Thank You Notes: Headed to Heaven W/ Flat Jimmy Fallon
After deciding life was too unbearable to continue, Angela put a bullet through her head. Her will included three requests: First, she wanted to be buried with her dog. Next, her cardboard cut-out of The Tonight Show’s host Jimmy Fallon had to rest by her side for the rest of eternity. And the third wish – that her twin brother, Ethan give her eulogy by reading the handwritten notes that she left behind, all of which have been conceived in the format of Jimmy Fallon’s “Thank You Notes” segment. As Ethan goes through each letter, Angela takes us through the hilarious, touching, and ultimately shocking journey of her life.
Vicki Vodrey - Playwright
Vicki’s play, “Platter Tudes”, was part of the 2016 Inge Festival Play Lab. Her play, “Just Between Friends,” was in The Unicorn’s 2016 In-Progress Reading Series. Her play, “Sue Aside…” was produced by Phoenix KC Theatre in August at the 2015 KC Fringe Festival. In 2014, Vicki’s KC Fringe show, “Hard Day’s Night”, was picked by KCMetropolis as one of the best shows of the 2013-2014 KC theatre season and was in the 2015 New York International Fringe Festival. Her play, “The Frowning Vajayjays of Shady Pines”, was selected by Script2Stage2Screen for their 2014-2015 season, first produced by Melting Pot KC in 2014. “Hanky Panky” made its west coast premiere at S2S2S in March. It was The Best of the Fest at the 2010 KC Fringe Fest and a semi-finalist in the TRU Voices Playwriting Competition that year. Both “Hanky Panky” and “Thank You Notes: Headed To Heaven W/ Flat Jimmy Fallon”, were nominated for Outstanding New Script at the MITF. Her play, “Trembles”, was a winner in the Gorilla Theatre Playwriting Competition and as also produced as a benefit for KC Hospice. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Dramatists’ Guild. Further information at vickivodrey.com.
Jessica Ryan - Director
Jessica Ryan is a bi-coastal actor/writer/director/producer. A member of SAG and Equity, she's voiced radio, TV and industrial spots for clients like Starbucks, Old Navy, MIT, GE and, perhaps most hilariously, Annabelle's Adult Superstore. In addition, she's appeared on stage at Goodspeed, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Cleveland Summer Stages, Joe's Pub and more. Her directing credits include stage and film, from an innovative multi-media production of Pasek & Paul's Dogfight for Missouri State University, to multiple documentary shorts about the Crime Victims Treatment Center, as well as YouTube videos with Kirstin Maldonado, Tituss Burgess, Kerrigan & Lowdermilk, Jeremy Jordan, Collabro and more. Jessica is also the founder of Broadway Unlocked (BU), a company that harnesses the power of technology and digital media to connect the communities of live theatre and make them more valuable. By bringing together theatres lovers and technology-based partners such as Google Fiber, BU solves problems of scale for the arts and connects and mobilizes fans around the world. Member of the Summit community, content collaborator for the Manifesto Agency, and author of Death for Dummies on Medium. @JessicaRyanNYLA // JessicaRyanCreative.com