"PLAYWRIGHTS LIKE JENNY SCHWARTZ MAKE OUR LANDSCAPE SOMEWHERE STRANGE, HEIGHTENED AND INCREDIBLY FUN."
-David Cote, Time Out New York

Past Productions

Somewhere Fun

Rosemary and Evelyn met “a hundred thousand years ago” in Central Park when their children were barely born. SOMEWHERE FUN reunites the two women thirty-five years later on Madison Avenue, one windy fall day. With their children now grown and the world changing rapidly before (what’s left of) their eyes, each finds herself face to face with the terrors, joys, and surprises of life and time. Jenny Schwartz returns to The Vineyard following her critically-acclaimed play GOD’S EAR with this wildly original story about connection — to our families, our memories, our moment in time. Schwartz reunites with director Anne Kauffman (BELLEVILLE, SLOWGIRL) following their collaboration on GOD’S EAR.

Watch Kate Mulgrew on Broadway.com’s ‘SOMEWHERE FUN’ ShowTease

★★★★

CRITIC’S PICK

“IF YOU CARE ABOUT THEATRE THAT STRETCHES THE IMAGINATION,
GO SEE THIS REMARKABLE PLAY!

Constantly surprises and stimulates. Director Anne Kauffman’s production is impeccable. And the actors rise to the challenge of a daunting text. PLAYWRIGHTS LIKE JENNY SCHWARTZ MAKE OUR LANDSCAPE SOMEWHERE STRANGE, HEIGHTENED AND INCREDIBLY FUN!”

- David Cote, Time Out New York

“’SOMEWHERE FUN’ CASTS A CHARMING SPELL!

Like Edward Albee and comedian Steven Wright, Schwartz loves to use language in an absurd way. Entertaining and oddly touching in its own warped way, it creates genuine emotion. The play boasts two charismatic powerhouses in the leads: Kathleen Chalfant and Kate Mulgrew — negotiating the highly stylized dialogue like chefs briskly filleting sentences with sharp knives.”

- Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Post

“A BRIGHT, OFFBEAT ABSTRACTION, ABSURD AND JOYFUL AND FULL OF TERRIBLE SORROW.

Kate Mulgrew is virtuosic, and Kathleen Chalfant is delicious.”

-Linda Winer, Newsday

“A FIRST-RATE PRODUCTION! PLENTY OF LAUGHS!

ANYONE WILLING TO THINK — AND FEEL — WILL BE REWARDED BY EXPERIENCING SOMEWHERE FUN.

Kate Mulgrew and Kathleen Chalfant give bravura performances. It is impossible not to admire Schwartz’s deft facility with wordplay, reminiscent of the great Edward Albee. Director Anne Kauffman handles the peculiar rhythms of many of the play’s speeches with sensitivity and acuity — and guides strong performances from her supporting cast — most notably the delightful Shultz and the stalwart Ramirez. Somewhere Fun is a sterling showcase for two great actresses. Mulgrew handles Rosemary’s breathless first-act arias with operatic skill. Chalfant, per usual, is consistently compelling and ultimately heartwrenching. This glorious performer creates another unique human being.”

- Brian Scott Lipton, TheaterMania

“EVOCATIVE, DARKLY FUNNY AND MOVING!

The stellar cast on display at the Vineyard Theatre fluently voices Schwartz’s imaginative linguistics. Kauffman’s stylish production is a perfect showcase for Schwartz’s unique way of communicating how humor may inform and illuminate the messy, contradictory human condition.”

- Jennifer Farrar, Associated Press

“A FLAWLESS CAST — IMPERIOUSLY FUNNY, TALENTED AND EXCELLENT!

The gifted playwright Jenny Schwartz has a distinctive voice. Ms. Schwartz pours forth dizzying streams of language that often delight with their quirky poetry and looping humor.
A sleek production directed by Anne Kauffman.”

– Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

“WONDERFULLY WHIMSICAL!

