Returns to The Braid from its Off Broadway Triumph
Presented by Jewish Women’s Theatre (JWT) and Directed by Eve Brandstein
Opening December 1, 2018 with reception to follow
8pm all Thursdays and Saturdays, 2pm & 7:30pm all Sundays through December 16, 2018
Added performance at 8pm on Wednesday, December 12
The Braid – 2912 Colorado Ave. #102, Santa Monica, CA 90402
Santa Monica, CA (November 14, 2018) – Returning from her Off Broadway triumph, Monica Piper performers her hit comedy NOT THAT JEWISH, for a limited run, at The Braid where it was originally developed and ran for almost a year. On stage with the passion that has navigated her career to an EMMY Award win, GOLDEN GLOBE nomination, American Comedy Award nomination as one of the TOP FIVE female comedians in the country, and secured her as one of Showtime Network’s “Comedy All Stars,” Monica Piper brings her authentic humor and autobiographical journey to audiences in Los Angeles. A story of life, a brush with death…love, pain, and Mickey Mantle.
Monica Piper shares the moments that shaped her life with the same signature wit found in her writing on Roseanne, Mad About You, and her Emmy Award-winning work on Rugrats. Reminiscent of Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays with a peppering of Neil Simon’s Lost In Yonkers, NOT THAT JEWISH is 85 lightning-fast minutes of funny, moving and inspirational theater.
As a humorist, Monica cleverly allocates the “abnormal” while creating deeply poignant moments, relatable to any audience. Born in the Bronx, but also a Campfire Girl, she admits, “You sense your life isn’t normal when you’re sitting on the D train with a bag of marshmallows and a twig.”
“These are human stories we tell at JWT, from all different cultures, all different age ranges, all different denominations. What I don’t cast and what I don’t do is the cliché.” – Ronda Spinak; Artistic Director/Producer
Monica Piper (Writer/Performer) returns home to Los Angeles from her Off-Broadway debut garnering critical raves, and The New York Times calling NOT THAT JEWISH “Funny…Delicious…A Gem.” Piper has performed on some of America’s most prominent stages, landing her own Ace Award-winning Showtime Special “No, Monica…Just You,” and being chosen as one of that Network’s “Comedy All Stars.”
Nominated for an American Comedy Award as one of the TOP FIVE female comedians in the country, she was recruited by Rosanne Barr, to write on the original series Roseanne. Thus began her television career. She went on to write for Mad About You and Veronica’s Closet.
After a job with the adult cult favorite, Duckman, she became the head writer of the #1 children’s animated series, Rugrats, for which she won an Emmy Award. Monica has developed and written on several series for Nickelodeon, Disney and the Cartoon Network. Returning to her first love, performing, she headlines events across the country. She has performed numerous original pieces for JWT’s acclaimed At-Home Salon Theatre.
Eve Brandstein has directed over 75 theatrical productions in Los Angles and New York, most recently, Miss America’s Ugly Daughter, at The Broad Theater, and Rain Pyror’s Fried Chicken & Latkes, which Eve will executive produce as a television series. She directed Shut Up, Sit Down & Eat, an off-Broadway 2 year hit, and the off-Broadway production of Voices of Swords. She has contributed to nearly every facet of the entertainment industry as a director, major studio executive, producer, writer/creator, talent manager, and author. Eve has numerous credits as a casting director for major television and film projects. She has produced and written E/R the Comedy Series and produced several features. Other recent credits are the NY and LA premieres of Re¬visiting Wildfire, Ronnie Spector’s Beyond the Beehive, Waiting for Jack – A Beat Poetry Reunion, Claiming Allen Ginsberg, and Suzanne Wang’s Cracked Open. Eve has directed JWT’s Stories from the Fringe, Saffron and Rosewater, and Hold Me, Heal Me. She is currently producing Poetry in Motion, a spoken-word in LA at Beyond Baroque and in New York at the Cutting Room.
Ronda Spinak (Producer/Artistic Director) created and produces JWT’s At-Homes Salon Theatre Series, now in its eleventh season. She has curated more than 45 original Jewish-themed salon shows for JWT, as well as adapted many of the pieces performed. Her plays include Stories from the Fringe and Oscar Wilde’s Wife, a favorite at the Ashland New Play Festival and Dayton’s FuturFest. She has written for the Emmy Award-winning children’s show Rugrats and authored the critically acclaimed nonfiction book ProBodX: Proper Body Exercise (HarperCollins, publisher). Ronda is member of the Dramatists Guild.
NOT THAT JEWISH opens at 8pm on December 1st and runs at 8pm Thursdays and Saturdays, 2pm and 7:30pm Sundays (added performance at 8pm on Wednesday, December 12) through December 16, 2018 (previews November 29). The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave. #102, Santa Monica, CA 90402. Tickets are $35. Reservations: (310) 315-1400 or www.jewishwomenstheatre.org
Playwright: Monica Piper
Directed by: Eve Brandstein
Produced by: Ronda Spinak and Jewish Women’s Theatre
Assistant Producer: Barbara Koletsky
Associate Producers: Susie Yure, and Rose Ziff
Performance & Arts Space
2912 Colorado Ave., #102
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Closes: December 16, 2018
Reservations: at www.jewishwomenstheatre.org or
$35.00 November 29th Preview
$40.00 General Single Ticket
$45.00 @ The Door
DESCRIPTION: On stage with the passion that has navigated her career to an EMMY Award win, an American Comedy Award nomination as one of the TOP FIVE female comedians in the country, a seventh month run of NOT THAT JEWISH Off Broadway, and secured her in the Showtime Network’s “Comedy All Stars,” Monica Piper brings her authentic humor and autobiographical journey to audiences in Los Angeles. A story of life, a brush with death…love, pain, and Mickey Mantle.