Love, Loss and What...: further cast announced


Love, Loss and What...: further cast announced

Emily Bergl (“Desperate Housewives”), returning cast members Julie Halston (The Divine Sister) and Ashley Austin Morris (“The Electric Company”) and Zuzanna Szadkowski (“Gossip Girl”) will join upcoming casts of the Off-Broadway show Love, Loss, And What I Wore, now in its second year at the Westside Theatre. Bergl, Halston (who starred in the May 2010 cast) and Morris (who starred in the July and October 2010 casts) completes the next cast of Love, Loss, And What I Wore, performing 1 Jun - 3 Jul 2011. They join the previously announced Emme and Susan Sullivan. Szadkowski will be part of the Jul cast, performing 6 Jul - 7 Aug 2011, joining the previously announced Alison Fraser and Marla Maples. The show's current cast (through to 29 May 2011) stars Conchata Ferrell, Minka Kelly, AnnaLynne McCord, Anne Meara and B. Smith. The comedy, an intimate collection of stories by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, and directed by Karen Carpenter, opened at the Westside Theatre on 1 Oct 2009, following previews from 21 Sep, for what was initially scheduled to be a twelve week engagement that was originally scheduled to close on 13 Dec 2009, but is now playing an open run, currently selling tickets through to 7 Aug 2011. Love, Loss, And What I Wore is a collection of vignettes and monologues based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman, as well as on the recollections of the Ephrons’ friends. "‘The Vagina Monologues’ without the vaginas,” is how the Ephrons describe this theatrical event. The show opened to mostly good reviews: The only thing wrong with this play is the title... The rest is fabulous. (newyorktheatreguide.com); A kin to a warm estrogen bath (NY Times); By turns funny, poignant, and occasionally rueful (AP); A bittersweet meditation on the joys and tribulations of women's lives (Variety). The original cast featured Samantha Bee, Tyne Daly, Katie Finneran, Natasha Lyonne and Rosie O’Donnell. The creative team features sets by Jo Winiarski, costumes by Jessica Jahn, lighting by Jeff Croiter and sound by Walter Trarbach. A portion of the production’s proceeds will benefit Dress for Success, a charity that provides work clothing and job support for low-income women. Audience members will be invited to donate their gently-used purses and other accessories in the theatre lobby. Bios: Emily Bergl most recently played "Beth Young" on "Desperate Housewives." This fall she will reprise the role of "Tammi" in TNT's "Southland." Her last NY stage appearance was in 'Becky Shaw' at Second Stage. She has performed on and Off Broadway at the Roundabout, Lincoln Center, the Vineyard, and others. In September she will open the fall season of the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel in her cabaret show, 'Kidding on the Square.' Julie Halston was most recently seen in the comedy 'The Divine Sister.' Broadway credits include "Hairspray," "Gypsy," "The Twentieth Century" and "The Women." Off-Broadway credits include "White Chocolate," "The Vagina Monologues" and many more. TV: Series regular on “The Class,” Bitsy Von Muffling on “Sex and the City,” recurring role on “The Electric Company.” Halston is a founding member of Charles Busch's theatre company, and can next be seen in Charles Busch’s 'Olive and the Bitter Herbs' at Primary Stages. Ashley Austin Morris' Off Broadway credits: "Die Mommie Die," "Paper Dolls," "Bees," "Lysestrata Now," "In the Daylight," "Reading Under the Influence" and two casts of Love, Loss, And What I Wore. TV: "The Good Wife," "Ugly Betty," "Gravity," and MTV’s upcoming "I Just Want My Pants Back.” Ashley can also be seen daily on the Emmy Award Winning "The Electric Company." Film: "Generation Um," "Art Machine," "Premium Rush" and the upcoming "Pulze." Zuzanna Szadkowski plays 'Dorota' in the CW’s hit drama “Gossip Girl” and was voted #7 in Rolling Stone’s “50 Reasons to Watch TV.” Other television credits include “Guiding Light,” “The Sopranos,” “Law and Order,” and “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.” Theater credits include 'Olly's Prison' at A.R.T., directed by Robert Woodruff, and 'Spring Awakening' in Moscow.