Episode #25: Family Secrets with Debbie Kaspar and Rosie Moss

In this episode, Maureen is joined by guest host Andrew Fromer to chat with two actors from our first salon of the season, Debbie Kaspar and Rosie Moss! Debbie is a two-time Emmy-nominated writer and an award-winning comedian who has written for Roseanne, The Rosie O’Donnel Show among others. Rosie is a JWT veteran having performed in Guilty Parties last year; she has alos starred in Lifetime’s miniseries The Rookie and theatre goers will know her from starring performances at The West Coast Jewish Theatre and The Odyssey.

Have a listen to hear about the tantalizing revelations that await in our first salon of the year, Family Secrets! Hear some preview pieces from the show and dive into the experience of what its like to act in JWT’s signature style Salon Theatre.

Performances in this episode:
Uf Gozal
Music and Lyrics by Arik Einstein and Miki Gavrielov
Performed by Rosie Moss

My Sissy Boo
written and performed by Debbie Kaspar

Family Secrets credits:
Material Adapted, Curated, and Produced by Ronda Spinak
Directed by Susan Morgenstern and Lisa Cirincione
Dramaturg Lisa Rosenbaum
Literary Manager Suzanna Kaplan
South Bay Producer Liz Altman
San Francisco/Bay Area Producer Carol Kirsh
Assistant Producer Barbara Koletsky
Associate Producers Rose Ziff and Susie Yuré
Artistic Associate Daphna Shull
Assistant Artistic Director Andrew Fromer

Episode #25: Family Secrets with Debbie Kaspar and Rosie Moss2019-02-19T19:14:42-08:00

Episode #24: Season 11 Preview with Ronda Spinak

JWT Artistic Director Ronda Spinak returns to the podcast to let us know what’s in store for our incredible 11th season of our unique storytelling experiences known as Salon Theatre. Listen now for some tidbits on Family Secrets, It’s a Life and True Colors as well as insight into the process of putting together our one-of-a-kind style of show, how the pieces get chosen and what does it mean to attend a Salon at JWT.

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Episode #24: Season 11 Preview with Ronda Spinak2019-02-13T13:44:18-08:00

Episode #23: Monica Piper in Not That Jewish

Happy Hannukah! Emmy Award-winning comedy writer and comedian Monica Piper (bio below) joins Lisa and Maureen for a very special holiday episode of the JWT Podcast, giving listeners a tantalizing preview of her incredible one woman show, Not That Jewish, now playing at The Braid in Santa Monica after a triumphant run Off Broadway. Ever wonder what it means to have a Jewish heart? Or how about how did Monica go from English teacher to award-winning comedy writer/performer/producer? Have a listen and find out…

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MONICA PIPER was a Campfire Girl … in the Bronx.  “You sense your life isn’t normal when you’re sitting on the D train with a bag of marshmallows and a twig.”

Monica began her career as a high school English teacher. While finding it rewarding, she had to move on. “I couldn’t handle the money and prestige.” Realizing her passion was making people laugh, she studied improv with Second City in Chicago and performed with the Wing and Papaya Juice in San Francisco. She then went solo as a stand-up and soon became one of Showtime Network’s Comedy All Stars. It wasn’t long before she landed her own Cable Ace Award–winning Showtime special, No, Monica, Just You, and was nominated for an American Comedy Award as one of the top five female comedians in the country. Monica was recruited by Ms. Barr herself to write on Roseanne, after which she went on to write for Mad About You and Veronica’s Closet

Monica was now a mother, and sitcom hours meant too much time away from her son, so she turned to animation. After writing for the adult cult favorite Duckman, she became head writer of the #1 children’s animated series Rugrats, for which she won an Emmy. She then developed and wrote series for Nickelodeon, Disney, and Cartoon Network.

Monica returned to her first love, performing. As a stand-up, she headlines fundraising events for organizations including the City of Hope, the Jewish Federation, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Brandeis Committee, and the Premiere Oncology Foundation, as well as Jewish groups nationwide. 

Monica also works in the corporate world as a motivational comedian. As a breast cancer survivor, she inspires audiences everywhere to lose the stress and Find the Funny in their personal and professional lives.

An artist-in-residence with Jewish Women’s Theatre, Monica performs original pieces for their At-Homes Salon Theatre Series and is eternally grateful to JWT and Gail Solo for commissioning her critically acclaimed one-woman play, Not That Jewish, which earned an LA Drama Critics Circle nomination for Best Solo Performance of 2015. Monica is thrilled to bring Not That Jewish back to LA after its hit seven-month run off-Broadway.

Monica recently enjoyed playing the role of Bess Myerson in Barra Grant’s Miss America’s Ugly Daughter at the Broad Stage Edye Theater in Santa Monica.

Monica lives in Santa Monica with her dog, cat, and son, Jake, whom she loves and adores “almost every day.”

Episode #23: Monica Piper in Not That Jewish2019-02-19T19:15:53-08:00