I, Robot! Atlantic Theater Co. Announces Cast for NYC Premiere of Lauded Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow

News   I, Robot! Atlantic Theater Co. Announces Cast for NYC Premiere of Lauded Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow Atlantic Theater Company announced the cast for the New York premiere production of Rolin Jones' The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, the quirky play about an ingenious woman who creates a robot double, launching ATC's 20th season Aug. 31.

Jackson Gay will direct Michael Cullen (Off-Broadway's Bug), Linda Gehringer (the world premiere of Jenny Chow in California), Julienne Hanzelka Kim (Broadway's Metamorphoses), Ryan King (Off-Broadway debut), Matthew Rauch (Signature Theatre Company's Book of Days) and Eunice Wong (Target Margin's Faust in Love) at ATC's digs in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. Opening is Sept. 19. The limited engagement ends Oct. 15.

In the play, "Jennifer Marcus (played by Julienne Hanzelka Kim) is just an average American girl who re-engineers obsolete missile components for the U.S. Army from her bedroom," according to ATC notes. "Afraid to leave her house, yet desperate to find her birth mother in China, she uses her technological genius to devise a new form of human contact." Expect a robot double to seek out the birth mother.

Playwright Rolin Jones received both the American Theatre Critics' Association Elizabeth Osborne Award for an Emerging Artist and Orange County Weekly’s 2004 Best New Play Award for The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow. His play The Jammer won the 2004 Edinburgh Fringe Festival Fringe First Award for Best New Writing prior to a New York International Fringe Festival staging. Jones is currently an NEA/TCG playwright-in-residence at Yale Repertory Theatre and a staff writer for Showtime's new series "Weeds," starring Mary Louise Parker. Jones graduated from the Yale School of Drama in 2004.

The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow received its world premiere production at South Coast Repertory Theatre, and is blossoming in American regional theatres.

The creative team includes Bernard Telsey Casting, scenic designer Takeshi Kata, lighting designer Tyler Micoleau, costume designer Jenny Mannis, sound designer Daniel Baker, with original music by Matthew Suttor and production stage management by Robyn Henry. The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow will play Tuesday through Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 & 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. All tickets are $50 and are available by calling Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 (Telecharge.com).

Atlantic Theater Company is located at 336 West 20th St (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues). For membership information, wheelchair seating, and/or group sales call (212) 691-5919, ext. 102.

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, artistic director; Andrew D. Hamingson, managing director) is the award winning Off-Broadway theatre "dedicated to producing great plays simply and truthfully utilizing an artistic ensemble." For more information, visit www.atlantictheater.org.

From Left: Michael Cullen, Ryan King, Eunice Wong, Julienne Hanzelka Kim, Linda Gehringer and Matthew Rauch
From Left: Michael Cullen, Ryan King, Eunice Wong, Julienne Hanzelka Kim, Linda Gehringer and Matthew Rauch Photo by Monique Carboni
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