Cast & Creative Team

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Monica Piper (Performer/Writer)

was a Campfire Girl…in the Bronx. “You sense your life isn’t normal when you’re sitting on the D train with a bag of marshmallows and a twig.” Monica began her career as a high school English teacher. While finding it rewarding, she had to move on. “I couldn’t handle the money and prestige.” She realized her passion was making people laugh. She studied improv with Second City in Chicago, and performed with Spaghetti Jam, Sons of the Sunset and Papaya Juice in San Francisco. Monica then went solo as a standup and soon became one of Showtime Network’s “Comedy All Stars.” It wasn’t long before she landed her own Ace Award-winning Showtime special, “No, Monica…Just You.” Monica was nominated for an American Comedy Award as one of the top five female comedians in the country. She has opened for Gloria Estefan, Neil Sedaka, Glen Campbell, The Smothers Brothers and Lucie Arnaz. Monica was recruited by Ms. Barr herself to write on “Roseanne.” Thus began her career as a sitcom writer. She went on to write for “Mad About You” and “Veronica’s Closet.” Now a mother, sitcom hours meant too much time away from her son, so Monica turned to animation. After writing for the adult cult favorite “Duckman,” she became the showrunner of the #1 children’s animated series “Rugrats,” for which she won an Emmy. She went on to develop and write series for Nickelodeon, Disney and Cartoon Network. Monica has returned to her first love, performing. As a stand-up, she headlines clubs and organizations around the country. An artist-in-residence with the Jewish Women’s Theatre, Monica performs original comedy pieces for their acclaimed In-Home Salons. It was there that Monica developed her solo show Not That Jewish, which ran for 16 sold-out months in L.A. and was nominated for Best Solo Performance by the L.A. Drama Critics Circle and Stage Raw. Born and raised in the Bronx, Monica is thrilled to be returning to her NY roots with her show. “I’ve lived in California for 25 years but am still, and always will be, a New Yorker.” Monica lives in Santa Monica with her son, Jake, whom she loves and adores almost every day.

Mark Waldrop (Director)

directed Bette Midler’s Divine Miss Millennium tour. Broadway: Bea Arthur: Just Between Friends (Tony Award nomination, Special Theatrical Event). Off-Broadway: Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly (Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Obie), Pete ‘n’ Keely, NEWSical, Game Show, Listen to My Heart, Inventing Avi, John Epperson’s My Deah, Cut Throat, Til Divorce Do Us Part and Capitol Steps. Also: Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 (City Center Encores!); Hey, Love! The Songs of Mary Rodgers, starring Faith Prince (Rainbow & Stars). Regional: Into the Woods; Gypsy starring Judy Kaye (Seattle’s 5th Avenue); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Souvenir (Greenville, SC’s Warehouse Theatre and Center Stage); Russian on the Side (Chicago’s Royal George). At New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse: Gypsy starring Betty Buckley, Little Shop, Romeo & Bernadette and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. At the St Louis MUNY: Joseph… and Damn Yankees. At Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars: Annie. At Maryland’s Olney Theater Center: The Producers, The King and I, Cinderella, Annie, The Sound of Music, Little Shop, Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Mr. Waldrop has also directed concert and cabaret appearances for Sutton Foster, Brooke Shields, Edward Hibbert and many other Broadway performers.

Michael Carnahan (Scenic Design)

Off- Broadway: Atlantic: Skeleton Crew; 59E59: I and You; Second Stage: The Happiest Song Plays Last; Signature Theatre: The Piano Lesson, The First Breeze of Summer; Life Could Be a Dream, The Marvelous Wonderettes. Tours: Cheers Live, A Christmas Story the Musical. Regional: Center Stage, Arena Stage, A.C.T., McCarter, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Pasadena Playhouse, Two River Theater, Cleveland Play House, Northlight, Signature Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse. Broadway (Associate Scenic Designer): Allegiance, The River, Peter and the Starcatcher, Ann, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Importance of Being Earnest, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, All About Me, White Christmas, Curtains. michaelcarnahandesign.com, Instagram: @Carnypics, Twitter: @mike_carnahan

Julie Duro (Lighting Design)

is delighted to be a part of Not That Jewish and is thrilled to be working once again with Mark Waldrop. She has designed extensively for theatre, opera and dance. Theatre: Olney Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Florida Repertory Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse, Kennedy Center Jazz Program, Abingdon Theatre Company, Artpark, Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Asolo Conservatory. Dance: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Tulsa Ballet, Ohio Ballet (resident designer 1996–1999), Australian Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Mark Stuart Dance Theatre, Dances Patrelle. Opera: Palm Beach Opera, Connecticut Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, IU Jacobs School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Green Mountain Opera Festival, Opera International, Santa Fe Opera, Opera at USC, Dayton Opera, Opera Illinois, Florida State Opera, Opera North.

