Sex, Addiction & Love in the 21st Century – our first ever Zoom Salon!

June 27, 28 & 29, 2020

These dangerous, outrageous and oftentimes tender stories of the carnal sort will leave you panting and wanting more!

PRESS

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THE PROGRAM

Material Adapted, Curated, & Produced by Ronda Spinak
Directed by Susan Morgenstern • Assistant Director Aysha Wax Dramaturg Lisa Rosenbaum & Susan Baskin • Literary Manager Suzanna Kaplan South Bay Producer Liz Altman • San Francisco Bay Area Producer Carol Kirsh Assistant Artistic Director Andrew Fromer
Associate Producers Rose Ziff, Susie Yuré • Artistic Associate Daphna Shull Stage Manager Amanda Horowitz

Burning Me Up
Walk-in music written and recorded by Pontea.

The Night I Fall in Love
Written by Farnaz Solomon. Performed by Jasmine Curry, Sionne Elise, and Joshua Silverstein.

The Rose of Sharon
Written by Robin Uriel Russin. Performed by Michael Gabiano, Joshua Silverstein, and Jasmine Curry.

Donna
Written by Eve Lederman. Performed by Sionne Elise and Jasmine Curry.

Man Cave
Written and performed by Joshua Silverstein.

Love Lost
Written by Libby Schwartz. Performed by Jasmine Curry.

Not Going Anywhere
Music and lyrics by Sionne Elise. Performed by Sionne Elise.

Donning the Mask
Written by David Masello. Performed by Michael Gabiano.

The Hand-Me-Down Date
Written by Arla Sorkin Manson. Performed by Sionne Elise, Joshua Silverstein, and Michael Gabiano.

My Name is X
Written by X. Performed by Jasmine Curry and Joshua Silverstein.

In Her Left Hand
Written by Molly M. Murray. Performed by Sionne Elise.

Come Be
Music and lyrics by Jack Bradley. Performed by Michael Gabiano and Sionne Elise.

The Magic of Shel’s Birth — A Commission of Jewish Women’s Theatre.
Written and performed by Joshua Silverstein.

ARTIST BIOS

LIZ ALTMAN (Writer) wrote “Almost a Sacrifice,” previously performed at the JWT salon Unknown Stories of Biblical Proportions.  Other credits include song lyrics for activities at the University of Michigan and the Dallas Bar Follies; co-directing, co-writing, and performing in the annual SMU law school follies.  JWT:  Advisory board member and South Bay producer.  Professional:  Vice president of a real estate company.  Hobbies:  tennis, art, and travel.  Special love to her muse, Louis.

PONTEA BANAYAN (Songwriter) was born and raised in LA and writes songs of empowerment, self-love, and relatable experiences of the human condition, showcasing her pop-driven songwriting and vocal abilities. She has performed coast to coast with her multi-form shows featuring sponta- neous beat boxing, piano, and a steel pan drum, all testament to her eclectic flair. Find more informa- tion and links to her music at iampontea.com.

SUSAN BASKIN (Dramaturg) wrote the Academy Award winning Film, Violet, and has written extensively for television and film. Her essays have been published in The Los Angeles Times Magazine and Los Angeles Magazine. Susan has written a number of pieces for JWT including “I, Citizen,” which was commissioned by Jewish Women’s Theatre. She is currently at work on a novel.

JACK BRADLEY (Songwriter) is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer originally from New Orleans. He was raised in Los Angeles, where he currently resides. A mostly self-taught musician, he has composed original music for film, and writes/performs his own original songs. He enjoys the “Three B’s”: breakfast food, banjos, and good books. More of his work can be heard at www.jackbradleymusic.com.

JASMINE CURRY (Actor) trained at New York University, Experimental Theatre Wing, and was a resident actor at Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley, PA. She studied improv and sketch writing with The Groundlings Theatre and iO West. Jasmine has worked in educational theatre with Writers Room Productions, California Weekly Explorer, and The Imagination Machine. Most recently she portrayed the Stage Manager in Our Town at Pierce College and will be appearing in Noises Off this May.

SIONNE ELISE (Actor/Songwriter) graduated magna cum laude from UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film, and Television. Apart from today’s show, you’ll see her appear in two upcoming feature films, Killer Cheerleader on the LifeTime Network and Sign Man, hitting the festival circuit in January 2021. Sionne is more than excited to reprise her performance with Jewish Women’s Theatre, telling incredible stories with incredible performers. Thank you and enjoy! IG: @sionneelise

ANDREW FROMER (Assistant Artistic Director) a Los Angeles native, grew up as an active member in the Jewish community through Stephen Wise Temple. He attended Windward School in Mar Vista, where his career as an actor began in the school plays and musicals. After completing his BFA in theater at
UC Santa Barbara and an exciting year of living in Israel, Andrew returned to LA for acting and producing. His TV credits include Never Have I Ever (Netflix) and Anger Management (FX); feature film credits include Highway to Havasu (Billy/Producer) and The Sweet Life (Mike/Assistant to Production). Andrew also edits and directs and is excited to be coordinating this year’s iteration of NEXT @ The Braid, JWT’s Emerging Artists Fellowship. Find out more info at www.jewishwomenstheatre.org/next. Andrew also serves as Teen Engagement Coordinator and Communications Manager for congregation Or Ami in Calabasas.

MICHAEL GABIANO (Actor) NYC Theatre: World premieres of Awaken the Wolves (Spotlight On/ New Village Productions), Steven McElroy, director; The Amaziiing Colossal Thing (Vital Theatre Co.), David Hilder, director. LA Theatre: The Man Who Came to Dinner (Group Rep), Bruce Kimmel, director; Hillary and Monica (Argus Productions), Joel Zwick, director; Reunion (Blackhart Productions), Kay Cole, director; Saturday Night at Grossinger’s (TheatreWest), Susan Morgenstern, director; Naked Christmas (P6/Celebration Theatre), Jonathan Levit, director. Regional: Raft of the Medusa (NJ Repertory Co.), ART, The SantaLand Diaries (Tri-State Actors Theatre), Amadeus (D’ART/ Wilton Playshop), Twelfth Night (Performance Studio). Film: Sam Hu’s Last Day, A 2nd Opinion, Never Say Macbeth. Television: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, General Hospital, Days of our Lives, Sean Saves the World, The Horrible, Terrible Misadventures of David Atkins. Michael holds a BA in theatre from Western Connecticut State University and is represented by MINC Talent.