DIRECTOR - PRODUCER - SCRIPT CONSULTANT
"Karen Carpenter has directed with flawless timing."
~The New York Times
Love, Loss, and What I Wore
by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron
Drama Desk Award for Best Unique Theatrical Experience, Broadway World Audience Favorite
A smash hit with audiences and critics alike,the play broke all existing box office records Off-Broadway and was repeatedly extended due to audience demand, for 3 years.
Our opening cast featured Tyne Daly, Rosie O'Donnell, Samantha Bee, Katie Finneran, Natasha Lyonne. We rotated casts every month, and I had the joy of directing over 150 of our most celebrated comediennes in it, for New York.
The show has played all over the world, and was released to stock and amateur rights last year.
Produced by Daryl Roth at the Westside Theater, New York.
Handle With Care
by Jason Odell Williams
~A beauty, a bubbi and a box.
The New York Times' Critics Pick:
"Hilarious and heartwarming...exudes gobs
of comic energy and insight. Carpenter has directed with flawless timing." ~Anita Gates
Ayelet, A young Israeli woman, reluctantly travels to America with her grandmother. Fate and hilarious circumstances conspire to bring Ayelet, who has little command of English, together with a young American man with little command of romance.
Is their love an accident?
Or destiny, generations in the making?
by Wendy Yondorf
Many a parent succumbs to hysteria when it comes to getting their children into the best schools. Howard Everett is no exception.
But he has a leg up as one of the wealthiest donors to the elite Giddings Universiy, a hallowed gateway that assures access to the American Dream.
What he does not anticipate is that he is about to meet the admissions officer from hell with her own rules and agenda. With his child's entire future at stake, just how far will a father go to get him in?
Premiered at NJ Rep, Feb.-March, 2014
Stay tuned for breaking news on casting, as Admit One heads to Broadway!
Witnessed by the World
by Jane Beal and Ronnie Cohen
Joan Ross, a world-renowned journalist, meets a young scriptwriter down on his luck, and finds a reason to indulge her lifelong obsession with Jack Ruby's role in the Kennedy assasination, with disatrous results.
Produced by Douglas Denoff and WBTW Productions, in association with Culture Project. Premiered at 59E59 Theaters, New York, Fall 2014
Hear Art, See Music LIVE
This was a little ditty I cooked up for the Indianapolis Symphony, who wanted to shake up their music programming with theatrical presentations. Artist
Andre Miripolsky wailed on this, painting an entire 40' mural in the choir loft above the orchestra in the time it took them to play Ravel's Mother Goose: 28 minutes!
The Wizard of Oz
Surflight Theater, Beach Haven, NJ
Emma Howard as Dorothy. And Layla as Toto!