RED FERN THEATRE COMPANY Proudly Presents the World Premiere of GOOD EGG

Can one be too cautious?

Written by
DOROTHY FORTENBERRY

Starring
ANDREA DAY DAN MCCABE*
*Actor Appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

Directed by KEL HANEY

THREE-WEEK LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
OCTOBER 21 – NOVEMBER 7, 2010
LABA THEATER AT THE 14TH STREET Y

OPENING NIGHT IS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23 AT 8PM

*GRAND RE-OPENING OF THE LABA THEATER
Monday, September 27, 2010 will be a Cabaret of Broadway stars, including Bryce Pinkham, Michelle Lookadoo, Aaron Lazar (special appearance) plus more, and silent auction as a benefit for the Red Fern Theater Company*

TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT THEATERMANIA.COM

RED FERN THEATRE COMPANY is pleased to announce the world premiere production of Dorothy Fortenberry’s GOOD EGG, directed by Kel Haney. GOOD EGG will play a three-week limited engagement at the LABA Theater at the 14th Street Y (344 East 14th Street between First and Second Avenues). Performances begin Thursday, October 21 and continue through Sunday, November 7. Opening Night is Saturday, October 23 (8 p.m.).

GOOD EGG is a funny and surprising play about bioethics, siblings, and the limits of unconditional love.

GOOD EGG is the story of responsible Meg, who has always been the caretaker for her bipolar younger brother, Matt. When she decides to get pregnant through artificial insemination, she contemplates having her embryos screened for bipolar disorder; this ignites a debate with her brother about bioethics and what it means to self-select “normal” traits.

Does Meg take the idea of “being responsible” too far?

*A portion of the proceeds from this production will be donated to The Family Center for Bipolar Disorder.

The production features scenic design by Scott Dougan costume design by Katherine Akiko Day, and lighting design by Chuan-Chi Chan. Colin Wambsgans composed original music, Katherine A. Buechner is the sound designer and Michal V. Mendelson* is the stage manager.

Good Egg plays the following regular schedule through Sunday, November 7:

Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 3 p.m. (No performance on Sunday October 24)

Additional performances on Monday October 25th and November 1st at 8pm

Tickets are $25 and are now available online at www.theatermania.com or by calling 866.811.4111. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater box office ½ hour prior to the performance.

Running Time: 90 minutes

Website: www.redferntheatre.org

Location: LABA Theatre at the 14th Street Y
344 East 14th Street between First and Second Avenues
4/5/6/N/R/Q to Union Square; L to First Avenue

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Our 2010-2011 Season is also made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency.

The Dramatist Guild Fund, The Josephine Foundation, and The Puffin Foundation, Ltd, have also made generous grants to make the 2010-2011 Season possible.

BIOGRAPHIES

DOROTHY FORTENBERRY (Playwright) is a Los Angeles-based playwright, originally from Washington, DC. Her work has been developed at Arena Stage, Ars Nova, Geva Theatre, New Jersey Rep, Perishable Theatre, and Studio 42, and produced by Chalk Rep, The Management, and Vital Theatre Company. She is the winner of the ASCAP Cole Porter Prize in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama, and has been nominated for the PONY Fellowship, the Weissberger Award and the Wasserstein Prize. Her plays include Good Egg, Caitlin and the Swan, Bibles and Candy, and the play with music Status Update (aka Large as Life and Twice as Natural) which will be workshopped this winter at the Odyssey Theatre in LA. She received an EST/Sloan commission, a residency at the Djerassi Program, and a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Dorothy is an alumna of Youngblood and a member of the Playwrights Union. MFA, Yale School of Drama.

KEL HANEY (Director) has directed and developed new work with such theatres as Ensemble Studio Theatre, Youngblood, New Dramatists, New Georges, Ars Nova, The Directors Company, 52nd Street Project, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Vampire Cowboys, Emerging Artists Theatre, Desipina & Company, the NY Fringe Festival & Westport Country Playhouse. She has collaborated with such playwrights as Robert Askins, Nikole Beckwith, Laura Maria Censabella, Carla Ching, Emily Conbere, Dorothy Fortenberry, Mira Gibson, Eric March, Rehana Mirza, Mrinalini Kamath, Jon Kern, Patrick Link, Eugene Oh, Kyoung H. Park, Erica Saleh, Matt Schatz, Emily Chadick Weiss and composer Michael Kooman. Kel was a ’08-’09 Ensemble Studio Director in Residence, is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and she served as the SDC Observer on the 2007 Broadway revival of Inherit the Wind (Doug Hughes, dir.). Associate Member of SDC. This winter, Kel will serve as the Jonathan Alper Directing Fellow on The Whipping Man at Manhattan Theatre Club. For more information: www.kelhaney.com

THE FAMILY CENTER FOR BIPOLAR DISORDER is dedicated to the compassionate support, treatment and understanding of bipolar illness within the context of the family. We treat patients and their families with our Family-Inclusive Treatment (FIT) program. Bipolar Disorder is a chronic, lifelong illness, just like diabetes and cardio-vascular disease. We recognize that preserving family health and stability is an essential part of successful treatment. http://bpfamily.org/home

THE RED FERN THEATRE COMPANY (RFTC), founded in March 2006, strives to provoke social awareness and change through its theatrical productions and outreach. Each play produced by the Red Fern Theatre Company addresses social issues that range in scope from local to global. Each production is paired with a philanthropy whose work relates to the social themes of the play. We educate our audience on the philanthropy’s mission, and a portion of the ticket sales from each play produced is donated to the designated philanthropy. By forming this association, RFTC is able to respond directly to the people affected by the issues addressed in the play. To date, Red Fern has produced the revivals of ten plays, one New York premiere, and the World premiere of a commissioned collection of short plays. The RFTC is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax exempt to the fullest extent of the law. Please visit us at www.redferntheatre.org.

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