The Vineyard polishes its rep as an incubator of offbeat plays by eccentric playwrights with SOMEWHERE FUN. Grande dame thesps Kate Mulgrew and Kathleen Chalfant are wonderfully cast. Rosemary Rappaport is played with plenty of energy and a wonderful touch of insanity by Mulgrew. Evelyn Armstrong, the intellectual snob played with hilarious superciliousness by Chalfant. Helmer Kauffman handles this peculiar but intriguing material with canny intelligence and ironic wit.”

- Marilyn Stasio, Variety

“’SOMEWHERE FUN’ IS BLESSED WITH A CRACKERJACK CAST!

Ms. Schwartz’s linguistic dexterity is inspiring and her wordplay inspired. Terrific actors. The
fast-paced, masterful dialogue and monologues propel the enterprise — and the audience — along. Kathleen Chalfant is wryly imperious as Evelyn Armstrong, elegant and witty. Kate Mulgrew’s Rosemary Rappaport is an amusing torrent of verbiage. There is characteristically stylish direction by Anne Kauffman. It’s a carefully constructed cascade at which we laugh — amused and intrigued.”

- Jesse Oxfeld, The New York Observer

“UNDENIABLY FUNNY! HANDSOMELY DONE!

Director Anne Kauffman and her designers expertly provide suitably surreal surroundings for Schwartz’s whirlwinds of words. Two excellent actors, Kate Mulgrew and Kathleen Chalfant, stylishly portray the loquacious ladies in question with considerable authority and style.”

- Michael Sommers, New Jersey Newsroom

Somewhere Fun

May 15- June 23, 2013

Written by Jenny Schwartz
Directed by Anne Kauffman
With Makenna Ballard, Richard Bekins, Griffin Birney, Brooke Bloom, Kathleen Chalfant, Greg Keller, Kate Mulgrew, Maria Elena Ramirez, and Mary Shultz
Rosemary and Evelyn met “a hundred thousand years ago” in Central Park when their children were barely born. SOMEWHERE FUN reunites the two women thirty-five years later on Madison Avenue, one windy fall day. With their children now grown and the world changing rapidly before (what’s left of) their eyes, each finds herself face to face with the terrors, joys, and surprises of life and time. Jenny Schwartz returns to The Vineyard following her critically-acclaimed play GOD’S EAR with this wildly original story about connection — to our families, our memories, our moment in time. Schwartz reunites with director Anne Kauffman (BELLEVILLE, SLOWGIRL) following their collaboration on GOD’S EAR.
Watch Kate Mulgrew on Broadway.com's 'SOMEWHERE FUN' ShowTease
★★★★

CRITIC'S PICK

“IF YOU CARE ABOUT THEATRE THAT STRETCHES THE IMAGINATION, GO SEE THIS REMARKABLE PLAY!

Constantly surprises and stimulates. Director Anne Kauffman’s production is impeccable. And the actors rise to the challenge of a daunting text. PLAYWRIGHTS LIKE JENNY SCHWARTZ MAKE OUR LANDSCAPE SOMEWHERE STRANGE, HEIGHTENED AND INCREDIBLY FUN!" - David Cote, Time Out New York

“'SOMEWHERE FUN' CASTS A CHARMING SPELL!

Like Edward Albee and comedian Steven Wright, Schwartz loves to use language in an absurd way. Entertaining and oddly touching in its own warped way, it creates genuine emotion. The play boasts two charismatic powerhouses in the leads: Kathleen Chalfant and Kate Mulgrew — negotiating the highly stylized dialogue like chefs briskly filleting sentences with sharp knives.” - Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Post

“A BRIGHT, OFFBEAT ABSTRACTION, ABSURD AND JOYFUL AND FULL OF TERRIBLE SORROW.

Kate Mulgrew is virtuosic, and Kathleen Chalfant is delicious.” -Linda Winer, Newsday

“A FIRST-RATE PRODUCTION! PLENTY OF LAUGHS!

ANYONE WILLING TO THINK — AND FEEL — WILL BE REWARDED BY EXPERIENCING SOMEWHERE FUN.

