JOE EGG is a dark comedy, and while there are no sexually explicit or violent scenes, parents may want to consider if their children's sense of humor is mature enough to understand the dark nature of the comedy.
A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG is a dark comedy about a couple trying to deal with the hardest kind of parenthood; their only daughter Josephine has cerebral palsy, is wheelchair bound and can not communicate. Bri and Sheila's marriage is on the brink from the stress of Joe's afflictions, her grandmother Grace opines how "lovely if she was running about," and their friends Pam and Freddy drop by hoping to encourage them to be a little selfish and put Joe in a proper facility. But by the end of the night Bri is having morbid fantasies and no one is left "sitting about like Joe Egg."
A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG cast and staff:
|Greg Oliver Bodine* (Freddie)
is thrilled to be making his debut with Retro Productions in this play!
New York theatre: Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab,
HERE, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Metropolitan Playhouse, Manhattan
Theater Source, American Globe Theater, FringeNYC, Theater Ten Ten and
WorkShop Theater Company. Recent roles include Johnny in his
one-act, The Fatwā of Corpsman Johnny Jones (Semi-finalist,
2012 Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival; directed by Kathy MacGowan)
and Montresor/Alfred in his solo adaptation of two Edgar Allan Poe
short stories, Poe, Times Two (2012 NYIT Award nominee for Outstanding Solo Performance; directed by DeLisa White). Film: Movie 43; Television: Law & Order: SVU, Guiding Light, As The World Turns and Saturday Night Live.
Training: M.F.A. UNC-Chapel Hill. Special thanks to
Heather, Peter and everyone at Retro for this amazing opprotunity!
|Becky Byers* (Joe) Theater: Vampire Cowboys' Geek! (Honey), Gideon Productions' Advance Man and Blast Radius (Ronnie), readings of A Discourse on the Wonders of the Invisible World (Rebekkah) with Playwrights Horizons and Women's Project, Retro Productions' The Runner Stumbles (Louise) co-produced with The Bleecker Company and Dear Ruth (Miriam), Flux Theatre Ensemble's Dog Act (Jojo- NYIT Nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress) and Hearts Like Fists (Nina), DMTheatrics' Two Gentlemen of Lebowski (Bonnie/Choreographer) and Bitch Macbeth (Prime Asbury). Piper McKenzie's Craven Monkey and the Mountain of Fury (Air Minion/Spunky Monkey) and Willy Nilly (Cass/Choreographer - FringeNYC). Film: Derelict Films' Play Hooky (Megan), Guy in His Basement Productions' Go Scratch (Kelly), The Electric Mess' She Has a Funny Walk. Becky is a 2010 NYTheatre.com Person of the Year. www.beckybyers.net|
Heather E. Cunningham* (Sheila) most recently played Martha Washington in the world premiere of Your Colonel at the Metropolitan Playhouse and Ethel Rosenberg in a developmental reading of Mozzlestead's Trial. Off-Broadway: Mrs. Shandig, The Runner Stumbles - The Bleecker Company/Retro Productions; Prisoner, Far Away - New York Theatre Workshop. Indie Theater: Benefactors (NYITAwards nominee Outstanding Acctress in a Lead, Outstanding Production), The Desk Set (NYITAwards nominated Outstanding Production), Women and War (world premiere), Holy Days (NYC premiere) Still Life (Back Stage East "Performance to Remember") - Retro Productions; Mrs. California (NYC premiere) - River Heights Productions; HB Playwrights Theatre, Metropolitan Playhouse Living Literature Series; Laviathan Lab, Boomerang Theatre Company; Young Playwrights; KEF Productions. B.F.A. Theatre Performance, Denison University. Proud member of the Mozzlestead Development Cast, SAG-AFTRA, AEA and Retro Productions. For additional credits please visit www.heathercunningham.net
