On February 3rd at Joe's Pub, Steve Rosen (recently seen in Monty Python's Spamalot), Sarah Saltzberg (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), David Rossmer (Fiddler on the Roof), in conjunction with Joe's Pub, presented the eighth installment of "Don't Quit Your Night Job," a new monthly comedy benefit featuring a revolving cast of Broadway and Off Broadway's brightest stars performing without a net.
The show is an evening of improv, music, original sketch comedy and backstage anecdotes all to benefit Wendy Wasserstein's Open Doors Initiative and features musical direction by Dan Lipton, with Sean McDaniel on drums. The show is aided and abetted by People's Improv Theatre Teachers Yang Miller and Ali Farahnakian.
"Open Doors, TDF's theatre arts mentoring program for high school students, was started in 1998 by TDF with playwright Wendy Wasserstein. It's goal is to explore the relevance of theatre in the lives of today's youth. Dedicated theatre professionals each mentor a group of eight underserved high school students, who have had no exposure to the theatre, for an entire school year. They attend six Broadway and/or Off Broadway productions, followed by a lively, 90 minute post-performance discussions. The students keep a journal to document, expand and reflect on their experiences."
John Carrafa and Jessica-Snow Wilson
Derrick Baskin and John Carrafa
Rick Holmes, Jordan Gelber, Gibson Frasier and Lisa Jolley
Asmeret Ghebremichael, Jennifer Frankel, Kristie Kerwin and Greg Reuter
Warming up before the show!
Marc Kudisch, Gibson Frasier, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Barrett Foa, Sarah
Saltzberg, Steve Rosen, Jenn Colella, Jordan Gelber and Lisa Jolley
Celia Keenan-Bolger and Jessica-Snow Wilson
Paul Scott Goodman rehearses with Dan Lipton
Jenn Colella, David Rossmer and Gibson Frasier