Kate Mulgrew and Kathleen Chalfant give bravura performances. It is impossible not to admire Schwartz's deft facility with wordplay, reminiscent of the great Edward Albee. Director Anne Kauffman handles the peculiar rhythms of many of the play's speeches with sensitivity and acuity — and guides strong performances from her supporting cast — most notably the delightful Shultz and the stalwart Ramirez. Somewhere Fun is a sterling showcase for two great actresses. Mulgrew handles Rosemary's breathless first-act arias with operatic skill. Chalfant, per usual, is consistently compelling and ultimately heartwrenching. This glorious performer creates another unique human being.” - Brian Scott Lipton, TheaterMania

“EVOCATIVE, DARKLY FUNNY AND MOVING!

The stellar cast on display at the Vineyard Theatre fluently voices Schwartz's imaginative linguistics. Kauffman's stylish production is a perfect showcase for Schwartz's unique way of communicating how humor may inform and illuminate the messy, contradictory human condition.” - Jennifer Farrar, Associated Press

“A FLAWLESS CAST — IMPERIOUSLY FUNNY, TALENTED AND EXCELLENT!

The gifted playwright Jenny Schwartz has a distinctive voice. Ms. Schwartz pours forth dizzying streams of language that often delight with their quirky poetry and looping humor. A sleek production directed by Anne Kauffman.” – Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

“WONDERFULLY WHIMSICAL!

The Vineyard polishes its rep as an incubator of offbeat plays by eccentric playwrights with SOMEWHERE FUN. Grande dame thesps Kate Mulgrew and Kathleen Chalfant are wonderfully cast. Rosemary Rappaport is played with plenty of energy and a wonderful touch of insanity by Mulgrew. Evelyn Armstrong, the intellectual snob played with hilarious superciliousness by Chalfant. Helmer Kauffman handles this peculiar but intriguing material with canny intelligence and ironic wit.” - Marilyn Stasio, Variety

“'SOMEWHERE FUN' IS BLESSED WITH A CRACKERJACK CAST!

Ms. Schwartz’s linguistic dexterity is inspiring and her wordplay inspired. Terrific actors. The fast-paced, masterful dialogue and monologues propel the enterprise — and the audience — along. Kathleen Chalfant is wryly imperious as Evelyn Armstrong, elegant and witty. Kate Mulgrew’s Rosemary Rappaport is an amusing torrent of verbiage. There is characteristically stylish direction by Anne Kauffman. It’s a carefully constructed cascade at which we laugh — amused and intrigued.” - Jesse Oxfeld, The New York Observer

“UNDENIABLY FUNNY! HANDSOMELY DONE!

Director Anne Kauffman and her designers expertly provide suitably surreal surroundings for Schwartz’s whirlwinds of words. Two excellent actors, Kate Mulgrew and Kathleen Chalfant, stylishly portray the loquacious ladies in question with considerable authority and style.” - Michael Sommers, New Jersey Newsroom

Richard Bekins

Richard Bekins (Winston)  is very happy to be returning to The Vineyard Theatre after appearing last year in SOMEWHERE FUN. His Broadway appearances include HAPPY NEW YEAR, TARTUFFE, and LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION!.  Off Broadway he has appeared in THE NORMAL HEART (Public Theatre), THE MADDENING TRUTH (Keen Company), PATIENT A (Signature Theatre), among others. Some of the regional theatres he has worked at include Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage Company, Huntington Theatre, Actors Theatre Of Louisville, Wilma Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Geffen Playhouse, Alliance Theatre, and the Alley Theatre. His film appearances include roles in Young Adult, Limitless, Julie & Julia, United 93, Bleeding House, Brother To Brother, Feast Of The Goat, Nor’easter, How We Got Away With It. Some of his Television credits include “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Blacklist,” “Mad Men,” “Elementary,” “Person Of Interest,” “The Good Wife,” “Rescue Me,” “Damages,” “Army Wives,” “Law & Order,” “L&O SVU,” “L&O Criminal Intent.”

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Makenna Ballard

(Young Beatrice) Feature Film: A Little Game co-starring with F. Murray Abraham and Olympia Dukakis (Max Kuftinec). Regional Credits: Sacramento Music Circus OLIVER (Orphan). NY Credits: MMU RAGS (Child Immigrant) Directed by Barbara Siman & Charles Strouse, Equity Reading of TIMMY THE GREAT (Child Revolutionary). Voice Over: Nickelodeon. Thanks to God for His many blessings, family, Nancy Carson, Somewhere Fun creative and production team and The Vineyard Theatre for this wonderful opportunity.