Ian Wehrle (Sound Design)

is a composer and collaborator for various music direction and sound design for theatre. Recent credits include Charles Messina’s A Room of My Own and Cut Throat (Abingdon Theatre Co.); A Dream of Red Pavilions, Sayonara and No No Boy (Pan Asian Repertory Theatre Co.); Gilgamesh: A Musical Epic (Columbia Stages); Carousel, Cabaret and Chess (New York Film Academy); Blogologues: The Internet Performed; Sarah Lawrence College; Mill Mountain Theatre; and CUNY professor of sound design. He is credited at the Food Network, MTV and PBS. For more information please see www.soundaffectsdesign.com.

Zachary G. Borovay (Projection Design)

designed the long-running Broadway hit Rock of Ages (also London, Australia, Las Vegas, Toronto, Singapore, Norwegian Cruise Line, national & European tours). Other selected Broadway credits: Holler If Ya Hear Me, No Man’s Land, Waiting for Godot, Ann, Evita (also national tour), Lombardi (Drama Desk nom.), Elf, A Catered Affair (Drama Desk nom.) and regional credits: Sunday in the Park with George (Huntington Theatre Co., Boston), Smart People (Second Stage), Chimerica (Studio Theatre, DC), The Colored Museum (Huntington Theatre Co., IRNE Award), Chaplin (La Jolla Playhouse), Nerds (Philadelphia Theatre Co.). Additional credits include The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The Creature From the Black Lagoon (Universal Studios Hollywood), Peepshow (Las Vegas) and Voyage de la Vie (RWS, Singapore). Zachary is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and also an accomplished bassist (Berklee College of Music). borovaydesign.com

Katrina Olsen (Production Stage Manager)

Most recent: Chicago pre-Broadway world premiere of The SpongeBob Musical. Off-Broadway: Lincoln Center, The Public Theater, Soho Rep, Classical Theatre of Harlem, MCC Theater, Theatre for a New Audience, Vineyard Theatre, The Civilians. Tours: Murder for Two, Smokey Joe’s Café, Becoming Dr. Ruth, Miss Saigon, Looped, The Book of Mormon, High, The Brothers Size. Regional credits include Paper Mill Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Hartford Stage Company. MFA, Yale School of Drama. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Theatersmith Associates LLC (Technical Supervision/Production Management)

Partners Jason Clark, Patrick Shea and Chris Smith, on Roman Holiday, Nerds, On Your Feet, Kinky Boots (U.S. and international), Holler…, Chaplin, Elf, August: Osage County (tour), Brooklyn, Wonderland, Legally Blonde and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Previously, Smitty also TD’d Evita, Catch Me If You Can, A Behanding in Spokane, A Tale of Two Cities, Xanadu Japan, The Times They Are A Changin’, Soccer Moms, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Legally Blonde, On Golden Pond, …Millie, Aida, Imaginary Friends, Def Poetry Jam, Disney’s Berlin Hunchback, The Capeman, Show Boat, …Spider Woman.

KL Management/Richard Martini (General Manager)

has been involved as producer or general manager of more than 80 shows in the last 40 years. Select credits include Broadway: Jack: A Night on the Town With John Barrymore, Ian McKellen: A Knight out at the Lyceum. Off- Broadway: Fame on 42nd Street, Holly Near…Fire in the Rain, The Singular Dorothy Parker, Lies and Legends, The Stories of Harry Chapin, The Middle of Nowhere. National tours: Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Six Degrees of Separation and August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson. Additional tours: All Shook Up, Forever Plaid, The Great Radio City Music Hall Spectacular, A Chorus Line, The Broadway Tour of America, Camelot starring Richard Harris, South Pacific starring Robert Goulet, Anything Goes starring Mitzi Gaynor, The Fantasticks starring Robert Goulet, Fame, Guys and Dolls starring Maurice Hines and many more.

Michael Alden (Producer)

Broadway: Disgraced (Pulitzer), Grey Gardens (Tony nomination, Best Musical), Bridge & Tunnel (2006 Special Tony Award). West End: The King’s Speech, Bat Boy: The Musical. Off-Broadway: Becoming Dr. Ruth, Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell, Sarah Jones’ Bridge & Tunnel, Bat Boy: The Musical and Save It for the Stage: The Life of Reilly written by and starring Charles Nelson Reilly. Films: Something to Say, Unhinged, From Roosevelt to Reagan: The Rise of Public Enemy, UnZipped, The Zookeeper and Kissing Jessica Stein. For Dad.

