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Podcast With MARC JAFFE
Writer/Comedian Marc Jaffe discusses his new play “Side Effects May Include…” which is having its Chicago premiere at the Greenhouse Theatre. We also look back at some of the shows Marc has written for including Seinfeld and Mad About You.
Wendy Kaplan, President of MadKap Productions,presenst the Chicago Premiere of SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE…, written by former Seinfeld writer Marc Jaffe and Emmy nominated playwright Eric Coble, previewing January 4, opening Friday, January 11 at 8 p.m., and running through February 10, 2013 at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 North Lincoln Avenue.
SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE… is a daringly funny, poignant and provocative one-man show about early onset Parkinson’s disease that explores the ideathat sometimes it’s not the disease that changes us, but the side effects. Phil is a middle-aged stand-up comedian, living a reasonably happily married life. His only complaint is his wife Maggie’s waning sex drive. This provides ample fodder for his stand-up act—until she is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and their life takes an unexpected turn—in some ways for the better. Based on Jaffe’s own bittersweet experience dealing with his wife Karen’s Parkinson’s diagnosis, SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE… is the story of a couple’s love and devotion in the midst of coping with the heartache of an escalating mountain of pills, dangerous (yet faithful) liaisons, marital secrets revealed, questions of manhood and womanhood, age, and desire.
MadKap Productions will be donating 10% of the proceeds from SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE… to Shaking with Laughter, an organization that was set up by Marc and Karen Jaffe in support of the Michael J. Fox Foundation. According to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, “Marc Jaffe has approached his difficult topic and his family’s private challenges with humor and a sense of optimism. And those are two attributes that all of us at the Michael J. Fox Foundation particularly prize.” Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder with symptoms that can progress from mild tremors to complete physical incapacitation. In the United States, 60,000 new cases of will be diagnosed this year alone. While the average age of onset is 60, an estimated five to 10 percent of people with Parkinson’s experience onset at age 40 or younger.
SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE… stars Andrew J. Pond as “Phil Rosen.” Pond has starred in productions at Metropolis, Citadel, Piccolo, Redtwist, Blue Heron, Circle Theatre and most recently the Greenhouse Theater Center production of Clutter, presented by MadKap Productions.
The artistic team for SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE… is led by director Wayne Mell who began his directing career in 1976 and received the Talented Student Scholarship from Northern Illinois University. Mell went on to continue his study of directing at Victory Gardens, as well as improvisation at The Second City. He continued to direct at Attic Playhouse, and Bailiwick Repertory’s Director’s Festival. He is now the Artistic Director for MadKap Productions.
Sound Design is by Bob Boxer and Lighting Design is by Kirk Stateler.
Eric Coble has written plays including Bright Ideas, The Dead Guy, Natural Selection, For Better, Southern Rapture, A Girl’s Guide To Coffee, The Velocity of Autumn (which will make its Broadway premiere in spring 2013 starring Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons), My Barking Dog, and The Giver which have been produced Off-Broadway, throughout the U.S., and on several continents, including productions at Manhattan Class Company, The Kennedy Center, Playwrights Horizons, Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, the Denver Center, New York and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, Alliance Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, Florida Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Asolo Repertory, Coterie Theatre, Curious Theatre, Actors Theatre of Charlotte, Oregon Children’s Theatre, People’s Light and Theatre Company, Stages Repertory Theatre, Great Lakes Theater Festival, and The Contemporary American Theatre Festival. Awards include an Emmy nomination, the 2011 AATE Distinguished Play Award for Best Adaptation, the AT&T Onstage Award, National Theatre Conference Playwriting Award, Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, an NEA Playwright in Residence Grant, a TCG Extended Collaboration Grant, the Cleveland Arts Prize, a Creative Workforce Fellowship from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and four Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Grants. He is a member of the Cleveland Play House Playwrights Unit.
Producer Wendy Kaplan has been producing theater since the age of eighteen. Her most recent Chicago-based production was Clutter: The True Story of the Collyer Brothers Who Never Threw Anything Out, by 7 Emmy Award winning playwright, Mark Saltzman. She is also the producer for the Des Plaines Park District’s Footlighters Theater Company, producing plays that cast children along with more experienced adults in the hope to enrich the theatrical community. She was previously Managing Director of Stage Two Theatre Company and has produced for many regional theatre companies and worked on various Broadway productions, including Lost in the Stars, The Changing Room, Spofford, and Leonard Bernstein’s Mass. She has also produced many shows at Citadel Theatre Company in Lake Forest, including Something’s Afoot, directed by SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE… director Wayne Mell.
The preview schedule for SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE… is Friday, January 4 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, January 5 at 8 pm.; Sunday, January 6 at 2 p.m.; and Thursday, January 10 at 8 p.m. The regular schedule is Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Ticket prices range from $20.00 for students/seniors and groups to $25.00 for general admission. For tickets call the Greenhouse Theater Box Office at 773.404.7336 or visit www.greenhousetheater.org. The Box Office is open Wednesdays through Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.