Ginna Hoben - Playwright

Ginna is a writer/actor based in New York. The Twelve Dates of Christmas has been produced across the US and internationally since its 2010 premiere. Ginna played the character of Mary in its 2010 world premiere. Twelve Dates is among her four produced plays, including the solo show pierced! (New York International Fringe Festival [2002] and The Edinburgh Festival Fringe [2004]), the full-length play the wind-chill factor, and the ten-minute play telephone, published in the collection 30 Ten-Minute Plays for 4, 5, and 6 Actors. Her latest work is called No Spring Chicken, about having a child at 40.

About her latest play, No Spring Chicken

A hilarious, heartfelt comedy about one woman’s effort to achieve, survive, and (without medication) complete pregnancy at the age of 40.  “The show feels like your wittiest and most hilarious friend telling you the story of her pregnancy over a shared cup of (caffeinated) coffee.” -DC Metro Theatre Arts

No Spring Chicken was first produced as a solo show by NextStop Theatre Company as part of D.C.’s Women’s Voices Theatre Festival in 2015.  It was directed by Sully White and featured Ginna Hoben as Jenn. In 2016, White and Hoben teamed up on No Spring Chicken again at Transylvania University (Lexington, KY) in conjunction with Project SEE Theatre. The most significant difference in the second production was the addition of a new character, The Man in the Moon, written for and performed by Ginna’s husband, Sheffield Chastain. Hoben and Chastain continued to develop the text after its most recent staged readings at Abingdon Theatre Company (NYC) and Hudson Stage Company (New York.) No Spring Chicken is based on Hoben’s blog, bambino & the bean.

Juliet Noonan - Director

Juliet is an actress and teaching artist who has been acting, teaching and directing for over 15 years. She last directed Constellations at 6th Street Playhouse. She was last seen as Dora Strang/Nurse/Horse in Equus and as Margaret in Silent Sky directed by Lennie Dean. Previously, she was a repertory member of The New Heritage Theatre Company. Her favorite credits with NHTC include; Gillian in Fault Line staring Olympia Dukakis, Regan in King Lear, Maria in School for Scandal, Belle in A Christmas Carol, and Toni in Avatara. She has trained as an acting student at the American Conservatory Theater. She earned her B.A. in Theater with an emphasis in acting and directing from Idaho State University (2001) and her Masters degree in Education from Sonoma State University (2012).  Her graduate work focused on the design of a theatre curriculum that utilizes improvisation and storytelling to teach empathy.