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THE LAST

SHORT SYNOPSIS

 

The survivors of four generations of a Jewish family are rocked to their core when the family’s beloved 92-year-old matriarch makes a stunning confession.

 

JEFF LIPSKY FILMOGRAPHY

2019

THE LAST

Writer/Director: Jeff Lipsky

Cast: Rebecca Schull, Reed Birney, Jill Durso, AJ Cedeño, Julie Fain Lawrence

 

2015

MAD WOMEN

Writer/Director: Jeff Lipsky

Cast: Kelsey Lynn Stokes, Christina Starbuck, Reed Birney, Jamie Harrold

 

2013

MOLLY'S THEORY OF RELATIVITY

Writer/Director: Jeff Lipsky

Cast: Sophia Takal, Lawrence Michael Levine, Reed Birney, Cady Huffman, Daisy Tahan

Opening Night Selection, USA Film Festival

 

2011

TWELVE THIRTY

Writer/Director: Jeff Lipsky

Cast: Jonathan Groff, Karen Young, Reed Birney, Mamie Gummer, Portia Reiners

World Premiere: Lincoln Center; Official Competition Selection Montreal World Film Festival

 

2009

ONCE MORE WITH FEELING

Director: Jeff Lipsky

Writer: Gina O'Brien

Cast: Chazz Palminteri, Drea DeMatteo, Linda Fiorentino

Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival

 

2006

FLANNEL PAJAMAS

Writer/Director: Jeff Lipsky

Cast: Julianne Nicholson, Justin Kirk, Rebecca Schull, Jamie Harrold

Official Selection Dramatic Competition, Sundance Film Festival

 

1997

CHILDHOOD'S END

Writer/Director: Jeff Lipsky

Cast: Sam Trammell, Bridget White, Heather Gottlieb, Edie Falco, Reiko Aylesworth

THE LAST/PLAYERS

 

harry                    REED BIRNEY

josh                      AJ CEDEÑO

olivia                    JILL DURSO

melody                 JULIE FAIN LAWRENCE

claire                    REBECCA SCHULL

marin                    SAMI BRAY

jonathan               JAGGER NELSON

lessica                  RUSSELL KOPLIN

ben                       ARIEL ELIAZ

laia                       CARA YEATES

beachcomber        DAVID GOTTFRIED

layla                     MADELYN BARKOCY

omar                    AMIR ROYALE

eran                      BRANDON DAMIANO

kevin                    JACOB GOODHART

yuval                    JOSH LERNER

jake                      ADAM NAIMOLI

miranda                SHANNON TYO

michelle               HASKIRI VELAZQUEZ

kayla                    GRACE WOOSLEY

female rabbi         CAROLYN BAEUMLER

mikvah attendant ELAINE BROMKA

male rabbi            JERRY MATZ

car service driver NIMO GANDHI

THE LAST/FILMMAKERS

 

written and directed by               JEFF LIPSKY

produced by                                MICHAEL GOITANICH    

executive producer                     NICK ATHAS

co-executive producers              HANI MUSLEH

                                                   CHARLES TRAD

                                                   BERNARD DEMERS

co-producer                                GARY SALES    

co-producer                                EWING LUO

director of photography             ERLENDUR SVEINSSON

editor                                          JOANA DE BASTOS RODRIGUES

production designer                   LINDA BURTON

costume designer                       RAXANN CHIN

key make-up/hair design           CHRISTINA LOMAURO

first assistant director                AMBER SHERMAN

unit production manager           BRETT PEDERSEN

production office coordinator   ASHTYN FRANKLIN

1st assistant camera                   AM CAMPBELL

2nd assistant camera                 MYRANDA MALLENBAUM

dit                                              JOEL VAZQUEZ

gaffer                                         KRISTEN MURPHY

grip                                            MIGUEL ORTIZ

cello soloist                               ANDREW FUND

casting director                          AMY GOSSELS

associate casting director          STEPH BACA

script supervisor                        HILA SHANI

art director                                 ERIC UNVERZAGT

propmaster                                SARAH PORTNEY

set construction foreman          ALAN BRUCKNER

graphic artist                             LOU MANNA

translator/dialect coach            MARKUS WOLF

key pa                                       TETSU YAMADA

1st pa (craft)                             JESSE MILLER

2nd pa (swing)                          CLAIRE HOLL

3rd pa (swing)                           DANIEL LUI

4th pa (camera dept)                 ESTABAN VERAS

backup pa (art)                          GEORGE SIMONDS

backup pa (swing)                     KOBE BOATENG

colorist                                      ZAK RAY

dialog editors                            ZHANNA KUGOTOVA

                                                  JA-ANN WANG

sound mixer                              NICHOLAS SCHENCK

adr engineer                              JA-ANN WANG

production sound mixer           MARK FRAUNHOFER

boom operator                          BETH DEROUIN

second hair/make-up design    NICOLE WODOWSKI

craft service                             MICHAEL HAND

 

