Minnesota Fringe Festival 2011

My Fringe


Michael Loretta Productions

From Stamford, Conn.

Written by Mark Jason Williams

Producer's website

Comedy, Drama

For ages 12+

Recommended by Lavender Magazine and Pioneer Press!

"The play is beautifully acted and beautifully written (by Mark Jason Williams). At times funny, Recovery is a poignant and thoughtful exploration of life and death, relationships, and hope" -- cherryandspoon.com

After an award-winning run in New York City, Recovery is proud to play Minnesota Fringe!

Recovery is an authentic, funny and compelling drama about the human condition in which two leukemia patients share a series of encounters, forcing them to confront regret, love, life and death.

This hot, honest and brave play by award-winning playwright Mark Jason Williams and directed by award-winning director Glory Kadigan features an exceptionally talented cast of fierce, funny and compelling actors from New York City who paint the stale white walls of a hospital into a steamy shade of red. Patients Michael and Kathleen begin a passionate journey filled with discovery and unexpected romance, while the good-hearted Dr. Greg Bestar fights to save their lives in the wake of a personal crisis, and a sassy nurse named Lucille is out to save the world, one patient at a time.

Recovery is based on the real life story of Mark Jason Williams, a survivor of childhood leukemia.

New York Press Reviews for Director Glory Kadigan:

"This sophisticated version of the production has imaginatively reshaped the fairy tale! The story has been innovatively staged by Glory Kadigan"
--The New York Times

"Adaptor/director Glory Kadigan faces great challenges working within the ever-present limitations of time and resources encountered in the theatre festival situation, and has met them head-on to create an engaging and entertaining piece of theatre."

New York Press Reviews for Playwright Mark Jason Williams

"Mark Jason Williams truly feels for this story, having been a survivor of Leukemia himself, the play becoming a bit of a therapeutic love song to the process that comes after the discovery of the big C. There's heart in the writing, that's for sure."

Co-produced by the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity

Mark Jason Williams
Role: Playwright
Mark Jason Williams is an award-winning playwright who's NY theatre credits include: The Other Day (Robert Moss Theater, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Winner: 2011 Planet Connections Award for Outstanding Playwriting) , Smiles to Saturn (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), Recovery (Gene Frankel Theatre, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity,Winner: 2010 Planet Connections Award for Best Actress in a Play), Birthday Wishes (Manhattan Theatre Source) and Love, Me (78th Street Theatre Lab). Recovery marks his Minnesota Fringe Festival debut, and will also be performed as part of the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival and the Chicago Fringe Festival later this year.

As a survivor of childhood leukemia, Mark is committed to giving back to the community, and has done extensive work in support of people with disabilities, LGBT youth and individuals with cancer. This experience has also shaped his desire to create theatre for a cause, exploring complex moral and social issues that get to the heart of human condition. Mark has a BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Glory Kadigan
Role: Director
Ms. Kadigan has served as the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity's Executive Director for two seasons.

She is an alum of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and of The Labyrinth Theater Company's Master Class. Ms. Kadigan is an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and has been the recipient of the Meritorious Achievement Award in Direction from the Kennedy Center A.C.T.F.

Among her directing credits are: Always Family (The Kirk Theatre at Theatre Row), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Robert Moss Theatre), Two Rooms (Active Theatre Company at The Workshop Theatre), North of Providence (Altered Stages), Serenading Louie (Stella Adler Black Box) Anomal (ATA-Off Broadway), Avalon (Looking Glass Theatre), The Tempest, Measure For Measure, The Snow Queen, Special Delivery, Foursome (HERE), Evening with Family (The Brick), Golem Stories (Chashama), Empress of Sex (MT Works) and the Maternal Instinct (Workshop Theatre).

Regional Credits Include: The Glass Menagerie, Pippin, Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Uncommon Women and Others, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Lady of Larkspur Lotion, The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man in The Moon, Marigolds, and Ten Little Indians.

Besides directing, Ms. Kadigan is an actress and playwright. Her work as a playwright has been performed at The Public, The Looking Glass Theatre, The Players Club, and Playwrights Horizons. As an actress she has performed at The Bleecker Street Theater, TADA, and The Connelly.

Lauren Arneson
Role: Stage Manager
Lauren Arneson (stage manager) - Lauren is thrilled to be a part of Minnesota Fringe. She has been staff for FringeNYC since 2003. Some of her favorite credits include: Some Unfortunate Hour, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, The Soup Show, The Vagina Monologues and a reading of Inversion of the Baby Snatchers as part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity in June 2011.

Sarah Kanter
Role: Kathleen

Jason Emanuel
Role: Michael

Eric Percival
Role: Dr. Bestar

Alexandra Cohen-Spiegler
Role: Lucille

David Thompson
Role: Costume Designer

Craig Napoliello
Role: Scenic Designer

Jacob Subotnick
Role: Sound Designer

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Almost, but not quite.
by Shannon Young Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Based on previous reviews, I thought this show would be amazing. What I enjoyed the most was the snarky repartee between the two main characters. That was believable. How human all the characters were, even with some acting that tried too hard, was believable. How everyone is just trying to live their lives even though we're all going to die, some people just choose not to be aware of it. That was believable. The ending was not. It was a little too much cheese. I liked where it was heading, but not where it ended up.

by Erin Rourke Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Recovery was moving, funny and an all around great play. I saw it with my husband and we both laughed very much. I cried, and at times I thought he even might, too. I liked the story of people trying to survive and be themselves. I wish I could see it again!

