THE INTELLIGENT DESIGN OF JENNY CHOW by Rolin Jones is heading to Off-Broadway this fall. Anyone interested in Robots, virtual reality, alternate realities and virtual humans will want to check out this play. (note this story is corrected version of a previous post)
thumbnail shows logo for the world premiere of 'Jenny Chow" at the South Coast Rep. Long Beach, CA in 2003.
According to Broadwayworld.com: Atlantic Theater Company has announced casting for Rolin Jones' The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, the first production of their 20th anniversary season. The show will begin previews on Wednesday, August 31 and officially open on Monday, September 19th for a limited run through Saturday, October 15th.
Off-Broadway 'Jenny Chow' Cast Set:
The New York premiere of the cerebral comedy, which will be directed by Jackson Gay, will feature Michael Cullen (off-Bway: Bug, Cobb), Linda Gehringer (original production of Jenny Chow and A Naked Girl on the Appian Way at South Coast Rep), Julienne Hanzelka Kim (Bway: Metamorphoses, Golden Child)
ROBOTICA...Some of you may recognize the beautiful Julienne Hanzelka Kim from the movie THE ROBOT STORIES. She played LYDIA, the female robot in the MACHINE LOVE vignette. In the new Atlantic Theatre Company production, Julienne Hanzelka Kim will play Jennifer in "The Intelligent Life of Jenny Chow" off-Broadway premiere.
Here's more on that vignette "MACHINE LOVE" from THE ROBOT STORIES OFFICIAL WEBSITE: for the film, THE ROBOT STORIES, the segment "MACHINE LOVE" tells the tale of the latest component of the digital office, the Sprout G9 iPerson is a walking, talking coding machine programmed to fit seamlessly into its work environment by learning from its human co-workers.
In the "INTELLIGENT DESIGN OF JENNY CHOW" play, Jennifer Marcus (played by Julienne Hanzelka Kim) plays an American girl who re-engineers obsolete missile components for the U.S. Army from her bedroom. Afraid to leave her house, yet desperate to find her birth mother in China, she uses her technological genius to devise a new form of human contact," according to production notes.
MORE CAST MEMBERS FOR JENNY CHOW: Other cast members include: Ryan King (regional productions of Three Days of Rain, This is Our Youth), Matthew Rauch (off-Bway: Hurlyburly, Book of Days) and Eunice Wong (off-Bway: Faust in Love, The House of Bernarda Alba). Note, see Wong in the previous production of Jennie Chow playing the lead which she does not play in Off-Broadway version.
Playwright Staff Writer for Showtime's WEEDS
Jones is currently an NEA/TCG playwright-in-residence at Yale Repertory Theatre and a staff writer for Showtime’s new series “Weeds,” starring Mary Louise Parker.
$10.00 seats-- Theatre for the price of a Movie
Atlantic will offer the “Theater for The Price of a Movie" $10 theater ticket in an effort to build young audiences and attract first time theatergoers. Beginning August 24, thirty-three seats at every performance will be available to the general public.
MORE on the talented Julienne Hanzelka Kim.....
Picture of Julienne Hanzelka Kim courtesy of the site SPLITBRAIN.com. Julienne played the character Iris in the 2004 film SPLIT. Here is a link to her other films from IMDB.com Split (2004/I) .... Iris Life in Bed (2003) .... Sally Robot Stories (2003) .... Lydia
ROBOTICA -- see Jenny Chow robot depiction in previous production in this thumbnail:
Check out thumbnail of photo of "Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow"with Eunice Wong --at a previous mounting of the Robin Jones play now heading to the Atlantic Theatre Co. Off Broadway for a New York premiere. Wong will be in the NY cast will not play the role of Jennifer as pictured here.
ERRATUM: Please note that a previous post on this subject showed a picture of Wai Ching Ho NOT Julienne Hanzelka Kim. To be fair to both actresses, let us explain that the lovely Wai Ching Ho was in THE ROBOT STORIES movie, but Wai Ching Ho plays Bernice in "The Robot Fixer" vignette where as a mother (Wai Ching Ho) she tries to connect with her dying son by completing his toy robot collection. We are sorry that we got goofed on the name. Totally our fault for believing a Google Search when we looked for a photo of Julienne Hanselka Kim and not double-checking on The Robot Stories official website. Our apology to both talented women and our best wishes to them. Watch our blog for more info since both of them are now on our radar! Thanks to Julienne Hanselka Kim for writing to us directly about our error.
I Robot, U-Robot, Us Robots? In the meantime, we'll tune in to WEEDS on Showtime.