Cameras. A “Final Three Pact.” Wine. Spanx. When three women form an alliance on a reality TV dating show, lunacy ensues. Marry, Marry, Quite Contrary pries back the masks we wear in public and private to reveal the cracking pressure of maintaining our personas. Join Julie, Taylor, and Bridget on their journey to find love in this devised pastiche of ABC’s The Bachelor, True Crime, and all things tequila-drenched-love-obsessed-pop-culture-horror. How does your garden grow?
Performances will take place in the Skinner Box Studio at Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Street, Philadelphia PA. Tickets are $15, with $10 industry tickets available, and can be purchased at http://playsandplayers.org/marry-marry-quite-contrary/.
Friday, Jan. 24th @ 8pm (PREVIEW)
Saturday, Jan. 25th @ 8pm (Opening Night/Press Opening)
Sunday, Jan. 26th @ 2pm
Monday, January 27th @ 7pm
Thursday, January 30th @ 7pm (Talkback by dramaturg Paige Zubel)
Friday, January 31st @ 8pm
Saturday, February 1st @ 8pm
About Paper Doll Ensemble
The Paper Doll Ensemble creates devised absurdist comedies that combine dance and visual art into a poignant multimedia wonderland that redefines traditional stories of the female experience. Current members are Amanda Jensen, Sara Vanasse, Grayce Hoffman, Taiwo Sokan, Cara Franz, and Paige Zubel. For more visit https://paperdollensemble.com/
Grayce Hoffman (Creator/Performer/Co-founder) is a Pennsylvania native from Limerick, PA, and the current Marketing Director for 11th Hour Theatre Company. She is a 2016 graduate of the UPenn Theatre Arts Program and was an apprentice at InterAct Theatre Company in the 2016/17 Season. She is a company dancer and puppeteer for the blacklight group ArcheDream for Humankind and works as a teaching artist around the Philadelphia area. Recent roles include “Frog,” “Universe,” and others (CORNUCOPIA, ArcheDream for Humankind), “Willa Jo” (THIS IS HOW GIRLS DIE, Paper Doll Ensemble), and “Grayce” (The Murder Free Comedy Show, InterAct Theatre Co.).
Amanda Jensen (Creator/Designer/Co-founder) is a Philadelphia based lighting designer. She has designed for Inis Nua (Monster in the Hall, Love Lies and Taxidermy, The Swallowing Dark, Radiant Vermin, and Spine), Almanac Dance Circus Theatre (The Edge, Comunitas 5 Years Later, Jeanne/Jean/John/Jawn, XOXO Moongirl), The Arden (Treasure Island, Snow White), Theatre Exile (Really), Missing Bolts Theatre co. (Rail), The Lantern (Heir Apparent) and Gunnar Montana Productions (Kink Haus, Wroughtland). Amanda’s work for the 2017 production of Kink Haus was recently shown as part of the USA/USITT exhibition at the Prague Quadrennial this past June.
Taiwo Sokan (Creator/Performer) is a 2016 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. A jack of all trades, Taiwo has been seen on Pennsylvania and New York stages as an actor, a stage manager, a set builder, lighting designer, and production manager, Etc. Some of her favorite productions include Operation Wawa Road Trip (Tribe of Fools), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Limelight Performing Arts Center) Cocktail Plays (Juniper Productions), and The Bluest Eye (Arden Theatre Company). She is super excited to finally be working with the Paper Dolls Ensemble. Special thanks to Marcia, Grayce, Benjamin, and the entire Sokan Clan for being my rock! Glory Be!
Sara Vanasse (Creator/Performer/Co-founder) is a Philadelphia-based theatremaker and actor. Sara received her MFA in Devised Performance from The University of the Arts and is a member of the second cohort of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training. Sara is a founding member of Paper Doll Ensemble. Sara has been a creator and/or performer with Butter & Serve Theatre Company, The Hopefuls, the Antigravity Theatre Project, Automatic Arts, Beacon Theatre Productions, Revamp Collective’s Artist’s Lab, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, and the National Theatre Institute at the O’Neill Theatre Centre. Love and thanks to my beautiful family, friends, & Luke.
Cara Franz (Stage Manager) received her BFA in Directing and Production from the University of the Arts (‘16). Cara loves working in the Philadelphia theatre community, including the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, Fringe Arts, 11th Hour Theatre Company & Shakespeare in Clark Park. When she isn’t in rehearsals or shows, you can find her doing her second love after theatre; food! Cara is a restaurant manager and Private Events Coordinator at Positano Coast in Old City, Philadelphia. Cara is thrilled to be a part of the Paper Dolls Ensemble production of Marry, Marry, Quite Contrary, as she is particularly interested in helping promote experimental theatre done for and by female artists.
Paige Zubel (Resident Dramaturg) is a playwright, dramaturg, and producer. Her plays have been developed and produced internationally with over 50 companies including Berridge Conservatory (In the Stars, France), Normal Ave Productions (Dead Meat, NYC), and What If? Productions (A String Between Man and the World, NC). Her plays and prose have been published through Smith and Kraus, Inc., One Act Play Depot, Every Day Fiction, and Hashtag Queer. Her first screenwriting project, the film adaptation of her play In Full Bloom produced with RPR Studios and Productions, is set to hit Amazon Prime late this year. She is the Artistic Associate of Shakespeare in Clark Park, National New Play Network Producer in Residence at InterAct Theatre Company, and a member of the Foundry, an emerging playwrights’ lab partnered with PlayPenn. She holds a BFA in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from the University of Houston.