Written/Directed/Produced by: Erika Jenko
Synopsis + History
This was my first full-length play written shortly after I got out of college. The format was inspired by Reader's Theater and centered on monologues, movement and short scenes to tell the story.
Based entirely on my relationship with my mom and gramma, the script dives into our family history and specific events that focus on the pain and joy that come from facing the past and moving forward.
The whole thing started off as a blog where I vented about my inabilty to find love. Needing an audition monologue for an actor's showcase in Los Angeles, I used the blog as audition material, and it was a hit. Once I got cast in the showcase, I used the blog and knew immediately after that I needed to develop it into a full-length script.
Once the script was developed to include the history of mom and gramma, I cast a short run of the show in Los Angeles. We played multiple venues, occasionally switching out ensemble members. A couple years later, I had moved to New York and took the show with me. The show played different cabaret theaters and saw a whole new cast.
Looking back on this piece, I'm incredibly proud of it. It was a lot of firsts. First self-produced production. First full-length script.
Cast/Crew + Production History
Los Angeles Cast:
Mom: Beth Bryson, Emily O'Connor
Gramma: Cat Day
Lighting Designer: Casey Kimble
New York Cast:
Erika: Erika Jenko, Kimberly Abrams
Mom: Beth Bryson, Allyson Ansel, Charlotte Munson
Gramma: Paula Rivera, Ashley Timm
ComedySportz (Los Angeles, CA)
Actor's Workout Theater (Hollywood, CA)
Grand Central Art Center (Santa Ana, CA)
Hollywood Fringe Festival (Hollywood, CA)
Manhattan Repertory Theater (New York, NY)
The Underground Lounge (New York, NY)
The Celebrity Club (New York, NY)