Keen Co concludes its season with YOUR TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR starring Santino Fontana, Ali Ewoldt, John-Andrew Morrison, and more, premiering June 10th
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Drama Desk and Obie Award-Winning

Keen Company

Concludes Its 21st Season with a Benefit Broadcast


Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
by Jack Johnstone
Directed by Jonathan Silverstein

Starring Tony, Drama Desk and Obie Award Winner Santino Fontana

Along With George Abud, Ali Ewoldt, Ted Koch, Susan Malloy, John-Andrew Morrison, Steven Ratazzi, and Jay Russell

Premiering Thursday June 10th at 7pm EST

Keen Company concludes the 2020-'21 Season with an all-star benefit broadcast of Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar: The Clever Chemist Matter by Jack Johnstone, starring Tony, Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning actor Santino Fontana. Directed by Keen Artistic Director Jonathan Silverstein, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar will be a fundraiser event premiering Thursday June 10th at 7pm EST and available through Monday June 14th at 7pm EST only, on Keen's website!

"I am thrilled to announce Keen's final piece of programming for our 21st Season! Throughout the past year, we have been revisiting some of the most iconic titles from the Golden Age of Radio through starry benefit broadcasts. For our last fundraising event of the series, we are thrilled to present one of the most successful serial mystery programs, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, starring Santino Fontana as the titular insurance adjuster with the action packed expense account. It's been an utter pleasure and honor to delve into the fascinating history of radio drama while working alongside some of the best talents in the theatre. I look forward to sharing the work with our community as we raise funds to ensure we return to live performances strong," said Mr. Silverstein.

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar will also feature George Abud, Ali Ewoldt, Ted Koch, Susan Malloy, John-Andrew Morrison, Steven Ratazzi, and Jay Russell. Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar will have live foley effects by Nick Abeel, original music by Billy Recce, and audio engineering by Garrett Schultz.

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was one of the longest running detective shows on radio - 13 years of intrigue and adventure. Presented by CBS Radio from 1949 to 1962, the conclusion of Yours Truly, Johnny Dollaris often cited as the end of the Golden Age of Radio. Since its immediate popularity, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar has been rebroadcast, satirized, adapted, documented, and paid homage to for over five decades.

Johnny Dollar, "the freelance investigator with the action-packed expense account," worked for the Universal Adjustment Bureau, flying from Mexico to swamps to California ghost towns. He would recover furs and diamonds for a cut of the goods, bodyguard wealthy men, and climb into the deathly Skull Canyon. All stories included mystery and murder, drawing listeners to the edge of their seats.

Tune in to the intriguing case of "The Clever Chemist Matter," which originally aired on March 17, 1957, America's fabulous freelance insurance investigator. A simple change to an insurance policy leads to disastrous results when a scientific genius is killed, his partner is blinded, and the laboratory door is found bolted from the outside. This sounds like a case for the man with the action-packed expense account, Johnny Dollar.

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar is a pay-what-you-can benefit event with tickets starting at just $1, including a live video talkback immediately following the premiere on Thursday June 10th.

Just like the original broadcast, this will be an audio-only performance. Patrons can expect an intimate, engrossing, fully-produced audio-only production that will feel just as satisfying as a great night at the theater!

All patrons will have access to the show from Thursday June 10th at 7pm EST to Monday June 14th at 7pm EST. Patrons will be emailed a private web link and password with their confirmation. The webpage and stream will be active from Thursday June 10th at 7pm EST to Monday June 14th at 7pm EST.

This fundraiser event will support Keen Company's Hear/Now season of audio theater, as well as Keen's Playwrights Lab for mid-career writers, and Keen Teens which serves students in all five boroughs of NYC.

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar is part of a series of all-star benefit broadcasts, including Howard Koch's legendary adaptation of War of the Worlds which aired in October 2020 starring Jason Tam; Keen Company's Holiday Variety Hour which aired in December 2020 featuring Keen alumni; Sorry, Wrong Number by Lucille Fletcher which aired in February 2021 and starred Marsha Mason; and The Year of Magical Thinking with aired in March 2021 and starred Kathleen Chalfant.

