FALL RIVER FISHING
By Zuzanna Szadkowski and Deborah Knox
Directed by Eric Tucker
The Connelly Theater
220 East 4th Street, New York NY 10009
STRICTLY LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
February 18 – March 9
FALL RIVER FISHING is a riotous and kaleidoscopic tour through the story of Lizzie Borden, who “took an axe” and was acquitted of the hatchet murders of her father and stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1892. Zuzanna Szadkowski & Deborah Knox’s darkly absurd comedy about what happened that day Lizzie did or didn’t murder her parents is a story about broken Hollywood dreams, unrequited love, self-loathing, generosity, vanity and the mean things that stepmoms say. The play’s irreverent, anarchic humor ultimately grows to encompass Ibsen’s A DOLL’S HOUSE, contemporary Brooklyn, Sharon Tate, and the impossibility of ever truly knowing the people we’re closest to, in a contemporary meditation on/war against a disappointing life.
Deborah Knox is thrilled to be back in NYC and back at Bedlam. W/ Bedlam: Fall River Fishing virtual workshop over COVID; Peter Pan. Other theatre: Provok’d Wife (A.R.T) & 1:23 (Cincinnati Playhouse)–both dir. Mark Wing-Davey; Deathvariations (59E59/Aquila); Spill the Wine (TBG/NYC); Amerika (Jeune Lune/A.R.T.); Spring Awakening (Moscow); Slasher (Zephyr/LA); Crimes of the Heart (Deb Aquila/LA); Master Builder (Wallace Shawn & Andre Gregory). TV/Film: Brothers & Sisters & In Plain Sight /The Rage:Carrie II; Marvel’s The Consultant (w/ Clark Gregg). B.A. from Dartmouth College; M.F.A. from A.R.T. Institute at Harvard.
Zuzanna Szadkowski is best known for playing Dorota in the CW’s “Gossip Girl.” Currently, she can be seen in HBO’s “The Gilded Age.” Other television credits include “Modern Love,” “Bull,” “Search Party,” “The Knick,” “The Good Wife,” “Elementary,” “Girls,” “Guiding Light,” “The Sopranos,” and “Law and Order.” Film credits include “Worth,” “Minyan,” and “Loserville.” Theatre credits include Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet (WSJ Performance of the Year 2018), The Crucible and Peter Pan with Bedlam, queens at LCT3, The Comedy of Errors as part of The Public Theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit, King Philip’s Head… with Clubbed Thumb, Love, Loss and What I Wore on Off-Broadway, The 39 Steps at ATL, and The Merry Wives of Windsor at Two River Theater. Zuzanna is also a writer and has been published in The New York Times and Alien Nation.
Eric Tucker: Wall Street Journal BEST CLASSICAL DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR 2021; DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR 2014. Off Broadway: Hedda Gabler & The Winter’s Tale in Repertory; Persuasion; The Crucible; Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet; Pygmalion; Peter Pan; Vanity Fair; Bedlam’s Sense and Sensibility (Off Broadway Alliance Award, Lortel nom, Best Director, Drama League nom, Best Revival, 4 Helen Hayes awards including Best Director and Best Production); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Drama League nom Best Revival, WSJ Best Classical Production 2015); Bedlam’s Saint Joan (NY Times/Time Magazine top 10; Off Broadway Alliance Best Revival 2014); Bedlam’s Hamlet (NY Times top 10); Tina Packer’s Women of Will; New York Animals (World Premiere by Steven Sater/Burt Bacharach), Twelfth Night and What You Will (NYTCritics Picks); The Seagull (WSJ Best Classical Production 2014). Other: Caesar and Cleopatra (ASC); The Rivals (BRT); The Merry Wives of Windsor (Two River), Disney’s Beauty & The Beast (OSF); Pericles (APT, WSJ Best Classical Production 2017); Copenhagen (Central Square Theatre), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (HVSF), Mate (The Actors’ Gang).
