By Cori Thomas
Directed by Serge Seiden
Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre
May 19-June 12, 2016
From the inspired team of Liberian-American playwright Cori Thomas, and Bad Jews director Serge Seiden, comes this off-beat, Off-Broadway hit about five city-lives colliding with magical results. When January Feels Like Summer is about coming out, coming of age, and overcoming obstacles. Charged with the presence of the Hindu god Ganesh, two teens in dead end jobs become community heroes while shuttered souls open to new opportunities find love. This heartwarming romantic comedy from shows us the true beauty of American diversity.
The play received a 2008 workshop at the Sundance Theatre Lab before its world premiere at the City Theatre Company in Pittsburgh in 2010, where it received the Edgerton Foundation Award. It was presented as part of the 2011 Humana Festival, where it received the 2011 American Theater Critics Osborn Award for Best New Play. The show later became a New York Times “Critics’ Picks” in its New York premiere Off-Broadway at Ensemble Studio Theatre in 2014, a collaboration with Page 73 Productions and Women’s Project Theater.
Run time: 2 hours and 10 minutes.
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Meet the Artists
Cori Thomas (Playwright)
Cori Thomas is a playwright and actress. Her plays include: When January Feels Like Summer (World Premiere City Theatre Co., Pittsburgh); Pa’s Hat (Pillsbury House Theatre, MN); Flight 109, My Secret Language of Wishes (Various theaters and University productions including Mixed Blood, MN); The Princess, The Breast, and, The Lizard; The Unusual Love Life of Bedbugs and Other Creatures; Waking Up; His Daddy; our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor. Cori’s plays have been developed and produced at Sundance Theatre Lab, Goodman Theatre, City Theatre Co. (Pittsburgh), Page 73, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Playwrights Horizons, Lark Play Development Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Going To The River, Pillsbury House Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, Passage Theatre, The Playwrights Realm, New Federal Theatre, New Georges, The Black Rep (St. Louis), The New Black Fest, and Queens Theatre in the Park. She has been commissioned by South Coast Rep Theatre, The Sloan Foundation, NYSCA, EST, Pillsbury House Theatre. Publications: (Viking Press) Plays for Two Waking Up (Smith and Krauss ) Best short plays 2010) His Daddy. (Smith and Krauss) Selected monologues and scenes When January Feels Like Summer. Awards, Residencies, and Honors: New Dramatists, MacDowell Fellow, Edgerton New Play Award, Sundance Theatre Lab, and2011 American Theatre Critics Association Osborn Award for Best New Play (When January Feels Like Summer) ; 2005 Theodore Ward Prize (My Secret Language of Wishes), 2003 2nd Place Theodore Ward Prize (“our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor….”). Cori is a co-founder of The Pa’s Hat Foundation, Inc. an organization focused on helping the former child soldiers of Liberia heal after the long-standing civil war through focus on arts education and literacy.
Serge Seiden (Director)
See Seiden is Mosaic Theater's Managing Director and Producer. Serge manages Mosaic's nearly $2M budget, the administrative staff, and oversees the production of the Company's 8 play season. He is proud to serve on Mosaic's Board of Directors. An Artist-Manager, Seiden recently directed Mosaic's acclaimed production of Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies. Last season he directed When January Feels Like Summer. Seiden received a 2017 Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Director, Resident Play for his production ofJumanjiat Adventure Theater - MTC. For Studio Theatre (where he worked for 25 years) Seiden directed the hit production of Bad Jews (which broke Studio box office records) and returned by popular demand in the 2015-2016 season. Bad Jews was nominated for 4 2015 Helen Hayes Awards including Outstanding Director. In 2013 Serge received the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Director/Resident Musical for Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris... at MetroStage. Seiden directed Everett Quinton's A Tale of Two Cities for Synetic Theater and Clifford Odets’ Awake and Sing! for Olney Theatre Center. From 1990 to 2015 Seiden held many positions at Studio Theatre including Production Stage Manager, Literary Manager, and Producing Director. Other Studio Theatre credits include all four plays in the Apple Family Cycle; The Motherfucker with the Hat, The Golden Dragon, Superior Donuts, In the Red and Brown Water, Grey Gardens, My Children! My Africa!, Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins (which received three Helen Hayes Awards and five Helen Hayes Award nominations including Outstanding Director and Outstanding Resident Play); A New Brain (which received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Resident Musical); andOld Wicked Songs (which received seven Helen Hayes nominations, including Outstanding Director.) Additional Studio credits include The Long Christmas Ride Home, Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom, Black Milk, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The York Realist, Two Sisters and a Piano, Blue Heart, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, and A Class Act. For Studio 2ndStage, Mr. Seiden directed Sixty Miles to Silver Lake,All That I Will Ever Be,This Is Our Youth,Ecstasy,Mad Forest,Hot Fudge,Sincerity Forever, and Durang/Durang. His productions at Adventure Theatre MTC— A Little House Christmas, and Charlotte’s Webwere nominated for Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Production, Theater for Young Audiences.Seidenhas directed several readings for the annual Zeitgeist Festival at the Goethe- Institut and Moth for the National New Play Network. For 22 years Seiden has been a member of the faculty of the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory, where he trained as an actor and director. Serge is a graduate of Swarthmore College.