ANDY JORDAN PRODUCTIONS
Production photos by Andreas Grieger
Photo above by Karen Ostertag
AJP has presented the London premieres of five Carl Djerassi plays:
'humorous, fast-paced and wholly unexpected...'
'A play of ideas but it does not feel heavy or difficult to grasp. Like the champagne bubbles, it fizzes along pleasantly...'
this play is a delight – cleverly written and with enough drama in the interpersonal politics for the flashback scenes to stand as a play in their own right. Tim Dutton is truly superb .....while Walter Van Dyk gives a sterling performance as his long-suffering head of department. .... the piece is tremendously watchable and the relationships believable and compelling..... a production that is full of chemistry'
'A wicked take on the mantra “publish or perish”, Many laughs and belches ensue...'
“Carl Djerassi has brilliantly combined a painless lesson in technology
with a tender tale of love and rivalry between scientists…
keeps you guessing to the last moment.”
“….a lively, flirtatious presentation of science…
“…brilliantly theatrical…sparkling originality…this is daring stuff… a bold and stimulating drama whose style is utterly unique.”
“…Djerassi’s screwball comedy…. funny lines and gags… Director Andy Jordan plays the action on and off the couch to great effect.”
“….an excellent evening….vastly entertained by the play….
some fine one-liners...”
“Part detective story, part satire of academic infighting, the play rolls
along under Andy Jordan’s fluid direction, comfortably mixing
broad comedy with thought-provoking debate.”
Sex of the body or sex of the mind? What goes deeper? Which is more pleasurable? Which hurts more?
Some of the greatest minds of the post-War central European generation, Theodore Adorno and his wife Gretel, Hannah Arendt and Walter Benjamin became caught up in a heady mix of sexual and intellectual intrigue, infidelity, rivalry and mutual obsession. Years later, with Benjamin dead and Adorno established as one of the leading thinkers of his time, he, Gretel and Hannah are invited to a meal by a mysterious young woman. When their host reveals that she has access to documents that could change their lives for ever, all three are forced to face the lies, jealousies and sexual proclivities that they have hidden for decades, as their loyalty to each other is tested to the utmost.
An intriguing psycho-sexual thriller of betrayal and revenge, Foreplay took audiences into the lives of some of the greatest intellectuals of the 20th century to expose the chasm between the public and private, what is erotic and what is pornographic, and the uneasy relationship between genius and hypocrisy in us all.
Foreplay ran for five weeks at the Kings Head Theatre in April 2014.
‘A comedy born of the debate between exceptionally witty characters.... The acting from the experienced cast is superb, bringing life to an absorbing, intimate story.... Overall, a highly intelligent, funny and educational play.‘
‘The cast are absolutely superb... I could have easily been watching something at the National.... Foreplay is one of the most high quality pieces of theatre I have ever seen at King’s Head.‘
‘Great acting – the cast handled magnificently the wit and the comedy of this piece. Foreplay is a brilliant speculation on the sexual and intellectual intrigues of some of the world’s most towering thinkers.... You don’t have to be a brainiac to enjoy this psychosexual thriller.‘
‘Carl Djerassi has wit and style and an impish sense of humor. In this play he satirises some of the distinguished academics he has encountered and studied during his ninety years of life. This play is unusually stylish and elegant for a fringe production‘.
‘Never less than gripping‘
‘The overall success of the play rides upon superb dialogue. Djerassi writes conversation fluidly, and with references and puns that clearly delighted the audience. It cements Djerassi’s skills as not only a biographer, but as a talented playwright.‘
Read an interview with Carl Djerassi in the Independent on Sunday here.
Carl Djerassi talks about why he started writing plays:
Directed by Andy Jordan and Jake Murray
Shows by Andy Jordan Productions have included Picasso's Women (with Jerry Hall, Susannah York, Josie Lawrence, Gwen Taylor, Cherie Lunghi), Kings of the Road (with James Ellis, Ed Byrne), Last Song of the Nightingale (with Olivier award-winner and Tony nominee Tracie Bennett), Talk About The Passion, and six of Carl Djerassi's earlier plays, Oxygen (co-written with Roald Hoffmann), An Immaculate Misconception, Three on a Couch, Calculus, Phallacy and Taboos
Andy Jordan Productions was founded in summer 2000, evolving from an earlier and much renowned theatre company, Bristol Express also established by Andy Jordan. The company is led by Andy Jordan, a highly experienced director and producer in theatre, television and radio drama
The company is a non-funded organisation, operating in a commercial context, but committed to producing largely new work – new plays, musicals and comedy, often written by new writers, in all forms and styles of theatre. We are driven by the desire to create quality work, of whatever nature. Further information
For further information please contact:
Producer Andy Jordan firstname.lastname@example.org
General Manager Chris Corner email@example.com