MJ’s Friends & Family Page

Hello all — welcome to the Bridge Rep website, and this private page we’ve set up exclusively for my friends and family. Thanks for taking a look…

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First, I want to tell you more about what makes Bridge Rep an exciting company to be a part of. We’re just over a year old, and I am one of the Founding Artistic Associates. Click the first tile below to start a slideshow with our company overview, including history, mission and other goodies:

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Even though we’re brand new, we’ve decided to undertake a full season — four shows from Sep 2013 – Jun 2014, including my play, not Jenny. Here are a couple of images from our season announcement, which went out over the summer:

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not JENNY Double Image

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not Jenny is a dark comedy about twin sisters Jenny and Not Jenny. (Please note! Lowercase “n” in the the play’s title, uppercase “N” in the character’s name.) After thirteen years of estrangement, the girls reunite in the wake of a car crash that kills their mother and leaves Jenny paralyzed from the waist down. The sisters struggle to reconcile the distant past they share, and the recent pasts they don’t – a task made even trickier when their younger brother Jimmy shows up with grudges to bear and secrets to spoil.

Fun fact: not Jenny was the play that paved the way for me to become a part of Bridge Rep, after fellow Artistic Associate, McCaela Donovan, brought the script to our fearless leader, Olivia D’Ambrosio. Below, some pictures of Olivia and me at a fundraising event we held earlier this year.

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Before I even met Olivia, however — and way before Bridge Rep even existed — I began working on not Jenny as part of my Playwriting MFA at Boston University. It started as a monologue play from the point of view of Not Jenny. Then I added the twin sister, and then their brother. My professor Melinda Lopez was instrumental in bringing the play to life. Below are some images from a workshop production from Summer 2012, directed by then MFA Directing student Hondo Weiss-Richmond, which you can view as a gallery by clicking the first thumbnail and then scrolling through.

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Speaking of BU — Bridge Rep has established an ongoing collaboration with the school’s Department of Graphic Design. We work with undergraduate students who develop marketing images for our productions, creating an opportunity for them to interface with a real, live client. Below, you see a picture of the students in class, as well as the cluster of posters they designed for not Jenny. You can click any image to view them all up close as a slideshow.

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All of our preparation is paying off, now that not Jenny is in rehearsal with a great creative team. Here are some neat blueprints from Juliana Beecher, our scenic and lighting designer. They give us a hint of how the set is going to look in the space.

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We’ll perform not Jenny in the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. Below is an image of the building’s marquee, displaying Bridge Rep’s last production for all the world to see. I can’t wait until not Jenny moves in!

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The last thing I want to share with you is among the most important. Instead of charging regular ticket prices for not Jenny, the Bridge Rep team and I have decided to offer the entire run of the show as “Pay What You Can at the Door”. In other words, we are eliminating the economic barrier that may keep Bostonians from otherwise attending the theatre, while counting on the good will of those who are in a position to be able to support the arts. We are the first company in the history of all 168 organizations that have produced at our venue to offer a show completely on a Pay What You Can basis. It is our “holiday gift” to Boston, and reflects the commitment in our mission to connect the theatre to our city.

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I hope I’ve been able to communicate how special Bridge Rep is, and how hard I’ve been working. I hope even more so that I am making you proud. As I continue to grow into the person you have all urged me to become, can you support me by chipping in a gift of any amount to help Bridge Rep defray the costs of putting on not Jenny? Our budget for the show is around $12,000, and although we’ve worked hard enough to actually have the money in the bank before going into production, it is my plan to help Bridge Rep stick around for the long haul.

Please click here to be taken to our giving page, where you can see how to make a donation online or by mail, and learn more about what it means for you to support Bridge Rep and not Jenny. Every bit helps!

Also, if you’re able to make it to the play, please let me know. My goal is for this to be the first of many scripts I can present to the world on such a large platform. I think you’ll see my writing has come a long way and that the production will help me continue toward my full potential. Most importantly, it would mean the world to me to have the chance to make my loved ones proud!

All best,
MJ
hsMJ

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