{Upcoming Appearance} Jenna Fischer on Hollywood Game Night

posted on Apr 9 · by Spencer · No Comments · News, Upcoming Appearances

While her name was not included in the season 2 press release, it looks like we can expect to see Jenna in an upcoming episode of NBC’s Hollywood Game Night!

Mario Lopez tweeted the following on April 6th:

My teammate is ready to pop! @JennaFischer was on fire tonight…

#Neighbors #Playdate #hollywoodgamenight

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From his other photos it looks the episode also features Natasha Lyonne, Laura Prepon and Jason Biggs from Orange Is The New Black, as well as Darren Criss.

I haven’t been able to find any information on when the episode is set to air, but I’ll let you know as soon as it’s released.

Hollywood Game Night airs Thursday at 9pm EST on NBC.

{Website Updates} Funding and Gallery

posted on Apr 9 · by Spencer · No Comments · Gallery Update, Site News

A massive thank you to Emma and Judy for their generous support. Thanks to these two fab ladies SJF will be up and running for another year!

And, as promised, I was finally able to fix (most of) the Gallery issues and get it back online. Please note that I had to purge about 1500 accounts though, so anyone who registered in 2012-2013 will likely need to create a new account (you are free to use your old details, of course). Apologies for the inconvenience.

As the Gallery has been down for almost a year it is, as a result, about a year behind with photo updates. But the photos are ready to be uploaded, and we’ll let you know when it’s done.

I also just wanted to take a second to thank everyone who sent me such nice ‘get well soon’ messages over the last year. They meant a lot!

Save Simply Jenna!

posted on Mar 29 · by Spencer · No Comments · News

Save SimplyJennaFischer.com

As you may be aware we moved SJF from a free host to a paid host 2 years ago after we became aware that some of the required advertising script contained malware. With the kind and generous support of you guys we were able to fund 24 months with a fantastic hosting site. Unfortunately this 24 months is very soon to end.

With site traffic and news low in the past year I thought it would be okay to switch back to a free hosting service. However, after spending the past 6 months attempting to have this set up with little progress made, and learning that malware continues to be an issue with the service, I’d really prefer to continue on as-is. Unfortunately at this point SJF only has a few more days before it’s evicted from it’s paid host.

If anyone is able to assist me in continuing to fund the site, I would be eternally grateful. (As a grad-student / intern, what I’m able to personally commit money-wise ranges from rather limited to non-existent some months!)

I also want to mention that once hosting is renewed I will be getting the gallery back up. As my attention has been focused solely on new hosting arrangements for the past several months, I will be able to finally get back to the gallery once this is resolved.

Anything you’re able to give would be very much appreciated. Every little bit helps! And if you have any questions please feel free to email spencer@simplyjennafischer.com.

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Thank you for your support!

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{news} Jenna Fischer Featured on Recordings of Reasons to Be Pretty and Reasons to Be Happy

posted on Mar 11 · by Spencer · Comments Off · News

Jenna Fischer and Thomas Sadoski Featured on Recordings of Neil LaBute’s Reasons to Be Pretty and Reasons to Be Happy

By Andrew Gans
11 Mar 2014

The L.A. Theatre Works productions of Neil LaBute’s reasons to be pretty and its sequel, Reasons to Be Happy, are now available for download or purchase on CD.

Also directed by LaBute, both plays feature Jenna Fischer, Tony nominee Thomas Sadoski, Gia Crovatin and Josh Stamberg.

Reasons to be pretty, according to press notes, concerns “our modern obsession with physical beauty [and] begs an answer to the question, ‘What, exactly, is pretty?’” In Reasons to Be Happy “it’s three years later, and the couples have realigned, but the stars are still crossed as these four struggle to find love. LaBute’s gift for contemporary dialogue captures a woman’s directness and a man’s loss for words in a wildly funny take on heartbreak and miscommunication.”

Each recording features an interview with LaBute and the cast.

L.A. Theatre Works’ audio plays can be purchased at bookstores and digital retailers including Amazon.com, iTunes and audible.com, or borrowed from public libraries across the country.

To download reasons to be happy or Reasons to Be Pretty, click here. To order the plays on CD, click here.

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See Jenna Fischer perform THIS WEEKEND in LA

posted on Dec 11 · by Spencer · Comments Off · Projects, Reasons To Be Happy, Upcoming Appearances

Jenna Fischer returns to her role of Steph in Neil LaBute’s play Reasons To Be Happy. The show runs from tomorrow (December 12th) thru Sunday (December 15th) at The James Bridges Theatre in Los Angeles.

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When purchasing tickets, use the code “LABUTE” and save $15-$20 off of Regular and Premium ticket prices! Thanks to LA Theatre Works for providing info.