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Griffin Birney

(Young Benjamin) is from Branford Connecticut; credits include: BILLY ELLIOT (2nd National Tour) as Michael; THE BIG MEAL (Playwrights Horizons) as boy; FUN HOME (lab) (The Public Theater) as John; ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (Goodspeed Opera House) as little Jake.

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Brooke Bloom

(Officer / Nurse / Beatrice at 35) Theatre credits: David Adjmi’s Marie Antoinette at ART, Lungs at Studio Theatre and Barrington Stage, Becky Shaw at the Wilma, A Feminine Ending, Completeness and Hamlet at South Coast Rep. Barrymore Award. Film: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Ceremony, He’s Just Not That Into You, Gabbi on the Roof in July, Swim Little Fish Swim SXSW 2013. Television recent: "Alpha House" pilot for Amazon, "The New Normal", "Person of Interest", "This Little Piggy" pilot for NBC, "Good Wife" and a recurring role on "CSI: Miami".

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Kathleen Chalfant

(Evelyn Armstrong) Broadway: ANGELS IN AMERICA (Tony and Drama Desk nominations); City Center Encores: BLOOMER GIRL, RACING DEMON, DANCE WITH ME. Off-Broadway: RED DOG HOWLS, PAINTING CHURCHES, PROPHECY, VITA & VIRGINIA, DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE, WIT (Drama Desk, OBIE, Lucille Lortel, and Outer Critics), SPALDING GRAY: STORIES LEFT TO TELL, GUANTANAMO: HONOUR BOUND TO DEFEND FREEDOM, THE LAST LETTER, TALKING HEADS (OBIE), NINE ARMENIANS (Drama Desk Nomination), HENRY V (NYSF, Callaway Award), TRUE HISTORY AND REAL ADVENTURES, ENDGAME (OBIE for Sustained Excellence of Performance), THE PARTY (from three stories by Virginia Woolf). Regional Theater: A DELICATE BALANCE (Arena, Yale Rep, McCarter). Film: Isn’t It Delicious, Lillian (Cannes short film corner 2013), Muhammed Ali’s Greatest Fight: Duplicity, The People Speak, Murder And Murder: Five Corners, A Price Above Rubies, Kinsey. TV: "House of Cards", "Rescue Me", "Book of Daniel", "The Guardian", "The Laramie Project", all New York iterations of "Law and Order".

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Megan Schwarz Dickert

(Production Stage Manager) Vineyard: GOD’S EAR. Most recently: GOOD PERSON OF SZECHWAN (Foundry Theatre, being remounted at the Public this fall) and DISGRACED (LCT3, 2013 Pulitzer Prize.) New York: Lincoln Center, 13P, the Civilians, the Flea, Barrow Street, Clubbed Thumb (affiliated artist), Builders Association, New Georges. Regional: Hartford Stage (WATER BY THE SPOONFUL, 2012 Pulitzer Prize), Williamstown, NYSAF, Long Wharf, Actors Theatre of Louisville (five Humanas), Trinity Rep, Adirondack Theatre Festival, and the Idaho, North Carolina, Utah, and Nebraska Shakespeare Festivals. Megan is an advanced open water scuba diver and has run three marathons (Amsterdam in ’06 and NYC in ’08 and ’10.)

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Kathy Fabian

(Props Supervisor) Fabian’s recent Broadway credits include: I’LL EAT YOU LAST, KINKY BOOTS, LUCKY GUY, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S, CHAPLIN, NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER, STICK FLY, RELATIVELY SPEAKING, CHINGLISH, THE NORMAL HEART, HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES, ANYTHING GOES, A LIFE IN THE THEATRE, FENCES, A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE, RACE, FELA!, WAITING FOR GODOT, SOUTH PACIFIC, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE. Off-Broadway: TRIBES. Fabian remains active in and inspired by the Off-Broadway, Regional, Summer Stock, and Workshop Productions that led her here.

