“Mandela!” Lands Off-Bdwy – Final Perf Aug 28)

The critically acclaimed play “Mandela!” lands off Broadway.
Now playing Saturdays at 4:30 PM.
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What promises to be the #1 Off Broadway play this year is full of scenes with music, laughter, dance and thought-provoking moments. It unveils the gripping untold story of Nelson Mandela in a world changed forever by apartheid. Confrontational, uncompromising and fearless in their pursuit for freedom of oppression, Mandela, Winnie and The ANC fight against enormous odds, all the while maintaining their dignity and compassion. With all its depth, the creativity of “Mandela!” gives such a profoundly unforgettable experience that pleasantly surprises the audience, making them want to see more. With all of its layers, “Mandela!” manages to fluidly enact how the U.S and South Africa mirrored each other with how protesting blacks suffered similar social injustices while fighting against oppression.

“Mandela!” is not your typical revolutionary type of performance. This performance is highly entertaining, while brilliantly and tastefully performing the depiction of sensitive subjects . If you’re ready to laugh, cry and enjoy moments of celebration then come experience the unforgettable performance of “Mandela!”

“Run, don’t walk to get tickets to see “Mandela!” The actors deliver an award-worthy performance. Audiences leave empowered and uplifted!! I’m glad saw this before it hits Broadway!! A masterful interpretation of one of the greatest leaders of our time..for All Time!!” – Cheryl Wills, Anchorwoman, NY1


Mandela Cast Members:

The East Harlem Repertory Theater
Starring Robert Greene as Nelson Mandela (Also starring) Nadijah A.K., Thaddeus Birkett, James Garrett, Lamine Thiam, John Shortt, Ivan Goris, Keith Wright, Tyler McCall, La-La McGriff

Mandela Creative Team

Authors: Yolanda Brooks and John Ruiz Miranda
Director: John Ruiz Miranda
Producer: Yolanda Brooks Productions
Sound and Lighting Tech: Patricio Pereira
Voice Overs: John Ruiz Miranda
Lighting Design: John Ruiz Miranda
Visual Design & Special Effects: John Ruiz Miranda & Patricio Pereira
Video Design Programmer: Patricio Pereira
Backstage Manager: Melanie Ruiz
Stylist/Make-up: Lala McGriff


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blank guns are used in this production.

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“The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+” (Now Playing)

Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ Tickets Off BroadwayA modern inclusive spin on Oscar Wilde’s classic tale, The Importance of Being Earnest, re-imagined with LGBTQ+ representation.

John “Jack” Worthing loves NYC and Gwyn Fairfax, and he can have both when he assumes the name of his made-up brother, Ernest. When Agernon, “Algy” (John’s best friend) falls in love with Cecil (John’s ward), he too decides to take on the name of Ernest. With John pursuing one man and Algy pursuing another, Lady Bracknell (who happens to be Gwyn’s mother) slowly unravels the odd strings of potential matchmaking. Of course, with two men and one name they share, what follows is a mess of imaginary identities, good natured gossip, and ridiculous romance. The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+ brings Oscar Wilde’s “trivial comedy for serious people ” to contemporary times with new laughter, color and heart.

“I’m proud to create a world where coming out is never a thing, allowing our heroes to be unapologetically themselves. We will root for each one of them in our own way as we identify their fallible struggles and triumphs as everyone’s allowed to be complete human beings in love.” –Maarten Cornelis

Original February 14th, 1895 Review from Opening Night –
“The Importance of being Earnest, belongs indubitably to the first class. It is delightful to see it, it sends wave after wave of laughter curling and foaming round the theatre…”

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The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+

Jul 12, 2021 | Theater

Review By Michael Tingley

While flipping through the program before the show, I stumbled on two quotes that would capture the beauty of this adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest. The first is from Producer/Director/Lighting Designer Maarten Cornelis, “What if members of the LGBTQ+ community never had to step out of the closet because we never had to be in it in the first place?” The other is from Michael Morley’s bio — who plays the bubbly and wonderfully petulant Cecil Cardew — “Michael Morley is thrilled to make Oscar Wilde even more gay!”

