The Tank (Meghan Finn, Art Director; Johnny G. Lloyd, Art Development Director) has announced the world premiere of Don’t Do This To Us !, written and co-produced by Stephanie Swirsky (But You’re Alright) and directed by Tasha Gordon -Solmon (The Karpovsky variation). Produced by Kerrigan Quenemoen and Sam West, Don’t Do This To Us! will take place from 12 to 28 August 2022 at The Tank (312 W 36th St, New York, NY, 10018).
In Don’t do this to us! it’s 2022 and Rachel is concerned about rising anti-Semitism in the United States and around the world. She blames Jared Kushner for making the world more dangerous for Jews because her public image of her embodies the worst of Jewish stereotypes: she is rich, stingy and menacingly wielding world power behind the scenes. She devises a plan to go back in time to 1999, make contact with teenager Jared and break his penis, preventing him from marrying Ivanka, saving the lives and reputation of Jews around the world.
The cast of Don’t do this to us! will include Rivka Borek (The Karpovsky Variation) as “Ravit”, Grant Harrison (“The Tick”) as “Jared Kushner”, Chanel Karimkhani (The Hello Girls) as “Jodi”, Mara Kassin (Grandma’s Not a Toaster) as “Rachel “, Lilli Stein (” The Wonderful Mrs. Maisel “) as” Shira “and Alex Trow (Straight) as” Elisheva “.
Don’t do this to us! it will feature the set design by Ant Ma, the costumes by Stefanie Genda, the lighting design by Ebony M. Burton and the sound design by Hannah Birch Carl. Julie Cai is the Production Stage Manager and Sarah Connelly is the assistant director.
Don’t Do This To Us! is as follows: Wednesday – Saturday at 7pm and Saturday – Sunday at 3pm.
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ON THE TANK
Founded in 2003, The Tank is a nonprofit, Obie Award-winning multidisciplinary arts presenter and producer, offering a home to emerging artists working in all disciplines, including theater, comedy, dance, film, music, puppetry and fiction. Led by Art Director Meghan Finn, Delegate Producer Molly FitzMaurice, and Art Development Director Johnny G. Lloyd, The Tank supports emerging artists as they search for new ideas and forms of expression. In doing so, the company removes economic barriers from creating new works for artists who start their careers and experiment within their art form. From the company’s two-theater headquarters on 36th Street, The Tank serves over 2,500 performers annually, presents over 1,000 shows, and welcomes 36,000 spectators annually. The company produces a fully curated season of 13-18 world or New York theater premieres each season. During the current public health crisis caused by COVID-19, The Tank launched CyberTank, a virtual collection space and programming platform for artists to share work. With weekly themed variety shows, ongoing series and evening shows made for the virtual setting, CyberTank has already showcased the work of over 4,093 artists in over 468 shows to over 20,000 audience members across the country and around the world.
Tank’s recent works include Flako Jimenez’s New York Times Critics’ Picks Taxilandia (2021); OPEN by Crystal Skillman, directed by Jessi D. Hill (2019); Alexis Roblan’s Red Emma & The Mad Monk, directed by Katie Lindsay (2018); and Mac Wellman’s The Offending Gesture, directed by Meghan Finn (2016), as well as Drama Desk Award nominated productions The Hunger Artist (2018), The Paper Hat Game (2017), The Ephemera trilogy (2017), Ada / Ava ( 2016) and You’re Nowhere (2016).
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STEPHANIE SWIRSKY (Director) writes about illness, death, grief and cultural identity with humor, lightness and a sense of romantic adventure. She has worked with Keen Teens, The Brick, The Flea, Pasadena Playhouse, The Tank and Theatricum Botanicum, among others. She was a CubaOne Literary Fellow and received the Israel Baran Award. Originally from suburban New Jersey, Stephanie currently lives in New York and is a graduate of New York University and a master’s degree in dramatic writing from USC.
TASHA GORDON-SOLMON (director). Tasha’s directing credits include Boomerang Theater Company, Ensemble Studio Theater, Brooklyn Museum, InViolet Theater, Pipeline Theater Company, The Tank, The Flea, The Brick, Dixon Place and Fire This Time Festival. Her credits as screenwriters include the Humana Festival of New American Plays, Clubbed Thumb, Northern Stage, Ars Nova, Theater Now New York and The Colorado New Plays Festival. Tasha has received the Dramatist Guild Fellowship, the Playwrights Realm Fellowship, a Puffin Foundation Grant and an AFO Solo Collective Residency. She has received residencies at The Millay Colony, Bethany Arts Community, Barrington Stage Company and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and is a New Georges affiliate artist and a member of the Directors Lab West.