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Marsha Ginsberg

(Scenic Design) Recent Theater: NIKOLAI AND THE OTHERS, Mitzi Newhouse, LCT; Elfriede Jelinek’s JACKIE (Women’s Project); SMOKEFALL (South Coast Rep); RED DOG HOWLS (NYTW), David Levine’s HABIT (PS122/FIAF at Essex Street Market/Luminato Festival, Mass MOCA), OUR CLASS (Wilma Theater), ER NICHTS ALS ER, (Meetfactory, Prague), MAP OF VIRTUE (13P), BLUE FLOWER (ART/Elliot Norton Design Award), TELEPHONE (Foundry Theater), KAFENEION (Epidaurus Festival/Athens). Recent Opera: POWDER HER FACE (New York City Opera/BAM); PHAETON (Saarlandisches Staatstheater); THE METHUSALEM PROJEKT (Nationaltheater/Weimar); ARIADNE AUF NAXOS (Opera National de Bordeaux); IT HAPPENS LIKE THIS (Guggenheim, Tanglewood Music Center); Wolfgang Rihm’s PROSERPINA (US premiere/Spoleto Festival). Macdowell Colony Residencies; NEA/TCG Design Fellowship. Ed: Cooper Union; Whitney Museum ISP, NYU, Tisch.

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Paul Huntley

(Wig Design) London-born Paul Huntley has worked on hundreds of Broadway shows since his 1972 arrival in New York, most memorably the original productions of AMADEUS, CATS, EVITA, LES MISÉRABLES, SWEENEY TODD, THE PRODUCERS, and HAIRSPRAY. A recipient of the Drama Desk and Tony Awards, he has also worked with the some of the most legendary leading ladies of the cinema, ranging from Bette Davis, Mae West, Marlene Dietrich and Vivien Leigh to Jane Fonda, Faye Dunaway, Glenn Close, and Jessica Lange. Current shows include BIG FISH, CINDERELLA, and NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT.<

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Anne Kauffman

(Director) Anne Kauffman is an OBIE Award-winning director. Anne directs the co-world premiere of SMOKEFALL by Noah Haidle at South Coast Repertory & Goodman Theatre in 2013. Other production highlights include BELLEVILLE (NYTW - Lucille Lortel nom, Yale Rep & upcoming at Steppenwolf), DETROIT (Playwrights Horizons), SLOWGIRL (LCT3), MAPLE & VINE (Playwrights Horizons, Humana), TALES FROM MY PARENTS’ DIVORCE (Williamstown, The Flea), THIS WIDE NIGHT (Naked Angels, Lucille Lortel Nomination for Best Direction), BECKY SHAW & Body Awareness (Wilma), STUNNING (LCT3), SIXTY MILES TO SILVER LAKE (P73 & Soho Rep), GOD’S EAR (Vineyard, New Georges), THE THUGS (Soho Rep) and the new musical WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE (Yale Rep). Anne is a recipient of the Lilly Award, the Alan Schneider Director Award, Joan and Joseph Cullman Award for Exceptional Creativity, and several Barrymore Awards. She is a Usual Suspect at NY Theatre Workshop, an alumna of the Soho Rep Lab, a current member of Soho Rep’s Artistic Council, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, The Drama League, a founding member of The Civilians, and Associate Artist with Clubbed Thumb and New Georges.

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Greg Keller

(Waiter / Benjamin at 35) Broadway: WIT. Off-Broadway: BELLEVILLE (NYTW), CRADLE AND ALL (MTC), THE SEAGULL (with Dianne Wiest and Alan Cumming at CSC), THAT PRETTY PRETTY (Rattlestick), TELETHON (Clubbed Thumb), REBORNING (The Public/SPF), SMUDGE (Women’s Project), STEVE & IDI (Rattlestick). Regional: SEMINAR (with Jeff Goldblum, Ahmanson Theater), 33 VARIATIONS (with Jane Fonda, Ahmanson Theater), and eight plays at Berkshire Theatre Festival. MFA:NYU. Greg was a Lila Acheson Wallace playwriting fellow at The Juilliard School. His plays have been produced at Cherry Lane, Williamstown, Berkshire Theater Festival, and LAByrinth Theater Company, where he is a member.

