With a panoply of characters ranging from the most powerful woman in television to a 92 year-old Hollywood domestic to a hilariously touching seven-and-a-half year old addicted to sugar, Downloaded -and in denial lays bare the lunacy of modern American life in a zany romp through dysfunction, spin-doctoring and socio-political fads. Among the off-the-wall ideas: a virtual, "more human" TV anchorperson, advice to elevator and postal persons on how to "spin" their way out of legal trouble, a scathing embodiment of the "barbie-fication" of the world, and a bitter justification for the global marketing of modified cockroach genes. Downloaded - and in denial is a tongue-in-cheek exploration of modern America.
The show's satire is colored by its author's perspective on the world as a committed environmental activist, having worked closely with Robert Kennedy Jr., The Riverkeeper, and serving as co-chair of the Environment Committee for the Creative Coalition. Cynthia Adler: One of the top voice-over actresses in America, she has been heard in cartoons, narrations, commercials (Revlon, Mercedes Benz, Estee Lauder) and foreign movies. She has dubbed leading roles in films such as Lina Wertmueller's Swept Away and Seven Beauties and Bernardo Bertolucci's 1900, and she was the voice of Catherine Deneuve in Le Metro. Adler is one of the top narrators of documentaries and promos for HBO, Lifetime, Court TV, PBS, and has been the voice of many Hanna Barbera cartoon characters and most of the female characters in the animated feature Fantastic Planet.
Trained by Jim Henson and Frank OZ, she created many voices and characters for The Muppet Show. Robert Kalfin: Founder of New York's award-winning Chelsea Theater Center, Mr. Kalfin has directed plays on Broadway, off-Broadway, on television, in American and Canadian regional theaters, in Europe, the Middle East and as far abroad as Siberia. Under his artistic leadership, such Chelsea productions as Slaveship, Saved, AC/DC, Genet's The Screens, Allen Ginsburg's Kaddish, The Beggars' Opera, Polly, Vanities, and The Contractor introduced major new works to theater audiences. The book, "Chelsea on the Edge" by Davi Napolean details Mr. Kalfin's contribution to the American theater scene. Mr. Kalfin's productions on Broadway include Strider, Happy End [with Meryl Streep and Christopher Lloyd], the original production of Yentl [starring Tovah Feldshuh], Truly Blessed - [A Celebration of Mahalia Jackson], and as Chelsea Co-Producer of Harold Prince's Candide. He also staged productions of Rashomon and The Mistress of the Inn for The Roundabout Theatre Company.
Under Mr. Kalfin's artistic direction, works produced by the Chelsea Theater Center have received 5 Tony Awards and 4 Tony Nominations; 21 off-Broadway Obie Awards; 2 Drama Desk Nominations, and a host of other prestigious awards and nominations.