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Up Next: Monday matinee, December 10th

West End Theatre Club Presents
Equally Divine: The Real Story of the Mona Lisa
a workshop presentation of a new play

by Jenny Lyn Bader

directed by Julie Kramer
Monday, December 10th at 2pm


The West End Theatre
in the Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew
263 W. 86th St., 2nd floor


Paris, 1911. The Mona Lisa is stolen from the Louvre Museum. During her captivity in a squalid apartment, the painting comes to life, plots her escape, and offers her unique perspective... Along the way, she introduces us to the Leonardo da Vinci, the apprentice who became his lover, and the secrets behind the smile.

 

Reservations recommended:

equallydivine at gmail dot com

Pictured: Fengar Gael, Lee Hunkins, Maxine Kern, Caridad Svich, Kara Lee Corthron, Dael Orlandersmith, & Jenny Lyn Bader. Photo © Lia Chang

Emmanuelle Chriqui & John Lloyd Young reading Best Friends (W.E.T. Love Benefit), published in Best 10-Minute Plays: 2011.

BIO

Jenny Lyn Bader's plays include Mona Lisa Speaks (Core Ensemble), which premiered at the Berklee College of Music and was also seen at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts; In Flight (NAAA Award Winner, London), premiered by Turn to Flesh Productions at the Workshop Theatre in 2015; None of the Above (Lion Theatre), which former Outer Critics Circle President Marjorie Gunner called "easily the best play of the season," first produced by New Georges; and Manhattan Casanova (Hudson Stage), winner of the Edith Oliver Award (O'Neill Center), also staged at Guild Hall (w/ Mercedes Ruehl). Her work has also been produced at Center Stage NY, Humana Festival of New American Plays and NY Int'l Fringe Festival ("Best of the Fringe" selection).

She co-founded Theatre 167, where she co-authored all three plays in the The Jackson Heights Trilogy, as well as I Like to Be Here (New Ohio Theatre) and The Church of Why Not; wrote The History of Communication for The World's Fair Play Festival (Queens Theatre), a NY Times Critics' Pick, and co-produced Pirira (2014 NYITAward, Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play), and The Church of Why Not, for which she received the 2014 Randall Wreghitt New Producer Endowment Award. She is currently serves as Artistic Producer for Theatre 167, which won the 2015 Caffe Cino Award for doing "consistently outstanding work" from the NY Innovative Theatre Foundation.

She has received script commissions from Half Moon Theatre, York Theatre/"Bespoke Musicals," New International Center of Diverse Artists (Museo del Barrio, Brooklyn Museum), Core Ensemble, and This Is Not A Theatre Company, among others.

Her plays have been published by Dramatists Play Service, Vintage, and Smith & Kraus, where eleven of her one-acts appear in the annual Best 10-Minute Play series. She received a 2010-11 Lark Core Artist Fellowship and a 2002 Lark Playwriting Fellowship (nominated by Wendy Wasserstein).

She wrote both seasons of the internet drama Watercooler (MSN) and has written scripts for Warner Brothers, NBC, and HBO, where she developed a pilot with Billy Crystal. She has been a guest artist at Cornell and Barnard, a faculty member at The New School, and a frequent contributor to The New York Times "Week in Review."Her essays appear in Next: Young American Writers on the New Generation (Norton) and other anthologies. She co-authored He Meant, She Meant (Warner).

Her work has been developed at the Women's Project Directors Forum (w/ Eli Wallach), Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab, and The New Group.

Jenny Lyn is a Harvard graduate. She belongs to the League of Professional Theatre Women and serves on the advisory board of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities. If you really want heaps more information about her, visit the page of the Endless Bio!