'Family Affair' headed to Oldcastle

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BENNINGTON — Love them or hate them they're your family. In "Family Affair," a cabaret served up family-style, storytellers, dancers, writers, musicians and artists share their hilarious, twisted and ultimately relatable familial skeletons in their own unique way.

During the show, a bucket will be passed to raise money for The Kitchen Cupboard in Bennington. A portion of the ticket sales also goes into the bucket. The producers promise that this will be an amazing night that brings people together and leaves audience talking about their own crazy families. Please note that the show is for adults ages 16 and up, and is not suitable for children.

Hosted by Jennifer Jasper and co-sponsored by the Oldcastle Theatre Company and the Bennington Downtown Alliance, "Family Affair" takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 at Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main St., Bennington.

Tickets are $10 cash at the door. For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/FamilyAffairCabaret or jenniferjasper.com

About "Family Affair"

"Family Affair" ran monthly in Seattle, Washington from 2013-2016. The last Seattle show was in December 2016. During the show, a bucket was passed for an artist in the community who had hit a rough patch. Over 44 shows in Seattle, "Family Affair" raised nearly $8,000 for 27 artists. One hundred and fifteen artists performed from a variety of disciplines—many graced the stage more than once.

About Jennifer Jasper:

Jennifer Jasper is a storyteller, writer, performer and director. She's known for her consummate storytelling, her pristine timing and her intuitive director's eye. As a performer and writer she possesses an uncanny capacity for creating memorable characters that are colorful, often outlandish and always emotionally authentic.

A collection of six short plays entitled "Pressing Matters" was premiered Off Broadway April 20-May 19, 2017, produced by Mary J. Davis and MBL Productions Inc. In 2016, her short play "Eggs" was one of nine plays chosen for City Theatre's (Miami) acclaimed Summer Shorts series as well as a finalist for the 2016 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting. Her short play "Et-y-mol-o-gy" was a winner of the 39th Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival in New York City.

Jasper received her BA in directing from the University of New Mexico. She co-founded the improvisational company Kings' Elephant Theatre. After a decade of critical and commercial success with Kings' Elephant, she went on to co-found Vixen Productions (1995- 2005). This all-woman company toured and performed nationally. She was resident director of Printer's Devil Theatre 2010-2014 and is a regular participant in The 14/48 Projects. She is a member of Dramatists Guild of America.




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