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THE OPEN BOOK TO PRESENT DOUBLE BILL
BY MARVIN KAYE & EDMOND ROSTAND
“MISTER JACK” AN INTERACTIVE DON JUAN COMEDY
PLUS “DON JUAN’S FINAL NIGHT”
THE OPEN BOOK is pleased to announce the double bill production of MISTER JACK by MARVIN KAYE and the short one- act DON JUAN’S FINAL NIGHT by EDMOND ROSTAND. Performances run at 8:15 pm Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays on August 12-13-14, 19-20-21, 26-27-28, and 2:45 pm Sundays on August 15, 22, and 29. Tickets are $18 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. TDF accepted. For reservations, please call the box office at (212) 362-0329 or online at https://the-open-book1.ticketleap.com/. The venue is THE DRILLING COMPANY at 236 West 78th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam on the Upper West Side.
MISTER JACK is an interactive Don Juan comedy by playwright, novelist and editor Marvin Kaye, cofounder of THE OPEN BOOK. Comedic improvisation is an important part of MISTER JACK. In MISTER JACK the audience is given the opportunity to ask questions about love and sex of the title character who is introduced as “the world’s greatest lover.”
The cast of MISTER JACK includes GIOIA deCARI, STACEY JENSON, H. CLARK KEE, and ERIC ROLLAND.
DON JUAN’S FINAL NIGHT, a short one-act that will be presented in the same evening is an adaption by MARVIN KAYE of Edmond Rostand’s work of the same name. In the Rostand version of the legend, the Don bargains with the Devil and wins ten more years to debauch women. When the fiend finally comes to collect him, he tells Don Juan he won’t take him to Hell until he has thoroughly humbled his spirit. The Don is sure his proud soul will never succumb, but the Devil brings back the ghosts of the women the Don has slept with, and they pick him apart until he has nothing left to be proud of.
The cast of DON JUAN’S FINAL NIGHT include GIOIA deCARI, JOANNE DORIAN, STACEY JENSON, MARVIN KAYE, H. CLARK KEE, MICHELE PAYNE and ERIC ROLLAND.
MARVIN KAYE is the author of 16 novels, six nonfiction books, several plays and play adaptations, as well as an editor of over 40 fantasy, mystery and theatre anthologies. He currently edits “Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine.” His column, “Marvin Kaye’s Nth Dimension,” appears online at http://spaceandtimemagazine.com/wp/ In addition, he has published numerous books through his own imprint, Marvin Kaye’s Nth Dimension Books, a division of Wildside Press. Co-founder and artistic director of The Open Book, Kaye currently resides in New York where he is (retired) Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing at NYU, and a Standardized Patient for the Morchand Center at Mt. Sinai Hospital and the Clinical Competence Center of New York.
Founded in 1975, THE OPEN BOOK is New York’s oldest professional readers theatre company whose mission is to present the best of all worlds of literature-prose, poetry, drama and even nonfiction-to culturally diverse audiences with an emphasis on new under-appreciated literature and works of excellence.