Mary Jane

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By Amy Herzog
Directed by Anne Kauffman

2017/18 Season

September 6, 2017—October 29, 2017

Run time is approximately 95 minutes

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Following 2013’s Belleville, named one of the best plays of the year by the New York Times, Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Herzog and two-time Obie-winning director Anne Kauffman return to New York Theatre Workshop with MARY JANE. During a rain-drenched summer in New York City, an indefatigable single mother navigates the mundane, shattering and sublime aspects of caring for a chronically sick child.

MARY JANE is produced in association with Yale Repertory Theatre where it was commissioned and received its world premiere in April 2017.


NEWS

  • Sherrie/Dr. Toro

    Off-Broadway: Our Lady of 121st Street (UnionSquare Theater), In Arabia We’d All Be Kings (Center Stage NY), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (The Public), The View from 151st Street (The Public), Living Out (2nd Stage), The Little Flower of East Orange (The Public),  Water By The Spoonful (Hartford Stage, 2nd Stage), Unmerciful Good Fortune (Intar), The Next Stop (Repertorio Español), Sistah Supreme (PS 122, Access Theater, George Street Playhouse), Knee Jerk Reaction (Aaron Davis Hall), Queen Latina & The Power Posse (HERE), Othello (NYU Skirball), Between Riverside and Crazy (Atlantic, 2nd Stage). Regional: Story of a Soldier (European Tour), Have You Seen Us? (The Long Wharf), The Blameless (The Old Globe), Othello (European Tour), Viva La Vida (Bay Street Theater). Film & TV: The Purge: Election Year, Collateral Beauty, Won’t Back Down, Righteous Kill, United 93, Unfaithful, Freedomland, Breaking Brooklyn, Taking Chance, “Law & Order,” “L & O: Criminal Intent,” “L & O: SVU,” “Blue Bloods,” “Louie,” “Unforgettable,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Dexter,” “Hung” and “How to Make It in America.”

  • Mary Jane

    Broadway: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Tony nomination). Off-Broadway: Placebo (Playwrights Horizons). Regional: Three Sisters, The March (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Arena Stage); The Girl in the Yellow Dress (Next Theatre Company); The Real Thing (Writers’ Theatre); Magnolia (Goodman Theatre); Bronte (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company), and four seasons with the American Players Theatre in Wisconsin. Film: Gone Girl, Strange Weather. Upcoming film: Steven Spielberg’s The Papers, Steve McQueen’s Widows.  TV: 2017 Theatre World Award winner for her performance in Virginia Woolf as well as a 2016 Critics’ Choice Award winner for “The Leftovers.” She currently has an Emmy nomination for FX’s “Fargo.”

  • Amelia/Kat

    NYTW: Othello. Off-Broadway: Twelfth Night (The Public), Men On Boats (Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb), Washeteria (Soho Rep), Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature), School Girls (MCC Playlabs). Regional: Another Word for Beauty (Goodman). Film & TV: After Party, “The Blacklist,” “Elementary.” Training: The Juilliard School.

  • Brianne/Chaya

    New York: Tribes (Barrow Street Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Obie Award, Theatre World Award, 2012 Clarence Derwent Award); When the Rain Stops Falling (Lincoln Center Theater); In the Wake, The Singing Forest, The Poor Itch (Public Theater); Sasha in Ivanov (Lake Lucille); Swimming in the Shallows, The Dear Boy (Second Stage Uptown); The Last Sunday in June (Rattlestick and Century Center for the Performing Arts); Women or Nothing, The Hiding Place, 10×25 (Atlantic Theater Company). Regional: Knickerbocker (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Passion Play (Yale Rep); Proof (Alliance and Rep Theatre of St. Louis); Frame 312 (Alliance); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Black Dahlia); as well as Long Wharf, Denver Center, Bay Street, Sundance Institute, NYS&F, Ojai and multiple seasons at Williamstown. TV: “House of Cards,” Becky Flynn on ABC’s “Scandal,” “Black Box,” “Elementary” (recurring), “Power,” “The Good Wife,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Numbers,” “The Sopranos,” “Law & Order: CI” and “Law & Order: SVU.” Film includes: Manchester by the Sea, Christine, Alex of Venice (dir. Chris Messina), Emilie, No Beast So Fierce, In the Studio, and Irrational Man (dir. Woody Allen).

  • Ruthie/Tenkei

    NYTW debut. She has worked in New York extensively – Broadway: The Crucible (Ivo Van Hove); Spinning into Butter (Daniel Sullivan); Come Back, Little Sheba (Michael Pressman); The Grand Manner (Mark Lamos); Pygmalion (Peter Grindley) and The Big Knife (Doug Hughes). Off-Broadway: Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexuals Guide… (Michael Greif; Obie Award); Pocatello (Davis McCallum); Talking Heads (Michael Engler; Obie Award); Stuff Happens (Daniel Sullivan). As a member of The Guthrie Theater Acting Company, under Artistic Director Garland Wright, she appeared in over 35 productions including Medea, A Woman of No Importance, King Lear, Richard III, The Seagull, Home and The Misanthrope. She has worked all over the country with renowned directors Daniel Sullivan, Bartlett Sher, Les Waters, Lucian Pintilie and Robert Woodruff, among others. Internationally, she appeared in two tours of the Peter Sellars acclaimed production The Children of Heracles. On film she has worked with Sam Mendes (American Beauty), Karyn Kusama (XX) and Michel Franco (Chronic). Other work includes St. VincentSoldierLet Me In and the upcoming Woman Walks Ahead. Her television credits include “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Mildred Pierce,” “Law & Order” and “Boston Legal.”

