Attic Salt Theatre Company is a company that formed in New York City in 1998 and has since concentrated on children’s theatre and art residencies in NYC schools. With the arrival in Asheville four years ago of the two principal officers of the company, Jeff Catanese, Artistic Director, and Marci Bernstein, Executive Director/Education Coordinator, the company has been continuing its work to those ends in Western North Carolina. Women and Wallace will be their second local foray into producing theater for adult audiences, after the triumph of December 2013’s All in the Timing, by David Ives.
Women and Wallace is Jonathan Marc Sherman’s much-lauded play from 1988, having won a place in the prestigious Playwright’s Horizon’s Young Playwright Festival that year. It then went on to an off-Broadway run, as well as a television adaptation for PBS’ American Playhouse.
Written when Mr. Sherman was only 18 years old, Women and Wallace is a dark comedy focusing on a series of scenes showing Wallace’s coming-of-age vis-à-vis his relationships with the women in his life after the death of his mother.
The play will be directed by Jeff Catanese, with the cast including local actors Jackie Collison, Garrett Funk, Kirby Gibson, Jane Hallstrom, Candice Owen and Alison Young.
Jeff is a successful director, writer and actor and has directed several plays in New York and regionally. As an actor he has performed in over fifty theatrical productions and has had the pleasure of working with film directors Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee. As a writer, his plays have been performed all around New York City including at the Duffy Theatre, Chicago City Limits and Pulse Ensemble Theatre. Jeff is co-author with Marci Appelbaum of three drama/education books published by Scholastic. He also teaches acting and improvisation to people of all ages around WNC. Some recent plays Jeff has directed here in Asheville are the acclaimed production of RENT at Asheville Community Theater, The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, Romeo & Juliet at the Asheville Masonic Temple, 'Night, Mother in ACT’s 35below and Attic Salt Theatre Company’s All in the Timing.
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