood Pavilion), Don Giovanni (Castleton Opera Festival), Ndebele Funeral (59E59), Half ‘n Half ‘n Half (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), Measure for Measure (Peterborough Players), The Good Catholic (Pigasus Pictures). MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.  See more at: laradawndesign.com

ANDY EVAN COHEN (Musical Composition/Arrangements, Sound Design)

Off-Broadway: In Bed With Roy CohnI Know What Boys WantA Midsummer Night’s Dream (MasterWorks), Ay Carmela! (Repertorio Español), Our Trojan War (Aquila Theatre). Other theater: Soot & SpitThe American Soldier (US Tour, Kennedy Center), Rare Birds (Red Fern), many shows for Animus, Boomerang, Luna Stage, New Light, Nylon Fusion, Stable Cable, T. Schreiber, White Horse, and other New York and regional companies. Education: Oberlin and Manhattan School of Music. @AndyEvanCohen

GILES T. HORNE (Production Stage Manager)

Off-Broadway: The Total Bent (Public Theater), When It’s You (Keen Company), Tick, Tick…BOOM! (Keen Company), The Trial of an American President (Theatre Row), Laugh It Up, Stare It Down (Cherry Lane Theatre), Broadway and the Bard (Theatre Row). Selected Credits: Hair to Hamilton: 2017 Public Theater Gala, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Bucks County Playhouse), Camp Rolling Hills (NYMF), American Songbook: Ryan Scott Oliver (Lincoln Center), BC/EFA: Broadway Backwards. BA Stage Management, Pace University. Proud member of AEA.

ABM (Advertising/Marketing/Social)

Led by Amanda Bohan, ABM is a full-service advertising & marketing firm specializing in theatre, arts & culture, with expertise in marketing & promotions, traditional & online advertising, social media, and creative services. ABMAgency.com

STEPHANIE KLAPPER CASTING (Casting)

work is frequently seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally, internationally, on television, film and the internet. Resident Casting Director for Primary Stages as well as numerous companies in NYC and regionally. Currently has a number of very exciting projects running and upcoming in NYC, regionally and on film. Recent projects include: The Traveling Lady, The Roads to Home; The Winter’s Tale; Lisa and Leonardo; The Good Swimmer (HERE/Prototype Festival); Another Dance of Death (short film); Jules Verne… (BAM). Member: CSA and LPTW.

PERRY STREET THEATRICALS (Executive Producer / General Management)

David Elliott, Martin Platt, and Lorna Isaac. Perry Street Theatricals is a multi-award-winning Producing and General Management Company. Dear Jane, is the 3rd of Joan Beber’s plays that Perry Street has been Executive Producers. General Management includes: When Pigs Fly (NYC Off Broadway, upcoming), Hamlet and Sense and Sensibility (Aquila Theatre Company, Nat’l Tour), Our Trojan War (Aquila, Nat’l Tour/BAM), Me the People (Triad), Georgie, My Adventures With George Rose (Davenport), Sense & Sensibility (Gym At Judson), Hamlet and Saint Joan (Lynn Redgrave), New York Animals (New Ohio), That Golden Girls Show! (DR2), Missed Connections (New Ohio), My Life is a Musical (Bay Street), Rock ‘n Roll Refugee (Royal Family), In Bed With Roy Cohn (The Lion), Ethel Sings (Beckett), WikiMusical (NYMF), Mapmaker’s Opera (NYMF), White People (Atlantic).

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