“Working on The Nance has been a terrific opportunity and challenge on so many levels. First, tackling a play that’s never been performed locally is a huge responsibility as we are literally introducing the community to the piece which may influence decisions about future local productions. Second, this is an important piece of work that deals with themes faced by every minority group in our nation with respect to perception, stigma, and acceptance. Third, as a play with (lots) of music we are required to focus on both aspects equally to ensure a balanced production. It’s been an honor to be selected to work on it at LTA and has given me renewed respect for the skill required to pull off the many classic vaudeville and burlesque sketches which on the surface may seem easy and light. The performers who originated them were comic geniuses who devoted countless hours perfecting the routines. I hope to pay them honor in recreating some of them in The Nance.”
Jack B. Stein (Efram) is proud to be performing at LTA again in this important play after appearing in The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, God of Carnage, Plaza Suite and The Full Monty. Other area shows include She Loves Me, Nice Work If You Can Get It (WATCH nomination), Shrek, Laughter on the 23rdFloor, Crazy for You, The Producers, Follies, Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me, Kate (WATCH nomination), Steel Pier, A Funny Thing…, and Love! Valour! Compassion! Thanks to Frank, Mary Beth, Chris and Stefan for their trust and guidance, along with the wonderful cast mates, production team, and crew. Always to Peter for his ongoing support, Amy for Off Book Inc. and Pounce for his eternal good cheer and lessons in patience and resilience—love you, little guy!