How Embarrassing For Her

Amphibian Stage Productions - How Embarrassing For Her

Performance: April 13, 14, 19, 20 & 21, 8:00 PM
By: Jacqueline Novak
Amphibian Stage Productions (Kathleen Culebro, Artistic Director; Linsey Retcofsky, Managing Director) is proud to host Jacqueline Novak as a part of our Metamorphosis new play development series. Jacqueline will be in Fort Worth from April 13th - 21st performing her one-woman show HOW EMBARRASSING FOR HER Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, with discounts available for seniors, students, teachers and veterans. Tickets for Amphibian Members are included with their subscription package.

Comedian Jacqueline Novak is embarrassed. The most unexpected things can leave her cringing in the corner. Outside of her own head she has nothing to be ashamed of – the comedian has worked with Mike Birbiglia, Ilana Glazer and more, recently appeared on The Tonight Show as well as WNYC's 2 Dope Queens, hosted her own web series, and even written a book. Now, with HOW EMBARRASSING FOR HER, she's tackling a longer form show for the first time as part of our Metamorphosis series. "Knowing I had this creative opportunity at Amphibian gave me confidence to pursue the Edinburg Festival. As a stand up comedian in NYC, stage time is broken into chunks of 10 minutes, which inevitably leads to larger works feeling like a collection of smaller segments. I'm so happy to get to work out this material in full form, which will allow me to turn it into something more satisfying,” said Novak. “I fantasized that a theater that must exist somewhere that embraces artists who show up to do a deep dive into material...and it does exist: Amphibian!"

Metamorphosis is Amphibian's initiative to nurture new plays, giving contemporary playwrights a unique opportunity to mature their work with the resources they need. Through this series, audiences are able to witness the transformation from the first read-through to the final performance and influence the work of the playwright through thoughtful feedback. Past scripts that have received full productions at theatres across the US following a Metamorphosis residency include Not Medea by Allison Gregory, De Troya by Caridad Svich and Shiny Objects (now titled The Texas Homecoming Revolution of 1995) by Jennifer Faletto.

About the Show:
Jacqueline Novak longs to live a life of the mind but is trapped in a body. How embarrassing. She finds everything embarrassing except for the obvious stuff. Revealing intimate details of her life to strangers? Her chosen profession. Crying in public? She wrote a book encouraging it. Being caught for even a moment having something resembling self-esteem? Unbearable. As a woman, shame is constantly dumped upon you... regarding eating, beauty, sexual mores, and more. HOW EMBARRASSING FOR HER weaves personal stories and comedic insights to parse what does and does not deserve our embarrassment.

"I live a life of ideas and when those won't do... snacks." - Jacqueline Novak

Writer/producer Liz Phang will serve as dramaturge and consultant to the play. Jacqueline and Liz first met at the Summer Literary Seminars writing program in St. Petersburg, Russia, which consisted of workshops and readings for professional writers in a unique historic setting. The two women bonded of their shared sense of humor, and their morbid fascination with Peter the Great's "Cabinet of Curiosities." Even though Phang now mainly writes and produces television of a science-fiction and horror nature (FX's The Strain and Netflix's up-and-coming The Haunting of Hill House), she has always had a deep love for comedy. "I am thrilled to be helping Jacqueline with this show. Her fearlessness and her deeply analytical mind have always been a real inspiration to me." - Liz Phang. HOW EMBARRASSING FOR HER will run starting Friday, April 13th until Saturday, April 21st with shows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at Amphibian Stage Productions. The show will begin at 8:00 pm, and the box office will open at 7:00 pm prior to curtain, Tickets are $20 for general admission. Discounts are available for seniors, veterans, students, teachers, and groups of ten or more.

For more information on ticket pricing and availability, please contact the Amphibian Box Office at 817-923-3012 or Amphibian Stage Productions is located at 120 S. Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76104.

