Nerds Rule in NYC World Premiere, Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen

News   Nerds Rule in NYC World Premiere, Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen Women's Project resurfaces Jan. 12, 2007, with a world premiere comedy, Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen, "a tale of beauty and the geeks," by WP Playwrights Lab member Kathryn Walat.

Loretta Greco directs at Off-Broadway's Julia Miles Theater. Opening is Jan. 21. Performances play to Feb. 11.

In the new comedy, "Vickie Martin is uber-popular. She's also wicked smart. Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen demonstrates that chaos theory rules when the third most popular sophomore is roped into joining the all-male, all-nerd Longwood High School math team, upsetting the axis of symmetry of boys becoming men. Will Vickie Martin invert the curve or become the coefficient for her team winning the state math championship? Can this goddess of Pi possibly become the common denominator that makes the mathletes victorious? Totally."

Jessi Campbell will play Victoria Martin. Playing the boys are Zachary Booth, Adam Farabee, Tobias Segal and Matthew Stadelmann.

The creative team includes set designer Robert Brill, costume designer Valerie Marcus Ramshur and lighting designer Sarah Sidman. Original music and sound design are by Daniel Baker.

"Finding and nurturing women theatre artists is the mission of Women's Project," stated Julie Crosby, Women's Project's producing director. "Kathryn Walat joined the Playwrights Lab in 2004. When her work was presented in a reading in our Women's Work festival last year, we knew it was destined for our main stage." Playwright Kathryn Walat's plays include Connecticut, Greenspace, Know Dog and Johnny Hong Kong. Her work has been produced at Salvage Vanguard (Austin), Perishable Theatre (Providence), The Hangar Theatre (Ithaca), and developed at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Boston Theatre Works, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, The Lark, and New Georges, where she is an affiliated playwright. She has been commissioned for Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Anthology Project/Humana 2007, and her newest play Bleeding Kansas will premiere next summer at The Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY. Walat received her BA from Brown University and MFA from Yale Drama School.

Director Loretta Greco's New York premieres include The Story (Public Theater, Audelco nominee/Kesselring Prize), Meshugah (Naked Angels), Lackawanna Blues (Public Theater), Two Sisters and a Piano (Public Theater/Kesselring Prize), Mercy (Vineyard), A Park in Our House (New York Theater Workshop), Rinne Groff's Inky (Women's Project), Toni Press Coffman's Touch (Women's Project), Karen Hartman's Gum (Women's Project) and Amparo Garcia's Under a Western Sky (Women's Project/ INTAR).

The Julia Miles Theater is at 424 W. 55th Street, just west of Ninth Avenue. Tickets for Victoria Martin, which are on sale now, are $40. Rush seats are $10.

Visit www.telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200.

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Founded by Julia Miles in 1978 in response to the lack of opportunities for women in theatre, Women's Project has staged over 120 productions, 450 readings and workshops, and published 10 anthologies of produced plays.

Visit www.womensproject.org.