Release date: Jan 29, 2001
Contact: Deb Hammacher, Assistant Director, 404-727-0644, or email@example.com
Theater Emory Presents Southeast Premiere Of Wendy Hammond's "Jersey City " Feb. 15-March 3
Theater Emory travels difficult terrain in its latest production, the Southeast premiere of Wendy Hammonds "Jersey City." Ultimately the story of recovery and redemption, a scrappy teenage runaway finds the way to a new life amid the strip clubs and slums of Jersey City, escaping from violence and sexual abuse. The play will run Thursday, Feb. 15 through Saturday, March 3 in Emory Universitys Mary Gray Munroe Theater.
Fifteen-year-old Magaly, played by Emory student Taylor Dooley, flees
her Brooklyn home for Jersey City, N.J., a place described in idyllic
terms by a classmate. She finds herself on the seedy side of town and
is befriended by a stripper and strip club bouncer. The cast is completed
by Emory students Jennifer Hohensee and David Pollack and Atlanta actor
Ron Prather. Audiences are cautioned that this production includes explicit
language and frank depictions of sexual violence.
Theater Emorys long-standing relationship with Hammond is one
of the reasons acting Artistic Director Leslie Taylor chose one of her
plays for this season. "Weve worked with Wendy for years,
and shes someone I respected. I also wanted to do a work by a
woman," says Taylor. "She sent me a number of scripts, and
I chose this one. While its the far more difficult, it had more
student roles. And it spoke about a topic that often gets treated melodramatically,
but not as honestly as this did. I also thought the writing was economical
and beautiful," says Taylor.
Theater Emory is the producing organization of Emory University and
is affiliated with the Department of Theater Studies. Theater Emory
is a constituent member of the Theatre Communications Group, Inc., the
national organization of non-profit professional theaters, and a member
of the Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts. It operates under a Small
Professional Theater agreement with Actors Equity Association.
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