Mon Dec 13
158 West 72nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Making her stand-up debut…
Mariana Olenko, born at a very young age in Russia, now lives in NYC with her cats and a plant that’s not doing very well despite attentive watering and positive thoughts. She has written some things that were in McSweeney's (https://www.mcsweeneys.net/authors/mariana-olenko). In her free time, she’s a lawyer. Mariana will explore how she is right about everything including her approach to math (don’t try it on your SATs!) and how she is learning to forgive her children for their in-utero shenanigans.
But before we get to her…
Bess Freedman, Chief Executive Officer of Brown Harris Stevens, is a champion of social change and philanthropy, was the 2021 recipient of REBNY's Kenneth R. Gerrety Humanitarian Award for outstanding service to the community. Bess serves on the Board of The Bridge, an organization that builds affordable housing for mentally challenged individuals across NYC and is an advocate for Sanctuary for Families, which helps women who are domestic violence victims find jobs, housing, and education.
Will be chatting with:
Deborah Copaken, the New York Times bestselling author of several books, including Shutterbabe, The Red Book (nominated for the Women's Prize for Fiction), and Between Here and April. A contributing writer at The Atlantic, Deborah was also a TV writer on Emily in Paris, a performer (The Moth, Eve Ensler's Tribute to Anita Hill, among others), and an Emmy Award–winning television news producer and photojournalist. Her New York Times Modern Love column "When Cupid is a Prying Journalist" was adapted for the Modern Love streaming series on Amazon Prime Video. Her seventh book, Ladyparts, a memoir of bodily destruction and resurrection during marital rupture, was just published by Random House.
And joining them for a song or two:
Jodi Stevens, who made her Broadway debut in the OC of Jekyll and Hyde The Musical, originated the role of Pam, in Urban Cowboy The Musical, toured the country as Maggie in Lend me a Tenor and Off-Broadway played Marlene Dietrich, in Dietrich and Chevalier. In 2017 Jodi won the CCC Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain. Her one woman show, A Broad’s Way was performed across the tri-state area. A member of NYSTA, NATS, Jodi serves on the Alumni Board Penn State University School of Theatre. She holds master classes in acting, musical theatre, and cabaret at universities and colleges around the country.
Let’s Party Ladies!
Approx Running Time: 70 minutes
Genre: Music, Conversation, Laughs, Stand Up
Please Note: the venue has a 2-beverage minimum per person.
All patrons must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon arrival to gain admittance to the theater. Lack of proof will result in denial of entry with no refund.