New Play to Expose Truths of Layoffs

The beautiful Act II Playhouse in Ambler will open its doors to Leslie Mayer and Howard Rice’s world-premiere, poignant stage creation, JOBBED, with a private performance on June 25 and a free matinee, open to the public, on June 26.

Audiences will experience the raw emotion of a man, his family, and his friends as they find not only their jobs but their very identities at risk. A transition counselor, whose job is to assist recently laid- off individuals, helps management understand that, while common feelings arise when people lose their jobs, each one has a personal story.   She is deeply moved by the honesty, profound courage and resiliency of those directly and indirectly affected.

“This production is based on the real stories of hundreds of people who have lost their jobs,” said Leslie Mayer, President of Mayer Leadership Group and songwriter/ lyricist/producer of JOBBED. “My hope is that audiences will see themselves in these characters and become more aware of the psychological and human toll that is exacted when individuals find their very identities at risk.”

JOBBED is under the direction of Ben Smallen, who holds a Masters in Theatre from Villanova University.  Melissa Zimmerman, General Manager of Act II Playhouse, is acting as co-producer with Mayer.

With a cast of eight local performers and a score directed by Barrymore-winning musical director Eric Ebbenga, JOBBED not only produces an uncommon emotional reaction from audiences, but presents an original, rare musical experience written by Mayer, Philadelphia’s own talent.  .

“We are thrilled to have found such a gifted cast and crew from the Philadelphia region,” said Howard Rice, Temple University professor, former partner of Kalish & Rice Advertising and scriptwriter of JOBBED. “Having hometown talent makes this experience all the more extraordinary.”

Mayer and Rice also “hope to stimulate interest in this wonderful community theatre residing in the heart of Ambler.”

JOBBED premieres to a private audience at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 25. The final performance will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 and is open to the public, free of charge. Seating is limited and by reservation only.  For more information, please visit