Congregation Rodeph Sholom Choir

Cantor Shayna DeLowe

 

Bruce Cogan        Lenny Rothbart

Angelica Grandizio    Lisa Rubin

Lenore Grandizio    Henry Siegel

Dr. Carl Mankowitz    Peter Strauss    

Jeremiah Rosaria    Dr. Helen Towers

 

 

                   “Lullay: I saw a swete semly syght”

 

                    performed by

            Ruth Cunningham and

         Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek

 

THE LAST/CAST BIOS

 

REED BIRNEY (Harry)

 

The Last is Mr. Birney’s fourth consecutive collaboration with Mr. Lipsky having co-starred in the critically-acclaimed 2011 release, Twelve Thirty, 2013’s Molly’s Theory of Relativity, and 2016’s Mad Women.

 

Reed Birney, after years of being a one-man wrecking crew on the New York stage, electrified Netflix viewers as the Vice President on House of Cards, while being featured in a recurring role in the smash NBC series The Blacklist.  In 2014 Reed received his first Tony Award nomination for his cross-dressing tour-de-force in Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina, just one year after his triumphant co-starring performance in Circle Mirror Transformation, and in 2016 won the Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Play for his stunning turn as the family patriarch in the Pulitzer Prize nominated The Humans.

 

In April 2015 Reed was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards: one for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for You Got Older, and one for Outstanding Actor in a Play for Halley Feiffer’s (who co-starred with Birney in Lipsky’s Twelve Thirty) I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard.

 

In 2013 playing the title role in Annie Baker’s contemporary adaptation of Uncle Vanya. The New York Times’ Christopher Isherwood offered, “The indispensable Reed Birney is as vitally moving a Vanya as I’ve yet to see.”  Somehow Reed also managed to star on Broadway in 2013’s revival of William Inge’s Picnic.

 

Born in Alexandria, Virginia, Birney is known for his splendid dramatic work in a variety of roles on stage, television and screen. He has made numerous appearances on the NBC series Kings, Law and Order: CI, Law and Order: SVU, HBO’s From the Earth to the Moon and the popular CW show Gossip Girl his talent and versatility have captivated audiences for over 30 years. Of late he regular appeared on The Americans and Titans.

 

From 1977, when he originated and played the role of Randy Hastings in Albert Innaurato’s Broadway play Gemini, to 2009 when he received a Drama Desk Award nomination as Outstanding Actor in a Play for his work in the SoHo Repertory Theatre production of Blasted, Birney has repeatedly taken on theatrical challenges which ultimately won him a special honorary Obie Award in 2006 for "sustained excellence of performance."  Birney has also appeared in a variety of major studio and independent films, including Clint Eastwood’s The Changling with Angelina Jolie, David Wain’s The Ten with Paul Rudd, and Andrew Davis’ A Perfect Murder with Michael Douglas.  His film debut was in Arthur Penn’s Four Friends.  Other film work includes Imogene with Annette Benning and Kirstin Wiig, Joss Whedon’s In Your Eyes, and Adult World with Emma Roberts and John Cusack.

 

AJ CEDEÑO (JOSH)

 

AJ Cedeño is an American actor known for his recurring role on the Amazon Series Z: The Beginning of Everything in which he portrayed John Sellers opposite Christina Ricci. His current film projects include starring roles in Straighten Up and Fly Right directed by Steven Tanenbaum and Empathy, Inc. (Official Selection 2018 Austin & Philadelphia Film Festivals). Other television appearances include: Kevin Can Wait, The Good Wife, Elementary, Manhattan Love Story, Smash and a recurring role on Royal Pains.  AJ cut his teeth on theatre after receiving his MFA in Acting from Case Western Reserve University – Cleveland Play House. He made his Off-Broadway theatre debut in Signature Theatre’s production of Incident at Vichy directed by Michael Wilson and his other stage work includes: Austin, The Radiant, March Madness, Inherit the Wind, Shakespeare’s R&J (Germany International Shakespeare Festival) and A Christmas Carol for two seasons at the award-winning McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ.  Born on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX., where his father was a Major, the family relocated multiple times in his youth, including two years in the Philippines, before settling down in southeast Kansas.  He holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame where he was a walk-on member of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team and played Wide Receiver.  AJ is the spokesman/brand ambassador for Nissan USA’s national television campaign and he currently resides in New York City with his wife and daughter.

