Cal Rep Wraps Season With Jennifer Maisel’s Out of Orbit

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The Los Angeles-based duo of playwright Jennifer Maisel and director Lindsay Allbaugh spearheads Out of Orbit in the final show of the 2014-2015 California Repertory season. The creative team demonstrates the distance between communication and connection can sometimes be worlds apart.

Winner of Wagner College’s 2014 Stanley Award and recipient of the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan commission for “Plays about Science and Technology,” Out of Orbit was developed at the Sundance Theatre Lab (2010 Theatre Lab at MASS MoCA), Gulf Shore New Play Festival (2011) and Berkshire Playwright’s Lab (2014).

Director Lindsay Allbaugh is excited to champion a story about women in technology and to explore mother-daughter dynamics. Allbaugh says she is “inspired by Jennifer Maisel” who “writes plays that strike a chord in contemporary America.” Out of Orbit tells the story of JPL scientist mom who controls a Martian rover while her coming-of-age teen daughter is finding her own way.

Playwright Jennifer Maisel has seen her work developed and produced by Rosalind Productions (Off-Broadway), Theatre J, Park Square Theatre, the Magic Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre NY and LA, Theater of NOTE, Gulf Shore Playhouse, University of the Arts, Playwrights’ Arena, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, South Coast Repertory, Rorschach Theatre, Epic Theatre, PlayLabs, PlayPenn, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Inkwell and Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival. She is a founding member of LA’s Dog Ear Playwrights Collective.

Director Lindsay Allbaugh is a CSULB Theatre Arts alum and currently serves as Associate Producer at Center Theatre Group (CTG) and Artistic Director at the Elephant Theatre (ET) company in Hollywood. At CTG, her associate producing credits include: “Venice- A New Musical,” “The Nether,” “Different Words for The Same Thing” at Kirk Douglas Theatre and “The Steward of Chirstendom” at Mark Taper Forum. Her producing credits at ET include multi-award winning plays “Parasite Drag” and “Block Nine.”

Cal Rep performances are in the Royal Theater aboard the Queen Mary. Out of Orbit runs Tuesday through Saturday, April 17 – May 9 (excluding Saturday, April 25). All performances begin at 8pm. There will be a preview performance on April 15th at 8pm. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $20 for students, military, and seniors (55 and older). Parking at the Queen Mary is $8 for patrons of Cal Rep performances, $6 for CSULB students and patrons who have dinner aboard the ship. Long Beach Public Transit also runs directly to the Queen Mary. For tickets and information please call (562) 985-5526 or visit www.calrep.org.

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