Swing – A Play by Holly M. Eaton
August 25 – 28, 2016  

Synopsis:

Mia is desperate to sell her New Jersey home. She wants to study pastry making in California and plans to move there with her young daughter. But on the very day she’s showing the property to very interested buyers, her alcoholic grandmother decides to skip her meds, her grieving former lover shows up unannounced, the roof begins leaking, and the toilet needs fixing. Her best friend does what she can to help her hold it all together. Still, it’s left to Mia to discover what can happen when one tries too hard to run away from a past one’s still living in.

Holly M. Eaton, Playwright

Holly M. Eaton has had her work produced throughout New York City. Her writing was recently featured in the actor’s showcase, Collaborations. Her ongoing collaboration with New Perspectives Theatre included the staging of her play, Pop Life, as part of their Women’s Work Festival. Her play Five Card Stud was included in the show “Going to the River: River Plays” at Ensemble Studio Theatre. She received a staged reading at Second Stage Theatre of her play, Swing. Her plays, Front Stoop and Fifteen Minutes Past the Hour were featured at the Playwright’s Slam, helmed by Sojourna Collier, and Fifteen Minutes… went on to become a “Wild Card” choice at the Strawberry One-Act Festival in New York City. At Cherry Lane Theatre, Holly was the AD for a workshop production revival of The Fabulous Miss Marie, by Ed Bullins.

She was a scholarship recipient for the first national meeting of the Black Women Playwrights’ Group held at Loyola University. Holly earned her B.A. in Literature and Creative Writing from Dartmouth College and received her M.F.A. in Playwriting from Adelphi University.

About Jeannine Foster-McKelvia, Director

Jeannine Foster-McKelvia, Actor/Director, just completed work as Assistant Director/Dramaturge for FLY at the Ensemble Theatre in Houston, Texas. Other directing credits include director/ producer for the New York premier of A Question of Taste at the Midtown International Theatre Festival, Edge of the Jungle (Pulse Ensemble Theatre), On the Cusp (Juneteenth Legacy Theatre), The Story and A Doll’s House (Sarah Lawrence College), A Question of Taste and The Kitchen for Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Festival in Black and White (Best Director Honors for both productions). She was the assistant director to veteran director Allie Woods, Jr. for 1000 Miles (Juneteenth Legacy Theatre Festival) and to veteran TV and stage director Ed Sherin on A Moon to Dance By (Pittsburgh Playhouse). Her acting credits include the Mother in the web series Escaping Single, Scissoring (Columbia Stages), Punching Glass (Manhattan Rep Theatre), Five and Flying Lessons directed by Ed Sherin (Sarah Lawrence College), Relativity, directed by Talvin Wilks, Jelly’s Last Jam, and Ashes to Africa (Kuntu Repertory Theatre), The Bridge Club and Christmas is Comin’ Uptown (Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre) American Menu, Blue and The Dance on Widows Row (New Horizon Theatre). Jeannine is a graduate of Duquesne University and Sarah Lawrence College.

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74 E 4th St, NYC, NY 10032
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