Love and the Internet: Comedy Manhattan Casanova Premieres in Westchester in October

News   Love and the Internet: Comedy Manhattan Casanova Premieres in Westchester in October
Hudson Stage Company, the resident professional company at Pace University's Briarcliff Manor campus in Westchester County, NY, will present the world premiere comedy Manhattan Casanova in the fall.

Producers Denise Bessette, Dan Foster and Olivia Sklar announced the autumn Hudson Stage plans (to include a first-ever subscription option) July 25.

Jenny Lyn Bader's Manhattan Casanova is billed as "a dazzling and witty romantic comedy about compulsive seduction, love in the time of cyberspace and meeting one's match."

Jenny Lyn Bader is the co-author, with Bill Brazell, of "He Meant, She Meant: The Definitive Male-Female Dictionary - What Men Think They're Saying, What Women Really Mean" (Warner) and has been a frequent contributor to The New York Times. She has written pilot scripts for HBO (Billy Crystal's Face Productions), NBC (Untitled Tarses-Burke Project), and the WB (Laura Ziskin Productions).

Her play None of the Above was produced by New Georges at the Ohio Theatre, starring Alison Pill, and appears in the collection "Under Thirty: Plays for a New Generation" (Vintage).

Her plays have also been published in "Leading Women" (Vintage), "Heaven and Hell: A Divine Comedy" (DPS), and "Best 10-Minute Plays: 2004" (Smith & Kraus), and produced at the Humana Festival of New American Plays, City Theatre, and the NY International Fringe Festival ("Best of Fringe" selection). Bader was a Lark Playwriting Fellow. She has received commissions from Actors Theatre of Louisville, New Georges, and White Bird Productions. She is currently working on a musical with Joseph Stein, Susan Birkenhead and David Pomeranz.

Manhattan Casanova won the Edith Oliver Award for comedy at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference. The award is for the play that, in the spirit of the late New Yorker critic, "has a caustic wit that deflates the ego but does not unduly damage the human spirit."

Performances will play Oct. 27-Nov. 11, 8 Pm Fridays-Saturdays and matinees 3 PM Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $25, and $20 for seniors/students.

An HSC staged reading series kicks off at the Croton Free Library with Jeffrey Hatcher's two-hander, The Mercy of a Storm 7:30 PM Sept. 15.

The reading is free to the public with a Q&A following. Croton Free Library is at 171 Cleveland Drive, Croton on Hudson, NY.

HSC performs under the Actors' Equity Small Professional Theatre contract and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers' contract.

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