The Space Between

June 14-25, 2017

See how a new generation takes on the comedy and heartbreak of reaching for common ground.

THE PROGRAM

Executive Program Producer Abbe Meryl Feder
Produced by Amirose Eisenbach and Sigi Gradwohl
Adapted and curated by Vanessa Espino, Gina Loring, Christian Prentice, Vicki Shairer and Daphna Shull
Directed by Rachel Bernery Needleman, Lisa Cirincione, and Abigail Marks
Social Media & Marketing by Andrew Fromer and Chelsea London Lloyd
Assistant Director/Tech Director Michelle Altman
Stage Manager Barbara Koletsky
Associate Producers Susie Yuré and Rose Ziff
Artistic Director Ronda Spinak
Producing Director Susan Morgenstern
Managing Director Sharon Landau

THE PROGRAM

The Truth about Millennials
Written by the NEXT Arts Council. Performed by the Ensemble.

Gotta Burn
Music and lyrics by Jesse Macht. Performed by Jesse Macht.

Lakewood
Written by Rachelle Davidowitz. Performed by Kyla Schoer and Zoe Lillian.

First They Ignore You
Written by Adam Rotstein. Performed by Michael Hanson.

My Sheets and My Body
Written by Kaitlin Mamie. Performed by Donnabella Mortel and Jesse Macht.

How We Break It
Music and lyrics by Jesse Macht and Audra Mae. Performed by Jesse Macht and Zoe Lillian.

My Friends Tied but I Did Knot
Written by Sigi Gradwohl. Performed by Zoe Lillian.

A Marine Comes Home
Adapted from an interview with Arturo Alonso by Vicki Schairer and Lisa Cirincione. Performed by Michael Hanson and Donnabella Mortel.

Me, Myself and I
Music and lyrics by Jesse Macht. Performed by Jesse Macht.

Daphna’s Butt
Written by Daphna Shull. Performed by Donnabella Mortel, Zoe Lillian, Jesse Macht, and Kyla Schoer.

The Second Best
Written by Julie Mayerson Brown. Performed by Zoe Lillian, Kyla Schoer, and Donnabella Mortel.

North Star
Music and lyrics by Dan Omelio, Jesse Macht and Emily Kitter. Performed by Jesse Macht.

Intervention #2, How May I Connect You
Written by Max Mondi. Performed by Jesse Macht.

Breathing
Written by Molly Murray. Performed by Michael Hanson.

Finding My Truth
Written by Vanessa Espino. Performed by Kyla Schoer.

Stereotypical Millennials
Written by Vicki Schairer and Abby Marks. Performed by the Ensemble.

ARTIST BIOS

ART ALONSO (Writer) was born in Santa Barbara, California, and grew up in Carpinteria. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2001 and served from 2002 to 2008 in the Marine Corps Reserves as a CH-53E avionics technician. He was deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan, in 2004. His unit, HMH-769, was based out of Edwards Air Force Base in the Mohave desert. He currently resides in San Diego, where he works as an electronics technician for General Atomics. In his free time he enjoys gardening, fixing vintage hi-fi stereos, cooking, playing guitar, and practicing Jiu Jitsu.

MICHELLE ALTMAN (Assistant Director) grew up in the South Bay, then moved to the Midwest, and graduated from Drake University with a BFA in theatre/acting with a concentration in directing. She then moved to Chicago to pursue her career in theatre before coming back to LA to work with JWT. Directing credits include The Chocolate AffairSure ThingA Smell of Burnt FeathersImmature (co-writer), When Angels WeptEverybody Needs a Good Night OutThe Titus Andronicus Project(co-writer/producer), Fishbowl: A Dramatic Improv. JWT credits include Fried Chicken & Latkes (Tech Director/Stage Manager), Temptation, Matzo Ball Diaries, and Exile: Kisses on Both Cheeks (Assistant Director).  Thank you to all who support the arts community!

RACHEL BERNEY NEEDLEMAN (NEXT Director) is a director, performer, and producer of classical and new works. Rachel has directed Gigi Bermingham in Cabaret Noel, as well as workshops and readings of new plays for the Blank and Skylight theatres and Theatricum Botanicum. She is also an affiliate member of Antaeus Theatre Company, where she directed Tennessee Williams’ one-acts in Ten by Tennessee for ClassicsFest and worked as assistant director and dramaturge (Cloud 9, Henry IV, Wedding Band, The Liar, and others).  She has appeared onstage at Antaeus, Sierra Madre Playhouse, Independent Opera Co., and Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera and also works as a voice actor. Rachel trained at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and Washington University in St. Louis, where she was founding artistic director of a theatre troupe focusing on new plays and imaginative reinterpretations of the classics.