|Emily Jon Mitchell* (Grace). As actor: Regional theatre: The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Oldcastle Theatre Company); True West (Chenango River Theatre); In New York, most recently: An Ideal Husband; Macbeth; The Cherry Orchard; Ivanov; The Fifth of July; Becket; A Lie of the Mind; True West; Tasting Memories (with Rosemary Harris, Alvin Epstein); The Madwoman of Chaillot (Understudy for Anne Jackson); Wit; The Firebugs; Uncle Vanya; Midsummers Night Dream; 'Tis Pity Shes a Whore. Training: Boston University, Michael Howard Studios. As playwright: Book Signing; What We Talk Aboutt; Autumn Quartet (Emerging Artists Theatre). Proud member of AEA. EFMITCH@Yahoo.com.|
|Matthew Trumbull* (Bri). Retro Productions: The Desk Set, Dear Ruth. Will be reviving the solo play he wrote, The Zebra Shirt of Londely Children at the 2013 Minnesota Fringe Festival in August, after debuting it last year at the 2012 FringeNYC Festival, where it was extended into the Encore Series and won a FringeNYC Award for Overall Excellence, Solo Performance. Off Broadway: Theaterjam 3 (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater). Indie Theatre: Metaphor; Glee Club; Effie Jean in Tahiti; Play Russia; When is a Clock; The White Swallow; What to Do to a Girl; The Most Wonderful Love (Blue Coyote Theater Group). As You Like It (Boomerang Theatre Company) Tray (Brick Theater). DEINDE (Flux Theatre Ensemble). Action Philosophers (Impetuous Theater Group). Nowadays; Inheritors; The Scarecrow; Metamora; The Show-Off (Metropolitan Playhouse). Infectious Opportunity (Nosedive Productions). Tour: Charlotte's Web (Theatreworks/USA). "Soundtrack Series," May 2011. NYTheatre.com People of the Year, 2009. Love to Stephanie.|
|Kristen Vaughan (Pam) was most recently in Songs of Love by Nat Cassidy in the New York International Fringe Festival and Mac Rogers' award winning Honeycomb Trilogy in which she played Amelia Cooke. Kristen won the NYITAward '2011 Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role' for her portrayal of Jane in Benefactors with Retro Productions. She was previously nominated for Bunny in The Desk Set and Sunny in Mill Fire, also with Retro. Martin Denton named Kristen a NYTheatre.com person of the year for 2010. Kristen has a B.A. in Theatre from the University of WI-Madison.|
(director) Off-Broadway: Rumspringa (The Bleecker Street Theater), The Runner Stumbles (Retro Productions at the Arclight Theatre). Also for Retro; Holy Days, Benefactors (2011 NYITAward nomination for Outstanding Production), and Women and War. Other directing credits include Reike on the Plains, Found, Overnight, Always, Numbers, It's Time (HB Playwrights Foundation Theatre), So Long Lives This (American Globe Theatre) and Smile: A Country Rock Musical (Deane Center for teh Performing Arts in Wellsboro, PA). He recently finished directing the film, Hypothetically
starring Vincent Pastore (premiering this year at The Cannes Film
Festival). He's worked as an actor with Steppenwolf Theatre, The
Goodman Theater, The Feffen Theater, The Milwaukee Rep and others.
Love to c, b, and a.
Peter Nichols (playwright). Born 1927, in Bristol, England. Writer for stage and screen, he was educated at Bristol Grammar School and served his compulsory National Service as a clerk in Calcutta and later in the Combined Services Entertainments Unit in Singapore where he entertained the troops alongside John Schlesinger, Stanley Baxter, and Kenneth WIlliams, before going on to study acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. While working as a teacher he became a succssful television writer. His first play for the stage was The Hooded Terror. He later wrote A Day in the Death of Joe Egg for the stage, because he thought it would be unacceptable for television. Other plays include The National Health, Privates on Parade, Passion Play, Blue Murder and Poppy. Nichols is often considered an especially autobiographical playwright, and has chronicled much of the background to his plays in his published autobiography and diaries. Joe Egg is based on Nichols' own experiences of raising a handicapped child (his daughter died of cerebral palsy at the age of 11); The National Health draws on a hospital stay of his own, while Privates on Parade draws on his own military experiences.
