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What's Wrong With This Picture? 
by Donald Margulies

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The dead are meant to stay buried – aren’t they? Last week, Mort lost his wife to a terrible moo shoo pork tragedy. Now, though he’s technically done sitting shiva, he ignores the cries to “move on” from his exasperated family, won’t let anyone touch the unpacked furniture his wife ordered before her passing, and tries to relive the past through his son. Then, the incredible happens and sorrow turns to joy. But this seeming miracle brings with it a whole host of problems. Margulies, playwright of such hits as Collected Stories and Loman Family Picnic, navigates his characters through these conflicts in delightfully unexpected ways, delivering a dark comedy about death that is nonetheless filled with life. 

Saturday, March 9 @ Main Line Reform Temple: 410 Montgomery Ave, Wynnewood, PA 19096
Sunday, March 10 @ 7pm - Private Home

(Address released to ticket holders 48 hours prior to performance)

Saturday, March 16 @ 8pm - Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El
(1001 Remington Rd, Wynnewood)
Sunday, March 17 @ 2pm - Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El
(1001 Remington Rd, Wynnewood)


What's Wrong With This Picture?

by Donald Margulies


Directed by Jesse Bernstein



Marcia Saunders as Bella
Hannah Gold
as Shirley
Jeff Pfeiffer as Artie
Seth Reichgott as Mort
Jack Hoffman as Sid
Charlotte Northeast as Ceil


Donald Margulies (PLAYWRIGHT) Donald Margulies (playwright): Donald Margulies has won a Lucille Lortel Award, two American Theatre Critics New Play Citations, two Los Angeles Drama Critics Awards, two OBIE Awards (for SIGHT UNSEEN and THE MODEL APARTMENT), one Tony Award nomination (for TIME STANDS STILL), one L.A. Ovation Award (for THE COUNTRY HOUSE), two Dramatists’ Guild Hull-Warriner Awards, five Drama Desk Award nominations, five Burns Mantle Best Play citations, two Pulitzer Prize nominations (for SIGHT UNSEEN and COLLECTED STORIES), and one Pulitzer Prize (for DINNER WITH FRIENDS). His other plays include BROOKLYN BOY, THE LOMAN FAMILY PICNIC, WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?, FOUND A PEANUT, GOD OF VENGEANCE, CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS and SHIPWRECKED! AN ENTERTAINMENT — THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF LOUIS DE ROUGEMONT (AS TOLD BY HIMSELF). His work has been produced in New York by Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, Roundabout Theatre Company, the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre, Jewish Repertory Theatre and Theatre for the New City; at theaters across America including South Coast Repertory, the Geffen Playhouse, Actors Theater of Louisville, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Long Wharf Theatre; and in theaters around the world. Mr. Margulies has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In 2005 he was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with an Award in Literature, and he was the recipient of the 2000 Sidney Kingsley Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Theatre by a playwright and the 2014 PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater American Playwright in Mid-Career Award. Mr. Margulies is an alumnus of New Dramatists and serves on the council of The Dramatists Guild of America. He is an adjunct professor of English and Theatre Studies at Yale University.

Jesse Bernstein (DIRECTOR) is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Speech and has over 30 years’ experience working in film, TV and theatre. He has performed at the New York Shakespeare Festival (alongside actors such as Mandy Patinkin and Denzel Washington), the Berkshire Theatre Festival, the Arden Theatre Company, Ventura Theatre Company and the Walnut Street Theatre Company. In 1999, he originated the role of Reuven in Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok’s stage adaptation of The Chosen. His TV credits include appearances on Law & Order, Veronica Mars and Days of Our Lives. Directing credits include Shipwrecked!, It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play, Gifts of the Magi, and several children’s musicals for the Walnut Street Theatre; The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged) (Cardinal Stage); Heathers: The Musical (Penn Players), Member of the Wedding (Rutgers-Camden) and more. Writing credits include several outreach plays and the solo shows Ethics of the Fathers (aka The Gangster and Grandpa) and The Scribe. Jesse wrote and directed the short film Allergy (official selection, Audience Awards and LA Comedy Shorts Fest) and wrote, produced, and starred in the short alongside Alison Brie and Liza Weil in the short film Us One Night (official selection: Williamstown Film Festival, NewFilmmakers LA). He has taught for theatres and organizations in Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia as well as at Northwestern University College, the Cherub program, and University of the Arts. Jesse is a member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA and serves on the board of the Alliance for Jewish Theatres.. 

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Marcia Saunders: (Bella)  is delighted to be working with Theatre Ariel again. An Acting Company member of The People's Light & Theatre since 1976, Marcia has appeared in over 100 plays. At present, she is currently performing in THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM at Hedgerow Theatre. In October she finished a run at Quintessence Theatre playing Lady Britomart in MAJOR BARBARA. Off-Bway she appeared in THE INTELLIGENT DESIGN OF JENNY CHOW. Regional credits include: Walnut St. Theatre, Arden Theatre, The Wilma, Lantern theatre and The Philadelphia Theatre Co.

Hannah Gold (Shirley) is a Philadelphia-based actor, devisor and educator. She is thrilled to return to Theater Ariel! She has performed locally with the Wilma Theater, Inis Nua, Orbiter 3, InterAct Theater, Shakespeare in Clark Park, People’s Light, Mauckingbird Theater, EgoPo Classic Theatre and others. She has devised material with Ninth Planet and the After-Image. Hannah is a graduate of Temple University's MFA program, where she now teaches. Big thanks to Jesse for the opportunity! 

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Jeff Pfeiffer (Artie) is very excited to be working with Theatre Ariel again! He was last seen in the 2023 touring production of Survivors, by Wendy Kout and will be returning to this year’s production next month. Other credits include Christopher in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (South Camden Theatre Company) and a lead role in the feature film, Delco: the Movie. (Expected release later this year.)

Seth Reichgott (Mort) is pleased to once again be working with Theatre Ariel. A Philadelphia-based actor, director, and writer, he has directed or appeared on stage at the Walnut Street Theatre, the Wilma, the Arden, Baltimore Shakes, Rep Stage, Interact, the Lantern, Tongue & Groove, and Cape May Stage, among many others. He has twice been a co-recipient of the Barrymore Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Play and was nominated for a 2010 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actor. Seth is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre.


Jack Hoffman (Sid) (he/him) is extremely happy to be returning to Theatre Ariel. Hoffman is best known regionally for 'Morning After Grace (Angus) Montgomery Theater, Kalamazoo (Irving) Act II Playhouse, Last of the Boys (Jeeter) Interact Theater, Sex Drugs Rock & Roll Wilma Theater, and (Andy) Lovers, (Gloucester) King Lear, (Old McMahon) Playboy of the Western World, Village Wooing at The Lantern Theater Company and (Jack Kerouac) Visions of Cody at Novel Stages. Jesse, thanks for the work.

Charlotte Northeast (Ceil) (she/her) is an actor, director, educator, and writer. She is a two-time Barrymore Award winner for her work at InterAct and Lantern Theater Company. Graduate: Circle in the Square. Other credits: PAC, Act II Playhouse, Theatre Exile, Passage Theatre, Azuka, Montgomery Stage, Hedgerow, Tribe of Fools, Orbiter 3 (Barrymore Nomination), Delaware Theatre Company and Walnut Street Theatre. Co-creator and performer of The Complete Works of Jane Austen (Abridged) and a brand-new adaptation of Jane Eyre (Barrymore Nomination) and solo show They’ve All Gone & We’ll Go Too (Edinburgh Fringe). Love to Damon, Julian, and the Kitties.


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