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Written by Karin Diann Williams
Directed by Nikki Rothenberg

February 21 - April 5

Nobody’s perfect.

But Anna is a girl who won’t take no for an answer.
Can an Amazing Magician’s spell turn her into the
perfect girl?

The Looking Glass Theatre proudly presents
Anna's Perfect Party and the Amazing Magician's
Marvelous Mistake
, a new children’s play written by Karin Diann Williams and directed by Nikki Rothenberg, which opens at The Looking Glass Theatre on Saturday, February 21. Performances are scheduled every Saturday at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. and every Sunday at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. through April 5.

About The Show…
Anna has the perfect present for Betsy Bailey’s birthday. Now if only she could tie the perfect bow… Come to think of it, Anna wants to do everything perfectly! And although nobody’s perfect, she isn’t one to take no for an answer. Her best friend Marley thinks trying to be perfect takes too long, and isn’t much fun. But when Anna meets a magician known as the Amazing M, she convinces him to cast a perfect spell,
                      unleashing an afternoon of unexpected mayhem at Betsy’s party, where Anna and her
                      friends discover the pitfalls of perfection, learn how to value differences, and find the
                      courage to try new things – even if that means making a mistake.

                     About the Playwright Karin Diann Williams…
                     Karin Diann Williams is a playwright and screenwriter whose work has been produced
and published internationally. San Diego's Fritz Theatre – where she was Playwright-
                      In-Residence from 1992-2001 – staged her plays
Australia, Room, Susan Katrina and Jill,
                     The Hatchet, Quiz,
and The Third Voice of the Nightjar.  She is currently an Artistic
                     Associate at Looking Glass, where audiences have seen her plays
Head, Time Troll,
and Spirits!, among others. As a Partner in the motion media company
CulpepperWilliams, she wrote and produced The Prisoner (winner – Best Web Series,
NYTVF) and the independent feature film Jordan (currently in post production).

About the Director Nikki Rothenberg…
Nikki Rothenberg has been working with Looking Glass Theatre since the summer of 2005 when she assistant directed the children's show, Not Enough Princesses. Since then, she has directed several pieces for the Looking Glass, including Out Of My Head: A Musical Review, and The Untitled Pregnancy. Other outside favorite directing credits include Into The Woods and Cradle Will Rock. Her most recent project at the Looking Glass was teaching the intern acting class. Nikki is a graduate from Emerson College and currently works at Don Buchwald & Associates.

About Looking Glass Theatre…
Looking Glass Theatre’s mission is to explore and expand the feminine aesthetic, producing works by historic female playwrights, new works by women, and productions of the classics re-imagined by contemporary women directors. In June 2006, Looking Glass Theatre and Artistic Director Justine Lambert received The Lucille Lortel Award from The League of Professional Theatre Women.


February 21 - April 5, 2009
SCHEDULE: Saturdays @ 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m. @ 4 p.m.
ADDRESS: 422 West 57th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues
PHONE: (212) 307-9467
TDF Vouchers Accepted!

This show is now closed.


KURT BANTILAN (Simon) grew up in several different countries including the Philippines, India, Zimbabwe, and the USA (Los Angeles), before attending Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where he studied theater while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience and Behavior. Kurt enjoys playing the piano, the violin, and the trumpet. He is very excited to be now living in New York City, and has done several Off-Off-Broadway productions and performs locally at The New York Comedy Club as an improv comic. He would like to thank his family, friends, and off course his lovely housemates, for all their love and support!

DIANN GOGERTY (Anna) is thrilled to be a part of such a great cast and creative team at The Looking Glass Theatre for her NYC debut! She is a recent graduate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she received a B.A. in Theatre Arts. Other favorite roles include Frau Schneider in Cabaret, Kathy in Vanities, and Shelia Burling in An Inspector Calls. Diann would like to thank Nikki and the cast for this opportunity - it has been a blast! She would also like to thank her family and Daron for their unending love and support. Enjoy the show!

SARA GUARNIERI (Betsey Bailey) is very grateful to be a part of the “Party” with a such a fun cast and crew. Sara attended Ohio University earning her BFA in Acting and was last seen playing Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with 'Projects In Motion'. Her next adventure will be joining The National Theatre of the Deaf’s tour of Tree Wise, playing the role of Paige. Special thanks to a few VERY important people: Max and Julian (her biggest fans), Clarisa and Elisa, Georgia, Baby Nate, Mele and Will, and her amazing PSDC and Kid's Orbit kids! Thanks for the inspiration and the fun!


MELISSA MALONE (Sydney) is thrilled to have the chance to let out her wild child on the Looking Glass stage. She graduated from The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and can recently be heard as the voice of Duola in the up and coming animated series “Shanmao & Jimi.” She also teaches Pre-K through 3rd grade for Hoboken Children’s Theater. Many thanks to The Looking Glass Theatre for this opportunity and to the cast and crew for so much fun. All my love to Dad, Mom, Theresa, my friends and the little monsters that inspire the Sydney in me, Rainni and Tristan!



PETER MARTINO (Scenic Design) is thrilled to be designing the set for Anna’s Perfect Party!  A New Jersey native, Peter attended Rutgers University before becoming the resident Scenic Designer/Painter/Performer at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA. In his five-year stint at Bucks County he had the pleasure of designing nearly 50 productions including; Seussical, Lil’ Abner,  Crazy for You, West Side Story, Footloose, Shakespeare Abridged, Drood, Little Shop of Horrors, and High School Musical. Much thanks to the Looking Glass, his family, Ronald, Delilah, and Kelly Clarkson.

DAVID MONROY (Lighting Design) is a member of New York Artists Unlimited with blossoming experience in theater and music. David came to New York to broaden his scope of experience by completing freelance audio projects, live performance sound and most currently lighting design. In his quest for enlightenment, David gave up a promising career as a ninja to become a sound and lighting designer.

KATE R. MINCER (Costume Design) recently designed the costumes for the world premiere of “Sweet Otis Suite” for the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company.  Other costume designs include “The Cure at Troy” (Winner: Best Costume Design in KC 2008, KC Pitch); “Cloud 9;” “Desdemona, a Play About a Handkerchief;” “Translations;” “A Lesson From Aloes;” “Iron Kisses;” and “Tape.”  Kate has also worked as a Production Assistant to the Costume Department for “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” and the upcoming motion picture, “Salt.”  

GREGORY JACOBS-ROSEMAN (Sound Design/Original Music) – Recent sound design credits include: Alive at Ten and Cheer Wars at NYU, Floyd Collins and Caligula with Damn Few Productions, at the Looking Glass Forum, Almost, Maine and Expecting Isabel at TBG Arts complex. He composed original music for Almost, Maine,, and for William Inge’s A Loss Of Roses at Earlham College in Indiana. Greg was a sound technician for the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2007. He holds a B.A. in Musical Theatre and Composition from Emerson College in Boston, and an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU. He was trained in musical composition at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. Greg is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.

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