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Alexa, Why Can't You Love Me?

By: David Rossmer
Narrated by: Judd Hirsch, Maria Dizzia, Lizan Mitchell
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Publisher's summary

After 40 years with his beloved wife, Henry is alone for the first time. His sudden bachelorhood is a struggle for him and his daughter Lisa, who is feeling pressure to fill the void. To give Henry the companionship he’s craving, Lisa buys him a personal robotic assistant. The device transforms Henry’s life and inspires him to embrace the possibility of romance during his golden years. This hilarious and touching play explores love, loss, and the real connection humans can have with technology - once you figure out how the heck to use it.

Additional Editing and Sound Design by Joe Dell’Aquila.

Supported by the Audible Emerging Playwrights Fund.

Directed by Moritz Von Stuelpnagel

Please Note: Alexa, Why Can’t You Love Me? contains adult language.

©2020 David Rossmer (P)2020 AO Media LLC

About the Creator

A writer, actor and musician. Rossmer co-wrote book, music and lyrics (with Steve Rosen) for the critically acclaimed comedy The Other Josh Cohen, which premiered Off-Broadway and was nominated for six Drama Desk Awards, the Lucille Lortel Award and the Off-Broadway Alliance Award. He also co-created the edgy, hit variety show Don’t Quit Your Night Job, which began at the Public Theater in NYC and moved to a successful run Off-Broadway.

About the Performer

A Bronx-native Judd Hirsch attended CCNY where he majored in engineering and physics. A blossoming fascination in the theatre convinced Hirsch that his future lay in acting. After an auspicious TV-movie bow in the well-received The Law (1974), Hirsch landed his first weekly series assignment, playing the title character in the cop drama Delvecchio (1976-77). From 1978 to 1982, he was seen as Alex Reiger in the popular ensemble comedy Taxi, earning two Emmys in the process. While occupied with Taxi, Hirsch received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the drama film Ordinary People (1980). In the following decade, he was honored with two Tony Awards for the Broadway efforts I’m Not Rappaport and Conversations with My Father. His post- Taxi TV series roles include Press Wyman in Detective in the House (1985) and his Golden Globe winning turn as John Lacey in Dear John (1988-92). Judd Hirsch could also be seen playing Jeff Goldblum’s father in the movie blockbuster Independence Day (1996). In 2001, Hirsch costarred with Paul Bettany and Christopher Plummer in the multi-award winning biopic A Beautiful Mind. The actor once again found success on the television screen in CBS’ drama Numb3rs, in which he took on the role of Alan Eppes. After appearing on all four seasons of Numb3rs, Hirsch took a small role in director Brett Ratner’s crime comedy Tower Heist (2001)”. He was last seen in the CBS series Superior Donuts and recently starred in the feature Uncut Gems opposite Adam Sandler which has been accepted to the Toronto Film Festival and Telluride. His upcoming credits include the new FX series Gone Hollywood starring as Lev Kertzman. As well as portraying the role of Simon Wiesenthal in the the Amazon series The Hunt opposite Al Pacino.

About the Performer

Maria Dizzia recently concluded a nationwide tour of Heidi Schreck's acclaimed play What the Constitution Means to Me. She appeared in the 2019 Academy Award winning short The Neighbors' Window directed by Marshall Curry where she also earned the Best Actress Award at the Short Shorts Festival. Maria recently wrapped filming an episode of Modern Love for Amazon Studios.
Maria portrayed Polly on three seasons of Orange is the New Black and can also be seen on ABC’s Emergence. Other film and television credits include: The Outside Story, The Deuce, The Newsroom, Red Oaks, While We’re Young, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Margin Call, Horace and Pete, Royal Pains, The Good Wife, Master of None, Louie, Fringe, Law & Order, 13 Reasons Why. Upcoming: The Undoing on HBO. She made her directorial debut with the Amios Theater Company production of The Loneliest Number (2018 NY Innovative Theater nomination).Other Theatre: If I Forget, The Layover, Belleville (2013 Drama Desk Nomination), Uncle Vanya, In the Next Room (2010 Tony Award nomination); Eurydice and more.

About the Performer

Broadway: Electra, Having Our Say, So Long on Lonely Street. Off-Broadway: Passages (SoHo Rep) , The First Noel, Brownsville Song, Cell, Rosmersholm, For Colored Girls (25th Anniversary), Gum, Ma Rose and Salt. Regional: Richard III (The Shakespeare Theatre), My Lord What A Night (CATF), Pride and Prejudice (Rep. Theater of St. Louis), The Tempest (Old Globe), Skeleton Crew (Trinity Rep), A Raisin in the Sun (Arena Stage), The Good Peaches (Cleveland Play House), The House That Will Not Stand (Yale Repertory, Berkeley Repertory, Victory Gardens), Dead and Breathing (CATF, National Black Theater UK premiere), A Trip to Bountiful (Cincinnati Playhouse, Roundhouse Theater). Film/TV: Detroit, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Deadbeat, We’ll Never Have Paris, Golden Boy, John Adams, The Good Wife, The Human Stain, The Preacher’s Wife, Sesame Street, and The Wire. Lizan's awards include a Black Theatre Alliance Award for Best Actress, a Helen Hayes Award for Best Actress, an Audelco Award for Best Actress, and a Drama Desk and an Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination.

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