Wilde, as we all know, was born too early, we’re still catching up to him. Morley reminds us that in Earnest, Wilde held himself back to fit the milieu. Cornelis wants to imagine Wilde freed from his time and goes beyond adaptation; Earnestly LGBTQ+ more than places the Victorian Earnest into the present, more than swaps paisley for Pride parades, opium dens for trap-houses, Victoria for Biden, and buttonholed green carnations for mesh tops and death drops. Instead, Earnestly LGBTQ+ imagines if Wilde, equal parts wit and iconoclast, wrote today — what would it be like? It asks, and it answers, fabulously. Let me explain.

First, all the relationships in the play are LGBTQ+. It is not such a simple change as one might expect as the actors are acutely aware. By making Earnest “even more gay” the show reveals how “gay” it was in the first place. The actors have found that the dialogue subtly changes when the relationship is queered, and the players emphasize these nuances wonderfully. Next, no one walks in this show, there’s only strutting (the stomping tantrums of Cecil Cardew being the exception). Lady Bracknell, played by Denise Turkan — think Eastern European/Turkish Devil Wears Prada Meryl Streep — has become Cerberus-like, splitting lines with her two tremendous…assistants? Lovers? It’s unclear but it’s clearly hilarious. J. Mahal and Lyman Heung sass, bend, and seduce their way around the stage.

Playing Miss Prism is the confident and dynamic Lauren E. King. The love affair between Prism and Dr. Chasuble, played by Marie Angelo, is moving in a play that ridicules moving emotions — or any movement at all (“It is awfully hard work doing nothing”). The cynical, if not positively pessimistic, Lane finds multiple facets when played by Alison Wien. The added scene where Mahal and Heung change Lane into Merriman, Jack Worthing’s butler in the country, gives the butlers a sexuality often ignored in other productions.

But if we’re speaking of seduction — and really one can’t avoid it when talking about this show — Kenon Veno is unsurpassed. He plays by far the most dynamic, attractive, (adjectives don’t do the performance justice) Gwyn I have ever had the fortune to watch. The charged scenes between Veno and Preston Fox, as John Worthing, and Michael Morley, Cecil Cardew, should not be missed. Always a favorite of mine, the scene between Cardew and Gwyn in the country garden is the best rendition I’ve seen. Morley and Veno are exceptional together, sharing an energy and play only possible to achieve by actors who love their roles and fit them.

Finally, the outrageous best friends turned brothers, John Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, played by Preston Fox and Clint Blakely, interrogate, rouse, and trick each other. In most productions, Jack Worthing is an uptight Victorian wrestling with his desires. The Jack in Earnestly LGBTQ+ has to be all that in lace shirts with bleached hair. Fox pulls it all off though, and still manages to be an exceptionally engaging partner for Blakely’s Algernon, a character famous for his desire to eat everything – including the play. Blakely plays this voracious part exceptionally well, delivering some of Wilde’s most memorable lines with grace and humor.

Earlier I mentioned Cornelis was Producer/Director/Lighting Designer, each of these roles is as important as the last in this show. The lighting is playful, neon, romantic. The actors have fun competing for their best light. Earnestly LGBTQ+ is a romp, a delight, and an imaginative liberation of Wilde’s most loved work.

Produced by Write Act Repertory and Gatehouse Entertainment at The Actors Temple, 339 West 47 St., NYC

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“Wackiness abounds as Wilde’s classic is updated to present day NYC with same-sex couples, a Grindr reference, fashionistas and nightclub-style dances.” The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+ is a theatrical alternative romp.
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The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+ Cast Members:

Preston Fox (John / Earnest), Clint Blakely (Algy), Kenon Veno (Gwen), Michael Morley (Cecil), Denise Turkan (Lady Bracknell), and Lauren E King (Miss Prism), Marie Anello (Dr. Chasuble), Samantha Randolph (Merriman / Lane), with J. Mahal (Dancer 1) and Lyman Heung (Dancer 2)

