[NoHo Arts District, CA] – The Los Angeles premiere of How to Find a Husband in 37 Years or Longer written and performed by JJ Pyle, directed by Mark Cirnigliaro, and produced by Solo Heroes February 2 and 4.
it’s a story about my failed relationships and my father…and my father’s failed relationships…so, it’s about Love…Umm?…is it about Love? …ok, then, Hope….oh, and it’s funny. …a coming of (middle) age story.
JJ Pyle finds herself accidentally, unfortunately home for Christmas and stuck in this little truck with her Dad. They are driving to see her sister’s new house they are building just outside of Mellot, Indiana, a small town in the middle of nowhere where everything is surrounded by cornfields. In an unconscious search for acceptance and emancipation, a tale is told through their conversation and memories revealing criminal activity, dysfunctional family cycles, heartbreak and hope.
How to Find a Husband in 37 Years or Longer premiered as a workshop in September 2022 in New York City at Under St Marks Theatre with a sold-out run. There will be two West Coast performances in Los Angeles before taking the show to Scotland for Edinburgh Fringe 2023.
“Raw, personal, brave, honest, very funny, a little sad and a lot hopeful.”
“Wowowow JJ! Brilliant script, beautiful acting… Bravo!”
Feb. 2nd at Broadwater Studio https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-find-a-husband-in-37-years-or-longer-tickets-482887538627
Feb. 4th at Whitefire Theatre https://whitefire.stagey.net/projects/9447?embed=false&performance_id=21027&tab=performance
JJ Pyle is an actor and writer based in New York City. She attended Purdue University majoring in Apparel Design Technology. Her working creative life started in Los Angeles. Fashion design, turned wardrobe department, turned costuming, quickly made her realize she preferred to be on the stage instead of dressing it. In Los Angeles she studied with the likes of Sal Dano, Howard Fine Studio , Daniel Henning, Lesley Kahn and others. She co-founded the Gangbusters Theatre Company with Christian Levatino. Producing and playing in two productions of David Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago as Deborah, Dale Wasserman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest as Candy Starr, and Darlene in Lanford Wilson’s, Balm in Gilead. She went on to produce and act in David Rabe’s In the Boom Boom Room playing Chrissy, with TILT (Tell It Like This) Productions which she founded. TILT and Gin Joint Productions collaborated to do Shelia Callaghan’s, Scab in which she played Christa. She also worked with The Blank Theatre Company in many capacities, producing, costuming and acting in their Living Room Series, Young Playwrights Festival and one main stage show. She played with the Elephant Theatre Company where she met Paul Hoan Zeidler of Lightning Rod Theatre. She originated the role of Matchgirl in his play Time’s Scream and Hurry on both coasts at the Elephant Lab in Los Angeles and the Cherry Lane in New York City. Since moving to New York she has acted in four productions with Elsinore County and is a member of InViolet Theatre Company. She cofounded Solo Heroes with Ivy Eisenberg, a group of artists workshopping and developing solo shows. In New York she studies Strasberg Technique with David Gideon. TV and Film credits include, Criminal Minds, Boardwalk Empire, Life, Coached, FBI: Most Wanted, 24 Hour Restaurant Battle on the Food Network with her restaurant concept …& Jelly, which was the $10,000 winner as well as many others. She is currently working on two new projects. Another solo play titled, Oooops, I’m an Asshole, the Life and Times of Jennifer Wynne Reeves; Artist and a full-length play called Don’t Ruin It For Me. Jjpyle.com, @aliceiw
Mark Cirnigliaro – Director
NY world premieres: The Net Will Appear by Erin Mallon starring Richard Masur (59E59), The Hounds of War by Bill Holland (Abingdon Theatre), The Little Princess by Jennifer Bowen (June Havoc Theatre), The Judgment of Fools by (Bernardo Cubria (INTAR Theatre). Comfort Women: A New Musical by Dimo Kim (Peter Jay Sharp Theatre-Associate Director), His production of Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan, by Dipti Mehta, currently tours North America. Mark directed the first academic productions of Annie Baker’s The Aliens and Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. He was formerly the associate artistic director of Mile Square Theatre, resident director of InViolet Theatre, and co-founder of Wee Man Productions. Mark currently works with Jersey City Center Theatre with their new play development, and is on faculty at The Peddie School. He graduated from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts with his MFA in Directing earning the Dean John I Bettenbender Award for Artistic Excellence.
Alessandra Cronin – Production Design
Alessandra is a Brooklyn based designer, programmer, filmmaker, editor, and animator. They have a passion for experimental and non-conventional forms of storytelling and pushing the boundaries of the theatrical experience. They work with The NY Neo-Futurists as a technical collaborator. Their most recent work includes associate projection designer for Bhangin’ It (La Jolla Playhouse), and projection designer for curiouser/CURIOUSER (Friends Seminary).
Jane Guyer Fujita – Voice Coach
Jane Guyer Fujita is a Voice and Speech specialist based in New York City. Her work as a teaching artist and voice trainer centers on helping individuals connect with a strong and centered sense of self and find freedom in vocal expression. Jane also works as a dialect coach across media platforms. She has coached productions on Broadway: Bronx Bombers and Dear Evan Hansen. Off-Broadway at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, LCT3, La Mama, The Playwrights Realm, Page 73, Primary Stages, The Public Theatre, Signature Theatre, Theatre for the New City. And around the USA at the American Repertory Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival, Yale Repertory Theater, Hudson Valley Shakespeare, The Curran Theater, Actors Shakespeare Project. Her most recent Film and TV credits include: Loki Season 2 (Marvel/Disney +), A Small Light (Disney +), and Cat Person (StudioCanal)
Sloane Fischer – Stage Manager
Sloane Fischer (Stage Manager) is a New York based Stage Manager with a BA in Stage Management from PACE University. Some Pace credits include; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ASM), Julio Down By the Schoolyard (ASM), Twelfth Night the Musical (PSM) and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (PSM). Outside credits include; Grease (PA) at Studio Tenn, Future Fest (PSM) at 54 Below, a staged reading of the new play, Blood, Sweat, Tears (PSM) at The Tank, Christen the Place (PSM) at IRT, How to Find a Husband in 37 Years or Longer (PSM) at Under St. Marks, The Samuel French competition with a staged reading of the new play Blocked (PSM) at Playwrights Horizons, a staged reading of the new play, Into The River I Went (PSM) at The Kraine, and Science in the Theater Festival (PSM). Off Broadway credits include; The Keen Teens Festival (ASM) at Theater Row and The Year of Magical Thinking (ASM) with The Keen Company.
Solo Heroes is a group of solo artists, developing solo shows. It was co-founded by Ivy Eisenberg and JJ Pyle, who met in a class at the Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) at Primary Stages, taught by comedian Judy Gold. Hours, weeks, months, and years were spent writing and rewriting and reading to fellow classmates. But we needed an outlet and an audience, hence Solo Heroes was born. We began in a small cabaret theatre on the Upper West Side of NYC in 2015 before moving downtown to the iconic Nuyorican Poets Cafe on the Lower East Side.
We accept submissions, we hold rehearsals and give artists a safe space to try out new material and workshop sections of solo shows. Many Solo Heroes alums have gone on to produce full-length shows at the likes of the Cherry Lane Theatre, solo festivals across the country, and even the Edinburgh Fringe. We believe that: Every story has a Hero… Or is it?… Every Hero has a story.
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