Amy Herzog / Playwright

Amy’s plays include After the Revolution (Williamstown Theater Festival; Playwrights Horizons; Lilly Award), 4000 Miles (Lincoln Center; Obie Award for the Best New American Play, Pulitzer Prize Finalist), The Great God Pan (Playwrights Horizons), and Belleville (Yale Rep; New York Theatre Workshop; Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist; Drama Desk Nomination). Amy is a recipient of the Whiting Writers Award, the Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Helen Merrill, the Joan and Joseph Cullman Award for Extraordinary Creativity, and the New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award. She is a Usual Suspect at NYTW and an alumna of Youngblood, Play Group at Ars Nova, and the SoHo Rep Writer/Director Lab. She has taught playwriting at Bryn Mawr and Yale. MFA, Yale School of Drama.

Anne Kauffman / Director

Broadway: Marvin’s Room. Off-Broadway: A Life (Lortel, Drama League and Drama Desk nominations), Marjorie Prime (Lortel and Drama League nominations), Detroit, Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra and Maple and Vine at Playwrights Horizons; The Nether at MCC; Smokefall at MCC, The Goodman Theater and South Coast Rep; Buzzer at the Public Theater; You Got Older (Drama Desk nomination) with P73 Productions; Belleville at Yale Rep, NYTW and Steppenwolf; Hundred Days at Under the Radar, Z Space and The Know Theater; The Muscles in our Toes at Labyrinth Theater Company; Somewhere Fun and God’s Ear (also with New Georges) at the Vineyard Theater; Stunning and Slowgirl at LCT3; You Better Sit Down: Tales from My Parents’ Divorce with the Civilians at Williamstown, ArtsEmerson and The Flea. Anne is a founding member of the Civilians, a Clubbed Thumb Associate Artist, where she helped create the CT Directing Fellowship, a New Georges Associate Artist, a Sundance Program Associate, member of the Artistic Council of Soho Rep, and an Executive Board Member of the SDC. Awards include OBIES for Directing and for Sustained Excellence, the Joan and Joseph Cullman Award for Exceptional Creativity from Lincoln Center, the Alan Schneider Director Award, and two Barrymore Awards.

Laura Jellinek / Scenic Design

NYTW debut. Broadway: Marvin’s Room. Off-Broadway: The Antipodes, Everybody, The Wolves, A Life (Lortel award, Drama Desk nomination), Marjorie Prime, The Nether (Lortel nomination), Buzzer. Regional: Yale Rep, Bard Summerscape, Cincinnati Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Opera: Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Boston Lyric, Opera Philadelphia, Atlanta Opera. Obie for Sustained Excellence.

Emily Rebholz / Costume Design

NYTW: The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World. Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen, Oh, Hello on Broadway, If/Then, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Extensive Off-Broadway and Regional Design most recently at the Santa Fe Opera (Lucia Di Lammermoor and Don Giovanni).

Japhy Weideman / Lighting Design

NYTW: What’s It All About, Food and Fadwa. Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Significant Other, Bright Star, The Visit (Tony Nom), The Nance (Tony Nom), Of Mice and Men (Tony Nom), Airline Highway (Tony Nom), Sylvia, Old Times, The Heidi Chronicles, Macbeth (Drama Desk Nom), Cyrano de Bergerac and The Snow Geese.

Leah Gelpe / Sound Design

NYTW: The Invisible Hand. Off-Broadway: The Harvest, Slowgirl (LCT3); Antlia PneumaticaGrand Concourse, The Big Meal (Playwrights Horizons); Night is a Room (Signature). Other NY: Of Government, Card & Gift (Clubbed Thumb); Judy (P73). Regional: Guthrie, Longwharf, Berkeley Rep, A.R.T., Yale Rep. Awards: Connecticut Critics and Lucille Lortel.

Kathy Fabian/Propstar / Properties Superisor

NYTW: Othello. Recent Broadway: Indecent, Sunday in the Park, Falsettos, Fiddler on the Roof, On Your Feet!, The King and I, An American in Paris, The Real Thing, The Realistic Joneses, If/Then, Rocky, The Bridges of Madison County, I’ll Eat You Last, Kinky Boots. Off Broadway: Turn Me Loose (Westside Theatre).

Dave Bova & J. Jared Janas / Wig, Hair & Makeup Design

NYTW: Othello, Red Speedo, Lazarus. Broadway: Sunset Boulevard, Bandstand, Indecent, The Visit, The Real Thing, Violet, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Motown, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, All About Me, Next to Normal. TV: “Six by Sondheim,” “Scream Queens,” “Gotham,” “Mozart in the Jungle.”

Lisa Ann Chernoff / Stage Manager

NYTW debut. Broadway: Oslo, The King & I, The Bridges of Madison County, Golden Boy, Catch Me If You Can, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Ragtime, Shrek. Off-Broadway: Pocatello; Detroit; Rapture, Blister, Burn; Prayer for My Enemy (Playwrights Horizons); Kingdom Come (Roundabout). National Tour: Spamalot.

Ryan Gohsman / Assistant Stage Manager

NYTW debut. Off-Broadway: The Light Years, Antlia Pneumatica, Detroit, Maple And Vine (Playwrights Horizons); Here Lies Love (The Public); The Death of the Last Black Man…, Chéri (Signature); Pretty Filthy (Civilians). Regional: Gotta Dance (Chicago), Thumbprint (LA Opera). London: Here Lies Love (Consultant, National Theatre), The Last Hotel (Royal Opera Studio).