suddenly last summer

Previews:
February 9th @8pm
February 10th @7pm
February 9th @8:30pm

Runs:
February 15th & 16th @8pm
February 17th @7pm
February 18th @8:30pm

February 22nd & 23rd @8pm
February 24th @7pm
February 25th @8:30pm


March 1st & 2nd @8pm
March 3rd @7pm
March 4th @8:30pm

The Alexander Technique Center for Performance and Development
330 West 38th Street, Room 805, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Purchase tickets on Brown Paper Tickets. Reserve to purchase tickets at door by emailing date, name and number of tickets to lisa@mississippimudproductions.com.

Cast:

Mrs. Venable -- Johanna Leister*
Dr. Cukrowicz --Austin Pendleton
Miss Foxhill -- Jody Prusan
Mrs. Holly -- Maureen Mooney*
George Holly -- Gene Gallerano*
Catharine Holly -- Jen Danby*
Sister Felicity -- Allison Plamondon**
 
* Member of Actors Equity
** Member of Canadian Actors Equity

Johanna Leister JOHANNA LEISTER (Violet Venable) most recently played in Beyond the Horizon at Irish Rep in NYC and in a 2012 Roland Emmerich pilot for ABC. She grew up in Texas, started her training at American Conservatory Theatre Training Congress in San Francisco, and studied acting at HB Studio with Uta Hagen and Carol Rosenfeld. She continues to study with Austin Pendleton. Broadway: Whose Life Is it Anyway w/Mary Tyler Moore, Tartuffe w/Victor Garber, Dracula w/Raul Julia, and Whodunnit w/Fred Gwynne. Television: 4-years as Phoebe Smith on The Edge Of Night, Mariane in Tartuffe for PBS Great Performances, Liz Posen in the Kennedy mini-series starring Martin Sheen and a 2012 Rol & Emmerich pilo. Film: Thanksgiving, A Size Too Small, and A Picture is no Substitute. Regional: Long Wharf, Geva, Actors Theatre Louisville, Alley, Pioneer, Walnut Street, Two River. Additional NY Theatre: Rattlestick, Gorilla Rep, Dodger Theatre Productions, Riverside Shakespeare, HB Playwrights, Samuel French Festival. National Tour: Jill Mason in Equus. Directors she has worked with include Ciaran O'Reilly, Roland Emmerich, Jon Jory, John Dexter, Michael LIndsay-Hogg, Pamela Berlin, Stuart Vaughan, Stephen Porter. For HB Playwrights & HB Ensemble: The Chase, Bury the Dead, and The Sleeper Awakens. Ms. Leister taught acting for four years In the Saturday program of American Academy of Dramatic Arts and has the privilege of teaching at HB Studio. Thanks to Jim and Andrew.
 
Austin Pendleton AUSTIN PENDLETON (Dr. Cukrowicz) most recently, in New York, directed, & stepped into a role in, Ivanov at CSC, starring Ethan Hawke. He has just directed The Birthday Party at Steppenwolf, where he is a member of the Ensemble. He has directed several Mississippi Mud productions, including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and is now preparing productions of A Streetcar Named Desire, Vieux Carre, and Lust, among others, for Mud. He won an Obie in 2011 for directing Three Sisters for CSC, with Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal. He has acted in many movies & television episodes. His last Broadway appearance was in The Diary of Anne Frank,with Natalie Portman & Linda Lavin, in a script revised by Wendy Kesselman, in whose musical, The Black Monk, he also appeared. He has written three plays: (Orson's Shadow, produced at Mud after its off-Broadway run in 2005 at the Barrow St. Theatre, directed by David Cromer; Uncle Bob, which has been produced in NY, around the country and internationally; and Booth, which starred Frank Langella in its productions in New York, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and New Haven's Long Wharf Theatre; as well as the libretto for A Minister's Wife, music by Josh Schmidt & lyrics by Jan Tranen, produced in 2011 at Lincoln Center). All of these works have been published. He teaches acting at HB Studio, in New York.

