About the Show For a few years now, I've been slowly working on a one woman show, "All She Cares About is the Yankees," by John Ford Noonan. I first discovered my dream role, like so many have, sitting at the tables in the back of The Drama Book Shop. I used an excerpt as an audition monologue, when I was asked to find a "piece that speaks to your soul and can make you fall flat on your face." The play is about an agoraphobic woman who attempts time and time again to make it out of her apartment, acting out scenarios to inch closer and closer to her door with the help of her half life size Yankee dolls that populate her West Village home. When I fell in love with this character, I could never have guessed how the whole world would come to know what it feels like to be so stuck... so trapped and isolated in fear and desperation. Spanky knows deep down that the only way out is through, and if she can find a way - then we all can too! We premiered a run of "All She Cares About is the Yankees" in Deer Isle, Maine over the summer of 2022, at The Reach Performing Arts Center. And we will continue this journey with additional venues to come!
Jonathan Libman, Director
Jonathan Libman is a multi ethnic writer and director born and raised in New York City. He went through the public school system and is best described as a byproduct of 9th Avenue. He developed and directed the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway show THE MUSHROOM CURE written and performed by Adam Strauss. (Cherry Lane Theater) named A Critics’ Pick by Time Out New York and hailed by The New York Times as “mining a great deal of laughter from disabling pain” THE MUSHROOM CURE ran Off-Broadway at Theatre 80 for over a year before going to Chicago, where the Chicago Tribune praised it as “arrestingly honest and howlingly funny,” awarding it 3.5 (out of 4) stars. As a member of the Actor's Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit led by Lyle Kessler, Jonathan specializes in new work that includes directing Chazz Palminteri(A Bronx Tale), NEA recipient David Libman, and Dramatist Guild Fellow Nicole Pandolfo, Christina Masciotti (2016 Guggenheim Fellow), and Dennis Russo (Mid Atlantic Fellow & Lifetime Actors Studio Member) among talented others. SDC Union member, Dramatists Guild, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate, www.jonathandlibman.com
Tatyana Kot, Co-Producer/Choreographer
Tatyana Kot was born in the Soviet Union, where she trained in classical ballet and received an MA in History and Archeology. She worked with people with disabilities for 15 years in Kentucky and NYC, and is a breast cancer survivor and advocate. Tatyana was awarded Best Actress at Planet Connections Theater Festivity, Midtown International Theater Festival and First Prize at Secondo Theater Festival (Zurich, Switzerland). She is a company member of Blessed Unrest (physical theater): Snow Queen (2017), Doruntine (Zurich-2016, NYC -2015), Bodies: Anatomies of Being (2015-2016), Christmas Carol (2013), Eurydice's Dream (2013). And a company member of Nylon Fusion Theater Co.: Marina/MataHari (2013), Snowfall in Berlin(2014)The Chaplin Plays(2016-2019), Tales with Teeth(2019), and she recently choreographed John P. Shanley's new play, Candlelight(2021). VR immersive documentary about her life with cancer NORMAL DAY was internationally released in 2018.
A first step in this long process, was a short film of a section of this piece, shot in 2020. Directed by Kirsten Russell