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Trying

March 13 — April 8, 2018

March 13 — April 8, 2018

Playwright
Joanna McClelland Glass

Joanna McClelland Glass

Playwright

Joanna McClelland Glass has had plays produced in many North American regional theatres, as well as in England, Ireland, Australia, and Germany. Trying was first presented by Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago in 2004 and won Chicago's prestigious Jefferson Award for Best New Play. Trying was then produced at The Promenade Theatre, NYC, in the fall/winter of 2004-2005. Trying has now enjoyed 36 productions in the United States, Canada, and Australia, and at least 5 productions are planned for the 2007-08 season at theatres in the United States and Canada. 

Regional: Canadian Gothic and American Modern (both one-act plays) were first produced at Manhattan Theatre Club, NYC, in 1972; Artichoke (starring Colleen Dewhurst) first produced at Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, in 1974; To Grandmother's House We Go (starring Eva LeGallienne) first produced at Alley Theatre, Houston, TX, moving to Broadway in 1980; Play Memory (directed by Harold Prince) first produced at McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, moving to Broadway in 1984, and nominated for a Tony Award that year; If We Are Women premiered in 1993 at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, and premiered as a co-production between Vancouver Playhouse and Canadian Stage Company, Toronto, 1994, also premiered in London (directed by Richard Olivier). Yesteryear was originally produced by the Canadian Stage Company in Toronto in 1989. 

Film/Novels: Ms. Glass wrote two novels, Reflections on a Mountain Summer (published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1975), and Woman Wanted (published by St. Martin's Press in 1984). She has adapted both novels into screenplays, for Lorimar Studios and Warner Bros. Woman Wanted was filmed in 1998, starring and directed by Kiefer Sutherland, also starring Holly Hunter and Michael Moriarty. 

Awards: In 1984-85, Ms. Glass was awarded a Rockefeller grant. Other grants: the National Endowment for the Arts, 1980, and the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1981. Ms. Glass won the Francesca Primus Award in 1994, and the Berrilla Kerr Award in 2000. 

Ms. Glass was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and presently resides in suburban Chicago.

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Director
Jim Jack

Jim Jack

Director

Jim Jack(Director) returns to directing for GSP’s mainstage a second time, following his debut at the helm of the critically acclaimed production of My Name is Asher Lev in spring 2016. Directing credits for GSP’s Educational Tour and Community-based programs include: Terra Incognita; Our Town Now; Gabi Goes Green!; Austin the Unstoppable; IRL: in real life; New Kid; Peacemaker; and Break the Chains. Additional New York and regional credits include: The Road; Where is Home?; The Way It Was; K2 (Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Direction); Life and Limb; The Dumb Waiter; and The Zoo Story. Jim is the Director of Education and Outreach for the George Street Playhouse. Jim wishes to thank David Saint, Kelly Ryman and the GSP staff and Board of Directors for their support. Jim dedicates this production to the memory of the man who helped him lace the skates and hit the ice, Dr. Homer Swander.

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Cast
Philip Goodwin

Philip Goodwin

Cast

Philip Goodwin(Judge Francis Biddle) Broadway: Tartuffe, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The School for Scandal. Off-Broadway: A Day by the Sea, Mint Theatre; Celebration, Atlantic Theatre; Mud and Drowning, Signature Theatre; Grace (with Lynn Redgrave), MCC; and Henry VI (Drama Desk Nomination), Theatre for a New Audience; King Lear (with Kevin Kline), Public Theatre. Regional: Two River Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Arizona Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Guthrie Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Portland Stage, Hartford Stage, and as Kenneth Tynan in Tynan, Studio Theatre DC. Film and TV: The Pink Panther, The Pink Panther 2, Diary of a City Priest, Law and Order, Law and Order: CI, Hamlet (PBS). Philip is an Associate Artist at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., and an alumnus of The Acting Company.

 
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Carly Zien

Carly Zien

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Carly Zien(Sarah) is thrilled to be making her George Street Playhouse debut. Theater: One Slight Hitch (Totem Pole Playhouse); Over the River and Through the Woods (Flat Rock Playhouse); Buzzer (Cincinnati Playhouse); and Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Chautauqua Theater Company). Favorite roles from school include Viola and Olivia in two different productions of Twelfth Night, Lula in Dutchman, and Harper in Angels in America. Film and TV: A Woman, A Part; The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon); Nightcap (PopTV). MFA: Yale School Of Drama. For my elders.

 
 
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"An absorbing and ultimately, quite moving theatrical experience" - NJArts.net

"Philip Goodwin is terrific. Carly Zien is outstanding. An amazing production." - New Jersey Stage

Magnificient. The ideal Spring gift for those you love." - Q on Stage

"Intelligent, involving and always amusing." - Curtain Up

"Stirring...superb. Goodwin is impressive. Zien is a delight" - History News Network

Internationally known Francis Biddle, Chief Judge of the Nuremberg trials, opponent of the Japanese internment camps during World War II, and Attorney General under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, is 81 years old, elegant, sharply cantankerous, and trying to put his life in order. When a young, new secretary is hired, the two struggle to communicate but come to understand how two strangers at very different places in their lives can unexpectedly and forever influence each other. Based on playwright Joanna McClelland Glass’ real-life experience as Biddle's secretary. 

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The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation
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The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation
 

An absorbing and ultimately, quite moving theatrical experience

NJArts.net

Philip Goodwin is terrific. Carly Zien is outstanding. An amazing production.

New Jersey Stage

Magnificent. The ideal Spring gift for those you love

Q on Stage

Intelligent, involving and always amusing.

Curtain Up

Stirring...superb. Goodwin is impressive. Zien is a delight.

History News Network

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News and Reviews for "Trying"

An updating round-up of select features and reviews related to "Trying" at George Street Playhouse, March 13-April 8, 2018. Learn More

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Cast announced for "Trying," March 13 - April 8

Carly Zien (Amazon’s "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel") and Philip Goodwin (Broadway’s "The Diary of Anne Frank") to star in George Street Playhouse’s "Trying." Inspired by true events, the touching drama runs March 13 - April 8 at George Street Playhouse’s convenient interim location on Rutgers’ Cook Campus. Learn More

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GSP’s Interim Venue Gets Ready for 2017-18 Season

Build out of theatre begins and signage installed at 103 College Farm Road. Subscriptions and Flex Passes are on sale now for the upcoming 5-play season, with single tickets going on sale in August. Learn More

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George Street Playhouse announces 2017-18 season, interim venue

An updated version of the hit off-Broadway show "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" – with book and lyrics by George Street Playhouse favorite Joe DiPietro and music by Jimmy Roberts — opens the Playhouse's 2017-18 season at an interim venue on Rutgers University's Cook Campus. Learn More