The world premiere of Lynne Jassem’s “Being Richard Greene,” directed by Wendy Hammers, features original music and dance with musical direction by Lynne Jassem and Jane Getz and choreography by Lynne Jassem. The production plays at Whitefire Theatre’s Solofest 2022.
In 1949 feeling like a boy who looks like a girl was never thought about…. or heaven forbid actually spoken of.
“Will I ever have a penis? I just want someone to know who I am” Does this sound sad?
Try being a She that thinks She is a He (or is He a She – are you confused yet?) … feel the laughter and the tears…it ain’t so easy.
You may stumble as Lynne sometimes did, but every strange situation that she encounters brings her closer to finding her truth. BUT… he/she can tap dance, and that’s always a winner! You will be witness to an ancient theme still highly relevant today delivered via spoken mime, characterizations, and multi-media. It’s a tragicomedy, full of laughter, poignancy, and wit. Will she solve this dilemma? OY…we hope so. Learn more at: www.beingrichardgreene.com
Lynne Jassem (comic, tap dancer, monologist, singer, physical comedian)
Lynne is a native New Yorker. She broke into show business at the age of 10 on the Perry Como TV Show in 1957. She also performed in the “Borscht Belt” (Catskill Mountains), and on the soap opera “The Edge of Night.” Lynne has toured internationally with the Claude Kipnis Mime Theatre – performing at The White House, The Boston Pops on PBS, The Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center. In 1981 she formed her own company Manhattan Mime Theatre and toured the tri-state area. Ms. Jassem was one of the five founding members of the American Tap Dance Orchestra and performed in several venues including Dance on PBS with tap legend Gregory Hines. Lynne has performed her one-woman shows “Billy and Rhythm Anonymous,” “From Como to Homo” and “Tapping My Way to the Nuthouse” across the USA and Europe. Lynne was produced by the San Francisco Dance Theatre to perform “Tapestry…A Story of an Artist Trapped in The Corporate World” in 2000. She formed her own Tap Theatre Company, Stepfire, performing and teaching in multiple venues throughout the SF Bay Area. she received a Best Of Fringe award in San Francisco, a five-star review in Edinburgh and Best Story teller in San Diego. Lynne is very excited to premiere her new show “Being Richard Greene”…the story that should be told.
Wendy Hammers (Director):
Solo play directing credits include Stephanie Blum’s When I Cough, I Wet Myself, John Ciccolini’s “Frank Sinatra Screwed Up My Life,” Jo Willette’s “The Jo Show,” Megan Dolan’s “Lemur Mom” and Fiona Goodwin’s, “A Very British Lesbian.” Ms. Hammers is the creator, host and curator of Tasty Words, a live spoken word salon, now in its 20th smash year. She is also the writer/performer of the critically acclaimed solo-show, “RIPE.” Learn more at wendyhammers.com.
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