Jack and Rebecca (Beckie) Cunningham (set design) designed Retro's 2012 OB production of The Runner Stumbles. Previous designs for Retro include Benefactors, The Desk Set, Holy Days, When You Comin' Back, Red Rider?, Mill Fire, The Tender Trap, What I Did Last Summer, and Still Life. The Innovative Theatre Awards nominated their Mill Fire set for best scenic design. Rebecca's costumes for Summer and scenic design for The Desk Set also received nominations. Rebecca is professor emerita of Brooklyn College and the author of two costume textbooks, The Margic Garment, 2ed, and The Basics of Costume Construction, 2ed. Rebecca received USITT's 2008 Distinguished Achievement Award in Costume Design and Technology. Jack has designed productions for opera, summer stock, Off-Off Broadway and regional theatre. Jack's play, Women and War, is published by Samuel French. Jack and Rebecca will be honored this spring by Brooklyn College Department of Theater as Outstanding Theater Alumni.
(dialect coach) has been coaching dialects in NYC for the last 10
years. He graduated from NYU with a BFA in Drama and is a current
faculty member both at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School and
Playwrights Horizons Theater School. www.charleylayton.com.
Jacqueline Reid (lighting design) is a lighting designer and stage manager currently teaching at Rutgers University. New York - Lighting for Retro Productions The Runner Stumbles and Dear Ruth, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, Bleecker St Production Stage Manager for Brian Brooks Moving Company. Los Angeles - Resident Lighting Assistant for the Los Angeles Opera, Resident Lighting Designer for The Actor's Gang. Also in LA - Ebony Repertory Theatre, AMDA, Pasadena Playhouse, Princess Cruises and CalArts. Other lighting credits include Trying and Cradle of Man for Victory Gardens Chicago; Rembrandt's Gift for Madison Repertory Theatre, The Young Playwrights Festival and Tick, Tick...Boom for Pegasus Players, Antigone, House of Bernarda Alba, and The Oresteia (Joseph Jefferson Citation Nomination) for Greasy Joan & Company. www.jacquelinereid.com.
Ricardo Rust* (stage management) is the recipient of the 2008 National Actors' Equity Roger Sturtavant Musical Theater Award. His previous Retro Productions credits include the off-Broadway run of The Runner Stumbles, Dear Ruth, Women and War, and Benefactors. Additional Off-Broadway and Regional credits include: Smile: A Country-Rock Musical, Hillbilly Women, Mystery of Edwin Drood, Love Letters, On Golden Pond, Bed, Boys & Beyond, The Oresteia and Wait. As an actor Ricardo received San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Cirtic Circle Nominations for Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour) and Thrill Me (Nathan). He is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association. www.ricardorust.com.
Seung Kyu Shin (master painter) is an M.F.A. set designer in the Design and Tech program at Brooklyn College. He has designed sets for several school productions including; Rajiv Joseph's Gruesome Playground Injuries, Lanford Wilson's The Rimers of Eldritch and A Festival of One Act Plays (co-designer). Outside of school he has designed sets for EJC Calvert's Fast in Fire at Theatre for the New City.
Sara Slagle (properties design). New York: Much Ado About Nothing, Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, Spring Tides, Hamlet (Boomerang Theatre Co.); Othello, Lend Me a Tenor, The History Boys, Master Class, Dreamgirls (The Gallery Players); Arthur Miller's The Last Yankee (Theatre Row); Montgomery Suttons Your Colonel (Metropolitan Playhouse); Death for Five Voices (Prospect Theatre Co.); Honey Fist, Sans Merci (Flux Theatre Ensemble).
Jeanne Travis (sound
design and original music) is a freelance sound designer, composer, and
stage manager raised in Texas and based in New York City. Most
recent designs include the Off-Broadway revival of The Runner Stumbles (Retro Productions), The Particulars (NYCFringe), Advance Man, Blast Radius, Sovereign (Gideon Productions), King Lear, Pericles, Prince of Tyre (ABTC), BEARS
(Sans A Productions). Jeanne is also sound designer for The
Soundtrack Series founded by Dana Rossi. Retro company member
since 2008. jeannetravis.tumblr.com.
(press representative) is a public relations consultant for the
performing arts. Her clients include Nylon Fusion Theatre
Collective, T. Schreiber Studio, Ted Greenberg's The Complete Performer, and Theaterlab. She is thrilled to work with Retro Productions on A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. Also a producer, Lanie is a Time Warner Foundation Fellow of the 2012-2014 Lab at Women's Prject Theater, NYC.
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