Photo by Lorenzo Fernandez-Kopec.
Holy cow we opened! RIPPED at Z Space opened three days ago and my heart is still pounding from the joy and excitement of it all. First of all, THIS PRODUCTION IS 100% FREAKING AMAZING. Every piece of it, from the actors, to the direction, the gorgeous transitions, the set, the costumes, the lights, the sound (OH MY GOD, the LIGHTS and SOUND!), the choreography, EVERYTHING IS GREAT AND AMAZING. This production has completely blown my expectations out of the water and I will forever be grateful to the amazing folks at Z Space for taking a chance on me and this play, and putting together such a super star team to bring it to life for the first time.
Daniel Chung (Jared) and Krystle Piamonte (Lucy). Photo by Lorenzo Fernandez-Kopec.
Giant gobs of thank-you's to: Lisa Steindler (director), Krystle Piamonte (Lucy), Edwin Jacobs (Bradley), Daniel Chung (Jared), Christina Hogan (stage manager), Rose Oser (creative producer), Maya Herbsman (intimacy director), Colm McNally (set and lighting designer), Camille Simoneau (assistant lighting designer), Sara Huddleston (sound designer), Christina Dinkel (costume designer), Hannah Clague (props designer), Kat Cuchiara-Armstrong (production assistant), and all the lovely humans at Z Space.
Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you! THANK YOU!
Krystle Piamonte (Lucy) and Edwin Jacobs (Bradley). Photo by Lorenzo Fernandez-Kopec.
I am pretty sure I am the happiest playwright in the world right now.
I just uploaded an updated hot-off-the-press draft of RIPPED to the New Play Exchange, check that out here, or email me if you'd like a perusal copy.
Finally, COME SEE THIS SHOW! It is a hard play. I'm not gonna lie or sugar coat that. It was hard to write, and I know I ask a lot from all the artists who come to work on it with me. But I also think it's something a lot of folks need to see right now. Come and bask in all that hard work. There's also plenty of space to laugh and feel joy as well. It's got the full range of emotions. So, come on out. Laugh with us. Maybe even cry. Come and let theater move you.
We run through June 15th, buy tickets here: www.zspace.org/rippedshow.
And when you DO see the show, be sure to tell your friends (or tell folks now if you've already seen it!). This production deserves to be playing to full audiences every single night.