So on Sunday afternoon, director Christie Clark and I start rehearsals for They All Know Me. The actors are: Katie Newcomber as Elena, Katharine Scarborough as Hannah and Jeremy Rafal as Mr. Tiongco. Katie and Katharine are classmates of Christie's at The New School; Jeremy is an alumnus of The Acting Studio. Yes, we still made them all audition.
The play is about cultural dislocation. We live in such a connected world now- I can email or Skype with my friend in Bratislava, or my friend in Montreal, and think nothing of it. But cultural differences still exist, and one afternoon about ten years ago I was in a business meeting that ended very badly. My friend Jelka (who unfortunately is no longer with us) and I were the New York office of a medical personnel company, and we had a meeting with a man from Manila who was a recruiter. We went to our favorite coffee place, the desperate-for-work recruiter arrived, and things went down hill fairly quickly. After Jelka died, I thought that afternoon and Jelka needed to have a play written about them.
The play is part of Thespian Production's Slam-a-thon III showcase at Joria Productions, 260 West 36th Street, 3rd floor. It runs August 23 & 24 at 8:00, and August 25th at 3:00 and 8:00. Tickets are available at the door, or at Brown Paper Tickets.
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