Please join us for a screening (episode 210) followed by a Q&A with Rachel Bloom and Tovah Feldshuh.
Moderated by, Mark Peikert, Playbill
Estimated event end time: 3:40PM
Rebecca Bunch is a successful, driven, and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything – her partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan – in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in that exotic hotbed of romance and adventure: suburban West Covina, Calif. (it’s only two hours from the beach! Four in traffic).
Rachel Bloom - Actor
In The CW’s new comedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Rachel Bloom plays Rebecca Bunch, a successful, driven, and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything – her partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan – in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in that exotic hotbed of romance and adventure: suburban West Covina, Calif. (it’s only two hours from the beach! Four in traffic).
Born in Manhattan Beach, Calif, Bloom graduated from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Theater. In addition to starring in “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” she is also co-creator and executive producer on the show.
Bloom has been named one of Variety’s 10 Scribes To Watch for 2015, as well as a comic to watch by Cosmopolitan, Time Out LA and Backstage Magazine. Her comedic music videos have appeared on the Onion/AV Club, Jezebel, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and Cracked, among others. Her 2010 music video “Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury” was nominated for a 2011 Hugo Award and won “Best Music Video” at Dragon*Con. She has also released two albums: “Please Love Me” (a compilation of old/new hits) and “Suck It, Christmas!!! (A Chanukah Album).”
Bloom’s television writing credits include “Robot Chicken,” “Allen Gregory,” The People’s Choice Awards, and “The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange.” Her acting work includes “Bojack Horseman,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Robot Chicken,” “The Fuzz” and the CW web-series “Very Mallory.” She has written and starred in two live musical sketch comedy shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles and New York: “Rachel Bloom is a Triple Threat!!!” and “Sing Out, Louise!” She performs all over Los Angeles and her touring performance credits include Just for Laughs in Montreal, Fun Fun Fun Fest, the Arlington Drafthouse and The Limestone Comedy Festival.
She currently resides in Los Angeles.
Tovah Feldshuh - Actor
Tovah Feldshuh portrays Mrs. Bunch, Rachel’s domineering mother, on the CW award winning musical series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which was recently renewed for a third season. Ms. Feldshuh is widely known for her starring turn as Deanna, the head of
Alexandria, on AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead. Prior to that, she recurred on the Starz’ ballet series Flesh and Bone as ballet master Ivana. Ms. Feldshuh received her first Emmy nomination for Helena, the Czech freedom fighter, in the NBC mini-series Holocaust, and her second nomination for her continuing role as defense attorney Danielle Melnick on NBC’s Law & Order, a role she recently reprised for Chicago Justice. Ms. Feldshuh starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones in The Amazing Howard Hughes, James Woods in Citizen Cohn, Bill Cosby on The Cosby Mysteries and The Cosby Show, Richard Dreyfuss in The Education of Max Bickford, Piper Perabo in Covert Affairs, America Ferrara in Ugly Betty, and in The Good Wife, with Julianna Margulies, among
Ms. Feldshuh recently displayed her theater skills as Berthe in the Tony Award-winning Musical Pippin. Her show, Golda’s Balcony, by William Gibson, became the longestrunning one-woman play in Broadway history, and she also starred in Yentl, Sarava, Lend Me a Tenor, and Irena’s Vow. For her work on the New York stage, she has earned four Tony nominations for Best Actress and won four Drama Desks, four Outer Critics Circles, the Obie, the Theatre World and the Lucille Lortel Awards.Film audiences recognize Ms. Feldshuh from Kissing Jessica Stein (for which she won a Golden Satellite Award), A Walk on the Moon, The Idolmaker, Lady in the Water, Just My Luck, Brewster’s Millions, The Blue Iguana, among others. Ms. Feldshuh more recent film work includes roles in Peter Bogdanovich’s She’s Funny That Way with Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson, Angelica with Janet McTeer, and Jena Malone, Unreachable by Conventional Means, The Life, and the title role in Glinda, a film that centers on a widow of jazz musician reclaiming the joy of life, which was selected as the “Best in Fest” at the 2014 Palm Beach Film Festival.
Ms. Feldshuh, long known for her commitment to social justice causes, is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, has taught at Yale, Cornell and New York Universities. She was awarded two honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees and is the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanities Award, the Hadassah Mother of the Year Award, and the Israel Peace Medal. Ms. Feldshuh is married to New York attorney, Andrew
Harris Levy. They have two children, Garson Brandon and Amanda Claire.