DEB KNOX is an LA-based actor born and raised in Greensboro, NC, and she’s ecstatic to be back east and with her best friend and Bedlam. Last year she played Marie Antoinette in The Chevalier (Cleveland Symphony Orchestra). Favorite roles: Susan Smith in Carson Kreitzer’s 1:23 (Cincinnati Playhouse), ›Belinda in The Provok’d Wife (ART), both dir. by Mark Wing-Davey. Other theatre: Kafka’s Amerika (Théâtre de la Jeune Lune/dir. Dominique Serrand), The Master Builder (Wallace Shawn & Andre Gregory), Jon Fosse’s Deathvariations, Slasher (Zephyr/LA); Crimes of the Heart (Deb Aquila/LA); TV: Brothers & Sisters; In Plain Sight; FILM: The Rage:Carrie II; Paramount’s Marvel’s The Consultant (w/ Clark Gregg); Secrets from the Rose Garden. B.A. Dartmouth College. M.F.A. from A.R.T. Institute at Harvard.
SUSANNAH MILLONZI: Bedlam: Hedda Gabler, The Crucible (Drama League nom. for Distinguished Performance 2020), Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet, New York Animals (Wall Street Journal Performance of the Year 2015), Dead Dog Park, Twelfth Night(s); Classic Stage Company: Prometheus Bound (feat. David Oyelowo); David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group: tough, the tough, 21st Annual Bessie Awards; Clubbed Thumb: Pageant; Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival; Shakespeare & Company; Seattle Shakespeare Company (Footlight Award: Best Actor, Electra); Georgia Shakespeare Festival; Orlando Shakespeare Company; Elm Shakespeare; Boston Theatre Works. Choreographer for Bedlam, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Company, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Esperance. B.A. Barnard College. Development Director, Bedlam. For my 3 little babuhs.
JAMIE SMITHSON:. Is so happy to be performing with Bedlam again. With Bedlam: Persuasion, and Sense and Sensibility; American Repertory Theater, Portland Centerstage and Folger Theatre (Helen Hayes Nomination – Best Actor). Some of his DC favorites include: Newsies (Arena Stage), Cake Off (Signature Theatre), The Wanderers (East coast premiere -Theater J), Boeing Boeing (No Rules), Twist your Dickens (The Kennedy Center, The Second City) and Fly By Night (1st Stage, Helen Hayes Nomination – Best Actor). He has also worked with Shakespeare Theater Company, Mosaic Theatre, Ford’s, Imagination Stage, Roundhouse Theatre, Everyman, The Guthrie, and The Acting Company among others. Jamie received his MFA in acting at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.
ZUZANNA SZADKOWSKI is best known for playing Dorota in the CW’s “Gossip Girl.” Currently, she can be seen in HBO’s “The Gilded Age.” Other television credits include “Modern Love,” “Bull,” “Search Party,” “The Knick,” “The Good Wife,” “Elementary,” “Girls,” “Guiding Light,” “The Sopranos,” and “Law and Order.” Film credits include “Worth,” “Minyan,” and “Loserville.” Theatre credits include Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet (WSJ Performance of the Year 2018), The Crucible and Peter Pan with Bedlam, queens at LCT3, The Comedy of Errors as part of The Public Theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit, King Philip’s Head… with Clubbed Thumb, Love, Loss and What I Wore on Off-Broadway, The 39 Steps at ATL, and The Merry Wives of Windsor at Two River Theater. Zuzanna is also a writer and has been published in The New York Times and Alien Nation.
TONY TORN: Recent Theater: Mud/Drowning (D: Joanne Akalaitis), Dom Juan (D: Ashley Tata), Spider Rabbit ( D: Dan Safer), Superterranean (D: Dan Rothenberg), Paul Swan Is Dead And Gone ( D: Steve Cosson). Recent Film and Television: Law & Order SVU, Teenage Bounty Hunters, The Blacklist, Jason and Shirley, The Bad Infinity. Tony is known for working extensively with experimental theater makers Reza Abdoh and Richard Foreman, as the founding director for Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping, playing Rusty Trawler in Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Broadway opposite Emilia Clark, and creating and starring in Ubu Sings Ubu with Dan Safer. He manages Torn Page, a private event space named in honor of his parents Rip Torn and Geraldine Page.
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Fall River Fishing contains intense language, violence, and explicit discussions of sex and other potentially disturbing content and may not be suitable for all ages.