HIT By Alice Tuan
Directed by Laurel Ollstein
Produced by The Los Angeles Theatre Center
In a play that could only be set in L.A., with a plot that feels ripped out of recent Hollywood headlines, Kim and Mank meet as the result of an ill-fated collision on the freeway (of course). A string of sex, excess, love triangles and Zankou Chicken soon follows in Alice Tuan’s Hit. It’s a psychosexual romp, originally commissioned by the Public Theater, from the CalArts educator and playwright behind Ajax (por nobody), Last of the Suns and Coastline.
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THEY PROMISED HER THE MOON by Laurel Ollstein
Featuring the fabulous acting talents of Zoe Perry, Michael Dempsey, Carlyle King, Burt Grinstead, Dana Lyn Baron, Mark Costello, Lori Jaroslow & Marianne Lu
2012 Monday Night Reading Series
5108 Lankershim Boulevard
NASA 1960: The year of “THE RIGHT STUFF” and Mercury 7... was also the year of a little known story-- a group of American female astronauts preparing in mind and spirit to give their lives for the opportunity to go into space but never had the chance. Thirteen accomplished, fit women pilots passed grueling tests to be considered for astronauts in 1960; their test results were remarkable. LIFE magazine got hold of the story, and for a brief moment, a few of the women-- the media dubbed them "Astronettes"--sparkled as minor celebrities heading for space.
Yet the macho culture of the NASA program was too entrenched. Vice President Lyndon Johnson scribbled on a memo, "Let's stop these [girls] now!"--and without much fanfare, it was stopped. The quest to put an American woman in space devolved into bureaucratic infighting, congressional subcommittee meetings, complete with cameos by John Glenn, Scott Carpenter...all the right stuff boys, who also scoffed.
In the end the Soviets would be the first to put a woman in space—in 1963. It took 20 more years before Sally Ride blasted off in Challenger 3.The play focuses on one of those women - Jerrie Cobb - who for a short time thought that she was going to be the first female astronaut in space.
New Jersey Repertory Theatre Presents
Located in Long Branch, New Jersey, New Jersey Repertory Theatre's mission is to develop and produce new plays and to make a lasting contribution to the American stage. In keeping with this mission, NJ Rep has produced 83 plays in 14 seasons, including 56 world premieres. NJ Rep seeks only to champion that which engages and challenges an audience with compelling themes, and strives to extend the language and scope of theater. Many of the plays that first saw the light of day on one of NJ Rep's two intimate stages have gone on to be produced by regional theaters across the country, New York City, and overseas.
Weitzenhoffer Theatre at the University of Oklahoma
THEY PROMISED HER THE MOON
Laurel Ollstein's play They Promised Her the Moon is based on the true story of Geraldyn "Jerrie" Cobb, the first woman to be tested for space flight. Along with twelve other women, Cobb went through the rigors of physical and mental testing only to be told that women would not be considered for NASA's astronaut training program. Cobb was born in Norman, Oklahoma, in 1931, the daughter of a pilot who always dreamed of flying.
The Faith Broome Playwright-in-Residence position is made possible by a generous endowment created by Mo and Richard Anderson in honor of Mrs. Anderson's sister. It is dedicated to the creation of new plays and to the development of emerging and established playwrights. It offers Ms. Ollstein the opportunity to develop her latest play within the university and professional theatre communities.
©2012 Laurel Ollstein