Significant Other

April 27th-28th, 2024
The Judee Wales-Watson Theatre

SHOW SUMMARY
Jordan Berman would love to be in love, but that’s easier said than done. So until he meets Mr. Right, he wards off lonely nights with his trio of close girlfriends. But as singles’ nights turn into bachelorette parties, Jordan discovers that the only thing harder than finding love is supporting the loved ones around you when they do. From the critically acclaimed writer who brought you Bad Jews.

Significant Other” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

Directed By JJ Moore
Written By Joshua Harmon

Creative & Production Team

Director
JJ Moore

Writer
Joshua Harmon

Joshua Harmon’s plays include Bad Jews, Significant Other, Admissions, Skintight, and Prayer for the French Republic. He and Sarah Silverman co-wrote the libretto for The Bedwetter based on her memoir. His plays have been produced on Broadway and the West End; off-Broadway at Roundabout Theatre Company, Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theater Club and Atlantic Theater Company; across the country at Geffen Playhouse, Speakeasy, Studio Theatre, Theater Wit, About Face, Actor’s Express, and The Magic, among others; and internationally in a dozen countries. He is a two-time MacDowell fellow and an Associate Artist at Roundabout. Graduate of Juilliard.

Co-Producer
Oliver Worner

(he/him) | BFA Stage and Production Management ‘26. Emerson Stage credits: The Impracticality of Modern Day Mastodons (2nd Assistant Stage Manager), 16 Winters and Second Star to the Right (Assistant Production Supervisor), Little Women and How We Got On (Assistant Company Manager), Cabaret (Production Assistant), Paris (Crew); Emerson College credits: Kidding Around’s Barry and the Bear (Co-Producer), MTAG’s A Chorus Line (Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor), The 43rd Annual EVVY Awards (Logistics EP Assistant), The 42nd Annual EVVY Awards (Assistant Stage Manager), RareWorks Theater Company (Artistic Assistant); Student Theatre Alliance (Chair). Other credits: Camden International Film Festival XIV-XIX. Enjoy Significant Other! Thanks to Mac and Tippens for all that you do! @oliverworner04

Co-Producer
Ethan West

Costume Designer
Erin Sullivan

(she/her) | Emerson Stage credits: Three Romances…(Emilie); The Secret In The Wings (US Actors 1 and 3, Movement Co-Captain). Emerson College credits: MTS’s Dogfight (Costume Designer) Kidding Around’s Snow Angel (Wardrobe Supe); RareWorks’ Hookman (Director) and How Macy Survived… (Assistant Stage Manager); Mercutio’s True West (Producer) MTAG’s Dream Cabaret (Assistant Director). Thank you for such a fun final show at Emerson, much love to everyone involved and everyone who helped me along the way <3

Lighting Designer
Sawyer Grabow

(they/them) | Emerson Stage Credits: The Secret in the Wings (Deck Crew), A Doll’s House (Assistant Director) Emerson College Credits: MTAG’s Hot Dam! (Assistant Lighting Designer), emShakes’ Lord of the Flies (Henry), BlueJay’s Dog Sees God (Lighting Designer), emShakes’ Metamorphosis (Director), Mercutio Troupe’s In The Waiting Room (Lighting Designer), Mercutio Troupe’s Romeo and Juliet (Lighting Designer), MTS’ Chicago (Lighting Designer), emShakes Executive Board (Assistant Artistic Director) one thing about me, i love jj moore <3 thank you to the cast and crew for being AWESOME! and for the very last time this year, thank you to suite 701 for all the love and support @ggrabss

Sound Designer
Maddie Wright

(they/them) | BFA ‘26 Theater Education. Emerson Stage Credits: Bat Boy (Asst. Director). Emerson College credits: Kidding Around’s Seussical TYA (2nd ASM); MTAG’s The Wild Party (SM), Fun Home (Co Props Lead), Company Manager; MTS’s Ride the Cyclone (Sound Design), Chicago (Sound Design); BlueJay’s Dog Sees God (Sound Design); Mercutio Troupe’s Trail to Oregon (Co-Director), Romeo and Juliet (SM); EmShakes’ Metamorphosis (Sound Design), Hamlet (Sound Design).

Stage Manager
Susan Weinhardt

(she/her) | Select Emerson Stage credits: 16 Winters (Associate Production Supervisor), Bat Boy: The Musical! (1st Assistant Stage Manager), Are You Someone to Somebody (2nd Assistant Stage Manager). Select Emerson College credits: RareWorks Theatre Company’s Hookman (Producer), sub (Assistant Stage Manager), Escape (Dramaturg); EVVY43, EVVY42 & EVVY41 (Assistant Stage Manager). Select outside theatre credits: Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre: Hello Dolly! (Assistant Stage Manager). All thanks and love to: the giving company, production team, and boards of Significant Other, especially JJ, Jake, Oliver, Ryan and Sasha; Jo Ann, Dad and Thomas; Halle and Ethan; all of my partners in love and life; and mom <3. @susanjweinhardt

Co-Props Lead
Bella Sangin

Co-Props Lead
Clementine Vonnegut

Intimacy Coordinator
Shell Garcia

(any pronouns) | Emerson Stage credits: As You Like It (Assistant Director), Are You Someone To Somebody (Cast) Little Women (Meg March); Emerson College Credits RareWorks’ To The End Of The World (Director), MTAG’s Hot Dam! (Director), Mercutio’s True West (AD/Costumes), Mercutio’s Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (Squeeze), Mercutio’s In The Waiting Room (Director) Thank you to JJ and BlueJay for being such wonderful collaborators and thank you to the entire cast and production team for their hard work and warm energy.

Acting Company

Jordan Berman
Landon Butler

Vanessa
Elena Ruiz

Laura
Kwezi Shongwe

Kiki
Taylor Paine

(she/her) | BFA ’24 Theater and Performance. Emerson Stage credits: Newfest Short Works ’24 (Payphone). Emerson College credits: In the Waiting Room (Elizabeth), Hot Dam! (Chack), Dance Nation (Amina), Fun Home (Choreographer), Ride the Cyclone (Choreographer), and Alice By Heart (Choreographer). Immensely grateful to be a part of a show I love so much for my last Emerson performance. To the whole SO cast and crew, this process has been the biggest joy. To JJ, I love you and I’m so proud of you. To my friends and family, thank you for the constant support and love. Enjoy the show! @taylorpaineee

Will/Tony
Tyler Cooper

Zach/Roger
Justice Jones

Evan
David Bellin

Feminine Presenting Swing
Riley Sopocy

Masculine Presenting Swing
Tripp Ishayik

Additional Staff

Assistant Stage Managers Ryan O’Connor, Sasha Salins
Interim Assistant Stage Manager Haley DeMello
Assistant Scenic Designer Khushi Upadhya
Assistant Costume Designer Lola Viera
Playbill Designer Elizabeth Tippens

the production would like to thank

Kristin Knutson
EmShakes Theatre Co.
The Student Theatre Alliance
Student Engagement and Leadership

BlueJay board members

Faculty Advisor Tushar Mathew
Artistic Directors Lulu Royce & JJ Moore
Production Manager Oliver Worner
Marketing Director Angela Keon
Company Manager Mac Medeiros
Literary Manager Aisha Akorede
Treasurer Jake Knapp
Associate/Observing Production Manager Ethan West
Marketing Coordinator Elizabeth Tippens
Assistant Company Manager Lauren Weidenmann
Aesthetic Advisor/Staff Photographer Sasha Winett