HOW TO BE SAFE
by Ashley J. Jacobson
June 1-17, 2017
After a friendly neighbor dies suddenly, the agoraphobic Audrey decides to venture out of her apartment for the first time in months - but only gets as far as the bus before a panic attack makes her turn back. Before she returns, her nervousness makes quite an impression on the brazen Willow, an adrenaline-seeking, recovering drug addict whose sobriety has left her eager to feel anything.
The Resister Project
jANUARY 4-15, 2017
Responding to a divisive political campaign, THE RESISTER PROJECT is a variety show of performances featuring 10-new plays, stand-up comedy, music and poetry. By and for the community of indie theater artists to partake in peaceful resistance through the power of live performance, every night will also feature dialogues and talkbacks. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to a soon to be announced charity.
by Mae West
September 29 - October 2, 2016
The Dirty Blondes presented a staged reading of Mae West’s play SEX about a sharp-witted prostitute from Montreal’s Red Light District. During its Broadway run, West was arrested and charged with lewdness and the corrupting of youth. She would spend 10-days in jail. This presentation celebrated the play’s history with special guests and events.
The Bombshell Benefit
May 9, 2016
@ The Gene Frankel Theater
Special thanks to all of the artists who came together to help us celebrate the announcement of our new residency with FRIGID @ Horse Trade and our 5th season: Lacy Allen, Melanie Aponte, Ramzi Awn, Todd Bryan Backus, Jordan Bean, Laura Bogdanski, Dondrie Burnham, Casey Cleverly, Eloise Edwards, Brandon Ferraro, Tyler Gardella, Kana Hatakeyama, Roy Koshy, Thomas Muccioli, Anjili Pal, Samantha Randolph, Alexis Roblan, Marissa Shadburn, Angeliea Stark, Rebecca Jane Stokes, Stephanie Swirsky, Patrick Taylor, Hope Weiner, and Sidney Erik Wright. Some more special thanks to Will Arvidson and Lalita Chemello for their help during the benefit.
THE AMERICAN PLAY
AUGUST 16-29, 2015 @ The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre
EXTENDED SEPTEMBER 17-25, 2015 @ SoHo Playhouse
Two young men let their obsession with Patrick Bateman andAmerican Psycho send them down a rabbit hole of destructive and violent behavior. An in-depth look at modern masculinity, entitlement and false idol worship.
Winner of Overall Excellence in Playwriting in The 2015 New York International Fringe Festival
THE BRITNEY PROJECT
APRIL 6 & 7, 2015 @ JACK
The Britney Project is a two night workshop performance of a developing show by Ashley J. Jacobson. Four actors and two musicians explore the grand puppetry of pop culture and the public perversion of fame, talent and girlhood. An entirely improvised, musical and multimedia performance will be sure to entertain and intrigue audience members as they look past the pop star and into the machine that controls her life.
The Tunnel Play
August 9-23, 2014 @ The Kraine Theatre
June 19-22, 2014 @ 4th Street Theatre
The Dirty Blondes present DETROIT, NY a collaboration between artists in Detroit and New York City. Seven playwrights have been selected to write short plays around the theme of “What is Detroit?” The evening will be a high-energy evening of collaborative performances between New York and Detroit artists featuring seven short plays, historical footage, performance art, and live music.
After The Dance
April 24-27, 2014 @ Gemini and Scorpio Loft
FEBRUARY 23, 2014 @ THE BRICK THEATER
The Miracle Play
September 4-8, 2013 @ The Secret Theatre
Presented by The Secret Theatre and The Dirty Blondes
In this smart and thought provoking new drama by award-winning playwright, Ashley Jacobson, and directed by Clare Hammoor, Connie, the sole survivor of a school shooting, labors to find her place as she begins a new life at a Catholic school while bearing the last name Weissman. Soon she naively follows a student, an artist, a doctor, and a politician all hell-bent on teaching her their way which pulls her further down the rabbit hole. As her world quickly spirals out of control, and she is left broken, homeless and alone, she finally finds her way back to the flood waters at Houston Street where her hope returns with a small act of kindness.
December 19, 2012 @ Jack NY
Audience members rang in the prophesied apocalypse with a collage-based performance created by The Dirty Blondes. Interviews, letters and passages selected by resident playwright Ashley Jacobson exposed the mixed messages of religion and how compassion can be found within so much hate.
Against the backdrop of the end of days and the second coming of Christ, five archetypal characters and a chorus of angels presented a forum for a world torn apart by confusion.
Audience reactions and comments are being anonymously incorporated into THE MIRACLE PLAY, to take place in 2013.
Inspirations included: Westboro Baptist Church preachings, interviews with Pat Robertson, The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Medieval Morality Tales, Judie Brown from the American Life League, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and the Poems of Jesus Christ.
The American Play
June 4-23, 2012 @ The Bleecker Street Theater
THE AMERICAN PLAY follows two college students, Tim and Luis, who bond over the author Bret Easton Ellis in American Lit class. As the boys try to define themselves as men, their fantasies of a Patrick Bateman-like existence expose deep-seated insecurities and desperations that they will do anything to hide.
WINNER: OUTSTANDING OVERALL PRODUCTION OF A NEW PLAY, OUTSTANDING DIRECTION, and OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN in the 2012 Planet Connections Theater Festivity.
“THE AMERICAN PLAY pays homage in a way that both manages to celebrate the original work and — quite frankly — leaves it in the dust.”
“…chilling, dark, bitingly funny with humor that is as black as the atmosphere.”
“The production is stunning from the first moment to the last…”
Check out all the production photos here.