Friday, October 13, 2017

Provocative New Play in East Coast Premiere at NJ Rep

East Coast Premiere

Of a Provocative New Play by Karen Rizzo

NJ Rep, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, is proud to present, Mutual Philanthropy, directed by Evan Bergman and starring Joseph Carlson, Laurel Casillo (photo right), Vivia Font and James Macdonald.

With the kids away for the night, two couples play a delicate game of power and propositions in a hilly enclave of northeast Los Angeles. What happens between friends when wealth divides and seduces?

Performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm & 8pm; Sundays at 2pm, Oct 19 thru Nov 19.

For tickets call 732-229-3166 or visit

          Laurel Casillo, James Macdonald, Joseph Carlson, Vivia Font

Special Post-Preview

Discussion with Playwright and NY Times Columnist

Last month’s viral New York Times op-ed, What the Rich Won't Tell You, sparked a nationwide debate on the morality of wealth disparity, by exposing how the 1 percent perceives, apologizes for, justifies, (and rarely speaks about) its affluence.

PHOTO: Vivia Font, James Macdonald

On Friday, Oct 20, NJ Rep is hosting a discussion on the subject with that column’s author, sociologist Rachel Sherman, and Los Angeles playwright, Karen Rizzo. The talk, with complementary wine reception, will follow that evening’s preview performance of Rizzo’s topical new dark comedy, Mutual Philanthropy, at 8pm.

Rachel Sherman is associate professor of sociology at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College. She is the author of Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of Affluence and Class Acts: Service and Inequality in Luxury Hotels. 
Karen Rizzo’s plays have been performed at NYC's Ensemble Studio Theatre, Samuel Beckett Theatre, Playwrights Horizon's Theatre School, and in Los Angeles at Arcade and Ensemble Studio Theatre/L.A. Her stories and essays have been featured in Salon, the Los Angeles Times, on NPR and at LA’s reading series Literary Death Match.

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