Jacqueline Novak (Writer/Performer) - In 2016, Jacqueline made her network debut on The Late Late Show with James Corden, shot The Half Hour special for Comedy Central, and released her first book HOW TO WEEP IN PUBLIC: Feeble Offerings on Depression from One Who Knows. Jacqueline was named a 2015 Comedy Central Comic to Watch and 2016 Just for Laughs New Face. In TV her credits include appearances on Animals (HBO), The Characters (Netflix), and starring in her own Refinery29 Series How to Weep in Public, directed by John Early. Jacqueline just released a second book, WEDDICULOUS, a collaboration with comedian Jamie Lee. This year she's touring clubs and theatres, opening for Mike Birbiglia, Fred Armisen, and Anthony Jeselnik.

Liz Phang (Consultant/Dramaturg) - Liz is a TV writer and producer. Most recently she has worked on and written for the TV series The Strain (FX), Colony (USA), and the forthcoming The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix). Other credits include 90210 (Fox), My Generation (ABC), Hung (HBO), and The Ex List (CBS). She and Jacqueline Novak met while participating in the Summer Literary Seminars Program in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2002 and have remained friends and creative collaborators ever since. Liz will be returning to Texas after receiving an MFA in fiction and screenwriting from the Michener Center at the University of Texas at Austin. She went to Harvard University for her undergraduate degree, where she was a Vice President of the Harvard Lampoon. Liz now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.


Amphibian Stage Productions Announces its 19th Season for 2018

Our Main Stage Series presents Cyrano by Edmond Rostand, a new and imaginative adaptation by Jason O'Connell and Brenda Withers; Cry Havoc, written and performed by United States Army veteran Stephan Wolfert; King Liz by Fernanda Coppel, whose work has been developed in New York and London; and Artist Descending a Staircase by Tom Stoppard, Academy-, Tony-, and Olivier-award winning playwright and screenwriter. Tickets are now available!

For more information, contact Public Relations & Marketing Associate, Alexandra M. Landeros, at or 817-923-3012. Additional press release with promotional photos will be sent throughout the season.


The Main Stage Plays

by Edmond Rostand, adapted by Jason O'Connell and Brenda Withers
February 9 - March 4
Who wins the battle of beauty versus brains? Cyrano is a swordsman, philosopher, poet, and raconteur - everything that the love of his life, Roxane, would want - but there's one obstacle: he has the biggest nose anyone has ever seen. He partners with the handsome yet tongue-tied Christian to capture Roxane's heart. They both fall for her, but one can't succeed without the other. This imaginative version of the classic tale is adapted by Brenda Withers and director Jason O'Connell. Get tickets here.

Cry, Havoc!
by Stephan Wolfert
May 11 - 27
A one - person play written and performed by U.S. Army veteran Stephan Wolfert, who leads you on an interactive journey to meet Shakespeare's veterans using his own military experiences. This play shows us that the military men and women of Shakespeare's time wrestled with the same hopes and worries that occupy our modern lives. Tickets available now.

King Liz
by Fernanda Coppel
July 13 - August 5
Sports agent Liz Rico is at the top of her game, but a woman in a man's industry has to fight to stay there. She takes on client Freddie Luna, a high school basketball superstar with a troubled past in the ultimate bet: will this be the biggest win of her career or will she lose it all? Award-winning playwright Fernanda Coppel's story of gender, race, and class is high energy and full of heart. Get tickets here.

Artist Descending a Staircase
by Tom Stoppard
October 5 - 28
An artist is murdered, leaving his two friends suspecting each other. There is one thing that unites them all: their infatuation with Sophie. Before she tragically went blind, she fell in love with one of them after viewing his picture in a gallery, but there seems to be confusion about whose picture she saw. As in any Stoppard play, reality is never quite what it seems. Tickets here.


We're Gonna Die
by Young Jean Lee
Dates TBD
It's time to get real and sing along about the one thing we all have in common: We're Gonna Die. This existential cabaret boldly explores the rough moments of life with humor, insight, and pop music. Director Jake Nice's presentation featuring Sammy Rat Rios toured sold out venues across the Metroplex in 2017 and we'll be bringing the excitement back to Fort Worth.