Jenna Fischer Among Cast of Neil LaBute’s DirecTV Short-Film Series

posted on Dec 11 · by Spencer · Comments Off · 10x10, News, Projects

THR: Jenna Fischer Among Cast of Neil LaBute’s DirecTV Short-Film Series
by Lesley Goldberg

Each 10-minute film centers on one actor telling his/her story directly to the viewer.

DirecTV has set the cast for the first of Neil LaBute’s short-film series 10×10.

The Office’s Jenna Fischer, In Plain Sight’s Frederick Weller, Young Adult’s Louisa Krause, Luck’s Richard Kind and Who’s the Boss?’s Judith Light will star in the first set of films.

Each of the series of 10, 10-minute short films — written, directed and produced by LaBute (In the Company of Men) — features one actor telling his/her story directly to the viewer, breaking the fourth wall.

Each film explores the nature of human relationships, specifically themes of love and loss, as told by characters at different stages in their lives. Weller becomes a 30-year-old man recounting a fantasy about a woman he sat next to on a plane. Fischer will play a 40-ish woman recounting how she fled an abusive marriage and rediscovered love. Krause plays a young woman who reveals intimate details about her sex life and how it affects her self-esteem. Kind will portray a man in his 50s discussing his thoughts on marriage. Light becomes a woman in her 60s recalling a missed opportunity for love in her past.

“I feel so fortunate to have enlisted such wonderful actors for this, many of which I’ve had the pleasure of working with on the New York stage,” LaBute said. “It takes an exceptional talent to do this kind of acting — straight to the camera and without any edits. It’s like walking a tightrope without a net.”

LaBute, who previously wrote DirecTV’s original scripted series Full Circle, executive produces the series alongside Andrew Carlberg and Tim Harms.

Casting for the remainder of the films in 10×10 will be announced at a later date. Production will begin in January in Los Angeles. The series will air on DirecTV’s Audience Network in 2014.

MCC Theater: A Special Message From Jenna Fischer

posted on Nov 26 · by Spencer · Comments Off · Reasons To Be Happy

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Last spring I made my New York stage debut in MCC Theater’s production of Reasons to Be Happy, the funny, poignant, and insightful play by Playwright-in-Residence Neil LaBute.

I had just wrapped nine years on the television show, “The Office,” and was ready for a new challenge. I now know there was no better place than MCC to do such a thing.

MCC is steadfast in its commitment to providing a nurturing environment to take risks and make discoveries–for artists like me, for the students in their stellar education programs, and for audiences, too, which was made clear to me during the lively post-show TalkBacks and in the equally invigorating conversations in front of the theater after the show each night.

MCC’s trio of artistic directors–Bernie Telsey, Bob LuPone and Will Cantler–have created a warm and welcoming, highly collaborative, supportive culture that is unique. I am proud to have been a part of it and hope that I have contributed to it in my own way. With this in mind, I am asking you to support MCC’s broad range of programming with a year-end donation.

It takes considerable resources to embark on any artistic endeavor. But the rewards–as I am sure you know from your own experiences at MCC–are great. Your gift will help MCC continue to expand and enrich its play development and education programming, and plan for a future that will include MCC’s very own home.

Please consider making an investment in MCC’s exciting work and future with a generous year-end donation today.

Thank you for considering my request and for supporting MCC Theater.

Sincerely,

Jenna Fischer
MCC Theater’s Reasons to Be Happy (2013)

P.S. To make your fully tax-deductible year-end donation please either call (212) 727-7722 ext. 233 or click here to give online now.

“Reasons To Be Happy” Playing In LA

posted on Nov 20 · by Spencer · Comments Off · News, Reasons To Be Happy, Upcoming Appearances

Attention west coast Jenna fans! Reasons To Be Happy will be running at LA Theatre Works in December!

Neil LaBute, Jenna Fischer, Thomas Sadowski and More to Return for LATW’s REASONS TO BE HAPPY, 12/12-15

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L.A. Theatre Works follows up its September recording of Neil LaBute’s Reasons to Be Pretty with the West Coast premiere of his fresh, quirky sequel — REASONS TO BE HAPPY — featuring the same characters 3 years later.

LaBute is in the director’s chair again, and Emmy nominated Jenna Fischer (The Office), Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom), Gia Crovatin (Neil LaBute’s most recent Good Luck [In Farsi]) and Josh Stamberg(Drop Dead Diva) are back as Steph, Greg, Carly and Kent.

The couples have realigned, but the stars are still crossed as these four struggle to find love. LaBute’s gift for contemporary dialogue captures a woman’s directness and a man’s loss for words in this hilarious take on heartbreak and miscommunication.

All performances will be recorded live in front of an audience (without sets or costumes) by L.A. Theatre Works to air on LATW’s syndicated radio theater series, which broadcasts weekly on public radio stations nationwide (locally, in Southern California, on KPFK 90.7 FM) and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org.

