Jane Anderson’s Defying Gravity
About Defying Gravity
Defying Gravity examines the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster through the experiences of Teacher, who died in the crash, and her daughter Elizabeth. It weaves through time, going from life on the day of the crash to life twenty years after Elizabeth has lost her mother to the incident.
Performances: June 17, 18, 24 & 25 at 8:00 PM and June 19 & June 26 at 2:00 PM
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students/seniors.
Wharton Community Players Cast
Elissa Strell – Teacher
Wendy Schibener McMullen – Elizabeth
Scott Tyler – Monet
Tasha R. Williams – Donna
Jason Kruk – C.B.
Lauri MacMillan – Betty
Matt Cotton – Ed
Defying Gravity Production Team
Producer: Timmie Cole
Director: Jackie Jacobi
Stage Manager: George Seylaz
Set Design: Steve Catron
Wharton Black Box Theater
Wharton Performing Arts School
60 Locust Ave, Berkeley Heights
Covid Safety Policy
Director states that all actors and production staff must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Masks are to be worn at all times in the lobby, though actors may remove their masks when on stage to read.
About Wharton Community Players
Wharton Community Players is Wharton Arts’ very first community theater program for adults. WCP strives to foster a space of creativity, expression, and inclusion. Our black box theater is the perfect setting to explore the artistry of acting and experiment with performing in an intimate setting.
Questions? Call (908) 790-0700 or email info@WhartonArts.org.
About Jackie Jacobi
Jackie Jacobi is thrilled to direct Wharton Community Player’s inaugural show, Defying Gravity. Former directing credits include Off-Off Broadway productions of Assassins and John Buchinno’s It’s Only Life among others in both New York City and NJ. As an actor, she’s performed in numerous plays across the tri-state area. Jacobi is also a playwright and author. Her debut novel, The Ravens, will release this fall. Read more at Jackie-Jacobi.com.
“I’m so excited to direct the first production at Wharton Community Players. Minimalism, with an emphasis on character and rich storytelling, is my favorite kind of theatre, and I’m ecstatic to get to share this passion with the Wharton Arts community.” – Jackie Jacobi