Redbud Productions presents NICE GIRL by Melissa Ross





Redbud Productions presents NICE GIRL by Melissa Ross

The Midwest Premiere of The New Off-Broadway Comedy/Drama

  • $25 Front row cafe tables with seating for 2-3. Priced per seat.
  • $20 General Admission
  • $15 Student


  • Melissa Ross, playwright
  • Loretta Grimes, director
  • Nate Brassfield
  • Kim Brown
  • Isacc Ellis
  • Lisa Coveney
  • Lenore Ferber

Event Details

Choose from 3 performance times!

Play Synopsis
Redbud Productions celebrates its 19th year with the 2015 critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway play Nice Girl, a tender comedy/ drama about discovering who you are and letting go of who you were ‘supposed’ to be.

 “A wonderfully warm play about women and love, playwright Melissa Ross’ gentle, old-fashioned heart-tugger casts an insistent spell.” – NY Daily News.

In 1984 suburban Massachusetts, Josephine Rosen (Kim Brown) has a dead-end job, lives with her mother (Lenore Ferber), and has settled into the uncomfortable comfort of an unintended spinsterhood. “This isn’t the life I thought I’d be living,” Jo tells her mom. “I’m a spinster who lives at home with her mother! I had a scholarship to Radcliffe and I’m a secretary!”

But a new, uninhibited friend at work (Lisa Coveney) and a chance flirtation with the local butcher (Nate Brassfield) give her hope for change and maybe even romance.

Josephine gathers her courage, dusts off the Jane Fonda tapes, and begins tentative steps towards a new life.

“A slice of middle-class life with unpatronizing honesty and simplicity” —NY Times “With a dark, sardonic wit, Ross’s Nice Girl is a deceptively simple story that packs an emotional wallop through thoughtfully drawn characters and the ache of human frailty.” Exeunt Magazine

About Redbud Productions

Redbud Productions began in 1999. In addition to full scale productions, the organization also offers acting classes for both adults and teens (high school and older), based on the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner, providing opportunities to learn and grow in the world of theater--whether they be experienced thespians or first-time actors, directors or backstage technicians. For more information on productions or classes, please contact Redbud Productions at 734-663-7167, or email 

Melissa Ross

Plays by Melissa Ross include Thinner Than Water, You Are Here, Do Something Pretty, The Allies, Of Good Stock, and An Entomologist’s Love Story. Thinner Than Water and Nice Girl were both originally produced by Labyrinth Theater Company. Thinner Than Water is included in the anthology New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2011. Melissa is currently working on commissions from South Coast Repertory and Manhattan Theater Club and is a graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Program at The Juilliard School, a two-time winner of the Le Comte de Nouy Prize, and is a proud member of both the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages and Labyrinth Theater Company.

Loretta Grimes

Director Loretta Grimes trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and has been teaching acting to area teens and adults for years, based on the methods of Sanford Meisner. She most recently directed Prodigal Son, Good People, Assisted Living, Other Desert Cities, 4000 Miles, The Great God Pan; Circle Mirror Transformation and A Small Fire – all at Kerrytown Concert House; and has won acclaim for her performances in Redbud Productions’ Luna Gale, August: Osage County; Rabbit Hole and as Vivian Bearing, the cancer patient in Wit. She has directed and performed in many other Redbud plays and has won several awards from The Ann Arbor News and Current Entertainment Monthly for her efforts as both actress and director.

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