John & Jen
By Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald
Directed by Michael McKelvey
Featuring Andrew Cannata and Sarah Gay
John & Jen takes audiences on a musical journey from the mid-50s to mid-90s, exploring the relationships between brothers and sisters, and parents and children during four decades of change. With a cast of only two people, John & Jen is a tour-de-force for two actors who take Jen and John from childhood, through adolescence and beyond.
In the news
"a male voice like Andrew Cannata’s comes along once in a generation or so."
"you definitely should see this show."
-Austin On Stage
"Penfold Theatre once again mounts a chamber musical that's heartfelt and true."
"Sarah Gay and Andrew Cannata... offer a sophisticated, nuanced delivery."
-Austin Live Theatre
"sharp and compelling... (director Michael) McKelvey knows what makes the intimate chamber musical mode work to its best."
"Penfold proves once again that they’re a company to look out for, and with their current trajectory, they are sure to make an even bigger name for themselves in the future."
Awards and honors
Named one of the Top Weekly Events by NowPlayingAustin
Featured on KUT, "Arts Ecclectic."
Featured on "Off Stage and On the Air."
Won an Applause Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Won a B. Iden Payne Award for Lead Actor in a Musical.
Nominated for Austin Critics' Table Awards for Direction and Music Direction.
Won Austin Critics' Table Award for Musical Production.
Named on the Austin Chronicle's Top 10 Lists for 2010.