GRANT HARRISON (Jared Kushner). TV credits include “Cory & The WongNotes” (YoutubeTV), “The Tick” (Amazon), “God Friended Me” (CBS) and “Big Dogs” (Amazon). He has spent the past two years teaching acting at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. NYC Theater: EST, The Flea, PlayCo, AccessTheater, IRT, New Georges, EST Youngblood, 52nd Street Project. Regional: Bucks County Playhouse, Studio Theater (DC), LATC (downtown Los Angeles). He has appeared in works by Steph Del Rosso, Amy Herzog, Rob Askins, Chiara Atik and Stephanie Swirsky. MAE NYU, BA UCLA.
MARA KASSIN (Rachel) is an award-winning actress and producer. Last year, she starred in several narrative podcasts, including Jon Hamm’s American Hostage and an upcoming fall release, starring Carey Mulligan, of which she is also co-executive producer. Her recent award-winning films Ladies Lounge, Friendly Neighborhood Coven and Extra Innings can be found on Amazon. She co-produced Shawn Christensen’s Curfew, which won an Oscar for Best Live Action Short. Mara starred in and co-produced Grandma’s Not a Toaster, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. She starred, wrote and produced her award-winning directorial debut, Now or Later, which screened worldwide. Her recent film credits include Data Recovery, Klutz, The Only Beautiful Thing and Cul de Sac. Selected theater credits include works by Elizabeth Irwin, Halley Feiffer, Heidi Schreck, Anna Ziegler, Erica Saleh and Caroline McGraw. Member of AMPAS, SAG-AFTRA and AEA. www.marakassin.com
LILLI STEIN (Shira) is a New Hampshire actress, artist and musician. She is best known for her work on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “The Blacklist”. To see the proof, visit lillistein.com.
YI-HSUAN MA (ANT MA) (scenography). Taiwanese, set designer based in New York. He worked on Samuel at The Tank, written by Alexis Roblan and directed by Dara Malina; Mover and Shaker directed by Brandon Dirden; A Woman of No Importance, directed by Janet Zarish; The Ear of God directed by Jackson Gay. Associate Designer in 7 Minutes at Here, Wolf Play at Soho Rep, The Antelope Party at Wild Project. More information on his website: yihsuanma.wixsite.com/ant-setdesign
STEFANIE GENDA (Costumes). New York Film Credits: World Premiere The Karpovsky Variations (Boomerang Theater Company), Marrow (59E59), Complete Works of William Shakespeare … Abridged, Bunnicula (Mile Square Theater), Bubba (NY Fringe Fest); Regional Theater Credits: Lost in Yonkers (Riverside Theater); Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Tuacahn Center for the Arts); Million Dollar Quartet, Cabaret, Twelve Angry Men (Florida Repertory Theater); Lingering (Premiere Stages, Best Costume Design at Broadway World); Crossed swords, ticks, ticks … BOOM! (American theater group); Otello (American Shakespeare Center). How do you watch it (short film). Stefanie is a member of the Ensemble of Artists at the Florida Repertory Theater and works as an Assistant Costume Supervisor at the Manhattan Theater Club. Most recently she was an assistant designer on the Company’s Broadway revival.
EBONY M. BURTON (Lighting Design) is an Oakland-born lighting designer and art maker based in Brooklyn. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Oberlin College and an MFA in design from NYU Tisch. Burton spends what little free time his program allows him to gather ideas on evocative methods of storytelling and ways to challenge traditional notions of what a play can be. Credits include In The Blood (Tisch Grad Acting) Gusher (choreographed by Blaze Ferrer), Electric Feeling Maybe (Target Margin) and Voyeur: The Windows of Toulouse Lautrec. See his work at www.ebonyburton.com IG: @thecolorcarmine
HANNAH BIRCH CARL (Sound Design) is a sound, video and visual artist specializing in mixed media and painting. She has been designing the sound since 2010, mainly in California until her move to Brooklyn in 2017.
JULIE CAI (Production Director) is a NYU Tisch actor, stage manager, theater engineer, and alum currently residing in Brooklyn. It is focused on creating art that elevates their community of queer and BIPOC artists. Outside the theater, Julie also loves cooking, doing the New York Times crossword puzzle, and peeking out the window when her train crosses the bridge. Julie is immensely grateful for the opportunity to work on Don’t Do This To Us with these talented collaborators and she hopes you enjoy the show! Website: www.julie-cai.com
SARAH CONNOLLY (Vice Director, she / she) is a director and producer from Muncie, Indiana. Her mission as an artist is to foster creative communities where artists feel empowered to bring themselves into the production process and open to mutual learning along the way. Her work has been seen at the Boomerang Theater Company, Moxie Arts, Soho Rep, Amas Musical Theater and Wesleyan University. She is currently training as a director at The Actor’s Gym Studio under David Perlow.
KERRIGAN QUENEMOEN (Producer, she / she) is an actor and producer from Houston, TX. He is currently assistant production at the Williamstown Theater Festival and has just completed his two-year BOLD arts scholarship at the Northern Stage. He just graduated from Dartmouth College. www.kerriganq.com