METAMORPHOSIS: New Play Workshops

La Extraordinaria Historia de Julia Pastrana
by Laura Anderson Barbata
March 2018
For ten years, artist Laura Anderson Barbata dedicated her life to the repatriation of the remains of Julia Pastrana, once billed as "The Ugliest Woman in the World." Part theatre, part lecture, part performance art, La Extraordinaria Historia de Julia Pastrana is the story of Barbata's battle against all odds to give Julia the resting place she deserves. 

How Embarrassing for Her
by Jacqueline Novak
April 2018
"I live a life of ideas and when those won't do... snacks."
That's how comedian and author Jacqueline Novak describes her solo performance piece, How Embarrassing for Her. In the past two years, Jacqueline made her network debut on The Late Late Show with James Corden; has opened for Mike Birbiglia, Fred Armisen, and Anthony Jeselnik; and released her first book  How to Weep in Public: Feeble Offerings on Depression from One Who Knows. Now, she combines her literary prowess with her performance chops in a one-woman show. 


National Theatre Live

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
by Edward Albee
January 10 & 13
In the early morning hours on an American college campus, Martha—to her husband George's displeasure—has invited the young new professor and his wife to their home for after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows, they are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games. Starring Imelda Staunton (the Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones), Luke Treadaway (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre). Tickets available now.

by Stephen Sondheim
January 24 & 27
New York, 1971. There's a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. Directed by Dominic Cooke, this legendary musical features a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, staged for the first time at the National Theatre. Get your tickets here.

Young Marx
by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman
March 7 & 10 This new comedy, starring Rory Kinnear, is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors. It’s 1850, and Karl Heinrich Marx, Europe's most feared socialist, is hiding in Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy. Tickets here.

by William Shakespeare
March 28 & 31
Academy Award© nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC's Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare's great tragedy. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father's death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.  Get tickets here.

Julius Caesar
by William Shakespeare
April 18 & 21
Caesar returns in triumph to Rome, and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat's popularity, the educated ´lite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital. Directed by Nicholas Hytner and starring Ben Whishaw (The Lobster), Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones), David Calder (The Lost City of Z), and David Morrissey (The Walking Dead). Tickets available.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
by Tennessee Williams
May 2 & 5
On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gathers at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy's birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is the real one? Directed by Benedict Andrews, this twentieth century masterpiece is a 'thrilling revival' (New York Times) starring Sienna Miller, Jack O'Connell, and Colm Meaney. Tickets available now. Additional screenings will be announced as they are scheduled.

About Amphibian Stage Productions

Amphibian Stage Productions is a non-profit theatre company founded in 2000 by three alumni of TCU's Department of Theatre who strive to produce innovative and engaging works of theatre that challenge the way we see the world around us. Now in its seventeenth season, Amphibian has produced numerous groundbreaking and challenging plays (some regional premieres, others US or world premieres) that foster a deeper understanding of ourselves as members of the global community. The company is widely recognized for its stylistically and thematically varied scripts.

Committed to nurturing young and diverse audiences, Amphibian has developed a strong internship program, a summer acting workshop for teens, and a dynamic outreach project, Tad-Poles, that is steadily increasing the company's visibility and following. The group travels to schools and community centers, performing and spreading a message of multicultural collaboration and tolerance.

Amphibian is generously funded by the Amon G. Carter Foundation, Ann L. and Carol Greene Rhodes Charitable Trust, Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Fifth Avenue Foundation, Mary Potishman Lard Trust, Pangburn Foundation, Thomas M., Helen McKee & John P. Ryan Foundation, Sid W. Richardson Foundation, Shubert Foundation, Southwest Bank, Texas Commission on the Arts, Wells Fargo Bank, William E. Scott Foundation, North Texas Giving Day and the Devonian Society, a group of Amphibian's devoted donors who are proud to be the force behind nurturing the next generation of artists and audiences.

Amphibian Stage Productions
120 S Main St.
Fort Worth, TX 76104