 

JILL DURSO (OLIVIA)

 

Jill Durso received her Bachelor's degree in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University, and studied acting at the Maggie Flanigan Studio. She is a National Sports Emmy Award Winner for her work on the documentary film, One of a Kind: The Rise and Fall of Stu Ungar. In addition to The Last, recent lead roles include Jason Michael Brescia's ensemble comedy (Romance) And The Digital Age, out now on itunes. She has appeared in commercials for clients such as Crest, Verizon and Metro PCS. Recent TV credits include Law & Order: SVU. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and son.     

www.jillcatherinedurso.com

 

JULIE FAIN LAWRENCE (MELODY)

 

Julie Fain Lawrence is an actress, director, producer, audiobook narrator and an Assistant Professor in BFA Acting at the Pace School of Performing Arts, Pace University. Film and Television credits include Concussion (Sundance 2013, 2014 GLAAD Media Award), Happy, Yummy, Chicken (with Taryn Manning and Diane Guerrero), Honey Flood (short with Julian Sands), Emunah (short), Lily (short), Wreck (short), Road Kill (short), Fare Well Miss Fortune, Bruises, Madam Secretary, Law & Order–SVU, Law & Order–CI,                                                       All My Children, Kidnapped, Six Degrees, Third Watch, Bull (pilot). Theatre; En Garde Arts, La Mama E.T.C., HB Playwrights Studio, Vineyard Theatre, Ontological Theater-St. Marks Church, Soho Rep. , HERE and Circle Rep Lab,Yale Rep, DCTC, Old Globe Theatre, Two River Theatre, HVSF, and The Hollywood Bowl.  MFA-Yale School of Drama

 

REBECCA SCHULL (CLAIRE)

 

Perhaps most recognized for her role as the cynical Fay in the NBC television series Wings, Schull is an enormously respected veteran of all areas of the theatrical profession.

 

This New York City native with a degree in the arts from New York University, trained in Dublin, Ireland in the Stanislavsky Method. Her stage career includes, among others, acclaimed performances on Broadway in William Gibson’s drama Golda, with the late Anne Bancroft, Dore Shary’s Herzl, and Neil Simon’s, 45 Seconds From Broadway.

 

In addition to theater, Schull has appeared in notable television performances for over 25 years, from Newhart and St. Elsewhere in the 80’s, to Wings, to roles on Frasier and Law & Order. Since the late 1990’s she has also brought her talents to a string of feature films that include Analyze This and Analyze That with Billy Crystal, Paul Greengrass’s United 93, Odd Couple II, That Darn Cat, and Little Children with Kate Winslet. This is her fourth film with director Jeff Lipsky, having previously appeared in Flannel Pajamas, Twelve Thirty, and Molly’s Theory of Relativity. 

 

Off-Broadway: The Green Book, 59E59; I Can't Remember Anything, Signature Theater; Naked, Classic Stage Co., Nest of the Woodgrouse, Public Theater; Fefu and Her Friends, (original production); Mary Stuart, Public Theater.

 

Regional: Factory Girls, Williamstown and Bay Street; The Matchmaker, (Dramalog Award) and Macbeth, La Jolla Playhouse; The Greeks, Hartford Stage; Fugue, Long Wharf. Dublin: I Can't Remember Anything, Dublin Theatre Festival Fringe; Journey Into the Whirlwind, Trinity College, Dublin; John Gabriel Borkman and A Delicate Balance (Hibernia Award) at Dublin Focus Theatre.

 

Playwright: Journey Into the Whirlwind, one-woman play adapted from memoirs of Eugenia Ginzburg, at Trinity College, Dublin, CAST Theater, Los Angeles, American Jewish Theater, New York; On Naked Soil, Imagining Anna Akhmatova, Theater for the New City. Training: Stanislavski Studio, Dublin; Michael Howard.

"The Last" filmmaker Jeff Lipsky directing Justin Kirk on the set of Lipsky's 2006 film "Flannel Pajamas."