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Wrong Window opened May 23, 2008, at the Brookdale College performing Arts Center, Lincroft, NJ, under the direction of Mark Fleming. 

Billy Van Zandt and writing partner Jane Milmore are two of the most often-produced playwrights in the world. “These two people are a riot!” – New York Times.

Billy and Jane met at a high school drama competition in their home state of New Jersey. They have written and starred in 25 plays, including the international hit comedy You’ve Got Hate Mail; off-Broadway’s tribute to slapstick comedy Silent Laughter; cult favorite Drop Dead; the Marx Bros. musical A Night at the Nutcracker; and the summer stock perennial Love Sex, and the I.R.S. Billy’s solo play The Property Known as Garland, starring Adrienne Barbeau, broke house records at off-Broadway’s Actors Playhouse.

Their plays have been produced in thousands of theaters worldwide, including two productions directed by Oscar-winner Olympia Dukakis (“Billy and Jane are funny, outrageous, off-the-charts writer/performers!”), and one by film legend Burt Reynolds. All plays are published by the Samuel French imprint of Concord Theatricals, and translated into multiple languages around the globe. You’ve Got Hate Mail (which won Mexico’s New Best Play) continues to be an ongoing international hit, currently playing in Poland, Hungary, Germany and Slovenia. Love, Sex, and the I.R.S. and Suitehearts are still running in Warsaw after five years and recently opened in Russia; Having a Wonderful Time Wish You Were Her is running in Romania and Greece; Wrong Window in New Zealand and Turkey; and The Property Known as Garland ran three years in Warsaw with Polish icon Hanna Sleszynska.

For television, these award-winning writers have produced over three hundred hours of comedy, including: Newhart; Martin, which won them a People’s Choice Award and two NAACP Image Awards; The Hughleys; Suddenly Susan with Brooke Shields; Daddy Dearest with Don Rickles and Richard Lewis; Anything But Love with Jamie Lee Curtis; Bless This House with Andrew Dice Clay and Cathy Moriarty; The Wayans Bros.; Yes, Dear; Center of the Universe with John Goodman and Jean Smart; and I Love Lucy: The Very First Show, which won them an Emmy nomination.

On the big screen, Billy made his movie acting debut in Jaws 2 and appeared in Taps with Tom Cruise and Sean Penn; Star Trek: the Motion Picture; and A Wake in Providence written by Billy and Jane, which won the Audience Award at both the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and the Boston Film Festival.

His hilarious new book Get in the Car, Jane (Adventures in the Television Wasteland) is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. When the world goes back to whatever the new normal is, Billy will return to touring the country in the hilarious 25th Van Zandt/Milmore play The Boomer Boys Musical. Visit him at www.vanzandtmilmore.com.

Jane Milmore began her career as an actress. After starring in several national TV commercials, she appeared in the TV shows Anything But Love and Sydney, as well as guest-starring on Bless This House, Newhart, Martin, The Hughleys, and The Wayans Bros. Jane also appeared in the television movies If Things Were Different, Desperate Lives, A Cry for Love, and the film A Wake in Providence. 

Jane began her writing collaboration with Billy with the 1979 play Love, Sex, and the I.R.S. Jane created and developed television series for Brooke Shields, Martin Lawrence, Don Rickles, Richard Lewis, Jamie Lee Curtis, DL Hughley, Jean Smart, John Goodman, Olympia Dukakis, Richard Mulligan, Penny Marshall, David Krumholtz, Valerie Bertinelli, Andrew Dice Clay, Cathy Moriarty, and The Wayans Bros. Jane, the oldest of five girls, was born in Laramie, Wyoming and raised in New York and New Jersey. She was a graduate of Keansburg High School. Her sister Maureen is Vice President of Production for the CW Plus. Her sister Kathy is the romance novelist Kaitlyn O’Riley. Her sister Janet works for the School of Rock. Her sister Jennifer is an actress. Jane made her home in Beverly Hills and Rumson.