Jane the Plain

Jane the Plain

by August Schulenburg
directed by Kelly O’Donnell
May 9 to May 24, 2014


The 4th Street Theatre
83 East 4th street
New York, NY
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THE STORY: Football, popularity and the clash of the gods: it’s all going down at Plainview High School’s homecoming game in the comic fairy tale Jane the Plain. Jane’s status take a sudden rise after she saves the mysterious Glowing Girl and is given the gift of beauty. Everyone starts falling for her: quarterback Scotty the Hotty, second-stringer Lesson the Decent, even the most popular girl in school, Lexi the Sexy. As the jealous Betty the Pretty seeks to eliminate her new-found rival, Leonard the Awkward tries to win his best friend Jane back. But when another mysterious god, the Mirror Man, starts haunting Scotty, this battle of love and social status takes a dangerous turn of cosmic proportions. What if the wrong choice in high school really could end the world??

running time: 90 minutes


The Students at Plainview High

Jane the Plain Betty

Becky Byers (Betty the Pretty)

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Regional: Contemporary American Theatre Festival – A Discourse on the Wonders of the Invisible World (Rebekkah). New York Theater: Flux Theatre Ensemble’s Dog Act (Jojo – NYIT Nomination, Outstanding Featured Actress) and Hearts Like Fists (Nina- NYIT Nomination, Outstanding Lead Actress); Gideon Productions’ Advance Man (NYIT award winner, “Outstanding Production of a Play”) and Blast Radius (Ronnie); Vampire Cowboys’ Geek! (Honey); Retro Productions’ The Runner Stumbles (Louise) co-produced with The Bleecker Company, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Joe), and Dear Ruth (Miriam); DMTheatrics’ Two Gentlemen of Lebowski (Bonnie/Choreographer) and Bitch Macbeth (Prime Asbury); Piper McKenzie’s Craven Monkey and the Mountain of Fury (Air Minion/Monkey) and Willy Nilly (Cass/Choreographer–NYC Fringe). Film: Derelict Films’ Play Hooky and Play Hooky II (Megan); Guy in His Basement Productions’ Go Scratch (Kelly) and The Caddywhompus Years (Melody); Third Lows Productions’ The Passion of Paul Ross (Amity). Becky is a 2010 NYTheatre.com Person of the Year.

Jane the Plain Lexi

Sol Crespo (Lexi the Sexy)

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Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. For Flux Theatre Ensemble: Deinde, Menders and Ajax in Iraq. For Pregones Theater/PRTT: Neon Baby, Aloha Boricua, Las facultades, Game Over, The Beep (2007 HOLA for Best Ensemble), Medea’s Last Rosary, The Red Rose (2006 HOLA and ACE award for Best Musical). Other credits include: Wizard of Oz, Kennedy’s Children, The Mouse that Roared, Las hermanas Mirabal. Career Awards: NYTheatre.com Person of the Year 2012; Ford Foundation Fellowship for Career Advancement 2008; HOLA for Outstanding Performance of a Female Actor 2005. Her short film “Old Maid” is screening soon! For full bio and credits: solmarina.com

Jane the Plain Leeson

Chester Poon (Leeson the Decent)

Chester Poon was most recently seen in Manhattan Theater Works production of Dark Water by David Stallings and directed by Flux’s own Heather Cohn. Recent credits include Adam Szymkowicz’s Hearts Like Fists (Flux Theater Ensemble), Thomas Bradshaw’s Job (The Flea), Charles Busch’s Psycho Beach Party (The Workshop Theatre), Arthur Miller’s The Crucible (The New Ohio Theater), and Claire Tran’s Doi Moi (PRTT). He is a graduate of the two year acting conservatory at The Studio/New York.

Jane the Plain Jane Homecoming

Alisha Spielmann (Jane the Plain)

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Alisha was most recently seen in Flux Theatre Ensemble’s production of Sans Merci by Johnna Adams. She can currently be seen in the web series Producing Juliet. Off-Broadway: The Runner Stumbles (The Bleecker Company/Retro Productions). Independent Theatre: Blast Radius (Gideon Productions); Dear Ruth, The Desk Set (Retro Productions); Always (HB Playwrights); Intermezzo (New York City Opera); Killer High, Hack! (Vampire Cowboys); Native Speech, All’s Well That Ends Well, Love In The Insecurity Zone (Boomerang Theatre Company); Bus Stop, As You Like It (The Gallery Players). Regional: As You Like It, The Christmas Carol (The Guthrie Theater); The Last Train To Nibroc (Paul Bunyan Playhouse). TV/Film/Web Series: Producing Juliet, Celebrity Ghost Stories, Sigma, Exorcists Local 667, Dates Like This. A native Minnesotan, Alisha received her BA in Music and Theater from St. Olaf College. alishaspielmann.com

Jane the Plain Leonard

Isaiah Tanenbaum (Leonard the Awkward)

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Isaiah is a Flux Creative Partner and serves as Marketing Director. He has appeared in Flux productions as Sam (Honey Fist), Mac (DEINDE) Aimes (Menders), The Messenger/Lawyer (Jacob’s House), Lee (The Lesser Seductions of History), Enoch (Angel Eaters), Flute (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Clarin (Life is a Dream), and, of course, Prince Gutty (Rue). Full-length plays developed with Flux include The Transcendental Etudes and ¡Viva Fidel!. Favorite non-Flux roles include Foster (Mary Brigit Poppleton is Writing a Memoir, NY Fringe), Alan Strang (Equus, Sullivan County Rep), and Napoleon (Lickspittles, Boomerang). Film work includes Stateside, Zelimo, and Troma’s Poultrygeist. A graduate of Amherst College, Isaiah lives in Brooklyn with his wife Jessa and their cat, Juno. When he’s not acting, writing, or rocking a Hapi Drum, Isaiah is a teaching artist and photographer. isaiaht.info //isaiahtpd.info

Jane the Plain Scotty

Chinaza Uche (Scotty the Hotty)

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Graduate of the Experimental Theater Wing and The Classical Studio at NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts. Recent Theatre: ‘The Last Saint on Sugar Hill‘ at The National Black Theatre. ‘Othello‘ with The Kinetic Theatre Ensemble. ‘Honeyfist‘, ‘Hearts Like Fists‘ and ‘Ajax in Iraq‘ with The Flux Theatre Ensemble. ‘Flipside‘ with The HartBeat Ensemble (Broadway World Connecticut Awards – Best Actor Nomination). Film: ‘Mother of George’ (Sundance 2013), ‘Terry Richardson’s Last Hours’ (Cannes 2012), ‘Threading Needles’. Recent TV: ‘Blue Bloods’, ‘Deception’ and ‘Golden Boy’. Ensemble Member with HartBeat Ensemble. Creative Partner with Flux Theatre Ensemble. www.chinazauche.com

Set Design: Will Lowry

Costume Design: Stephanie Levin

Lighting Design: Kia Rogers

Sound Design: Janie Bullard

Stage Manager: Jodi M. Witherell

Assistant Director: Emily Hartford

Technical Director: Matt Vieira

Producing Director: Heather Cohn

Producer: Rachael Hip-Flores

Assistant to the Lighting Designer: Josh Hanson

Graphic Design: Isaiah Tanenbaum

Press Photography: Deborah Alexander

Press Rep: Emily Owens PR