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Reading: Spectacular Women (in Their Natural Habitat) by Jennie Berman Eng

Date:
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Time:
7:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Location:
The Hyman S. and Freda Bernstein Library
1529 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

Tj-locally grownReading: Spectacular Women (in Their Natural Habitat)
By Jennie Berman Eng
Tuesday, June 17 at 7:30 pm
Directed by Johanna Gruenhut
Locally Grown: Community Supported Art Festival
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Loosely inspired by Fiddler on the Roof, this play considers the question, "Is marriage good for women?" When 20 year old college student  Tzeitel surprises her overachieving, feminist mother and four sisters with the news she's engaged, everything they've ever believed about their choices comes into question. The women realize that if Tzeitel can abandon her feminist code, they can too. The truth about their careers, their relationships and their upbringing comes pouring out. Tzeitel's marriage threatens to tear the family apart, until the most unlikely of them offers solidarity.

Jennie EngJennie Berman Eng (playwright) received her MFA in Playwriting from The New School for Drama. Jennie was a playwright-in-residence at America-In-Play, where she wrote and studied early American plays. Recent plays include Exit Carolyn (Sans A Productions) at The Drilling Company in New York, which was Nominated for 2 New York Innovative Theatre Awards, Wildwood Flower (Speranza Theatre Company Reading Series), and Cherry (Naked Angels’ First Monday reading series, New York.) Her short play A Letter To the Draft Board won the 2012 Vittum Prize. She is the former Creative Director of Greasy Pork Chop Productions, which produced her plays Family and Laff Riot. Jennie was a founding member of the all-girl comedy group, The Greasy Girlz, which toured New York and Los Angeles. Jennie is now a Teaching Artist for Young Playwrights Theater and Ford’s Theatre Target Oratory and Residency. Her play Bethesda was read at The Kennedy Center’s 2013 Page to Stage Festival, and will be featured this January at The Baltimore Playwrights Festival. Upcoming commissions include a short play for the Intersections Festival at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, for which she’ll write about the intersection of 11th and H Streets.

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