Neena Beber's Jump/Cut, Focusing on Aspiring Filmmakers, Gets NYC Premiere by Women's Project

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The New York premiere of Neena Beber's Jump/Cut — a new, darkly comic drama about friendship, filmmaking and ambition — will begin Feb. 1 as the first production of Women's Project's new season, artistic director Loretta Greco announced.
Thomas Sadoski, Michi Barall and Luke Kirby.
Thomas Sadoski, Michi Barall and Luke Kirby.

Leigh Silverman directs the play, about an aspiring film director Paul (played by Thomas Sadoski), his girlfriend Karen (Michi Barall), and his lifelong buddy Dave (Luke Kirby), who "embark on a filmmaking adventure that captures the complications of the human heart and the ethics of ambition." It's billed as "a darkly humorous drama that puts obsessions, betrayals, and Steely Dan into the line of focus."

Jump/Cut was previously seen in Washington, D.C., in a highly-acclaimed Woolly Mammoth/Theater J co-production.

The Off-Broadway opening is Feb. 12 at the Julia Miles Theater, 424 W. 55th Street. Performances continue to Feb. 26.

Michi Barall (Karen) has been seen at Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, Berkeley Rep and La Jolla Playhouse. Canada's Luke Kirby (Dave) returns to the New York stage following his appearance in Sir Peter Hall's production of Troilus and Cressida at Theatre for a New Audience. For TV, he was in the CBS miniseries "Haven" and played the lead role in Peter Wellington’s feature film "Luck," immediately followed by the lead role in the film "Mambo Italiano" alongside Sarah Polley and Paul Sorvino. Thomas Sadoski (Paul) appeared on Broadway in Reckless as Mary Louise Parker's husband.

The set design is by Narelle Sissons, the lighting design is by ML Geiger, the costume design is by Miranda Hoffman, the original music and sound design is by Jill BC DuBoff and the projection design is by Brian Beasley. Playwright Beber received commissions from Actors Theatre of Louisville (Humana Festival of New American Plays), Playwrights Horizons, and Otterbein College, among others. Her one-acts have been included in the anthologies "The Best American Short Plays 1996-1997" and "Facing Forward." She has received the A.S.K. Exchange to the Royal Court Theatre, Distinguished Alumni Award from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and Paulette Goddard and MacDowell Colony Fellowships. She has written extensively for film and television and received Emmy and Ace Award nominations for her writing for children's television. She has contributed articles to American Theatre, Theatre, and Performing Arts Journal. Her plays include Hard Feelings (Women's Project), Thirst (The Public), The Dew Point (SPF/Summer Play Festival), A Common Vision (Magic Theatre) and Tomorrowland (New Georges). She holds a B.A. from Harvard and an M.F.A. from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Director Silverman directed the world premiere of Jump/Cut by Neena Beber for Woolly Mammoth Theatre and Theater J. She is directing Lisa Kron's Well on Broadway (opening March 30 at the Longacre Theatre), which she also directed at The Public Theater and at ACT (San Francisco). Her recent directorial credits include Oedipus at Palm Springs written by The Five Lesbian Brothers at New York Theatre Workshop, Wit on London's West End and at the Geffen Theatre (Los Angeles), Bad Dates at the Cleveland Playhouse, Big Times with Women's Expressive Theatre, How I Learned to Drive at Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan at Theater J, as well as shows at the Adirondack Theatre Festival, EST and Rattlestick.

The performance schedule for Jump/Cut is Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM (except on Sunday Feb. 12, when there is a 7 PM performance rather than 3 PM). There is an additional performance on Wednesday Feb. 22 at 2 PM.

All tickets are $52 (including $2 restoration fee) and can be purchased by going to Telecharge.com, calling (212) 239-6200 or visiting the box office at Julia Miles Theater.

For information regarding groups, single tickets and student rates, please call (212) 757-3900 or visit www.womensproject.og.

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Since 1978, Women's Project "has been devoted to producing rich and imaginative work for the American stage while cultivating the next generation of exceptional women theatre artists and redefining their position and influence in the 21st century." Founded by Julia Miles, and now under the leadership of Loretta Greco and Julie Crosby, the Women's Project has staged 115 productions, over 410 readings and workshops, and published eight anthologies of produced plays by women.

In October 1998, the Women's Project purchased an historic building on Manhattan’s West Side establishing a permanent home.

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