NEW YORK PREMIERE
By Jane Anderson
Co-Directed by Eric Paeper and Shannon Patterson
MAY 3 – JUN 8
Opening Night: May 11, 2020
All performances at 7:30pm.
TBG Mainstage Theatre, 312 West 36 St, NY, NY 10018
Bill and Dinah, a conservative Christian couple reeling from the sudden loss of their daughter, decide to reconnect with their freewheeling cousins, Jeanette and Neil. They, too, are dealing with hardship, including a diagnosis of terminal cancer and the loss of their home to wildfire, but remain surprisingly upbeat. Something is amiss and an unexpected turn challenges everyone’s convictions about life and death. In The Quality of Life, award-winner Jane Anderson artfully ventures into the depths of moral, ethical, and religious quandaries with humor, empathy, and truth.
About the Playwright
Jane Anderson is an Emmy award-winning writer and director for theater, film and television. Plays include: Mother of the Maid, The Baby Dance, Baby Dance: Mixed, Defying Gravity, Looking for Normal, The Quality of Life, The Escort, Lynette at 3AM, Food & Shelter and The Last Time We Saw Her. Her latest play, Mother of the Maid, premiered at the Public Theater in 2018 and starred Glenn Close. Her plays have been produced Off-Broadway and in theaters around the country, including ACT, Arena Stage, Actors Theater of Louisville, Williamstown, Shakespeare & Company, The McCarter Theater, Long Wharf, Geffen Playhouse, and the Pasadena Playhouse. Screenwriting credits: The Wife, starring Glenn Close, How to Make An American Quilt, It Could Happen to You and The Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio, starring Julianne Moore & Woody Harrelson, which she also directed. Documentary film: Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson, featured on HBO. Television writing credits: HBO’s Olive Kitteridge, starring Frances McDormand for which she received an Emmy Award for best teleplay and limited series, a Writers Guild Award for best teleplay and nominated for the Golden Globe for best limited series. She wrote HBO’s The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader Murdering Mom, for which she received an Emmy, Penn Award and Writers Guild Award for best teleplay. She wrote and directed The Baby Dance for Showtime which she adapted from her play and received the Peabody Award as well as Golden Globe and Emmy nominations. She wrote and directed Normal for HBO (starring Jessica Lang & Tom Wilkinson) adapted from her play Looking for Normal which received Emmy, Golden Globe and Directors’ Guild and Writers’ Guild nominations for best writing and directing. She wrote and directed When Billie Beat Bobby starring Holly Hunter and Ron Silver. And wrote and directed the first segment of HBO’s If These Walls Could Talk II which starred Vanessa Redgrave for which she received an Emmy nomination for Best Teleplay.
Critical Praise for Previous Productions of The Quality of Life
“Remarkable and completely engrossing”
“A magnetic work of theater”
–The San Francisco Chronicle, 2008
About the Directors
Eric Paeper has a long and varied history at The Barrow Group as a director, actor, development consultant, producer, designer and teacher. Eric oversaw the development and production of TBG’s programming from 2001-2008. Some of the highlights include Pentecost (Drama Desk Nomination), the acclaimed Short Stuff series, and a developmental production of The Catechism of Sex by Martin Moran which would later be re-titled The Tricky Part (OBIE Award, two Drama Desk nominations). Eric’s TBG directing credits include The Fear Project (for which Eric wrote one of the short, very scary plays) & Off the Map by Joan Ackerman (starring Lee Brock). Regional directorial credits include 42nd Street, Annie 2, The Sound of Music and The Maderati by Richard Greenberg. As an actor, Eric appeared in several TBG productions including The Time Keepers and Natural Selection. Other acting credits include The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me (NY, Boston, Lisbon), A Chorus Line (National & International Tours, Papermill Playhouse), Message to Michael (Rattlestick Productions), And the Pursuit of Happiness (Rattlestick Productions), Orphans (Theatre Three). Television and film credits include Another World (NBC), Family Jamboree, Away From You, and Whistle (Burt Danish Productions). Eric holds a BFA in acting from SUNY Purchase and an MFA in interior design from NYSID. Eric has taught scene study and directing workshops at The Barrow Group School since 2001 while concurrently pursing his other passion for architecture and design as Senior Associate at Ageloff & Associates. Eric designed the The Barrow Group’s 3rd floor lobby which is dedicated to his sister, Stefanie.
Shannon Patterson is a New York-based director, actress, and coach with a passion for developing new works & collaborating with theatre artists. Her most recent directing credits are the NY Premieres of Torben Betts’ Muswell Hill, a Co-production with The Pond Theatre Company & The Barrow Group, and Erik Gernand’s The Beautiful Dark also with The Barrow Group. Catch some more stuff about Shannon at shanpatterson.com