The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+ Creative Team

Author: Oscar Wilde
Director: Maarten Cornelis
Choreographer: J. Mahal and Lyman Heung
Producer: John Lant and Maarten Cornelis in association with Write Act Repertory and Gatehouse Entertainment
Press Agent: Daniel DeMello

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Maria Caruso’s greatest solo creations “Metamorphosis” (Now Playing)

And as in the line from Milton’s ode The Hymn: “The stars with deep amaze, stand fix’d in steadfast gaze,” Caruso’s dancing appeared to transfix the heavens and the sold-out audience.”
Metamorphosis at Actor’s Temple Theatre

Hailed as one of Maria Caruso’s greatest solo creations to date, Metamorphosis, has been performed across the globe since its premiere at Israel’s Karmiel Dance Festival in 2018. A dance theatre work, heavily influenced by the artist’s ballet and modern vocabularies, the audience is immersed in the emotion of the creator’s true story and selfless expression on the stage.

The evening length performance took root after Caruso’s extensive work with the Martha Graham Contemporary Dance Company and the artistic evolution resulting from her performances of Martha Graham’s iconic solo Lamentation. Hungry to create an expansive work for the world’s stage that showcased the culmination of her over 20-year career as a classically trained ballet and contemporary dancer, Metamorphosis was born.

The work is a spiritual and emotional journey through life’s many transitions, and it is based on Caruso’s own experiences but broadened to be more universal. Throughout the performance the audience is immersed in Caruso’s drastic emotional shifts as she uses a series of costume changes into differently-colored dresses as a metaphor for turning points in her character’s journey.

“Embracing the gravity of the moment, Caruso unleashed in her solo a passionate portrayal of a woman knowledged in the heartaches and joys of life that was bursting with her anxieties, sadness, soaring giddiness and breathless embracing of love and desire.” – Steve Sucato

“…rage, sadness, sensuality. Caruso conveys these feelings with her entire body, which extends and contorts in ways that would leave us mere mortals breathless if we tried.” – Zachary Stewart (TheaterMania)

“At the last moment, Maria Angelica Caruso walks through the center aisle, striding past the fabrics tossed to the ground. Not only has she conquered the memory of a dancer’s past, she has also brought the audience through every step.”- Marcina Zaccaria (Theater Pizzazz)

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“Housewives of Secaucus: What a Drag!” (Now Playing)

“The Housewives of Secaucus: What a Drag!” Is now playing Fridays at 9:30 pm and Saturdays at 8 pm. Contact Telecharge to purchase Tickets

 The Housewives of Secaucus: What a Drag! is a dragulous new interactive musical comedy. The Housewives of Secaucus: What a Drag! spoofs those popular housewife shows you love to hate. Hold onto your wigs, because five queens of the Garden State are about to ‘werk-it’ at the annual Mad Hatters Brunch – competing for ‘Best Hat,’ ‘Woman of the Yearm’ and even mayor of ‘Beautiful’ Secaucus, New Jersey. Who will be unfriended? Who’s having an affair with who? Could the competition be… dun dun dun… rigged? Queens are spilling tea everywhere at this interactive extravaganza!

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Cast Members:

Cammerron Baits
Jacob P.S. Lemmenes

Ryan Stutz
Philip McLeod

Sam Brackley
Korey Harlow
Joshua Oates

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Author: Anthony Wilkinson
Director: Hank Kiraly
Social Media: Alex Carter Van Pelt


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The FunikiJam Show: Totally Awesome Summer (Now Playing)

Last year, FunikiJam was touring the world and starring in their own TV show in China. Now, they are helping families say “Goodbye, Lockdown” and “Hello, Off Broadway” when The FunkiJam Show: Totally Awesome Summer opens at Actors Temple Theatre.

