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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Presents New Laurel Ollstein Work “Pandora”

Sep 11, 2020
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will stream a benefit online workshop reading of “Pandora,” an intriguing new work by acclaimed playwright Laurel Ollstein. TheatreWorks’s production of Ollstein’s play “They Promised Her the Moon,” an inventive look at women’s early efforts to join the space race that was a hit among audiences and critics, was abruptly closed in March when shelter-in-place orders went into effect. In this new play, Ollstein investigates the Pandora’s box myth, delving into the world-changing curiosity and hope resulting from one woman’s fateful actions.

This streamed performance features a stellar cast of actors assembled from across the country and was recorded over Zoom under the direction of TheatreWorks Artistic Associate and Director of New Works Giovanna Sardelli. “Pandora” will be offered via video streaming from 6pm (PDT), Thursday, September 24, 2020 until 6pm (PDT), Monday, September 28, 2020. An additional interview with actor Katy Sullivan, who plays the titular role and is an award-winning actress, producer, writer, athlete, and bilateral above knee amputee, will be available for viewing on September 18. Viewers can sign up to receive a link to view “Pandora” at TheatreWorks.org without charge, although donations are encouraged to support TheatreWorks Silicon Valley.

Director Sardelli has assembled a stellar cast for this reading, led by Katy Sullivan as Pandora. Star of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Cost of Living” (Manhattan Theatre Club and Williamstown Theatre Festival), Sullivan has been nominated for Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel, and Ovation Awards, and is a recipient of a Theatre World Award.

Performing as Dr. Z/ Po, Scott Aiello has been seen in CBS’s “The Good Fight” and “Blue Bloods,” HBO’s “Billions,” TBS’s “The Last O.G.” and Netflix’s “The Good Cop.” Mary Beth Fisher, featured as Hes, has appeared onstage at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Court Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and the Old Globe Theatre.

Jeremy Kahn joins the cast as Eddie. Kahn has also performed at American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Aurora Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, Center REPertory Company, Magic Theatre, and San Francisco Playhouse. Appearing as Dina/Professor, Katharine Lorraine has performed in New York’s “Sleep No More,” Spiegelworld’s “We Are Here,” Pipeline Theatre Company’s “The Gray Man,” and “The Bad Years” by Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk.

Carrie Paff, who will be playing Phro, has been seen at Theatre for a New Audience, 59E59 Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Aurora Theatre Company, Center REPertory Company, Marin Theatre Company, and San Francisco Playhouse. Her voice can be heard in Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” “The Good Dinosaur,” and “Lamp Life.” Stage directions will be read by Katherine Hamilton, recently seen onstage at Palo Alto Players and director of plays for the UCSB Zoom festival Alone Together.

“Pandora” will be streamed in the company’s New Works from Home program, part of its TheatreWorks from Home initiative. A virtual stage for the Tony Award-winning company while its physical theatres remain dark, TheatreWorks from Home provides audiences access to new exclusive content. . For more information the public may visit TheatreWorks.org or call (650) 463-1960.

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Photo caption: Katy Sullivan stars as Pandora in a benefit online workshop reading of Laurel Ollstein's "Pandora," streamed by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Thursday, September 24 - Monday, September 28. An interview with Katy will be available to stream prior to the show. (Photo Courtesy of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley)


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