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In a rundown hotel, self proclaimed "greatest lefty pitcher" Rube Waddell thinks he's on the verge of a comeback. To keep sober, he hires the Reptile Girl from the circus -- it doesn't go well.
Jonathan A. Goldberg (playwright) has had work seen at: The Flea, Barrow Street, HERE Arts Center, Dixon Place, The Theater Garage, NJ Rep, The Public Theater, and many others. His play The Jew and the Demon won the Rita and Burton Prize and How to Shoot a Bull Moose won the Israel Baran Award from the Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga, CA. The Wizard of Wall Street a musical based on Jay Gould that he wrote the book and co-wrote lyrics for was part of the Premier Musical series at Indiana University. He was a guest artist at the 2009 LAByrinth summer intensive and a finalist for the Jerome Fellowship. He is the co-creator of the monthly sketch theater series Ephemerama in Brooklyn. He has an MFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
James B. Kennedy (Rube Waddell) is a longtime member of Shelby Company, & can be seen in their on-going monthly sketch theatre series "Ephemerama". Some of his recent NYC Theatre credits include "New Beulah" by Dan Moyer (Winner Best Featured Actor, & Winner Best Ensemble Cast 2009 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Awards), "His Beauty" by Ashley Jacobsen (Nominated Best Supporting Actor 2010 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Awards), "The Last Days of Lenny Bruce" by Jonathan Goldberg, & "Couples Counseling" by Carey Lovelace, which also ran in the 2009 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. He has appeared in, & done voice-over's in various commercials on television. As well as motion capture work & voice-over work in various video games & cartoons.
Reviews of Jonathan's plays:
About his play The Land Whale Murders:
"To say The Shelby Company's The Land Whale Murders is a triumph is to fall short of the showâs true splendor, but it will have to do. The Land Whale Murders is a triumph. Written by Jonathan A. Goldberg and directed by Tom Ridgely; it is an insane script, perfectly paced, masterfully performed, adroitly clad and set most sublimely. You need to see this show." Casey Jones, Scallywag and Vagabond
Backstage Critic's Pick
"For those of you who have already had the opportunity to experience
a play by writer Jonathan A. Goldberg youâll no doubt
know what I mean when I say that itâs as if Goldberg lets
both hands write two plays independently of each other simultaneously â"
one fully right brain, the other fully left â" and then
allows his subconscious to stitch them together till it all makes sense.
This is his gift â" this is where he succeeds when others
fail. And this is why The Land Whale Murders is both difficult to describe,
yet impossible to forget."
"If Mad Magazine collided with The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the result would be something like Jonathan A. Goldberg's The Land Whale Murders." Aaron Riccio, that sounds kul
About his play My Father is a Tetris Game:
"My Father is a Tetris Game is smart as hell, funny, wise, and goofy by turns --a dead serious surreal journey to the East in search of Dad himself. Wonderful all-girl band of actors, a simple and beautiful production, and language that twists and soars. Jonathan A. Goldberg is the real thing. If you care at all about important new voices for the American stage, see his work." Len Jenkin
About his play Luck of the Ibis:
"Always one comically clever step ahead of the audience, Goldberg (who could just as easily have been named Rube) manages to operate on many levels at once . . ." Aaron Riccio, that sounds kul
"It's not often one gets to see a play that has this many things going for it. The script is incredibly smart (and all the more engaging for anyone who has a literary background)" Michael Roderick, Broadway World.
"The Luck of The Ibis (Written by Jonathan A. Goldberg and directed by Tom Ridgely) is filled with a whole lotta crazy and the only way to enjoy it (and you WILL enjoy it â¦ I promise) is to find something to latch on to quickly and then just go with the crazy till it runs out." Karen Torta Lee, Happiest Medium
About his play Uncle Shelby's Traveling Treasure Trunk:
"There's a lot of wonderful writing here . . . always well-crafted, and well-performed." Matthew Everett, Twin Cities Daily Planet, 4-star review of Uncle Shelby's Traveling Treasure Trunk
"This is a super crazy fun showtime extravaganza," Leigh, Fringe Famous, 4-star review of Uncle Shelby's Traveling Treasure Trunk
Overall Uncle Shelby's Traveling Treasure Trunk was rated: 4 1/2 out of 5 by Fringe Festival attendees.
LUKE HARLAN is a director living and working in New York. He has developed new plays at such institutions as The Public Theater, The Old Vic, New York Theater Workshop, Tectonic Theater Project, The New Group, The Kennedy Center, Columbia University, and the O'Neill Theater Center. Luke is a teaching artist with Stages on the Sound, a member of The Pack, The Assembly, an associate artist with Working Theater, co-founder of the Southeastern Fringe Festival, and founder/director of the Working Theater Director's Salon. Selected: Shift (Old Vic), #serials (Flea Theater), Shakespeare in ACTion (Stages on the Sound), Frontier, As Told By The Frontier (Columbia) Cou-Cou Bijoux, Pour Vous (Galapagos, Joe's Pub), Insatiable Hunger, a new musical (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater), Fighting A Fish (Kennedy Center); Assistant Director: 33 Variations (La Jolla Playhouse). SDC National Directing Award Winner, Member SDC.
Deanna R Frieman (Costume Design): Deanna is a New York based costume designer who enjoys bringing to life original works. Most recently being Jonathan Goldbergâs The Land Whale Murders and Uncle Shelby's Wunderpantry of Possibilities. As part of the Planet Connections Theater Festival, her work on Uncle Shelby was nominated for Outstanding Costume Design. Deanna is a Teaching Artist for Roundabout Theatre Company and a merchandiser for Housing Works. She holds an MFA in Costume Design from Carnegie Mellon. Visit her website at www.DeannaRoseDesigns.com.
Shelby Company is a collection of New York and Bay Area artists
who work to produce new works for the stage. They have produced over 12
works since their inception in 2008. They have had work seen at: Minnesota
Fringe, NY Fringe, New Orleans Fringe, Theater 3, The Complex in Hollywood,
The Pear Avenue Theater, and many others. Also they are back to back award
winners in the 2009 & 2010 Planet Connections Theater Festivity.