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Daniel Kluger

(Sound Design and Music) New York: THE NORTH POOL (Vineyard), NIKOLAI AND THE OTHERS (Lincoln Center), TRIBES, HIT THE WALL (Barrow Street Theatre), HOUSE FOR SALE (Transport Group), A (radically condensed and expanded) SUPPOSEDLY FUN THING I’LL NEVER DO AGAIN…After David Foster Wallace (directed by Daniel Fish), THE COMMON PURSUIT (Roundabout), A MAP OF VIRTUE (13P), LIDLESS (Page73), THE TEMPERAMENTALS (Daryl Roth), ENJOY! (The Play Co), JAILBAIT (Cherry Lane), UNCLE VANYA, IVANOV, PLATONOV, THE SEAGULL (Brian Mertes, Lake Lucille) REGIONAL: Pig Iron, The Arden Theatre Company, Two River Theatre Company, People’s Light & Theatre, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, American Players Theatre.

www.danielkluger.com

 

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Kate Mulgrew

(Rosemary Rappaport) Internationally recognized as ‘Captain Janeway,’ the first female captain of the "Star Trek" franchise (Golden Satellite and Saturn Awards), Mulgrew’s career spans film, television, and the stage. Classically trained, she received a Golden Globe nomination at the age of 23 when she portrayed Mrs. Columbo, the wife of the famous detective. Other notable television appearances include "Kate Loves A Mystery", "Cheers", "Murphy Brown", "St. Elsewhere", "Ryan’s Hope", "The Black Donnellys", "Mercy", "Warehouse 13" and "NTSF:SD:SUV::" for Adult Swim. Film roles include Throw Momma from the Train, Star Trek: Nemesis, A Stranger is Watching, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins and The Response. Mulgrew has toured throughout the United States as Katharine Hepburn in her stage play, TEA AT FIVE, for which she was nominated for Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel awards. Other theater credits include EQUUS, THE AMERICAN DREAM, THE SANDBOX, IPHIGENIA 2.0 (for which she won an Obie), OUR LEADING LADY, BLACK COMEDY, and TITUS ANDRONICUS, all in New York. She performed in THE EXONERATED in London and regionally in THE ROYAL FAMILY, THE FILM SOCIETY, WHAT THE BUTLER SAW, HEDDA GABLER, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, THE REAL THING, ANOTHER PART OF THE FOREST, MAJOR BARBARA and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA. She is currently shooting "Orange Is The New Black" for Netflix.

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Luke Norby

(Video Design) Luke Norby is a native of the Pacific Northwest and graduate of the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts. As a video artist, notable New York theater credits include Transition (2009) at the Public and Dutch AV (2011) at La Mama with Reggie Watts and Tommy Smith, also; Holcombe Wallers Into the Dark Unknown (2009) international tour. Luke also collaborated with Lars Jan and The Early Morning Opera on the "performance film" Abacus at Sundance Film Festival (2012). As a director and producer Luke has a large library of music videos, short films, performance installations, and everything in-between. Google him; he likes it.

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Jessica Pabst

(Costume Design) Select NY credits include MURDER BALLAD (MTC); THE WHALE, ASSISTANCE (Playwrights Horizons); WARRIOR CLASS, THE BAD GUYS (Second Stage); SHE KILLS MONSTERS (The Flea, Drama Desk Nomination); THE REVISIONIST, THROUGH THE YELLOW HOUR, THE HALLWAY TRILOGY (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); THE METAL CHILDREN (Vineyard Theatre). Her work has also appeared at P73, Ars Nova, Juilliard, St. Ann’s Warehouse.

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Maria Elena Ramirez

(Lolita) Broadway: Rachel Jackson in BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON. Off-Broadway: BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON (The Public), THE THUGS (Soho Rep), LIVING OUT (Second Stage), PRINCESS TURANDOT (McGinn/Cazale), ZIBALDONE (H.E.R.E.), THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH (NYSF/The Public). Regional: American Repertory Theater, Berkeley Rep, Seattle Rep, Guthrie Theater, Westport Country Playhouse, Missouri Rep, Geva Theatre. Film: Happythankyoumoreplease, The Women, Assassination of a High School President, Personal Velocity. Television: "Person of Interest", "Unforgettable", "Army Wives", "Damages", "Law & Order", "Return of Jezebel James", "The Sopranos", "Third Watch", "Guiding Light". Fox Foundation Fellow. Civilians Associate Artist. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting Program.

