Can you imagine not knowing your own identity? The Good Adoptee is the riveting and outrageous true story of award-winning playwright Suzanne Bachner’s search for her birth parents as she confronts the uncooperative and often arrogant bureaucracy that guards New York State’s sealed records. Once opening Pandora’s Box, can she integrate her dual identities and still remain “the Good Adoptee”? The show has won awards for Best Autobiographical Script and Best Actress when it premiered in NYC’s United Solo Theatre Festival and was named a Best Play by Indie Theater Now. The Good Adoptee is written and directed by Suzanne Bachner, performed by Anna Bridgforth, dramaturged by Bob Brader with lighting and sound design by Katie Chai.
Have you ever had to give up something you love? Smoker is Bob Brader’s acclaimed solo comedy about his 28 year love affair with smoking. As Bob tries to break up with his first love: “those sweet Camel lights” he realizes all the complex connections he has through smoking: how it helped him through a turbulent childhood, created jobs, opportunities and community, and one particular connection almost too precious to let go. At once hilarious and cautionary, Smoker is pertinent for anyone who has ever experienced an addiction; substance or otherwise. Smoker won the Best Autobiographical Show Award at United Solo. The show is written and performed by Bob Brader and directed and developed by Suzanne Bachner with lighting design by Katie Chai. The London Press proclaimed “Smoker is Addictive Theatre fueled by Brader’s masterful storytelling and acting talent, a show that must not be missed!”
JMTC Theatre is an award-winning, artist-driven theatre company committed to creating powerful, visceral theatrical experiences that are provocative and transformative. By partnering with national and international non-profit organizations, JMTC combines art and advocacy to raise funds and awareness. Founded in London by Patrick Hillan in 1994, JMTC Theatre is based in NYC and has produced over 50 productions in New York City including Suzanne Bachner’s Off Broadway hit Circle and her celebrated kaleidoscopic memoir play, We Call Her Benny and Thom Fudal’s daring production of Shakespeare’s Othello starring Patrick Hillan and Geoffrey Owens. JMTC is the winner of four OOBR Awards, 14 Best in Fest Awards and Spirit of the Fringe from the London Fringe.
Full length performances of Spitting In The Face Of The Devil, The Good Adoptee and Smoker run in repertory at The Bridge Theatre @ Shetler Studios (244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor, bet. Broadway and 8th Avenue) starting January 2nd. Smoker opens Wednesday January 2 at 2PM and runs Sat. Jan. 5 at 7PM, Tues. Jan. 8 at 7PM and Sat. Jan 12 at 2PM. The Good Adoptee opens Wednesday, January 2nd at 7pm and runs Sat. Jan. 5 at 2PM, Wed. Jan 9 at 2PM, Fri. Jan. 11 at 7PM and Sun. Jan, 13 at 2PM. Spitting In The Face Of The Devil opens Thursday January 3rd at 7PM and runs Sun. Jan. 6 at 2PM, Wed. Jan. 9 at 7PM and Sat. Jan. 12 at 7PM. Each show is 80 minutes. A talk back with the artists will follow each performance.