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October 2, 2012 > Bare Bones series welcomes "Jenny Chow"

Bare Bones series welcomes "Jenny Chow"

Submitted By Susan E. Evans

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre (DMT) is excited to announce "The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow," the fourth show in the 2012 "Bare Bones" staged reading series. The play, subtitled "An Instant Message with Excitable Music" is by Rolin Jones.

Jenny Chow is the story of Jennifer, an average 20-something year-old adopted agoraphobic genius who re-engineers obsolete missile components for the U.S. Army from her bedroom. With the help of the internet, her pizza delivery friend, and Jenny Chow, the fully functioning replica she builds of herself, she is ready to begin her quest for her biological mother in China, and possibly face her fears and her future.

Jones' funny and fantastical techno-comedy "The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow" continues DMT's Bare Bones series, staged readings of edgier pieces by contemporary writers. South Coast Repertory presented the world premiere of "Jenny Chow" in April 2003. The play was a winner of a 2006 Obie Award and a 2006 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In a co-production with Portland Center Stage, San Jose Repertory presented the Bay Area premiere.

Rolin Jones hails from Woodland Hills, California. He wrote "Jenny Chow" while in the graduate program at the Yale School of Drama, drawing upon his own life for inspiration. Much like the fictional Todd in Jenny Chow, he worked for a while as a pizza delivery boy. One day while delivering a pizza to a home in Calabasas, he found an old high-school friend who suffered from severe obsessive-compulsive disorder and agoraphobia. And, like Todd, he began hanging out with her and helping her to try to get out of the house.

Jones joined the writing staff of the Showtime Network's "Weeds" in 2005 and worked as a writer and producer on the show's first four seasons. He also received an Emmy nomination for a fourth-season episode of "Friday Night Lights." Jones is currently working on the NBC series "Smash," about the making of a Broadway show.

Although writing for television takes up most of his time now, Jones still keeps his hand in playwrighting: his play "The Jammer" will have its New York premiere at the Atlantic Theatre Company in its 2012-2013 Season.

Director Rebecca Longworth is a San-Francisco-based director, designer, and performer. She is pleased to be working with the Douglas Morrisson Theatre for the first time, and on such a delightful play. Recent directing credits include "Buried Child" and "A Streetcar Named Desire" at Boxcar Theatre; "Lips Together, Teeth Apart" and "And Baby Makes Seven" for Theatre Q; "Gorgeous" (NCTC's YouthAware Program); and "Cuckoo" and "4:48 Psychosis" for Jump! Theatre.

The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow
Tuesday, October 9
8 p.m.
Douglas Morrisson Theatre
22311 N. Third St., Hayward
(510) 881-6777
Tickets: $10 open seating

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