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Jenny Schwartz

(Playwright) Plays include GOD’S EAR and CAUSE FOR ALARM. GOD’S EAR was produced in New York by New Georges and Vineyard Theatre, also directed by Anne Kauffman. GOD’S EAR has been produced nationally and internationally from Lisbon, Portugal to Boise, Idaho to Sydney, Australia. Jenny is the 2012 recipient of the Frederick Loewe Award for Musical Theatre for the development of her musical IOWA, which she is writing with composer Todd Almond. Other awards and honors include the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Benjamin H. Danks Award in Drama, a Kesselring honor, two grants from Lincoln Center’s Lecomte du Nuoy Foundation, and Soho Rep’s Dorothy Strelsin Playwriting Fellowship. Additionally, both GOD’S EAR and SOMEWHERE FUN were finalists for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Jenny co-chairs the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab with director Ken Rus Schmoll. Ken directed her play CAUSE FOR ALARM at the New York Fringe Festival way back when. Jenny received an MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University, is a graduate of Juilliard’s playwriting program, and a member of New Dramatists.

 

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Mary Shultz

(Cecelia) appeared most recently, in David Greenspan’s GO BACK TO WHERE YOU ARE at Playwrights Horizons. Also, at Playwrights, she was in Craig Lucas’s SMALL TRAGEDY, for which the ensemble received an OBIE. She has worked with Anne Kauffman previously in Lisa D’Amour’s RED DEATH, Adam Bock’s THE THUGS, and Kate Ryan’s DOT. Mary has appeared Off Broadway at many venues including NYTW, MTC, BAM, NYSF; and Off-Off Broadway at innumerable others, working with many wonderful artists. Mary is also the recipient of a Bessie Award, New Dramatist’s Charles Bowden Actor Award, and an OBIE for Sustained Excellence.

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Mary Spadoni

(Assistant Stage Manager) New York: GOOD PERSON OF SZECHWAN (The Foundry), VOLPONE (Red Bull Theater), LUTHER, ENFRASCADA, DOT (Clubbed Thumb), MAP OF VIRTUE (13P), PARADOX OF THE URBAN CLICHE (LAByrinth), SPY GARBO (3LD), THE BIRTHDAY BOYS (ArtEffects), THE BOOK OF GRACE (The Public). Regional: AVENUE Q, SYLVIA (Weathervane Theatre), CAMELOT, JIM HENSON’S EMMET OTTER (Goodspeed Musicals), BRINK!, A RAISIN IN THE SUN, GREAT FALLS, HEDWIG...INCH (Actors Theatre of Louisville). TV: "FatGuy". Mary is a graduate of St. Norbert College and a writer for www.piesetc.com.

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Japhy Weideman

(Lighting Design) Broadway: THE NANCE (Tony nom), CYRANO DE BERGERAC. Other New York: 4000 MILES, SLOWGIRL, ALL-AMERICAN, STUNNING, WHAT ONCE WE FELT (Lincoln Center Theatre); SONS OF THE PROPHET, TIGERS BE STILL (Roundabout Theatre Co); ALL NEW PEOPLE, WARRIOR CLASS, THE TALLS (Second Stage); WILD WITH HAPPY, THE SINGING FOREST (The Public/NYSF); FRANKENSTEIN (Soho Rep) (Drama Desk nom); JACK GOES BOATING (Drama Desk/Lortel Nom), LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT, LITTLE FLOWER OF EAST ORANGE (LAByrinth). Regional: ACT, Alley, Arena, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Huntington, La Jolla Playhouse, Magic Theatre, Old Globe, Shakespeare Theater, and Signature Theatre. International: West End, RSC, La Scala, Nederlandse Opera, Edinburgh Festival, Epidaurus Greece.

