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Andy Karl and Melissa Gilbert Lead Benefit Reading of Chasing The River For The Joyful Heart Foundation

Andy Karl and Melissa Gilbert Lead Benefit Reading of Chasing The River For The Joyful Heart Foundation

Chasing The River

Olivier Award winner Andy Karl will star in a benefit reading of Chasing The River by Jean Giebel. Karen Carpenter (Delia & Nora Ephron’s Love Loss and What I Wore) will direct the presentation at The Pershing Square Signature Center’s Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre on Monday January 29th (7pm).

Raul Castillo, Melissa Gilbert, Deborah Rayne and Adina Verson join Karl in this play is set in a small town in Pennsylvania, in which a young woman returns home to the scene of the horrible events that changed the course of her life forever. As she searches for a way to make peace with her past, new revelations and unexpected reunions clash with her memories of her childhood. Forced to face the painful truth, she begins to realize that even though life dealt her a losing hand, there might still be a chance to turn things around. It all depends on how she plays her cards.

“We are thrilled at the opportunity to use Jean’s powerful play, Chasing The River, to support and shine a light on the critical work of The Joyful Heart Foundation,” explains director Karen Carpenter.  ” Their transformative work promotes a holistic approach to healing for survivors. They have been reforming legislation to ensure greater access to justice and healing for survivors, and changing the way society thinks about, talks about, and responds to this violence. In this pivotal time of the #MeToo movement and the #TimesUp initiative, we look forward to using the power of art, to contribute to the tipping point that enables us to transform our society for the better.”

The Joyful Heart Foundation works to transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, support survivors’ healing, and end this violence forever. Joyful Heart is paving the way for innovative approaches to treating trauma, igniting shifts in the way the public responds to this violence, and advancing policies and legislation to ensure justice for survivors.  www.joyfulheartfoundation.org

Karen Carpenter is a director, dramaturge, producer and teacher, best known for directing premieres of new works for the stage.  Off-Broadway:  Love, Loss And What I Wore (Drama Desk Award:  Best Unique Theatrical Experience, 3-year run); Handle With Care (New York Times Critic’s Pick); Witnessed by the World (59E59); BULLDOZER: The Ballad of Robert Moses starring Constantine Maroulis; Regional: Wizard of Oz (Surflight); Vagina Monologues (Bucks County); Steel Magnolias (Paper Mill Playhouse); Admit One (world premiere, New Jersey Rep); Classical: Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park (American premiere, Indy Opera); Frankenstein with artists Michael Arthur and Andre Miripolsky, Rite of Spring with Roger Rees, (Indianapolis Symphony); Festivals: The 24 Hour Plays starring Michael Keaton (Festival de Sole); Spoolie Girl (Midtown International Theatre Festival); Former Artistic Director of the William Inge Center for the Arts, and it’s festival honoring a singular playwright for distinguished achievement in American theater each year. Former Associate Artistic Director of the Tony-winning Old Globe Theater, where she directed Abi Morgan’s Splendor (American premiere, Critic’s Choice,), Nilo Cruz’s Two Sisters and a Piano (Critic’s Choice, L.A.Times), Jeffrey Hatcher’s Smash (Patté Award), and Harold Pinter’s Betrayal (Craig Noel Award, The Reader’s “Best Bet”). Her OGT production of As You Like It was chosen Best of the Year by San Diego Magazine.  Managing Director of The Figment Factory, an event-based company delivering spectacles for Playhouse Square, Cleveland, The Million Women Heart Project, Donna Karan’s Urban Zen, the inaugural Clinton Global Initiative, and the United Nations/World Health Organization. Former chair, MFA Stage Management at Yale School of Drama.  Alum of Boston University. www.kcdirector.com

Tickets are now on sale, priced $20 to $200, and can be purchased online at TicketCentral.com; by phone at 212/279-4200; or in person at 416 West 42nd Street (12 noon to 8pm daily).

Chasing The River  is produced by RAINY DAY PRODUCTIONS in association with AARON GRANT THEATRICAL.  Aaron Grant is the Executive Producer.

For more information visit www.rainydayproductionsnyc.com/RIVER, e-mail River@theatrical.agor call 347-954-9157.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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