Ashlie Atkinson Cast In Premiere of 'January Joiner' At Long Wharf Theatre

Ashlie Atkinson (Neil La Bute's "Fat Pig") is featured in the world premiere of the Laura Jacqmin's play  "January Joiner: A Weight Loss Horror Comedy" (Well, that title's a mouthfill.)

The play, staged by associate artistic director Eric Ting, will begin previews at Long Wharf Theatre's Stage II Jan. 8, opening Jan. 16 and running through Feb. 10.

The cast includes  Anthony Bowden, Tonya Glanz, Meredith Holzman, Maria-Christina Oliveras and Daniel Stewart Sherman.


The theater describes the work: "Inspired to write the play by events in her family life, Jacqmin blends elements of horror and comedy in an effort to depict the struggles of real people dealing with change, in both themselves and their loved ones."

"The play grapples with the American obsession with size, and what our bodies say about us,” says Jacqmin, a Yale University graduate who received her MFA from Ohio University. “If what’s outside is the only thing that counts, do our insides really matter? What happens to us when the people who are closest to us change?”

"At its heart it is a play about two sisters growing apart, about becoming so different that they don't recognize each other," Ting said in a press release from the theater.

Jacqmin's play "Two Lakes, Two Rivers," received a staged reading  at the 2012 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference in Waterford. Other plays include "Ski Dubai, " "Look, We Are Breathing" and "Dental Society Midwinter Meeting."

Jacqmin's plays have been produced and developed at such venues as Atlantic Theater Company, Old Vic New Voices, Roundabout Underground, Vineyard Theatre, Ars Nova, Cape Cod Theatre Project, and Second Stage Theatre.

Tickets are $45-$65.

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