Comic Judy Gold's Funny Exploration of Motherhood in 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother
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“Fiercely funny, honest, and moving!” —New York Times
Actress/comedienne Judy Gold and award-winning playwright Kate Moira Ryan embarked on a five-year journey across the United States, interviewing Jewish mothers of different ages, ethnicities, and occupations. Gold weaves their alternately hilarious and emotional stories with her own experiences as a mother, daughter, and Emmy Award-winning writer. The result is a moving and humorous performance that everyone and their mothers will love.
By Kate Moira Ryan with Judy Gold
Directed by Karen Kohlhaas
Judy Gold received a 2006 Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance for 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother. She is the host of HBO’s “At the Multiplex with Judy Gold,” and she also hosted Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time.” She hosted the GLADD Media Awards, which aired on LOGO and VH1. Her most recent TV specials include a half-hour comedy special for LOGO and she is featured in the HBO documentary, “All Aboard.” Her stand-up specials include “Comedy Central Presents: Judy Gold,” Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd Stands Up,” and Judy’s HBO half-hour special, for which she received a Cable Ace Award. Gold was most recently seen in the smash hit film “The Aristocrats.” Gold won two Emmy Awards for writing and producing “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.” She was nominated twice for The American Comedy Awards’ funniest female stand-up.
Kate Moira Ryan (playwright) started her career in 1985 as a winner of the Young Playwrights Festival. 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, written with and for comedienne Judy Gold, was produced at Ars Nova in New York City, the Montreal Comedy Festival, and the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach to rave reviews. A book based on the stage play was published by Hyperion in 2007. Her play OTMA was produced by the Atlantic Theatre Company, the Ekaterinburg Youth Theatre in Russia, and the Lake George Theatre Project, and will be seen again at the Powerhouse Theatre at Vassar College in the Fall of 2006. It is published by Playscripts, Inc. Her adaptation of Dorothy Allison’s novel Cavedweller premiered at New York Theatre Workshop and is published by Dramatists Play Service. She is an alumna of New Dramatists and has received residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell, and the Edward Albee Foundations. She was recently awarded a fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation by the Ensemble Studio Theatre as well as an Arnold Weinberger Fellowship to the University of Cincinnati, and two fellowships to New Play Festival in Russia from the Center for International Theatre Development. She was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and received the Joe Calloway Award from New Dramatists.
Karen Kohlhaas (director) is a founding member of New York’s Atlantic Theater Company. Off-Broadway and regional directing credits include Kate Moira Ryan’s OTMA (Atlantic), Harold Pinter’s The Hothouse (Atlantic), Keith Reddin’s Synergy (Alley Theatre, world premiere), Frame 312 (Atlantic, NY premiere), David Mamet’s Boston Marriage (Public Theater, NY premiere), The Water Engine (Atlantic), and three productions of An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein in New York and Sydney. She has also directed at Atlantic Stage Two, Naked Angels, New Dramatists, NYU mainstage, the Kraine, Expanded Arts, and the 4th Street Theatre.