EMILY JEANNE BROWN*
BAY AREA PREMIERE
STARTS JUN 22, 2018
By Sarah Burgess | Directed By Jennifer King
"Flawless!" - San Francisco Chronicle
Now extended until July 29th!
After throwing himself a lavish engagement party in the same week that his private equity firm forced job cuts at a national retailer, Rick is facing a PR disaster complete with angry protesters and scathing editorials. Luckily one of his Managing Directors, Seth, has the ideal fix: a cheap buyout of an American manufacturer that will grow jobs and save face. But Jenny, another of the firm’s partners, favors a cutthroat strategy that will maximize profit at any cost. A recent New York hit, Dry Powder is a razor-sharp and whip-smart comedy that skewers the world of high finance.
"...lacerating...nuanced...extraordinarily timely." ~Time Out New York
Dry Powder runs approx. 90 minutes, with no intermission
Flawless direction..(an) explosive keg of high financeSan Francisco Chronicle
EMILY JEANNE BROWN
Emily Jeanne Brown* (Jenny) is excited to return to the Bay Area for her first production with Aurora Theatre Company! A recent graduate of the MFA program at the American Conservatory Theater, Emily has appeared in readings with the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and Symmetry Theater. During her time at A.C.T., she performed her original show, Girlhood, at FaultLine Theater, where she also directed BedPlay in its West Coast premiere. In the summer of 2016, Emily was a member of The Guthrie Experience, a selective summer training program for graduate acting students around the country at The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Other theaters include Berkshire Theatre Festival, Forestburgh Playhouse, American Shakespeare Center and Texas Shakespeare Festival. Emily currently resides in New York City. www.emilyjeannebrown.com
Jeremy Kahn* (Seth) is delighted to return to Aurora where he previously appeared in Wittenberg directed by Josh Costello. Other credits include Office Hour (Berkeley Rep/ Long Wharf co-pro), peerless (Marin Theatre Co), Bad Jews (Capital Stage), Peter and the Starcatcher (Theatreworks), 1 2 3, Tigers Be Still, The Fantasticks (San Francisco Playhouse), Tortilla Curtain (San Diego Rep), The Liar, Baskerville, It Shoulda Been You (Center REP) Another Way Home (Magic Theatre), and The Rover (Shotgun Players). TV and film: Looking, Unleashed, The Etruscan Smile (2018) and Dirt (2018). B.F.A from The Theatre School at DePaul University.
Kevin Kemp* (Jeff) is delighted to be back performing with Aurora Theatre Company, after his recent work on Luna Gale as Pastor Jay. Kevin has been fortunate to work in Theatre, TV and Film, across Europe, India, the UK and the US. Most recently, Kevin was seen playing Torvald in Shotgun Players’ production of Nora and Willem in the film Surrender Heaven, which will be going to Cannes 2018. Past credits include: Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, The Death of Phillip II, Macbeth, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Everyman, and Oedipus. When not acting, Kevin also choreographs stage combat and has studied swordplay at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. www.kevinkemp.co.uk
Sarah Burgess (Playwright) Sarah Burgess’ play Dry Powder is a recipient of the Laurents/Hatcher Award and a 2016 finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Dry Powder premiered at the Public Theater in March 2016, directed by Thomas Kail, starring Claire Danes, John Krasinski, Hank Azaria and Sanjit De Silva. Other plays include Camdenside (Ground Floor selection; Berkeley Rep; Kilroys list 2015) and FAIL: FAILURES (ANT Fest). Writer for Showtime’s Purity, AMC’s Lodge 49, The Tenant (Woodshed Collective) and Naked Radio, Naked Angels’ podcast series. Burgess has been a writer-in-residence at SPACE on Ryder Farm and the Cape Cod Theatre Project. Member of the WP Lab; Ars Nova Play group alum.
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IN THE NEWS
"Aurora’s ‘Dry Powder’ makes explosive keg of high finance” -SF Chronicle
“A sharp script, brought to vigorous life in director Jennifer King’s fast-paced staging. -San Jose Mercury News
“In Aurora Theatre’s production, with director Jennifer King’s excellent ensemble of actors, the conflict packs a visceral punch; the play crackles with unrelenting tension"- SF Examiner
‘Dry Powder’ at the Aurora is a creative critique of capitalism" -Berkeleyside
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