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Somewhere Fun Production Calendar

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 7pm "First Look"
Thursday, May 16th, 2013 8pm
Friday, May 17th, 2013 8pm "Night Out"
Saturday, May 18th, 2013 3pm
Saturday, May 18th, 2013 8pm
Sunday, May 19th, 2013 3pm

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 7pm "Members Appreciation"
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 7pm
Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 8pm
Friday, May 24th, 2013 8pm
Saturday, May 25th, 2013 3pm
Saturday, May 25th, 2013 8pm
Sunday, May 26th, 2013 3pm

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 7pm
Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 7pm
Thursday, May 30th, 2013 8pm
Friday, May 31st, 2013 8pm
Saturday, June 1, 2013 3pm
Saturday, June 1, 2013 8pm
Sunday, June 2, 2013 3pm

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 7pm Opening Night
Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 7pm
Thursday, June 6th, 2013 8pm
Friday, June 7th, 2013 8pm
Saturday, June 8th, 2013 3pm
Saturday, June 8th, 2013 8pm
Sunday, June 9th, 2013 3pm Post-Show Discussion

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 7pm Post-Show Discussion
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 7pm
Thursday, June 13th, 2013 8pm
Friday, June 14th, 2013 8pm
Saturday, June 15th, 2013 3pm
Saturday, June 15th, 2013 8pm
Sunday, June 16th, 2013 3pm

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 7pm Post-Show Discussion
Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 7pm
Thursday, June 20th, 2013 8pm
Friday, June 21st, 2013 8pm
Saturday, June 22nd, 2013 3pm
Saturday, June 22nd, 2013 8pm
Sunday, June 23rd, 2013 3pm

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Kathleen Chalfant and Kate Mulgrew Sled Down the Luge Track of Off-Broadway's 'Somewhere Fun'

By David Gordon, theatermania The veteran actresses discuss their work in Jenny Schwartz's new drama about love and death. They've never worked together before, but it's as though veteran stage actresses Kathleen Chalfant and Kate Mulgrew, now starring in Jenny Schwartz's Somewhere Fun at the Vineyard Theatre, are connected at the brain. Almost in unison th

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SOMEWHERE FUN Review Quotes

“IF YOU CARE ABOUT THEATRE THAT STRETCHES THE IMAGINATION, GO SEE THIS REMARKABLE PLAY!

★★★★ Constantly surprises and stimulates. Director Anne Kauffman's production is impeccable. And the actors rise to the challenge of a daunting text. PLAYWRIGHTS LIKE JENNY SCHWARTZ MAKE OUR LANDSCAPE SOMEWHERE STRANGE, HEIGHTENED AND INCREDIBLY FUN!"

– David Cote, Time Out New Yor

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What Do You Say As You're Dying?

By Laura Hedli Welcome to Building Character, TDF’s ongoing series about actors and how they create their roles Kate Mulgrew is lying on the floor, her upper body propped against a chair. She’s rehearsing a death scene. Hers. Instead of gravitas, though, her death is received with lively curiosity. Everyone in the rehearsal roo

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New York Times Feature: A Long Path to SOMEWHERE FUN

By Eric Grode Jenny Schwartz is a playwright who loves workshops. For anyone familiar with the protracted way most plays are developed today, that is a jarring position, akin to a Nascar driver who loves pit stops or a corpse who loves purgatory. Like those other way stations, closed-door workshops are where progress

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Kathleen Chalfant and Kate Mulgrew join the cast of SOMEWHERE FUN

The Vineyard Theatre proudly announces that its 30th Anniversary season will conclude with the world-premiere of Jenny Schwartz's SOMEWHERE FUN.  SOMEWHERE FUN reunites Ms Schwartz with director Anne Kauffman, who worked together on the Vineyard's critically acclaimed production of GOD'S EAR in 2008.  SOMEWHERE FUN will play a strictly-limited engagement f

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John Kander's THE LANDING, Richard Nixon Drama & More Set for The Vineyard in 2012-2013

The award-winning Vineyard Theatre will celebrate its 30th anniversary season after its enormously successful 2011-12 season – which included the acclaimed debuts of THE LYONS, OUTSIDE PEOPLE, NOW. HERE. THIS. and the developmental lab of THE LANDING – with new works by Douglas McGrath, Rajiv Joseph and Jenny Schwartz, to be

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