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Relationship Expert Rachel Russo to Give Post-Show Talk-Back for MISS ABIGAIL'S GUIDE TO DATING, MATING AND MARRIAGE





Last fall, "Miss Abigail" came to town to teach New York's mingling singles, dating disasters and mating mavens how to date, mate and marry in a new play that Entertainment Weekly calls "...super fun and, in less than 90 minutes, the perfect romp for an evening out with friends."

For the second installment of its new monthly talkback series, on Sunday, January 9, "Miss Abigail" is proud to welcome acclaimed love coach and relationship expert Rachel Russo for a special interactive talkback immediately following the 3 p.m. matinee performance of MISS ABIGAIL'S GUIDE TO DATING, MATING AND MARRIAGE at the Downstairs Cabaret Theater at Sofia's (221 West 46th Street, next to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre).

Rachel Russo MS, MFT is an "It" Girl on a mission to save the world-one relationship at a time. Rachel is a Matchmaker, Relationship Coach, Writer, and Speaker who works and resides in NYC.

With a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University and an MS in Marriage & Family Therapy from Iona College, she has serious credentials for helping diverse people find love.

Her profound understanding of human nature and gender dynamics, coupled with her previous practice of psychotherapy and six years of experience working in the matchmaking industry, fuel Rachel's success in her current position at Master Matchmakers, the company behind VH1's "Tough Love."

Rachel, often called the next Carrie Bradshaw, is now fabulously single in the big, bad city, having agreed to participate in an international reality dating blog. She has a love affair with the written word and has recently penned a book, A Fab Job Guide to Become a Matchmaker, which will be published in early 2011. Between maintaining three blogs and writing everything from self-help articles to her client's profiles, she is also working on co-authoring another book, Synergy For Singles.

To learn more about Rachel Russo, visit

Starring celebrated artist and television icon Eve Plumb ("The Brady Bunch"), MISS ABIGAIL'S GUIDE TO DATING, MATING AND MARRIAGE is written by Ken Davenport (Altar Boyz, My First Time, The Awesome 80s Prom) and Sarah Saltzberg (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), and is based on Abigail Grotke's popular book - the comedy's namesake -that promises "classic advice for contemporary dilemmas."

Miss Abigail is the most sought-after relationship expert to the stars - think Dr. Ruth meets Emily Post - and in MISS ABIGAIL'S GUIDE TO DATING, MATING AND MARRIAGE, she and her sexy sidekick Paco (played by Manuel Herrera) travel the globe teaching her outrageously funny "how-tos" on dating, mating and marriage.

Davenport directs as Miss Abigail takes you back to a simpler time, before booty calls and speed-dating, back when the divorce rate wasn't 50 percent and Fidelity was more than an investment firm.

During this 90-minute comedy, audiences are guaranteed to laugh-out-loud and learn a thing or two . . . like how to have a perfect kiss (it's all about lip position) . . . what you should and should not talk about on a date (don't mention your troll doll collection) . . . and how to let a man think he wears the pants.


The regular weekly performance schedule for MISS ABIGAIL'S GUIDE TO DATING, MATING AND MARRIAGE is as follows:

Wednesday matinees at 2 p.m.
Thursday and Friday evenings at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sundays at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 

Three types of ticket packages will be available for the performance. Lovers Lane is the VIP package that includes table seating, champagne and a rose from Miss Abigail for $125. The Drive-In premium package includes table seating for $99.99. Regular Tickets are $69.

For tickets, additional information, and even some complimentary dating tips from Miss A., please visit the official website at or call toll-free 1-877-9-MISS-ABIGAIL.


EVE PLUMB (Miss Abigail). Eve is an actress and artist best known for her portrayal of Jan Brady in the television sitcom "The Brady Bunch." In the ABC hit series, Eve portrayed Jan Brady, the middle of the three Brady sisters. Eve has also been a part of the prestigious L.A.-based Groundlings improv comedy troupe and has appeared in "The Love Boat," Little Women, "That '70s Show," "Days of Our Lives," "All My Children," the Saturday morning sitcom "Fudge" and the feature film Fudge-A-Mania. In addition to acting, she has been painting for more than 20 years, with her work featured in select galleries nationwide. Utilizing oil on canvas, Eve's focus is "spontaneous still life." To learn more, visit

MANUEL HERRERA (Paco) has appeared on Broadway in West Side Story (Bernardo standby), Legally Blonde (Padamadan/ Nikos), Sweet Charity (Herman cover), Wicked (Chistery) and The Music Man (Tommy Djilas). Off-Broadway: The Seven (Eteoclus and First Man). Film: Sex and the City 2 (Sergio). Commercials: Mohegan Sun, Joe Boxer, Winterfresh Gum, Mervyns and Optimum Online.

KEN DAVENPORT (Playwright, Director) is a Broadway and Off-Broadway producer. Recent Broadway productions include Oleanna starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, Speed-the-Plow starring Raul Esparza, Will Ferrell's You're Welcome America, Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury, and 13. Ken is the only independent producer to have had three shows running simultaneously Off-Broadway - Altar Boyz, The Awesome 80s Prom and My First Time. He was recently featured on a national commercial for Apple's iPhone, named one of Crain's "Forty Under 40" in 2008, and was dubbed the "P.T. Barnum of Off-Broadway" by The New York Times. Ken's company recently released an iPhone app called At The Booth, which gives a listing of available shows at the famed TKTS booth in Times Square.  At The Booth has been featured on Entertainment Weekly's Must List, and called "Ingenious! The best thing to happen to New York theater since, well, the introduction of the TKTS booth!" He has written articles for Forbes, Mashable, Imedia and others. Combined, Ken's productions have grossed more than $100 million worldwide and are being produced internationally in over 25 countries including Germany, Mexico, France, and Korea. Other current projects include bringing the first ever revivals of both Godspell and A Few Good Men to Broadway, adapting the novel and film Somewhere in Time into a Broadway musical, launching his latest creative collaboration Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage and a documentary on one of the top unsigned bands in the country - Red Wanting Blue. Ken's blog on commercial theater producing and marketing,, has been featured in Vanity Fair, Gawker, The Gothamist and more.  For more information on Davenport Theatrical's projects, visit

SARAH SALTZBERG (Playwright). On Broadway, Sarah Saltzberg played Logainne Schwartzandgrubenairre for two years in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She created and developed her character in C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E (upon which Spelling Bee is based), which she co-produced at the Theatorium in NYC, and appeared in both Barrington Stage productions. She most recently appeared in Fat Camp (NYMF), and has appeared off-Broadway in Junie B. Jones (Lortel Theatre), her one-woman show Dear Diary (Ars Nova), as well as throughout NYC in long-form improv comedy with the Upright Citizen's Brigade. Sarah can be seen in the late-night Broadway-themed improv show Don't Quit Your Night Job, which she co-created and co-produces (  She is also a co-artistic director of Stage 13, a theater/production company dedicated to cultivating new and original stage, web and film pieces (

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