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Written by Robert Askins
Directed by
Alex Timbers

Justin Bartha (Eric)
Nicole Lowrance (Michelle)
Talene Monahon (Jeanie)
Lucas Near-Verbrugghe (Zach)
Elizabeth Reaser (Cynthia)

Robert Askins (Playwright) was born in Cypress, Texas in 1980. He moved to New York in 2005. His Obie Award-winning play Hand to God is currently running on Broadway at the Booth Theatre after a 2014 run at MCC and three sold-out runs at Ensemble Studio Theater in 2011-12. In 2009 his play Princes of Waco was produced by EST/Youngblood. His one act play Matthew and the Pastor's Wife was a part of Marathon 2010 at EST and The Love Song of the Albanian Sous Chef won a Dallas Outer Circle Critics Award in 2011. Mr. Askins is proud to be an alumnus of I-73, Youngblood, and a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre. He has received two E.S.T./Sloan grants, an Arch and Bruce Davis Award and is one of the 2012 recipients of the Helen Merrill Award for emerging playwrights.

Alex Timbers (Director) is a two-time Tony®-nominated writer and director and the recipient of Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, as well as two OBIE Awards. Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher (Co-Director, OBIE Award: Best Director, Tony® Nomination: Best Director), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (also Book Writer; Drama Desk Award: Best Book, Lortel and OCC Awards: Best Musical, Tony ® Nomination: Best Book), The Pee-wee Herman Show (Aired on HBO, Nominated for Emmy® Award), Off-Broadway: Here Lies Love (Drama Desk and OCC nominations: Best Director), A Very Merry Unauthorized Pageant (OBIE Award, Garland Award- Best Director), Gutenberg! The Musical! (Drama Desk Nomination: Best Director), Hell House (Drama Desk Nomination: Unique Theatrical Experience). His most recent work includes Rocky, which opened on Broadway in 2014 and is currently running in Hamburg, Love’s Labours Lost, which he co-wrote and directed at the Public’s Shakespeare in the Park in 2013, and The Last Goodbye, which sets Romeo and Juliet to the music of Jeff Buckley.

Justin BarthaJustin Bartha (Eric) Broadway: Max in Tony nominated revival of Ken Ludwig's Lend Me A Tenor. Off-Broadway: All New People (Second Stage), Asuncion (Cherry Lane), The Sunshine Boys (Ahmanson Theater). Film credits: The Hangover 1, 2 and 3, National Treasure 1 and 2, Holy Rollers, Todd Solondz's Dark Horse, Failure To Launch, and the upcoming Headlock and White Girl. On television, Justin most recently starred in Ryan Murphy's groundbreaking series "The New Normal." Justin would like to dedicate this show to his family, whom he loves and only spanks when they deserve it.

Nicole LowranceNicole Lowrance (Michelle) has been seen on Broadway in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (u/s) and Dividing the Estate. International: The Merchant of Venice, RSC. Off-Broadway: Middle of the Night, Keen Company; Peter and the Starcatcher, New World Stages; The Merchant of Venice, All’s Well That Ends Well, Engaged, Don Juan, Theatre for a New Audience; Columbinus, NYTW. Regional: O.P.C., A.R.T.; Oleanna/Speed the Plow (in rep), Actors Theatre Company; Beyond Therapy, Westport Playhouse; Curse of the Starving Class, ACT; The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue, Hartford Stage; Romeo and Juliet, Folger Theatre; Hamlet, The Little Foxes, Shakespeare Theatre Company. TV: “Law & Order”; “Whoopi”; “Guiding Light”; “American Masters”. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

Talene MonahonTalene Monahon (Jeanie) recently appeared in the New York premieres of Here's Hoover! (Les Freres Corbusier) and The Chocolate Show! (47th St. Theater). Regional credits include The Seagull (Peterborough Players), Our Town (New London Barn Playhouse), The Importance of Being Earnest (Northern Stage). Talene's solo show, All in Good Fun, was a best-seller at the United Solo Festival and has been produced across New England. B.A. Dartmouth College.

Lucas Near-VerbruggheLucas Near-Verbrugghe (Zach) has been seen in Bloody Blood Andrew Jackson on Broadway, Love Labour’s Lost and Macbeth at Shakespeare in the Park, Boom at Ars Nova directed by Alex Timbers, Oohrah! at the Atlantic Theater directed by Evan Cabnet, The Common Pursuit and The Ritz at the Roundabout Theater Company, and Assistance at Playwrights Horizons directed by Trip Cullman. He made his Ahmanson debut in Seminar, opposite Jeff Goldblum and directed by Sam Gold. Film credits: Our Idiot Brother, A Birder’s Guide to Everything directed by Rob Meyer, The Bad Guys directed by Carlos Rincones, and The Tiger Hunter, set to come out later this year with Danny Pudi and Jon Heder. Television: Recurring on the NBC hit "Grimm."

Elizabeth ReaserElizabeth Reaser (Cynthia) has been seen at MCC in The Money Shot. Other Off-Broadway: How I Learned to Drive (Second Stage), The Winter's Tale (CSC), The Hologram Theory (Blue Light). London: Blackbird (Bush Theatre). Regional: Conviction (Bay Street, world premiere), Stone Cold Dead Serious (A.R.T.). Film: Hello, My Name is Doris (upcoming); One & Two (upcoming); The Twilight Saga; Young Adult; Liberal Arts; The Art of Getting By; Against the Current; Purple Violets; Puccini for Beginners; The Family Stone; Stay; Sweet Land (Independent Spirit Nomination). TV: "Bonnie and Clyde" (A&E/History/Lifetime mini-series), "The Good Wife" (CBS), "The Ex-List" (CBS), "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, Emmy nomination), "Saved" (TNT).

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