JAW Play Reading: Best Available
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Written by Jonathan Spector
Directed by Marissa Wolf
After the sudden, and hushed, departure of the Artistic Director, the staff at a regional theater are ready for a change. Change that builds on the remarkable legacy of their institution and honors the community. Focusing on the future is the only way through. Jonathan Spector’s Best Available takes you on the behind-the-scenes journey of theatermaking’s adventure and absurdity. It’s funny … because it’s true!
Linda Hayden Helen
Gretchen Corbett Dolores
Darius Pierce Dave/The Romanian/Gary
Leif Norby Dan/Bill the Board President
Treasure Lunan Ariana/Jacqueline
Bets Swadis Bex/Brad
Rebby Yuer Foster Carolina/Itzel
Andrea Vernae Stage Directions
Stage Manager: Dana Petersen
Production Assistant: Caríssa Rodriguez
Jonathan is a playwright based in Oakland, California. His plays include EUREKA DAY (Glickman Award, Theater Bay Area Award, Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award, WhatsOnStage Award Nomination, NY Times Critics Pick), This Much I Know (Glickman Award, BATCC Award, Edgerton Award), Good. Better. Best. Bested., and In From The Cold (Global Age Prize). His work has been produced with The Old Vic, Aurora Theater, Colt Coeur, Mosaic Theater, Asolo Rep, Syracuse Stage, InterAct, Custom Made, The State Theater of South Australia and Just Theater, where he was long-time co-Artistic Director. Jonathan has been a Core Writer at Playwrights Center, a MacDowell Fellow, and a Playwrights Foundation Resident Playwright. He's held commissioned with Roundabout Theater Company, Manhattan Theater Club, La Jolla Playhouse and South Coast Rep.
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