Ronda Spinak (Producer)

is the artistic director of Jewish Women’s Theatre, where she created and produced more than 30 original shows besides Not That Jewish including Chutzpah & Salsa, Saffron & Rosewater (92Y) and the upcoming Matzo Ball Diaries. Co-writing Stories From the Fringe led to videotaped interviews of 150 women rabbis worldwide, which are available on the Jewish Women’s Archive (www.jwa.org). She authored ProBodX (HarperCollins), Oscar Wilde’s Wife (Ashland New Plays Festival) and episodes of Rugrats. Spinak, a Stanford grad, got her master’s in writing from USC. She serves on the board of the Alliance for Jewish Theatres and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. www.jewishwomenstheatre.org

Marcia Seligson (Producer)

Broadway: Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks in 2003 after a long-running engagement at the Geffen Theatre in L.A. starring Uta Hagen and David Hyde Pierce. The play opened in London’s West End in 2006 followed by the 2015 film adaptation starring Gena Rowlands, Cheyenne Jackson and Rita Moreno. Marcia is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Reprise! Broadway’s Best, the nationally acclaimed regional theatre company in Los Angeles. During her tenure, she produced over 40 shows, staged readings, concerts, special events and benefits. Marcia created and serves as the Co-Executive Producer of The Festival Of New American Musicals, now in its 10th year, bringing musical theatre creation into high schools and colleges in Southern California. An award-winning journalist and author, Marcia has eight published books and has written articles for virtually every major magazine in America.

Richard Winkler (Producer)

Following a 35-year international career as a lighting designer, Richard has been producing since 2009. Tony Awards: The Norman Conquests (2009), La Cage… (2010), Memphis (2010), Vanya and Sonia… (2013). Other Broadway includes Something Rotten!, An Act of God, Disgraced (2013 Pulitzer Prize), King Charles III (2016 Tony nom.) Off-Broadway: Turn Me Loose and Verso. West End: Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Olivier Award), Betrayal and the upcoming revival of Dreamgirls. Upcoming Broadway: Come From Away. Richard also has several plays and musicals in development including Chasing Rainbows at Goodspeed.

Jim Russek (Producer)

began his career working as a weekend production assistant on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” He went into advertising and won the account of The New York Shakespeare Festival and helped launch A Chorus Line on Broadway. Jim started his own ad agency in 1984 and created 29 years of iconic ad campaigns for Lincoln Center Theater including Anything Goes, Six Degrees of Separation, The Sisters Rosensweig, Contact, The Light in the Piazza, The Coast of Utopia, South Pacific and War Horse. Apart from advertising, Jim conceived and produced the critically acclaimed musical revue Bush Wars and in 2014 he launched BwayTunes.com.

Alan Duncan Ross (Producer)

scripted and will produce the animated musical OZI with Leonardo DiCaprio, Gary Kurtz (Star Wars), Keith Chapman (Paw Patrol) and Mike Medavoy (Black Swan), starring Mikhail Baryshnikov and Sofia Vergara. He is working with producer Barry Navidi (Merchant of Venice) on a new screenplay for Al Pacino. Ross wrote and produced the Emmy nominated “The Marilyn Kagen Show,” as well as “Psycho IV” and “Folk Music Reunion,” and will executive produce the miniseries “Blood in Hawaii.” Alan has had several books published by HarperCollins including prize-winning Medicine of ER. Currently he is taking a stab at his first play, Teddy and J. And his favorite way to reduce work stress: write short sentences.

Allen Spivak (Associate Producer)

is represented on Broadway currently with Chicago, now celebrating its 20th anniversary, as well as Waitress and Matilda, and with the national tours of Pippin and Matilda. He is very excited about Not That Jewish.

Jewish Women's Theatre (Developmental Producer)

Since 2008, Jewish Women’s Theatre (JWT) has redefined Jewish theatre by creating new, relevant Jewish productions. Among the many groundbreakers enjoyed nationwide: Chutzpah & Salsa (Latino Jews); Saffron & Rosewater (Persian immigrant experience); Beyond Jacob’s Ladder (a modern Midrash); Sex, Lies & Virtual Relationships (love in the age of technology); and The Matzoh Ball Diaries (delectable food tales). World premieres include Not That Jewish (commissioned & developed), The Blessing of a Broken Heart (Sherri Mandell’s tragic memoir) and Stories from the Fringe (women rabbis—their evolution & revolution). JWT brings its unique brand of theatre into the community, performing in homes, art galleries, museums, synagogues, universities, JCCs and prisons when not at its own performance and art space. The success of JWT is owed part to our writers—professionals such as Jill Soloway, Marge Piercy, Alan Zweibel, Julie Orringer and Cindy Chupack—and to the many first-timers not known…yet. Find JWT at www.jewishwomenstheatre.org.