Women of Manhattan

by John Patrick Shanley


This play is about friendship and solving problems. For that reason I think it would be best to do it in a spirit of simplicity and warmth.  Let the scenery look like scenery. Let the acting come from a place of humanity, and not be a feat of technique. Please don't be mean, arch or slick. Please do be loving, natural, vulnerable, and a little rough around the edges.


Martha Gehman 


Ms. Gehman grew up in New York City,  daughter of actress Estelle Parsons. She holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College. In her early 20s she became a young member of the Actor's Studio during an extraordinary time in its history,  immersing herself in the art and craft of acting under Lee Strasberg, Arthur Penn,Ellen Burstyn ,  Ann Jackson , Vivian Nathan and Sandra Seacat. As an actress she's worked at Manhattan Theatre Club (Michael Blakemore dir./The Day Room),The Public Theater (NYSF) Romeo and Juliet / dir. Estelle Parsons, Cinders dir . John Madden, Circle Rep, Love Diatribe/ Harry Kondolian and  numerous other off Broadway theaters. The Royal George  in Chicago/I Hate Hamlet dir. Christopher Ashley, and the National tour of The Best Little  Whorehouse in Texas directed by Peter Masterson and Tommy Tune. Directing credits include The Magic Theater in San Francisco ,( Back When, Back Then by Raymond J. Barry), also at Stark Raving Theater in Portland, and Theater for the New City, NYC. The Met Theater, Los Angeles. Written and performed two one person shows: Fringe Festivals: Seattle , NYC, Los Angeles. Film/TV/Resume/Reviews:  www.marthagehman.com Teacher/ Acting Coach 20 years. Clients include Lead actors on: Grace and Frankie, I robot, Justified,Gotham, Chicago Fire, Chicago Justice, The Family,Satisfaction , American Gothic, Imposters, to name a few.

Ashley Khakshouri


Ashley Khakshouri is an LA native who graduated from UCLA with majors in English, French and Theater. She has also studied Baron/Brown Studio’s two-year Meisner program and the Alexander Technique with mentor, Michael D. Frederick. As a part of The Broadway Theatre Group, she is passionate about fulfilling her grandfather’s vision of restoring Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles to its historical glory as the city center of entertainment, art and culture. Ashley is determined to revive Broadway’s theaters for the enjoyment of the community and future generations. She will be producing John Patrick Shanley’s Women of Manhattan.