Row After Row
January 15 – February 16, 2014
by Jessica Dickey
directed by Daniella Topol
“Likable comedy-drama…FUNNY, TOUCHING…persuasively acted…well directed.” – The New York Times
“Jessica Dickey’s funny, sad, deep, and smart play is BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN and, under the direction of Daniella Topol, masterfully acted.” – The New Yorker
“A HANDSOMELY STAGED dark comedy with solid performances.” – Time Out NY
“A STYLISH PRODUCTION WITH A FINE CAST!” – NY Post
When two hard core Civil War re-enactors show up for their annual Gettysburg beer and find a pretty stranger at their table, old allegiances come into question. Straddling 1863 and today, ROW AFTER ROW is a dark comedy about choosing your cause and finding your courage.
(Playwright) Jessica Dickey is most known for her one woman show The Amish Project, which premiered at the New York Fringe before transferring to Cherry Lane and then opening at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater to great acclaim from audience and critics alike. The Amish Project has gone on to be produced around the country and the world, and is published by Samuel French. Jessica’s play Charles Ives Take Me Home is currently running at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (who nominated it for the Susan Blackburn Prize), for which Jessica was hailed as “a talent to watch”. Charles Ives Take Me Home is already slated for the City Theatre in Pittsburgh next season. Jessica was a Writer in Residence at the New Harmony Project for her new play about Civil War re-enactors, Row After Row, which had a production in Tucson and is slated for its official world premiere with the Women’s Project in NYC in 2014. Jessica is also an actor, and most recently appeared in the Broadway production of Wit and the Barrow Street Theatre’s production Hit The Wall, as well as The Big C and several episodes of Law & Order. www.jessicadickey.com.
(Director) For Women’s Project Theater: Jessica dickey’s Row After Row, Catherine Trieschmann’s How the World Began (in association with South Coast Rep), Sheila Callaghan’s Lascivious Something (with Cherry Lane), Trista Baldwin’s Sand. Off-Broadway: Jessica Dickey’s Charles Ives Take Me Home (Rattlestick Productions), Lloyd Suh’s Jesus in India (MaYi Theatre & Magic Theatre, SF), Judith Thompson’s Palace of the End (Epic Theatre), Sheila Callaghan’s Dead City (New Georges). Regional world premiere credits include: Rajiv Joseph’s Monster at the Door (Alley Theatre), Stefanie Zadravec’s Electric Baby (Quantum Theatre, PA). Ari Roth’s Andy and the Shadows (Theatre J), Caridad Svich’s Instructions For Breathing (Passage Theatre), Niko Tsakalakos and Janet Allard’s Pool Boy (Barrington Stage). A graduate of Carnegie Mellon, Daniella has been the Artistic Program Director of the Lark Play Development Center and the New Works Program Director of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. She is an NYTW Usual Suspect, an EST Member, a member of the Lark’s Board of Directors and a WP Lab alum.
(Leah) Broadway: Stick Fly, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Roundabout Theatre), Accent on Youth (MTC). Off-Broadway: Saturn Returns (Lincoln Center), Temporal Powers, Wife to James Whelan (Mint Theatre), Howard Katz (Roundabout Theatre). Regional: One Slight Hitch (George Street Playhouse), A Time to Kill (Arena Stage) Stick Fly (Arena Stage, Huntington Theatre), Spike Heels (Syracuse Stage), The Night Season, Dissonance (Bay Street Theatre), Betrayal (Hangar Theatre) Film: Return, Bridge to Bourne, Angels in Stardust, Flood. TV: “Vegas”, “Law & Order, SVU”. M.F.A. from NYU.
(Tom) Broadway: Metamorphoses. NY credits include Tamar of the River (Prospect Theater), Melancholy Play (13P), February House (Public Theatre), The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci (Second Stage), But I’m a Cheerleader (NYMF), Powerhouse (NY Fringe Festival). Regional: Hamlet (Yale Rep), Candide (Goodman, Shakespeare and Huntington Theatre), Ethan Frome (Lookingglass), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Hartford Stage) Abe Lincoln in Illinois (Intiman), The Glass Menagerie, The Pillowman (Berkeley Rep), as well as work with Long Wharf, The O’Neill, Cincinnati Playhouse, CENTERSTAGE, Cal Shakes,Two River Theatre, McCarter, Seattle Rep, Mark Taper Forum, Chicago Shakespeare and Williamstown among others. TV/Film: All My Children, Third Watch, Law&Order.