Keen Company is an award-winning Off-Broadway theater creating story-driven work that provokes identification, reflection, and emotional connection. In intimate productions of plays and musicals, the company tells stories about the decisive moments that change us. Keen also runs a developmental new work initiative for mid-career playwrights and a unique educational outreach program for teens in all five boroughs of NYC.

As part of Keen Company's 21st Season, the company has commissioned a year of audio theater. Hear/Now welcomes patrons into a theater of their imagination featuring the world premiere of new audio plays by Pearl Cleage, Kate Cortesi, finkle, James Anthony Tyler, and musical team Melissa Li & Kit Yan.

All audio plays are available now completely free for patrons on Keen Company's website as well as through popular podcast platforms.

For more information on Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar or any of Keen's programs, visit KeenCompany.org.

George Abud is a Drama Desk Nominee for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as Nerd Face in Emojiland (The Duke on 42nd; OOBC Recording). Broadway: The Band's Visit starring Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub (Daytime Emmy Award, OBC Recording); The Visit starring Chita Rivera and Roger Rees (OBC Recording). Off-Broadway: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui opposite Raúl Esparza, Nathan The Wise opposite F. Murray Abraham, Peer Gynt opposite Gabriel Ebert, and Allegro directed by John Doyle (all for Classic Stage Company); The Band's Visit directed by David Cromer (Atlantic Theater Company); Lolita, My Love opposite Robert Sella (York Theatre Company). Regional: Lewis Chapman in August Rush (Paramount Theatre); Charlie Davenport in Annie Get Your Gun directed by Sarna Lapine (Bay Street Theater); and Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Geva Theatre Center). International: The New Prince alongside Barbara Walsh, Marc Kudisch, and Paulo Szot at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam. He is a proud Arab-American artist.

Ali Ewoldt has appeared as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, Cosette in Les Miserables (Broadway, National Tour), The King and I (Broadway, Lyric Opera of Chicago), Maria in West Side Story (National Tour, International Tour) and Luisa in The Fantasticks (Off-Broadway). She has also played Philia in A Funny Thing… (The Muny), Fan in A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre), and Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls (Sacramento Music Circus). Ali's concert/symphony work includes: Alice Tully Hall, The Town Hall, NY Pops at Carnegie Hall, American Pops Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Kaohsiung Symphony and The Boston Pops with Maestro Keith Lockhart. Her TV/Film credits include "The Michael J. Fox Show," Yield, Mia and The Cactus. Ali has a BA in psychology from Yale University and is a proud Filipina-American. @aliewoldt

Santino Fontana has cemented himself as one of Broadway's most versatile leading men as well as a formidable screen talent. In 2019, Santino won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Tootsie. He's received the Obie, Lortel, Clarence Derwent, Outer Critics Circle, 2 Drama Desks, and the Tony in a mix of straight plays and musicals. On film he is known for voicing 'Prince Hans' in Disney's Academy Award winning animated feature, Frozen. He was also seen in Universal Studio's Sisters opposite Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. His independent film work includes the romantic comedy Off the Menu, psychological thriller Impossible Monsters, and comedy Papercop, for which he won a Best Actor Award at the Williamsburg International Independent Film Festival. On television, Santino has been seen on "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," "Shades of Blue," "Fosse/Verdon," "The Good Wife," and "Mozart In The Jungle." He is also a celebrated audiobook narrator with numerous credits, recently receiving the Audie award for Stephen King's The Institute.

Ted Koch. Broadway: To Kill A Mockingbird, JUNK, Death of a Salesman, The Pillowman, Elling, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Off-Broadway Includes: Boy with Keen Company, Acolyte, The Gravedigger's Lullaby, Abundance. National Tours: Frost/Nixon, Death of a Salesman. Regional Includes: CATF, Paper Mill, ATL, Huntington, Arena, Goodman, Pittsburg Public, Old Globe, Williamstown. Films include Cold Souls, Love to Leenya, Hannibal, Autumn in New York, Dinner Rush, Ratter. Television: "Succession," "Bull," "New Amsterdam," "The Punisher," "Elementary," "The Path," "Person of Interest," "The Blacklist," "The Americans," "Blindspot," "Law & Order," "The West Wing," "The Sopranos."