Allison Plamondon ALLISON PLAMONDON (Miss Foxhill) Last seen on stage in the one-woman play, See Bob Run at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity (Outstanding Performance in a Solo Show). Other NY theatre includes Io in Prometheus Within at La MaMa ETC in a performance the NY Times called a "standout", Roberta in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea at The Nuyorican Poets Café, Angels of Swedenborg with Ping Chong and Company (La MaMa Etc/62 Center for Theater and Dance) and the world premiere of The Old House at HB Playwrights Theatre. Canadian favorites include Fire and Anne of Green Gables at the Charlottetown Festival, Dames at Sea at the Jubilee Auditorium and Aladdin at the historic Elgin Theatre. Allison is also an accomplished dancer and choreographer. Currently, the short film Allison choreographed, Curfew, is nominated for a 2013 Academy Award for Live Action Short. allisonplamondon.com

 
Maureen Mooney MAUREEN MOONEY (Mrs. Holly) celebrates over 30 years in show business. Theatre credits include: Mod Donna (Public Theatre), L'Ete (Cherry Lane Theatre), The Possibilities (American Theatre of Actors) and touring with The Borstal Boy and The Prime of Jean Brodie. Television audiences remember Maureen originating the role of "Ann Jeffers" on the Guiding Light, "Stacey Coles" on All My Children," Diane Flannery"on Another World and the “Nanny” on One Life to Live. Film credits include The French Connection, Midnight Cowboy, Hell High and BL Stryker. Maureen has sold from soup to nuts, singing and dancing in over 100 network TV commercials. Her training includes work with Austin Pendleton, Lee Strasberg, William Esper, Kristin Linklater, and Judith Liebowitz . AEA, SAG-AFTRA.
 
Gene Gallerano GENE GALLERANO (GeoRge Holly) Theatre: Ivanov (w/Ethan Hawke) at CSC (dir. Austin Pendleton), The Clearing (dir. Josh Hecht), True.Love.Dies. (dir. Reed Birney), Autobahn, War In Paramus, Kate Crackernuts The Flea, In a Year With 13 Moons PS122, Romeo & Juliet, things i found on craigslist. Film: Bottle Rocket, Must Play Well With Others, Running Funny (with Louis Zorich), grown. TV: Law & Order, Assume The Position. Director/Writer/Actor of the feature film, The Talk Man. Upcoming: The Austin Pendleton Project, Taking your bra off in 49 Days. Co-Founder of The Neboya Collective. neboyacollective.com
 
Jen Danby JEN DANBY (Catharine) Founder and Artistic Director of Mississippi Mud. With Mud: Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire (dir. Brian Lady & Austin Pendleton), Vivien Leigh in the Mud revival of Orson's Shadow opposite Andy McCutcheon as Larry Olivier (dir. Lauren Reinhard), Vivien Leigh: The Last Press Conference (dir. Austin Pendleton), Maggie the Cat in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (dir. Austin Pendleton). Coming this summer in Mud: Blanche in Streetcar and Jane in Vieux Carre both directed by Mr. Pendleton, & in rehearsals Helena in Lust and a new work written and performed by Miss Danby, The Blonde Bombshell Project. Select theatre: Hedda Gabler, Valparaiso, The Rimers of Eldritch (dir. Amy Wright at HB Studio), and Maggie Brunswick in the world premiere of Birmingham Reunion with OneHeart. Film/TV/New Media credits include Run #3, True Hollywood Sitter, and Paula and Bad Pictures with The Wooster Group. Ken Park Talent 212.566.8672 kenparkmgmt@aol.com. jendanby.com. AEA, SAG-AFTRA.
 
Emily Davis JODY PRUSAN (Sister Felicity) Delighted to be working with Mississippi Mus Productions! Recent credits include: Political Suicide: Ernest Thompson writer/director, Mississippi Mud Productions- Suddenly Last Summer and A Street Car Named Desire, HB Playwrights Theatre- Short A Man, Lila's Ashes, Bury The Dead. Ahmanson: She Loves Me, Saint Luis MUNY: Showboat, Lobero: Little Shop of Horrors, NY: DealNews.Com, Guiding Light, Sesame Street and numerous commercials, industrials, children's CD's. Training: CLO Musical Theatre workshop, RADA, Stella Adler, Gordon Hunt, HB Studio & Austin Pendleton. AEA, SAG- AFTRA. connectingtalentcompany.com
 

The wealthy Violet Venable attempts to bribe Dr. Cukrowicz, a psycho-surgeon from a New Orleans mental hospital that is desperately in need of funds, into lobotomizing her niece, Catharine Holly. Violet wants the operation performed in order to prevent Catharine from defiling the memory of her son, the poet Sebastian. Catharine has been babbling obscenely about Sebastian's mysterious death that she witnessed while on holiday together in Spain the previous summer.

For more information please contact lisa@mississippimudproductions.com.