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A Perfect Ganesh
Written by Terrence McNally
Directed by Amanda Kate Joshi
Meet the Crew/Cast:
Amanda Kate Joshi (Director) is a NYC-based director and producer, whose 20-year career has focused mainly on new play development and musical theatre. She founded Wizard Oil Productions and served as its Artistic Director before her time as General Manager of Abingdon Theatre Company. She has had the privilege of working at New Dramatists, being a reader for the Princess Grace Award in Playwrighting, has sat on the Lark Play Development Company’s Literary Wing, spent two years as Coordinator for the Johnny Mercer Writers’ Colony for Goodspeed Musicals, where she helped in the development of 30 new musicals, as well partnered with New Georges as a Line Producer. New Georges’ A Beautiful Day in November…Great Lakes won an OBIE in 2015, and Wizard Oil’s Empire of the Tree was nominated for an Innovative Theatre Award in 2010. For the past 10 years she has also served as an Associate Director to both Tony Walton and Don Stephenson, working on productions including Cabaret, The Producers, Sunday in the Park With George and Equus. After being awarded an SDC Observership with Marcia Milgrom Dodge for Fiddler on the Roof, she was an evaluator for the SDC Observership Program. She has been nominated for a National Directors Fellowship and an SDC Mike Ockrent Directing Fellowship.
Terrence McNally (November 3, 1938 – March 24, 2020) (playwright) was an American playwright, librettist and screenwriter. Described as “the bard of American Theater” and one of the greatest contemporary playwrights the theater world has yet produced, McNally was the recipient of five Tony Awards for Love! Valour! Compassion!, Master Class, Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime, and received the 2019 Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement. He was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1996, and he also received the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 and the Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award. His career spanned Six decades and his plays, musicals and operas were routinely performed all over the world. His other plays included Frankie and Johnny in the Clare de Lune, The Lisbon Traviata, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, Mothers and Sons, Corpus Christi and The Full Monty. He also wrote screenplays, teleplays and a memoir. His work centered on the difficulties of and urgent need for human connection. He was the vice-president of the Council of the Dramatists Guild from 1981 to 2001.
Kelleen Moriarty (Production Stage Manager) (she/her), is a queer, disabled director, dramaturg, stage manager, and storyteller based in Brooklyn. She is a former Westport Country Playhouse Directing Fellow and a former member of Mercury Store’s Directing Lab. Favorite recent New York credits include “My Cousin Nelu is Not Gay” (The Brick), “#Graced” (WP), “Galatea” (MJ Kaufman), “Blanche & Stella” (Columbia University, Queen’s Theatre), “Off Peak” (Hudson Stage Company), “Cupid and Psyche: an audioplay” (Stay True). kelleenmoriarty.com.
Brenda Currin (Margaret) began her career portraying Nancy Clutter in the film of In Cold Blood. Other films include The World According to Garp (Pooh Percy), Taps, Reds, the cult classic C.H.U.D. and more recently, Gossamer Folds and Daughter of the Bride. Brenda has worked extensively in the theater, receiving an OBIE Award for Wendy Kesselman’s My Sister in this House and is acclaimed for her one-woman shows based on Eudora Welty’s writing, “Sister and Miss Lexie“, and “A Fire Was In My Head” with director/adapter David Kaplan. Brenda co-founded What Girls Know, a theater program for adolescent girls. She has performed in many Tennessee Williams plays, and with Irene Glezos: Orpheus Descending, The Rose Tattoo and In The Summer House by Jane Bowles. Brenda played Amanda Wingfield in a production of The Glass Menagerie for the St.Louis TW Festival and will be returning in September to do “Something Unspoken”. Brenda’s TV work includes Claws, Gossip Girl and Wu-Tang, An American Saga. She is delighted to be back at Theaterlab and thanks Irene Glezos for her partnership in making real this stage of A Perfect Ganesh.
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