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”What happens when Agent Melody thinks she is going to have a Totally Boring Summer? Grab your passport, fanny pack and neon maracas because Captain Jam is launching a one-of-a-kind musical vacation around the world and back in time! He’ll take her – and you – to totally awesome destinations like: the Beach, the Islands, Australia, and even the 1980’s! But he can’t do it alone. That’s why he and the Agents of Jam (a highly trained team of elite experts in music, movement, and cool) are training the audience as “new recruits” to help with the Special 3-Part Mission: to have FUN, to JAM, and to celebrate summer about the WORLD! You, too, will be “feeling fine when you Jam-along” with this original musical that blends engaging action, energizing music, colorful film, and interactive theatre into a joyful journey the whole family can enjoy.”

“A tuneful trip around the world” – (The NY Times).

“Fun for families, not just kids” – (Mommy Nearest).

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Cast of International Artists features:

Brian Barrentine as Captain Jam

Andrea Galata (Italy)

Shawday Graves (United States)

Andre He-Cohen (China)

Shiho Matsuoka (Japan)

Sarah Rose (United States)

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Creative Team

Playwright and Composer: Brian Barrentine (The FunikiJam Shows)
Consulting Director: Rosemary Newcott
(Director of Theater for Youth and Families, Alliance Theater)
Music Producer: Joe Mazza (The FunikiJam Shows)
Producer: Maarten Cornelis (Gatehouse Entertainment)
Video Production: David Moriya (Strong Asian Lead)

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CLOSED (11-16-14) “FLAK HOUSE: The musical” OPENed October 21, 2014

FLAK HOUSE: The musical, PENNED BY WWII VET, SET TO OPEN OFF-BROADWAY October 2014

Limited Engagement October 21 through November 16, 2014

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Actors Temple Theatre and the premiere of a new musical by Robert L. Hecker (HONESTLY ABE).

FLAK HOUSE ( the musical)  tells the story of the heroic young men who fought World War II in the air high over Hitler’s Germany and the women who nursed their combat fatigue, helping them to be able to fly again after a week’s stay in a flak house. With original music reminiscent of the 40’s as well as great dancing of the era–and a love story that could only take place in war-time.

Starring a cast of new faces, Amar Benkhoukha, Nancy Ellen Reinstein, Sean Bennett Geoghan, Travis James, Jeremiah Stanfield, Jordan Sangalang, Victor Albaum, Stefanie Londino and Hallie Wage, playing American WWII bomber crewmen, Red Cross volunteers and a beautiful English psychiatrist.

  • Book, music and lyrics to FLAK HOUSE: written by Robert L. Hecker, who fought in WWII as a Lt. Colonel.
  • Directed and choreographed by Ashley Wren Collins.
  • Musical Direction by Kevin Necciai, Orchestrations by Assaf Gleizner
  • Costume Design by Caprice Esser
  • Managing Producer – Sherri Kotimsky.

Robert L. Hecker (Writer/Lyricist/Composer) is a decorated Lt. Col USAF (Ret) veteran of WWII. His writing awards include: San Francisco Film Festival’s Golden Gate Award, Atlanta Film Festival’s Gold Award, five Information Film Producer of America “Cindy’ Awards and four United States “Cine” awards. He also has had fourteen novels published and five stage plays produced. His HONESTLY ABE is a long-running Off-Broadway musical. Robert is a graduate of the Pasadena Playhouse and Westlake College of Music, a member of the Dramatists Guild, WGA, Mystery Writers of America and the Alliance of LA Playwrights.

 Ashley Wren Collins (Director, Choreographer) is a New York City-based producer, director, choreographer, actor and writer. Collins produced and acted in the feature film, Chasing Taste, “Best Comedy” winner of the 2013 Burbank International Film Festival and the 2014 Manhattan Film Festival. She is the choreographer of Robert L. Hecker’s musical Honestly Abe. She starred opposite Malcolm McDowell in Pound of Flesh on Showtime and co-created, produced, choreographed and starred in the award-winning web series turned musical, Mother Eve’s Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood, for which she won “Outstanding Leading Actress.”

(CLOSED) FLACK HOUSE, THE MUSICAL played a Limited Engagement  from October 21 through November 16.

