'Rugrats' Writer's Stage Show 'Not That Jewish' Sets New York Premiere (Exclusive)

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Monica Piper's solo show will begin its off-Broadway run in October, following a 16-month run in Santa Monica.

What does it mean to be Not That Jewish?

Monica Piper’s solo stage show will make its New York premiere. Previews begin Oct. 6 ahead of its Oct. 23 opening at New World Stages. The off-Broadway run will continue through January 2017.

Written and performed by the Emmy Award-winning showrunner of Nickelodeon’s Rugrats, Not That Jewish is described as “the autobiographical telling of a Jew…’ish’ girl’s life,” from growing up in a showbiz family in the Bronx and making her comedy club debut to attending a WASP wedding and navigating an “almost” night with Mickey Mantle.

“Audiences can expect to leave laughed-out, a little teary-eyed and happy to be Jewish — even those who aren’t,” Piper tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It is the culmination of where the years have taken me as a comic, a writer, an actor, a mother, a Jew and a human being.”

Piper began her career studying improv with Second City in Chicago, and performed with “Sons of the Sunset” and “Papaya Juice” in San Francisco before going solo as a standup comedian. She went on to write for Roseanne, Mad About You and Veronica’s Closet, and became the showrunner of Rugrats, for which she won an Emmy.

The comedian’s 80-minute show was originally commissioned by the Jewish Women’s Theatre in Santa Monica, where it premiered in their performance and art space, The Braid, in November 2014 and played for 16 months. It is directed by Mark Waldrop and presented by Michael Alden Productions.