Sex, Lies & Virtual Relationships

March 16-23, 2014

This startling, funny, thought-provoking show examines the connect and disconnect of relationships in the age of the Internet.

PRESS

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THE PROGRAM

Produced by Ronda Spinak
Directed by Susan Morgenstern
Dramaturge Lisa Rosenbaum

Associate Producers: Susie Yure´ and Rose Ziff

Welcome ~ Ronda Spinak, JWT Artistic Director
Janis Nelson, JWT Board Chair

Connections
Written and performed by Shelly Goldstein.

I Love Facebook
Written by E. E. King. Performed by Kate Zentall.

Technobabble
Written by Jean Katz. Performed by Monica Piper or Shelly Goldstein, Graham Sibley & Abbe Meryl Feder.

Lost and Found
Written and performed by Kate Zentall.

Status Update
Written by Jamie Pachino. Performed by Abbe Meryl Feder & Graham Sibley.

Facebook Confession
Written by Julie Bram. Performed by Kate Zentall.

Navi Girl
Written for Jewish Women’s Theatre. Music & lyrics by Michele Brourman. Performed by Shelly Goldstein & Kate Zentall.

The Sky’s the Limit
Written by Elisa Wayne. Performed by Abbe Meryl Feder.

Cyber Obit
Written by Ellen Switkes. Performed by Kate Zentall & Ensemble.

Old Friends
Written by Suzanna Kaplan. Performed by Shelly Goldstein & Graham Sibley.

My Almost Night with the Mick
A Commission of JWT Written and performed by Monica Piper or Kate Zentall.

Hey, We’re Connected
A film by Ronda Spinak.

ARTIST BIOS

JULIE BRAM (Writer) is a full-time community volunteer and activist. As a founding partner of the Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund, she has been blessed to work with many remarkable non-profit organizations. Her passion lies in using education and communication to effect positive change in the world. She recently chaired the Jewish World Watch 2013 Los Angeles Walk to End Genocide. Julie currently serves on several advisory committees for a wide variety of charitable causes, including the Hand In Hand schools in Israel that educate Israeli Arab and Jewish children together and Hebrew Union College – School of Non Profit Management, where she serves as chair of its mentor program. Julie is married to Steve Bram, and they have two adult children, Ben and Alanna.
MICHELE BROURMAN (Songwriter) is a Johnny Mercer Songwriter Award winner whose songs have been recorded by Olivia Newton-John, Donny Osmond, Sheena Easton, and more. Her best-known song, “My Favorite Year,” recorded by Michael Feinstein, Cleo Laine, and Margaret Whiting, has become a cabaret standard. Broadway World recently wrote: “Brourman is an unquestionably amazing talent whose music should be heard by the whole world.” She composed the score for Dangerous Beauty, produced at the Pasadena Playhouse, with lyricist Amanda McBroom. She and McBroom created the songs for sixteen animated features for Universal Studios, including the beloved Land Before Time series. Her musical I Married Wyatt Earp, with lyrics by Sheilah Rae, was produced Off-Broadway, and her songs have been featured in television and film. Michele’s CD, Fools and Little Children, is available online.
ABBE MERYL FEDER (Actor) has been called “the greatest actress of her generation” by her grandmother. Hailing from the fabulous city of New York, her television credits include Ed, Eve, CSI:NY, Pushing Daisies, and Las Vegas, as well as the recent films The Internet Date and Brahmin Bulls. When not pursuing her craft, Abbe is director of operations at IKAR. Thank you, family, friends, and especially Fitz. More information available at www.facebook.com/abbemerylactress.
SHELLY GOLDSTEIN (Writer/Performer) has written for every genre of TV, film, and stage. Her one-woman shows have played to sell-out crowds throughout the US and UK. She co-starred with Sir Derek Jacoby and Vanessa Redgrave in the British film The Riddle and with Vinnie Jones in the Irish film Assault of Darkness. She has written or punched up sitcoms, dramas, films, lyrics, documentaries, animation, award shows, jokes, and special material for such artists as Steve Martin, Barbra Streisand, Sharon Stone, Justin Timberlake, Anne Hathaway, LL Cool J, Jane Fonda, Garry Marshall, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Yoko Ono. She wrote the book for the disco musical Last Dance, which work shopped on Broadway, and directed the critically acclaimed hit comedy The Vic & Paul Show in L.A. and Chicago.
SUZANNA KAPLAN (Writer) was born in Mexico City to an American mother and Mexican father. She performed on some of Mexico’s famous vaudeville stages, and acted in commercials, films, and on stage. Kaplan moved to the US where she started a translation service and language school. In Israel she married and had a baby. She also worked for a production company, writing and producing film scripts and museum guides used for fundraising worldwide. Back in the US, Kaplan read scripts for her husband, a producer of TV and feature films, and worked in freelance in Hispanic advertising. Kaplan’s writing credits include a novel, five feature-length scripts, several television treatments, a produced one-hour drama for Hispanic TV (Telemundo), and a segment for a TV show on Fox network.
JEAN KATZ (Writer) is the author of two books of poetry, Chaos and Dancing Stars (2003) and Losing Norm (2012), two chapters in Future Search in School District Change: Connection, Community, and Results, and eight chapbooks. Her poetry and essays have been published in ONTHEBUS, Spillway, Rattle, Writing for Your Life, The American Rabbi, the Journal of Learning Disabilities, The Journal of Career Educators, Inflections, and FutureSearching. The Wisconsin Library Association selected her as one of the Ten Outstanding Wisconsin Authors of 2003. In 1979-80 she co-founded the Los Angeles Very Special Arts Festival at the Music Center, showcasing the performing and visual arts abilities of students with disabilities in LAUSD and Los Angeles County school districts.
E.E. KING (Writer) is a performer, writer, biologist, and painter. Ray Bradbury calls her stories “marvelously inventive, wildly funny, and deeply thought provoking. I cannot recommend them highly enough.” Her books are Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, Real Conversations with Imaginary Friends, and Another Happy Ending. She has won numerous awards and been published widely. She has worked with children in Bosnia, crocodiles in Mexico, frogs in Puerto Rico, egrets in Bali, mushrooms in Montana, archaeologists in Spain, and butterflies in South Central Los Angeles.
BARBARA KOLETSKY (Assistant Producer) has produced many events, specializing in charitable organizations as well as the corporate and private sectors. She is a fundraiser for UCLA Food Closet for Children and Children of the Night. As a co-owner of Crown Car Wash Los Angeles and owner of RSVP Party Planning, she was responsible for all aspects of the businesses. Barbara was born in New York and moved to California in the late sixties. Additionally, she has worked in marketing for Polygram Records in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
JAMIE LEVINSON (Technical Director) graduated from Santa Monica High School in 2010. At Allegheny College he acted in two productions, The Cherry Orchard, where he played Yepikhodov, and Servant of Two Masters, where he played Florindo. During his primary education, he appeared in numerous talent shows.
SUSAN MORGENSTERN (Director) has been an actress since the age of five. Susan crossed over into directing when she began staging musical theatre concert readings while co-teaching American Musical Comedy with Tom Lehrer at U.C. Santa Cruz. She went on to teach and direct at the renowned Stage Door Manor, a performing arts camp in upstate New York. In Los Angeles, her direction of David Vowell’s The Ascension