Finding hope in 'RECOVERY'
by Talia Zahavi Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
It has been less then 24hrs since I've experienced watching this incredible story, and I'm still recovering, in the most touching way. Married to a cancer survivor, we were both hesitant to see a show about Leukemia. Coming to the end of our fringing adventure, this show kept attracting us, for obvious reasons. We got the courage to go see last night's show, and we both are refreshed with strength and courage! This wonderfully written play, beautifully acted by all!The visual, intense, witty, and smart direction, left us gasping for air. Who new such wonderful artists like these would send us home feeling, hopeful, grateful, fearless, and even more in love. Thank you RECOVERY!

beyond expectation
by milli manchester Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
this show was amazing!there was so much going on with all of the characters to where they were ALL integral parts of the show. the acting was fabulous and set looked amazing.
my very favorite was the writing though. i felt like i was going to cry at the end. it was beautifully written and still very funny. the show is not a downer like one might assume a show about cancer would be. rather, it was filled with hope and authenticity.
you could definitely see that new york attitude come through in the acting and writing. very refreshing!!

by Sheila Greenberg Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I appreciated the way the play tackled a sickness with a mix of real life drama and humor. The pacing, music, lights and set enhanced the story, which was very well written and performed.

Wonderful show
by John Rettger Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
"Recovery" is a well-written play that deals with hard subjects with humor and authenticity. The cast of four were attractive, bright and believable. We saw it on Wednesday night and the audience was responsive. Altogether it was a show worth seeing.

Don't Miss It!
by Payal Patel Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Recovery delighted me in so many ways. Great script and acting. Great use of the stage and the lighting and directing were top notch. The entire audience was with this show from beginning to end, and I would see it again and again if I could. Terrific work!

Loved it!
by Ernest Grule Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The rare show that makes you laugh and cry in one punch. Beautiful story and great acting!

Must see!
by Michele Starks Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Being a cancer survivor, I didn't know what to expect about a show that deals with leukemia. But I can honestly say that the writing was so honest and the characters so refreshing, this was one of the best plays I have ever seen about the subject. The characters were so alive, and I appreciated the upbeat humor than ran throughout the course of the show. Great directing and acting, too. I hope more people go out and support Recovery.

Great show!
by Thomas Mott Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
So, the people behind this show are from out of town but you should really consider checking this out. It was a great show. I loved the staging, scenic and lighting elements. It wasn't the usual fringe fare - and I sort of liked that it wasn't. Great script and acting!

Played me like a fiddle
by Allen Kannot Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Recovery really surprised me. The two main characters were totally believable. Before I saw the show I wondered how two people with the Big C could be engaging, let alone funny. Well, I laughed and I cried. Sometimes simultaneously. This is a wonderful production that touches on many deep truths of life. What's that in my eye? A tear . . . or a twinkle? Go see this show!

See this!
by David David Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Recovery is an unlikely love story between two very different people. Despite their past tragedies, and facing an uncertain future, these two "opposites attract" people manage to find love and take steps towards the recovery of their hearts. The acting, design work, writing and direction are 5 kitties. Elegantly done and worth seeing.

Pure Talent
by James Ferraro Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
What I loved about Recovery was that it didn't have to rely on gimmicks or pop culture references. If you want to see a real play with powerful writing, directing and acting, Recovery is the show to see.

Great theater!
by Jennifer Reviews Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I attended this production with a handful of other audience members and I thought - uh-oh, this might not be very good. But boy was I in for a surprise. This underated production was my fringe hinglight so far. It was inspriational, funny and I have to say that as a result, I'm ready to get back in the water again. Congrats to the excellent cast. I'll be back again. Set, lighting design, costumes and direction - there was nothing this production lacked - except more people making the trek to come see it. Get there. You'll be glad you did.

by Lisa Herman Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Funny, sad and many things in-between. The dialogue is crisp. Fine direction and a talented cast make this show not to be missed.

5 kitties in 5 minutes
by Bill Werb Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Recovery starts with a short monologue from the male lead. Wow - powerful script combined with perfection in tone and delivery lead-in to an engaging hour of the yin and yang of life and death and love.

Recovery is about people and leukemia - we loved the show though we usually go for lighter Fringe fare. The cast obviously was well prepared, the staging and scenery was effective and the dialog was strong.

There's a reason Recovery is getting 100% 5 kitties - go for yourself to prove it, but get there soon - only three shows left!

by Kari Olson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This was a fabulous play - writing, directing and acting were all great! I laughed out loud many times and cried, too. It was extremely moving. A must see!

by Betty Roemer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A wonderful play. I enjoyed the unconventional love story, and laughed out loud several times. Great performances by all of the actors, and a really cool set. The show exceeded all of my expectations, and left me feeling inspired.

Well done!
by Jay Klein Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Recovery takes a subject that might be hard for some, leukemia, and makes it honest, beautiful and even funny at times. The writing by Mark Jason Williams was witty, passionate and each character seemed like someone I've known forever--in a good way people. The play looked really good, and was directed and performed very well. I would recommend this play to everyone!

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