PLAYGROUND PLAYGROUP

 THURS APR 19 

Showomanship

Written and performed by Lena Hudson

Directed and developed by Jess Chayes

Music supervision and accompaniment by Ian Axness

A celebration of the purity and passion of good old-fashioned show-woman-ship. A solo show that stars one SHOWWOMAN: a clown with the deepest of passions for song, show, and thrilling her audience.  She's a woman with talent to spare (or not, depending on who you ask) and a long-standing rivalry with Bette Midler that Bette knows nothing about. She can turn the schoolyard songs of your childhood into a musically deft "Medley from the Great American Songbook," and a chance meeting into a love story for the ages. With her pianist Ethan and intern Marion in tow, she's using every last ounce of her limited talents to entertain YOU. So you better enjoy it.

 

Lena Hudson is an actor and writer based in New York. She has helped develop work for Ars Nova, Joe's Pub, Clubbed Thumb, Fresh Ground Pepper, La Mama and Theater Reconstruction Ensemble, among others. Lena can be seen in the critically acclaimed web series "Om City." Lena just completed her first short film, which she co-wrote, co-directed and starred in called, Too Long at The Fair.. www.lenahudson.com // Jess Chayes is a Brooklyn-based director and founding co-artistic director of The Assembly, with whom she has co-created and directed eight original productions. Recent directing includes shows at New Georges, Lesser America, Ars Nova, Dutch Kills and workshops at NYTW, Williamstown Theatre Festival and The Vineyard Theatre. She is a NYTW Usual Suspect and co-founder of the New Georges Jam. Jess is the recipient of the 2017 Lucille Lortel Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women.  www.jesschayes.com.

Jess Chayes is a Brooklyn-based director and founding co-artistic director of The Assembly, with whom she has co-created and directed eight original productions. Recent directing includes shows at New Georges, Lesser America, Ars Nova, Dutch Kills and workshops at NYTW, Williamstown Theatre Festival and The Vineyard Theatre. Associate directing: Peter and the Starcatcher (Broadway and New World Stages), Misery (Broadhurst Theatre). She is a NYTW Usual Suspect and co-founder of the New Georges Jam. Jess is the recipient of the 2017 Lucille Lortel Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women. www.jesschayes.com.

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