WHEN:
Thursday, Dec. 12 @ 8 pm
Friday, Dec. 13 @ 8 pm
Saturday, Dec. 14 @ 3 pm & 8 pm
Sunday, Dec. 15 @ 4 pm

WHERE:
James Bridges Theater
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
235 Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(enter UCLA from Hilgard just south of Sunset Blvd.; park in Lot 3 on the lower level)

Tickets are $15-$50. Call 310-827-0889 or visit www.latw.org for more information. Or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LATheatreWorks and Twitter @latheatreworks.

L.A. Theatre Works’ radio theater series can be streamed on demand atwww.latw.org. L.A. Theatre Works can be heard on the following stations (check local listings for broadcast times): KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles (98.7 FM inSanta Barbara, 99.5 FM in Ridgecrest/China Lake and 93.7 FM in Rancho Bernardo/North San Diego); 891.5 WBEZ, Chicago; 94.9 KUOW, Seattle; 91.1 KRCB, North Bay (San Francisco); and in over 75 markets nationwide.

Jenna Fischer Returns To The Stage

posted on Sep 6 · by Spencer · Comments Off · News

According to BroadwayWorld.com Jenna Fischer will be returning to the stage later this month in LA to perform in a limited 4 day run of “Reasons To Be Pretty”. The show is a prequel to Neil LaBute’s “Reasons To Be Happy”, which ran off-Broadway this past spring.

L.A. Theatre Work opens its 2013-14 season with Neil LaBute‘s provocative drama REASONS TO BE PRETTY, about our modern obsession with physical beauty, directed by the playwright.

Thomas Sadoski (current Emmy nominee for HBO’s The Newsroom) reprises his Tony-nominated role as Greg, joined by Emmy nominated Jenna Fischer (The Office), who takes on the role of Steph – a role she recently played on Broadway in Reasons to Be Happy, the sequel to this play that revisits the characters 10 years later.

Also in the cast are Gia Crovatin (Neil LaBute‘s most recent Good Luck [In Farsi]) as Carly, and Josh Stamberg (Drop Dead Diva) as Kent. In this hard-edged comedy, the stars are crossed as two couples in flux struggle to find fulfillment – begging an answer to the question, what is “pretty”?

All performances will be recorded live in front of an audience (without sets or costumes) by L.A. Theatre Works to air on LATW’s syndicated radio theater series, which broadcasts weekly on public radio stations nationwide (locally, in Southern California, on KPFK 90.7 FM) and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org.

REASONS TO BE PRETTY, written and directed by Neil LaBute and starring Gia Crovatin, Jenna Fischer, Thomas Sadoski, Josh Stamberg, is produced by Susan A. Loewenberg and will run Thursday, Sept. 19 @ 8 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 20 @ 8 p.m.;Saturday, Sept. 21 @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 22 @ 1 p.m. at the James Bridges Theater, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles, Calif. (enter UCLA from Hilgard just south of Sunset Blvd.; park in Lot 3 on the lower level)

TICKETS: $15-$50. Call 310-827-0889 or visit www.latw.org for more information, or find L.A. Theatre Works on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LATheatreWorks and Twitter @latheatreworks.

L.A. Theatre Works’ radio theater series can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org. L.A. Theatre Works can be heard on the following stations (check local listings for broadcast times): KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles (98.7 FM in Santa Barbara, 99.5 FM in Ridgecrest/China Lake and 93.7 FM in Rancho Bernardo/North San Diego); 891.5 WBEZ, Chicago; 94.9 KUOW, Seattle; 91.1 KRCB, North Bay (San Francisco); and in over 75 markets nationwide.

{Important} Summer Hiatus

posted on Jul 8 · by Spencer · Comments Off · Site News

Hi everyone,

Spencer here with a couple of important site announcements.

Since Jenna has now completed her off-Broadway run of Reasons To Be Happy and is taking a break, we thought we’d follow suit.

We’ve run into a slew of issues on our gallery this year that we’ve been unable to find a simple fix for. As a reconfiguration of the entire gallery is likely necessary, we’ll be taking it offline temporarily, starting this coming Wednesday July 10th. But don’t worry- Sally will have it back up and running as soon as she possibly can!

Additionally, due to my worsening health there may be delays in the posting of news and updates on site. I apologize for this. If there is an influx of news items and we start to fall heavily behind I may bring in someone new to take over my role.

Thanks so much to everyone who continues to visit and support our little site. We’ll have everything back up and running by the end of summer. Maybe with some extra goodies too!

If you have any questions or comments, please email admin@simplyjennafischer.com.

Wishing everyone a safe and fun summer,
Spencer & Sally