Katy and Jennifer Vs. The Flasher on New Year’s

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Executive Director, Crystal Field
Katy and Jennifer vs. The Flasher on New Year’s

March 16 – April 2, 2023
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00PM, Sunday at 3:00 PM
Running Time: 75 minutes
Tickets $20

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Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue (between 9th & 10th Street)

The play is set on the first New Years Eve after 9/11, when Generation X had their whole lives ahead of them but every moment was colored by the shock of the attacks. At this unique time, Katy and Jennifer are savoring their breakthrough into young adulthood and independence. They had both intended to ring in the new year with their boyfriends, celebrating with erotic raptures. But earlier in the evening, Jennifer’s boyfriend had turned her off by immature and inappropriate behavior. So as the ball was dropping, he’d gotten the boot. Katy’s casual partner, Bobby, has accidentally anesthetized himself with a generous helping of the meds he takes to stave off his PTSD from the attacks. He is zonked out in her bedroom. Slamming the front door to shut out the flasher, Katy and Jennifer look to this now-somnolent example of manliness for protection, with hilarious consequences.


Emily Lappi – Katy
Bree Ogaldez – Jennifer
William Burns – Bobby, Katy’s boyfriend


Writer – Matt Morillo
Director – Phoebe Leonard Dettmann
Set Design – Mark Marcante

Playwright Matt Morillo, originally a film maker, made an auspicious theatrical debut in 2006 with “Angry Young Women In Low Rise Jeans With High Class Issues.” The comedy was presented by TNC in 2007 and had an Off-Broadway run in NYC, multiple engagements in Hollywood and Sydney (Australia) and TNC return engagements in 2009, 2010 and 2011, but never seemed to exhaust its audience. It was followed by a thoughtful comedy, “All Aboard the Marriage Hearse” (TNC, 2008), and Morillo’s first serious play, “American Soldiers” (TNC, January 2010), a family drama about a woman war veteran’s return to her home in Long Island. In 2011, Morillo returned to TNC in comic form with “The Inventor, The Escort, The Photographer, Her Boyfriend and His Girlfriend,” a sex comedy of five people barricaded in one apartment building with a fierce snowstorm outside, looking for love in all the wrong places. It subsequently went on to an acclaimed Los Angeles run and won the Teapot Award for Outstanding Theater Performance at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His serio-comedy “Allen Wilder 2.0 ” (TNC, 2016) was a comedy of bungled romance in Levittown, LI between two mid-lifers: one who ran away and one who stayed. His last three projects have all debuted on the West Coast: “All American Sex Addict Woke/AF” (2018), “If We Run” (2019) and a comedy web series, “Mister Harmac,” which is currently airing on YouTube. He has also taken up standup comedy; his appearance schedule is on Instagram at @mattmorillo.

Morillo’s “Angry Young Women in Low Rise Jeans with High Class Issues,” “All Aboard the Marriage Hearse” and “American Soldiers” have all been published by Samuel French Inc.

Prior to his theatrical shift, Morillo was a fixture on the New York independent film scene for ten years. He debuted at age 23 with his romantic comedy, “The Pretenders,” a film with a cast of unknowns and a non-existent budget that became an enjoyable, funny and ultimately touching film about twenty-somethings struggling with life’s ups and downs. His next project, “Good Tidings,” was a fifteen-minute short film about a young girl suffering through her parents’ divorce. It received great praise at film festivals for its realism and honesty. Morillo’s third film, “Maid Of Honor,” was a true breakthrough. A twenty-five minute comedy about a simple guy trying to hook up with the maid of honor at a wedding, it was a hit on the festival circuit, winning three awards, playing to sold-out theaters and leaving audiences laughing and begging for copies of the film. He returned to on-camera productions with an “Angry Young Women in Low Rise Jeans with High Class Issues” web series in 2013.

Director Phoebe Leonard Dettmann is an actor, writer, director and founding member of Randomly Specific Theatre (randomlyspecifictheatre.com). She was born and trained in Australia and became an American citizen four years ago. Dettman first met Matt Morillo in 2007 when she appeared in the Australian Premiere of “Angry Young Women in Low Rise Jeans With High Class Issues.” She writes that Morillo entrusted his latest play to her “after fifteen years of fast friendship and countless all you can eat sushi and saki nights” through which he became cognizant of her wit and great good humor. Her Australian theater credits include: “Stairwell” (Actor/Writer) at Old Fitzroy in Sydney. Her New York credits include “Secondary Pitch,” “Learning To Skip,” “Accumulated Heartbreak Disorder” (Actor/Writer), “Koalas Are Dicks,” “Arbuckle Syndrome” and “Fistful of Cake Pocketful of Miracles” (Director) for Randomly Specific Theatre and “Othello: The Panther” and “Salome: Princess of N’Orleans” at Rebel Theatre.

Bree Ogaldez (Jennifer) is an Afro-Caribbean, NYC-based actress and singer who recently appeared as Abe Lincoln in “Hair” (Cortland Repertory Theatre) and Assata/Lotus in “Lotus and the Unlikely Crew” at NYTF Winterfest. Recent screen credits include indie film “Someone Somewhere” and the pilot spec “Shadow Cast.” (www.breeogaldez.com)

Emily Lappi (Katy) is making her NYC debut. She graduated from South Coast Repertory’s Acting Intensive Program in 2014 and recently made her Equity principal debut as Shelby in “Steel Magnolias.” California credits include “A Christmas Carol” at South Coast Repertory, “Heaven on Earth “at La Jolla Playhouse and “Moon Over Buffalo” (Rosalind) at STAGEStheatre (OC Weekly Best Ensemble of 2017). Films include the indie horror film “One Night in Ravenwood,” the web series “Angry Young Women in Low Rise Jeans with High Class Issues” and the indie pilot “Cut Loose.” (www.emilylappi.com)

William Burns (Bobby) recently appeared in “We Will Rock You” with Theater Workshop of Nantucket and “Staten Island! The Musical” at The Tank Theater with ThisIZZit Productions. He is an ensemble member of Open Hydrant Theater Company @ The Point, located in the Bronx.

Morillo writes, “TNC has afforded me the opportunity that is the dream of every artist. To be able to hone my abilities in an environment where they support, promote, nurture and inspire you to push, grow, and stretch all of your abilities to levels that perhaps even you yourself do not think are possible. I can’t explain how happy I am to be back here…at home!”

COVID Protocol:
As of September 26th, 2022, we are no longer requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for our audience upon entry.
Wearing of masks is suggested in the lobby, restrooms and performance spaces at Theater for the New City, but they are not required.

Show Details

Dates: Opening Night: March 16, 2023 Final Performance: April 2, 2023
Location: Theater for the New City, New York City

155 First Avenue,

New York,


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