13 Feb Playwright Julie Marie Myatt to attend Bay Area premiere of Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter, at TheatreFIRST

The show opens May 27th at The Marion E. Greene Black Box Theatre, 531 19th Street, on the ground floor of The Fox Oakland Building.

Oakland, Calif., May 1, 2011 – TheatreFIRST today announced that award-winning playwright Julie Marie Myatt will attend the opening weekend for the Bay Area premiere of her play, Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter.

This powerful play tells the story of a combat veteran who has lost a leg in the Iraq war and returns to California with a sense that she no longer belongs. Jenny Sutter finds herself in a makeshift community of misfits and outcasts who help her on the long road back home.

Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter, the third and final show in TheatreFIRST’s 2010-2011 season, is directed by Domenique Lozano and features a cast of accomplished actors, led by Omoze Idehenre in the title role. Idehenre, a graduate of the American Conservatory Theatre MFA Program, has been seen on stage in productions such as ACT’s Clybourne Park, Marcus: Or the Secret of Sweet, Scapin, and The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Her film credits include On The Road, directed by Walter Salles. The cast also includes Bay Area favorites Nancy Carlin and Jon Tracy.

The play opens May 27th, 2011, in The Marion E. Greene Black Box Theatre at 531 19th Street on the ground floor of The Fox Oakland Building. The show runs Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2 pm, through Sunday, June 19th. Tickets start at $10 and are on sale now at brownpapertickets.com.

Playwright Myatt will attend the opening night performance and will attend the post-show discussion after the Sunday matinee on the opening weekend. She explains how the play originated:

“I began writing Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter with several questions in mind; questions that I still have, that have not been answered….” Myatt says. “As a nation at war, how are we treating our returning veterans? Are we ready for the first generation of women veterans wounded and maimed by combat?”

“What are we to DO about it, as individuals, as citizens, that goes beyond politics, that might give some sort of comfort or aid or understanding to those who have suffered and sacrificed themselves for this war?” she says. “I feel that this play is a portrait and a song of these questions. It is a story of a few people trying to figure out, in their way, how to make one woman’s return home more humane and welcome and loving, so that she can begin to return to herself, and to her children.”

Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter premiered at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and went on to the Kennedy Center as part of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays. Her play Boats On A River, which was commissioned by and premiered at the Guthrie Theatre, was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and was recorded for the LA Theatre Works radio play series. Her play My Wandering Boy premiered at South Coast Rep, and was featured in the 2007 Summer Play Festival in New York City. Her ten-minute play, Mr. and Mrs., premiered at the 2007 Humana Festival. Her play The Sex Habits of American Women was produced by the Guthrie Theatre, among others, and premiered at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco.

Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter will run Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8:00pm with Sunday Matinees at 2pm from May 27th through June 19th  (preview May 26th). Tickets are $30 for Fridays, Saturday and Sundays, and $25 on Thursday evenings. Patrons under the age of 30 pay only $15 for regular performances. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com and more information can be obtained at www.theatrefirst.com or by calling 510.436.5085.

Since 1993, TheatreFIRST has been one of the most interesting and dynamic theatre companies around.  TheatreFIRST’s history of Bay Area premieres includes Blue Remembered Hills, Via Dolorosa, The Great Celestial Cow, Fronteras Americanas, Making Noise Quietly, and The Arab-Israeli Cookbook. Awards include Best Small Theatre by East Bay Express and the Bay Guardian’s Goldie Award for Theatre.


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Attention Calendar Editors

What:             Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter, by Julie Marie Myatt

Who:             Directed by Domenique Lozano

When:            Preview Thursday, May 26th, at 8:00pm

Opening Friday, May 27th, at 8:00pm

Runs Thursday through Saturday Evenings at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2pm

Closes Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Where:         The Marion E. Green Black Box Theatre

Located at 531 19th Street, Oakland, CA 94612 on the ground floor of The Fox Oakland Building, just one block from the19th Street BART station in downtown Oakland.


Regular Ticket Prices:             $30 for Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees

$25 for Thursday shows

Under 30 $15

Preview $10


More information is available on our website at www.theatrefirst.com

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