Schedule: FLAK HOUSE played Tuesdays at 8 pm, Wednesdays at 2 pm and 8 pm, and Sundays at 7:30 pm.

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CLOSED: Layon Gray’s “THE GIRLS OF SUMMER” Opened April 9th, 2014 at Actors Temple Theatre

(CLOSED June 21, 2014)

Layon Gray’s “THE GIRLS OF SUMMER ‘, winner 2006 NAACP Award for Best Play and 2011 National Black Theatre Festival Mainstage Selection, returns to New York April 2014!

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   WINNER 2006 NAACP AWARD FOR  BEST PLAY

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  2011 National Black Theatre Festival Mainstage Selection

 “In 1945 Chicago, a group of Negro women are assembled to play an exhibition game against the all white reigning champions Rockford Peaches. Two weeks into the training the coach of the All-Negro female baseball team is found dead. Racism, deceit, betrayal are brought to light as this powerful drama unveils the hidden story beneath the surface.” Written and directed by Layon Gray, writer of the Off-Broadway hit play “Black Angels Over Tuskegee”, THE GIRLS OF SUMMER is produced by The Layon Gray Experience, LLC opens at the Actors Temple Theatre.

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THE GIRLS OF SUMMER opens April 9th through May 28, 2014 , playing Wednesdays at 8PM.

In the Cast :  Steve Quimby, Yanil Molina, Chantal Maurice, Shahla Khanna, Stephanie Williams, Lamar K. Cheston, Teniece Divya Johnson, Ann Flanigan, Camille St. James, Massiel Armengot, Craig Colasanti, Danea Robinson and Yohanna Florentino.
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Officical Website: www.TheGirlsOfSummer.org

CLOSED: Girls Night: The Musical is back in NYC! Opens Feb 13th

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“Girls Night: The Musical” has been thrilling audiences and earning raves from critics throughout North America since it began touring after its sensational Off-Broadway debut.

This touching and hilarious ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ musical takes audiences on a journey into the lives of a group of female friends.

Audience members can’t help but laugh, cry and even sing and dance in the aisles to some the most popular hit songs of the 80s and 90s!

Follow five friends as they re-live their past, celebrate their present, and look to the future on a wild and hilarious night out … and you’ll recognize a bit of yourselves in each one of them!

Described as “Desperate Housewives meets Mamma Mia” (Applause Magazine) and “As funny and outrageous as Sex & the City!” (The Advocate). “Girls Night” is packed with hits “Lady Marmalade,” “It’s Raining Men,” “Man I Feel Like A Woman,” “I Will Survive,” “We are Family” and many more!


More Past Shows (10) from Actors Temple Theatre (2006 to 2011)

“The Big Voice: God or Merman”  2006-07  (Closed May 13, 2007)

Producers Murphy Cross, Paul Kreppel and Edmund Gaynes premiered the new musical The Big Voice: God or Merman — which began performances Nov. 25, 2006 at The Actors Temple Theatre — with co-stars and co-creators Jim Brochu and Steve Schalchlin. The Big Voice: God or Merman? played its final performance May 13, 2007 at The Actors Temple Theatre after  125 performances.
“There’s no business like show business–especially for two guys who meet in the Bermuda Triangle, fall in love, work in the theater…and live to tell about it! This high-energy, razzle-dazzle show chronicles the lives of a Baptist from Arkansas and a Catholic from Brooklyn who find eternal salvation in the temple of musical theatre.”

Neva Small: Not Quite an Ingenue” (Closed Sept. 30, 2007)

Broadway and film actress Neva Small (“Chava” in the film version of “Fiddler on the Roof”) starred in a musical show that whimsically traced the highlights of her life and career, offering some comfortable memories and more than a few surprises. 

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A devoted wife and mother, Neva shares the challenges and rewards of balancing a life in music with real life. The result is an entertainment that offers some comfortable memories and more than a few surprises, all delivered with the intimacy and joy of a seasoned performer. Musical Direction by Don Rebic Special Material by Jay Kerr Directed by Pamela Hall. It played Actors Temple Theatre from August 16, 2007 through September 30, 2007 .

