THEATER J PRESENTS A NEW PEROFMRNACE PIECE BY   AMY ZIFF, FRONTWOMAN OF ROCK BAND BETTY

(Washington, DC) – As the inaugural offering of Theater J’s new Incubator Series, Amy Ziff brings her one-woman show ACCIDENT to her hometown, Washington, DC.  Theater J will present Ziff's new performance piece at Studio Theatre's 2ndStage, 1501 14th St., NW, a change of venue prompted by the return engagement of PANGS OF THE MESSIAH August 28 - September 16 in the Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater at the Washington DCJCC. ACCIDENT will run September 6—23, 2007, with all tickets available for $25.  Press night will be on Monday, September 10 at 8:30 pm and a Pay-What-You-Can Preview will be offered on Thursday, September 6 at 8:30 pm. 

Written and performed by the talented rock singer/performer who was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award in 2006 for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her work in BETTY Rules at Theater J, Amy Ziff explores the meaning of Life and After-Life in this duet for actress and bathtub. Amy finds herself – or a body-double of herself – drowned quite by accident in her bathtub.  Amy becomes her own jury as she contemplates whether her soul will alight to Heaven, or descend to Hell, after the raunchy, wild life she’s led.  Described by The New York Times as "a remarkable caricaturist," Amy Ziff brings a witty mix of high-brow bawdiness, laughter-inducing self-flagellation, and sly New Age wisdom to review a life spent behaving badly while trying to do good. 

“What better way to launch our new Incubator Series than with a favorite talent of ours unveiling a wild and revealing new performance piece?” notes Ari Roth, Artistic Director.  “Sometimes the Incubator Series will be presented as a staged reading of a new play in development.  But in this case, we’re inaugurating the series with a full-blown performance piece.”  This addition to Theater J’s programming will feature readings and workshop productions of plays in development, designed to support the work of emerging playwrights and help foster new work.   

Ziff worked with Michael Greif, the original director of Rent, Grey Gardens, and BETTY Rules, to develop this piece.   Rebecca Asher, experienced script supervisor from HBO’s Entourage, Arrested Development, and the cult hit film Donnie Darko stepped in as director for the workshop preview at Ars Nova in New York, where it played to sold out audiences.  Ziff, occasionally accompanying herself on the cello, breaks out and commands the spotlight in this eagerly anticipated premiere. 

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ACCIDENT FACT SHEET

WRITTEN BY: Amy Ziff
DIRECTED BY: Rebecca Asher

LIGHTING DESIGN: Garth Dolan
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER: Lindsay Miller

FEATURING: Amy Ziff

PRESS NIGHT: Monday, September 10, 2007 at 8:30 pm
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: September 6–September 23, 2007
Pay-What-You-Can Performance: Thursday, September 6 at 8:30 pm
Regular performance schedule: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 8:30 pm; Saturdays, 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm; Sundays, 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm
No Performances: September 11-13, and Sept 22 at 7:30

LOCATION: The Studio Theatre 2ndStage, 501 14th Street, NW in Washington DC, at the corner of P and 14th Sts. 

PARKING & METRO:  Colonial Parking Garage is located on P Street, NW between 16th and 17th Streets, 3 blocks west of the Theatre, $7 before 5:00pm and $5 after 5:00pm. 1617 14th Street, LLC Parking Lot located at the corner of 14th and Corcoran Streets, 1-1/2 blocks north of the Theatre, $5.  Limited street parking. Dupont Circle Station RED line.
 
TICKETS:  All Tickets $25
Box Office Tickets: (800) 494-TIXS or www.boxofficetickets.com.
For groups of 10+ call (202) 777-3214 or email hannahh@washingtondcjcc.org
Tickets for patrons under 25 (limited number): $15 at door or on-line

The Studio Theatre 2ndStage is handicapped accessible and offers listening assisted devices for interested patrons.   

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