Susan Malloy's favorite roles include Audrey in Little Shop, Mother in Ragtime, Safety at Urban Stages, and Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera. Film credits include Asockalypse, Lifelines and Day Zero. Her voice can be heard in numerous TV and radio commercials. She also produces with her company Crash Landing Productions which focuses on producing new work.

John-Andrew Morrison is an award winning actor living and working in New York City. John-Andrew won a Lucille Lortel Award and an OBIE Award for his work in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical A Strange Loop. He was also an Outer Critics Circle Honoree for his performance in the Off Broadway premiere of Blues for an Alabama Sky with Keen Company. John-Andrew's work has been seen internationally and regionally at theaters including The Hartford Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, La Jolla Playhouse and A.R.T. John-Andrew holds a BA in Theater Arts from Brandeis University and an MFA in Acting from U.C.S.D.

Steven Rattazzi. Keen Company: Arsenic and Old Lace reading. Broadway: Indecent. Off-Broadway: King Kirby (The Brick); Henry V with Liev Schrieber (Public Theater); Galileo with F. Murray Abraham; The Tempest with Mandy Patinkin, (CSC); Stunning (Lincoln Center); Dinner Party (Target Margin); Painted Snake on a Painted Chair (OBIE); McGurk (ERS); Richard Foreman's Samuel's Major Problems (Ontological). Regional: Lempicka (Williamstown); Seder (Hartford Stage); Indecent (Yale Rep/La Jolla); The Memory Motel and The Bridge of San Luis Rey by David Greenspan, The School For Wives (Two River Theater); Marie Antoinette (ART/Yale Rep); The Lovesong of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cincinnati Playhouse); Christmas Carol (McCarter). Film: The Family (Luc Besson); But This Is How It Will End (Epstein). TV: "The Venture Brothers" (7 seasons); "New Amsterdam."

Jay Russell's Broadway credits include End of the Rainbow, The Play What I Wrote. Off-Broadway: Our Town (Barrow Street), Travels with My Aunt (Keen Company), Around the World in 80 Days (Irish Rep), Come Back Little Sheba (Transport Group), The Normal Heart (Public), & more. National Tours: Wicked, Beauty & the Beast. International: Fully Committed (English Theatre of Vienna), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (English Theatre of Frankfurt). Regional: Leading roles at the Guthrie, Arena Stage, Long Wharf, Papermill Playhouse, Westport Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Baltimore Center Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Goodspeed Opera House, North Shore Music Theatre, Pioneer Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Ordway, Utah Shakespeare Festival. TV/Film: "Gotham,""Mr. Robot," " Plot Against America," "Louie," "Boardwalk Empire," "Ugly Betty," "The Sopranos," "Seven Seconds," "Bored to Death," "Law & Order," Morning Glory, Ride, In Lieu of Flowers, All in Time. www.jay-russell.com

Nick Abeel (Live Foley Effects) is a Brooklyn-based artist who performs, writes, directs, edits video and designs sound, and works as a foley artist from time to time. You can hear Nick in the Audible Original: History of the 3rd Robot War, a 6-part parody lecture series he co-wrote with his comedy company Recent Cutbacks. Nick is also a veteran company member of Broken Box Mime Theater, collaboratively creating and performing contemporary stories entirely through movement. These two companies form the backbone of Nick's creative work, but he's also performed at The PIT, UCB, 59E59, the Tank, the Duplex, Dixon Place, the Denver Center and the Kennedy Center. He's developed new work with All for One, New Dramatists, MTC, NY Stage and Film, Partial Comfort, Primary Stages, The Lark, and New Georges. Nick also recently appeared in Chisa Hutchinson's film The Subject, starring Jason Biggs and directed by Lanie Zipoy.
Link http://KeenCompany.org

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