The J.A.P Show ( Closed Oct. 15, 2007)

The J.A.P. Show, Jewish American Princesses of Comedy , starred Cory Kahaney, Jackie Hoffman, Cathy Ladman and Jessica Kirson  at the Actors Temple Theatre. It premiered April 4, 2007  and CLOSED on October 15, 2007.
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About the show:  These four brassy and ballsy female comics give nachus to their female predecessors, demonstrating through their own zany stories and stand-up why the Jewish female comics of yore are treasured pioneers. Written by Kahaney and directed by Dan Fields, The J.A.P. Show includes vintage film and video clips of the original queens of comedy.
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BABALU-CY: The Art of Desi Arnaz” [Closed Nov. 16, 2008]

BABALU-CY: The Art of Desi Arnaz”- the popular new musical starred Greg Purnhagen as Desi Arnaz, and resumed performances at The Actors Temple Theatre on Saturday, November 1st, 2008 . The musical, subtitled “The Art of Desi Arnaz,” began previews on August 23rd, 2008  and opened official on September 8, 2008. It CLOSED on November 16, 2008.
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Directed and choreographed by Gene Castle,BABALU-CY: The Art of Desi Arnaz” featured Emily Anne Smith as Lucy plus a seven piece Latin band under the direction of Roy Dunlap with musical arrangements by David Cook. [CLOSED]
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Don’t Leave it All to the Children (Nov. 22, 2009)

A new musical comedy revue, “DON’T LEAVE IT ALL TO YOUR CHILDREN!”, written and directed by SAUL ILSON, Musical numbers staged by Rudy Tronto  and starring Barbara Minkus (“Picon Pie”), Marcia Rodd (“The Last of the Red Hot Lovers”), Steve Rossi (of Allen & Rossi) and  Ronnie Schell (Gomer Pyle) made its New York debut on Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 at the Actors Temple Theatre. and closed on November 22, 2009
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  Hebrew School Dropout, Or: How I Converted from Judaism to Catholicism and Back to Judaism AND Lost Those Stubborn Last 10 Pounds! ( Closed June 17, 2010

“Hebrew School Dropout, Or: How I Converted from Judaism to Catholicism and Back to Judaism AND Lost Those Stubborn Last 10 Pounds! “began previews at Actors Temple Theatre on April 24, 2010 and opened officially on May 19, 2010. It closed June 17, 2010
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In April of 2010, Emmy Award winner Dave Konig brought his new show Hebrew School Dropout, …. to the Actors Temple Theatre, a biographical piece that was a journey of faith in which Konig explored being a Jew who doesn’t fit in.
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On Broadway, Konig appeared in Grease. On television, he hosted the late-night HBO comedy series Hardcore TV, wrote, produced, and starred in the talk show parody The Dave Konig Show on USA Network, and won his Emmys for his Konig Underground segments on Metro (NY) TV’s Subway Q & A.

“All American Girls” ( Closed October 28, 2010)

Layon Gray’s  “All American Girls” premiered Off-Broadway at the Actors Temple Theatre on August 29, 2010 at Actors Temple Theatre and CLOSED October 28, 2010 . OB-JS102_baseba_E_20100826112724-335x223
About The Play: “It is about a fictional World War II-era baseball team of young African-American women, the Red Diamonds, assembled for a Chicago exhibition game against a team of white women, the Rockford Peaches.”
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“Zero Hour” 2010-11 (Closed Jan. 9, 2011)

