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NY Theatre Workshop's I Got Sick Then I Got Better Adds Performance

NEW YORK THEATRE WORKSHOP’S
I GOT SICK THEN I GOT BETTER
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY JENNY ALLEN
DIRECTED BY JAMES LAPINE AND DARREN KATZ
ADDS PERFORMANCE ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 19

RUN TO FOLLOW IN NYTW’S FOURTH STREET THEATRE
OCTOBER 23 THROUGH NOVEMBER 15

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director William Russo have announced that I Got Sick Then I Got Better, written and performed by Jenny Allen, and directed by James Lapine and Darren Katz, will play one additional Monday—October 19—at 8pm, at NYTW, 79 East 4th Street, between Second Avenue and Bowery, before beginning a regular run at NYTW’s 4th Street Theatre, 83 E 4th Street, on Friday October 23.

I Got Sick Then I Got Better will play the following schedule: Thursday and Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm and 8pm; Sunday at 3pm and 7pm; Monday at 7pm.  Tickets are $45 and are on sale through November 15.

The play, which was originally scheduled to close Monday, October 5, has been extended again due to sell-out audiences.

I Got Sick Then I Got Better is a wrenching comic riff on one woman’s adventures after falling down the medical rabbit hole.  Diagnosed with and treated for ovarian cancer in 2005, writer and performer Jenny Allen (The New Yorker, The New York Times) tells her story of the harrowing tailspin she took following her diagnosis, combining biting humor with searing emotion in a witty, bittersweet monologue that limns the personal and family collateral damage a life-threatening illness brings. 

Jenny Allen is a writer and performer.  Her profiles, essays and reviews have appeared for years in many magazines, including The New York Times, New York, Vogue, Esquire, Life, and More.  She is the author of a collection of fables for grown-ups called "The Long Chalkboard," illustrated by her husband, Jules Feiffer.  She helped originate the 80's comedy group "serious Bizness," and has performed in productions of Jules' Blues and in readings of Spalding Grey: Stories Left to Tell.  She produces and performs stand-up comedy evenings in Manhattan.  I Got Sick Then I Got Better, was first performed on Martha's Vineyard in the summer of 2007.  She and her husband have two children, Halley, 23, an actress, and Julie, 13, a ninth grader.  They live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW), now celebrating its 26th season, is a leading voice in the world of Off-Broadway and within the theatre community in New York and around the world. NYTW has emerged as a premiere incubator of important new theatre, honoring its mission to explore perspectives on our collective history and respond to the events and institutions that shape our lives. In addition, NYTW is known for its innovative adaptations of classic repertory. Each season, from its home in New York's East Village neighborhood, NYTW presents three to five new productions, over 80 readings, and numerous workshop productions, for over 45,000 audience members. Over the past 26 years, NYTW has developed and produced over 100 new, fully staged works, including Jonathan Larson's Rent, Tony Kushner's Slavs! and Homebody/Kabul, Doug Wright's Quills, Claudia Shear's Blown Sideways Through Life and Dirty Blonde, Paul Rudnick's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and Valhalla, and Caryl Churchill's Mad Forest, Far Away, and A Number. The 2002 remounting of Martha Clarke's seminal work Vienna: Lusthaus and subsequent American tour was one of the longest-running productions in NYTW's history.  NYTW supports artists in all stages of their careers by maintaining a series of workshop programs including work-in-progress readings, summer residencies, and minority artist fellowships. In 1991, NYTW received an OBIE Award for Sustained Achievement and in 2000 was designated to be part of the Leading National Theatres Program by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Tickets for I Got Sick Then I Got Better are $45 and may be purchased online at www.telecharge.com, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or by phoning Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200.  For groups, phone 212 780 9037.  For more information, visit www.nytw.org.

 

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