(Cal) Select stage: Coney (Blue Coyote); Jonathan’s Blaze ( Summer Shorts 4), The Jazz Age (World Premiere – Ernest Hemingway) @ 59East59 ; Serendib (EST) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (R.P. McMurphy), Sometimes A Great Notion (Hank Stamper) @ Portland CenterStage; Rounding 3rd, Orphans @ Penguin Rep; : Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick) –The Folger; Spike Heels (Syracuse Stage) ; Angels In America (Joe Pitt) –The Hangar and Reentry (which was performed at urban stages, Baltimore centerstage, and in front of thousands of our military at bases like Quantico and Paris Island.) TV-Person of Interest, Unbreakable, Gravity, Law & Order, Royal Pains, Guys in a Hot Tub Talking –Webseries (co-creator) Film- Cured (currently filming), Premium Rush ,Whaling City (2013), Paul Sorvino’s Looking for Cali, Allan Knee’s Film Noir, Betrayed, A Jersey Christmas, The Standard Man, Company K, and The Reunion (1st Run & Avignon Film Fesitval winner) . http://www.hyreviews.com/pjsosko.htm
(Set & Costume design) WP: sets and/or costumes for How The World Began, Smudge, Sand, Transfigures. NEW YORK:set and/or costume designs for the Public Theater, Playwright’s Horizons, Lincoln Center Theater, Roundabout, City Center Encores!, Second Stage, New York Theater Workshop, Culture Project, Foundry Theatre, Ma-Yi, Mint, Naatco, New Georges, Red Bull Theater, Clubbed Thumb, Gotham Opera, many others. REGIONAL: set and/or costume designs for at Arena Stage, American Repertory Theater, Alliance Theater, Alley Theater, Asolo Repertory, Berkeley Repertory, Baltimore Centerstage, California Shakespeare Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Chautauqua Theater Company, Denver Center Theatre Company, Dallas Theater Center, Folger Theatre, Geva Theater, Huntington Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Old Globe Theater, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Opera Boston, Prince Opera Theater, WIlliamstown Theater Festival, Wilma Theater and many others. Numerous international credits. AWARDS: 2013 Obie Award for Sustained Achievement, 2013 and 2010 Lucille Lortel award, 2011 Craig Noel award; ; 2009 TDF Irene Sharaff award; 2007 and 2009 American Theater Wing Henry Hewes award. MFA from NYU.
(Lighting Design) has designed lighting for over 300 live productions including plays, opera,dance, movement-theatre, multi-media performance, and puppetry. He is the recipient of an AmericanTheatre Wing Henry Hewes Design Award, two Lucille Lortel Awards, two OBIE awards, among manyothers, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College. NEW YORK: Lincoln Center Theater, MTC,Atlantic Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Primary Stages, Signature Theatre, Playwrights Horizons,MCC, Vineyard Theatre, Soho Rep, among many others. REGIONAL: Alley, Goodman, Huntington,American Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Old Globe, Trinity Repertory Theatre, Long WharfTheater, among many others.
(Sound Design) Daniel Baker and Aaron Meicht compose and design sound for theater, film, anddance. For Women’s Project Theater: The Cataract, Victoria Martin, Sand, Lascivious Something. NEWYORK: Atlantic Theater, Classic Stage Company, Cherry Lane Theater, Keen Company, Primary Stages,The Public, MTC, The New Group, Second Stage, Rattlestick. REGIONAL: Actors Theater of Phoenix,Arena Stage, Dallas Theater Center, Dorset Theater Festival, Geva Theater Center, Huntington Theater,Long Wharf, Passage Theater, People’s Light and Theater, Portland Center Stage, San Jose Rep, TheShakespeare Theater, Studio Theater D.C., TheaterWorks Hartford , Westport Country Playhouse,Weston Playhouse, and Yale Rep.