Starting June 12, 2010, Kurt Peterson and Edmund Gaynes, who produced in association with The Peccadillo Theater Company, transferred Jim Brochu’s Zero Hour to the Actors Temple Theater where it continued its Off-Broadway run (Wednesdays at 3 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.) Brochu’s tribute to the late stage legend Zero Mostel premiered Off-Broadway on November 14, 2009 at Theatre at Saint Clement’s, transferred to  DR2 Theatre Feb. 23, 2010 and continued its Off-Broadway run at the Actors Temple Theatre as of June 12, 2010 ( where it played until January 9, 2011).
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“Zero Hour is set in theatre legend Zero Mostel’s painting studio on West 28th Street, a naïve reporter attempts to interview the famously volatile artist, prompting an explosion of memory, humor, outrage and juicy backstage lore. Mostel is remembered for his comedic genius and his definitive roles, but in the 1950′s he was equally known for his place on the infamous Hollywood blacklist. Directed by three time Oscar-nominated film star Piper Laurie, Jim Brochu’s striking portrayal brings all of Mostel’s swagger, ferocity, intelligence and fantastic wit back to the stage in this volcanic tour-de-force.”
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Sam’s Romance ( 2011)

sams-romance-big-150x150Sam’s Romance, a new play by award winning playwright Paul Manual Kane, opened June 5, 2011 at Actors Temple Theatre  and closed July 31, 2011. It was described as “an edgy comedy about connections. He’s Jewish, She’s Black, He’s 50, She’s 20, It’s 1953.

1248728-SamsRomance_CarolRosegg_large.jpg.300x207_q100An edgy comedy about connections. People who make the wrong connection. People who don’t connect no matter how they try. And, people who never connect but go on living with great expectations of connecting. People who make the wrong connection. People who don’t connect no matter how they try. And people who never connect but go on living with great expectations of connecting. The production featured a  set and lighting design by Josh Iacovelli; the cast that included Oni Brown, Lee Anne Hutchison, Ed Kershen, Todd Licea and Neva Small.

“Diary of a Catholic School Dropout” (2010-11) – Closed July 2011

Layon Gray’s “Diary of a Catholic School Drop Out”  Is an Abstract Choreo-play with motown music, dance, poetry, and lost love.
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 It premiered Off-Broadway at Actors Temple Theatre on November 17, 2010 and CLOSED July 2011.
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About the Play: “In two hours, at the age of 23, Alice Williams will be executed for the murder of her father. With little time on her side, she searches her soul for inner peace as her mind wanders back down the road that put her in this current predicament. This “choreoplay” by author/director Layon Gray sets out to memorialize a group of female reform school students.”

CLOSED Oct. 2, 2013: “Siren’s Heart: The Marilyn Monroe Musical”

“Siren’s Heart: : The Marilyn Monroe Musical” by Walt Stepp opened  at Actors Temple Theatre on August 5, 2012 and closed on October 2, 2012 . It was directed by Lissa Moira and starred Louis Bradshaw.

About the play: “Siren’s Heart is not the familiar victim narrative about Marilyn Monroe. She is still a living icon in the hearts and minds of millions, but in her own time, Norma Jean was suffocated by the mask of Marilyn & the weight of living up to that impossible ideal of beauty, crushed her. Siren’s Heart, imagines another place where we see Marilyn, or Norma Jean, as she might have been; as she wanted to be: the well-rounded, unhaunted person she couldn’t be in her all-too-brief life.”

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“Louisa Bradshaw is riveting! Her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe, frozen in time, excites as I’ve rarely seen happen on stage. Lissa Moira’s direction & dramaturgy are stunning. It perfectly captures the thoughts of playwright Walt Stepp, on a side of Marilyn never expressed before.” – Joe Franklin, Bloomberg Radio

“The great success of the show is that Louisa Bradshaw presents Monroe as a rather ordinary woman who just cannot figure out why she became so famous. She looks at her from the outside & sees a plain & troubled woman hurled into a worldwide stardom that she could not handle.”– Bruce Chadwick, History News Network

“In Walt Stepp’s Siren’s Heart we witness a provocative, intelligent, soul-searching woman. Louisa Bradshaw gives a tour-de-force performance… she does not attempt to impersonate Marilyn; she embodies Norma Jean & shares her life with us. Lissa Moira directs with verve & purpose!”– Bill Bradford, Hi! Drama

“Caldi applausi a tutti!”
– Mario Fratti, Oggi