LISA CIRINCIONE (Actor) was recently cast in Francis Ford Coppola’s upcoming project Distant Vision.  She currently stars in and produced the short film Porcupine, which made its World Premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival and has now played at nine film festivals around the globe, including the Napa Valley Film Festival and The San Antonio Film Festival. Lisa recently shot an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! with NBA Legend, Mr. Ron Artest, and can be seen in national commercials including a spot for Sky Italia with Sandra Oh, and in the comedy web-series, Mrs. Gary, for which she won Best Supporting Actress at The Los Angeles Web Festival. Lisa received LA WEEKLY and LA Drama Critic’s Circle nominations for the role of Catherine in Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge at Pacific Resident Theatre.  Lisa is extremely proud to be an Artist in Residence with JWT and deeply thanks Ronda and the rest of the team for this continued opportunity to tell such powerful stories.

RACHELLE DAVIDOWITZ (Writer) grew up in the South Bay and studied neuroscience at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA.  Recently graduated from the USC School of Dentistry with a DDS degree, she is now pursuing a career in pediatric dentistry but has always enjoyed creative writing. From a young age Rachelle collected stories to tell. She is the youngest of six children, and as the saying goes, “Little pitchers have big ears.” Her mother, a psychiatrist and published author, encouraged her to keep writing throughout dental school to “stay sane,” as she herself did throughout her own medical school years. Rachelle is very grateful to Jewish Women’s Theater for including her piece in their show and hopes to continue telling stories.

AMIROSE EISENBACH (NEXT Arts Council Fellow, Producer) is a writer and producer with over a decade of entertainment experience, having worked at Warner Bros., Fox Interactive Media, and most recently AMC Theatres editorial. While at AMC, she launched their independent film division, including a weekly Women in Film segment.

VANESSA ESPINO (Writer) graduated from Cal State Fullerton University with an emphasis in playwriting and was a KCACTF regional finalist for her original play Odilia, which was remounted for the Hollywood Fringe Festival and won the Hollywood Fringe Scholarship and Inkwell Playwrights Promise award. She has written several other well-received plays.

ABBE MERYL FEDER (Producer) hails from the fabulous city of New York. When not pursuing her craft, Abbe is the proud Producer of NEXT @ The Braid, a brand-new program of Jewish Women’s Theater, which invites the next generation of artists to share their voice. She also shares her love of style as a stylist for Stella & Dot. Her film and tv credits include Sex Ed (film), Brahmin Bulls (film), The Internet Date (film), Pushing Daisies (tv), CSI:NY (tv). Twitter and Instagram: @iAMFeder.

ANDREW FROMER, (Social Media, New Media Distribution) a Los Angeles native, received a BFA in theater at UC Santa Barbara then lived in Israel and dived into filmmaking.  He has acted in AMP Creative’s Highway To and Mockingbird Pictures’ The Sweet Life. Andrew also edits, directs, and hosts his own podcast on the entertainment industry, SideKickBack Radio.

SIGI GRADWOHL (Writer) is a Swiss-Israeli-American actress, comedian, writer, and content creator and a proud member of this year’s Young Arts Council of JWT’s Next at The Braid. Sigi is a member of Theatre of NOTE. Favorite theater credits include her critically acclaimed role of Daphna in Bad JewsThe Diary of Anne Frank (Best Leading Actress) and Askance (Scenie Award). TV: Girl Meets World and Jessie (Disney), The Middle (ABC), Chelsea Handler’s After Lately. FILM: James Franco’s Killing Animals, Spare Parts (winner of OutWest Film Festival). Sigi co-created the award-winning digital series Bad Nannies, SigNHil, and The Dating Chronicles and stars in the viral YouTube hit Girls Are Assholes. She is grateful for the unwavering support of her family, friends, and community of artists here in Los Angeles. www.sigigradwohl.com

MICHAEL HANSON (Actor) is a graduate of UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film, and Television and has appeared in shows at Pacific Resident Theatre (The Lion in Winter, Our Town, Suburbia, and Fata Morgana); at Rogue Machine (Nice Things); at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center (The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later); at the now defunct Powerhouse Theatre (<