COLORBLIND: A NEW PLAY BY NAACP AWARD WINNING PLAYWRIGHT is CLOSED

COLORBLIND
A NEW PLAY BY NAACP AWARD WINNING PLAYWRIGHT WALLACE DEMARRIA TO MAKE ITS NEW YORK PREMIERE OFF-BROADWAY AT ACTORS TEMPLE THEATRE THIS SPRING

PREVIEWS BEGAN MONDAY, APRIL 25th, 2022
OFFICIAL OPENING NIGHT SET FOR MONDAY, MAY 2nd

L to R: Valence Thomas, Gregory Warren, Joseph Salvatore Knipper, Wallace Demarria, Jessica Catalano, Dana Harris, Jeremy Rosenblum

(New York, NY) – The New York based theater company Outside Studios today announced that it will present the Off-Broadway premiere of COLORBLIND, a play about how race figures into love and judgement in America. Written by NAACP Award-Winning Playwright Wallace Demarria, and co-directed by Mr. Demarria and Amanda White-Del Pino.

The production begins previews on Monday, April 25th at Actors Temple Theatre, 339 West 47th St.  The official opening night is set for Monday, May 2nd. 

https://www.colorblindoffbroadway.com

COLORBLIND dives headfirst into the long-standing racial inequality in America. It follows the life of Mr. Clinton Muhammad, the controversial spiritual leader of the Minority Empowerment Movement. His militant speeches and fiery stance against “the oppression and discrimination” of minorities has divided all that come in contact with him. Some love and idolize him while others despise him and plot his demise. At the peak of his meteoric rise, a life altering event puts everything Muhammad believes into question. Colorblind tackles the issues from every angle, leaving the audience to ask themselves: is it possible to have a truly “colorblind” society? Colorblind is a story of love, patriotism, betrayal, violence and redemption. Does love care about ethnicity?

COLORBLIND made its world premiere at The Meta Theater in Los Angeles in 2013. The four-week engagement extended to eight weeks due to the run’s sold-out performances. The successful run at The Meta Theater was followed by another successful eight-week run at the Santa Monica Playhouse in 2014.

The cast of COLORBLIND features Wallace Demarria, Dana Patrice, Joseph Salvatore Knipper, Greg Warren, Hank Dennis, Valence Thomas, Jeremy Rosenblum, and Jessica Catalano. COLORBLIND  features set and wardrobe design by Ru, lighting design by Maarten Cornelis, and original music composition by Nat Jenkins. The Production Stage Manager is Aurora Winger. Wallace Demarria is an actor, playwright and award-winning director who received critical acclaim as well as award nods for Colorblind. A Little Rock, Arkansas native, he landed his first movie role at the age of eight years old, and later was offered the lead role (originally intended for a white actor) in the film “Too Scared to Laugh.” After graduating Fisk University, Wallace entered a drama competition beating out 5,000 other actors. He took the top prize, and was the only competitor offered a contract with a Los Angeles-based talent agency. Mr. Demarria has since sold 4 scripts and been nominated for multiple NAACP Theatre Awards and was awarded Best Playwright in 2016. Amanda White-Del Pino is a creative producer with over 15 years of experience in the television, media, and production industry. Ms. White-Del Pino is a Producer, Director and Editor working for ad agencies/production companies as well as organizing and creating content for short films and social media.  A graduate with a BA in Film/Video from Columbia College Chicago, she has worked on such film projects as Retales, Hanging in There, Clout and most recently making her directorial debut in Till Death Do Us Part.

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Performances of COLORBLIND are on Mondays at 7:00PM, Wednesdays at 7:00PM, and Saturdays at 2:00PM. Tickets range from $37 (balcony general admission) to $57 (regular orchestra general admission). Premium seats are available for $72. There is a $2.50 facility fee on all tickets. To purchase tickets, click HERE

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Vital Theatre Co Presents “The Wizard of Oz” at Actors Temple Theatre is CLOSED

The classic tale, The Wizard of Oz has been entertaining audiences for ages.

“Rediscover the joy of following the yellow brick road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion, and even munchkin puppetry, as they travel through a re-imagined world of Oz.”

SEE The Wizard of OZ Now through July 3, 2022
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Ticket prices: $49.50 (include a $2.50 Facility Fee)

Audience: Recommended for ages 2 – 7. Everyone must have a ticket regardless of age.

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VITAL’s Creative Team

Director: Stephen Sunderlin
Choreographer: Rebecca Frazier
Music Director Benjamin Stayner

Book: Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann
Music: John Gregor
Lyrics: John Gregor, Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann
Producer: Vital Theatre Company, Inc

Production Stage Manager – ELIZABETH EMOND
Assistant Light Design -ADAM HAMDY
Costume Assistant- SHARON MEJIA
Sound Engineer – MICHAEL COSTAGLIOLA
Casting Director – HOLLY BUCZEK
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Sistas: The Musical Returns to Off-Broadway! CLOSED 5/28/22

Sistas: The Musical Returns to Off-Broadway! The Hit Musical Telling the Story of Black Women Through Popular Music from Billie to Beyonce.

Sistas is the hit musical telling the story of black women through popular music from Billie to Beyoncé.

After a matriarch’s death, the women in the family clean Grandma’s attic and find love and old memories packed away, and in the process, hit tunes that trace the history of black women, from the trials of the 1930s through the girl groups of the 60s to the empowerment of the 90s. Featuring 40 Hit Songs by Black Legends Including Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Alicia Keys and The Supremes.

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Reopened April 2, 2022  – Actors Temple Theatre, NYC
Performances Saturdays  4:30 PM & 8:00 PM / Sundays ~ 4:30 PM

SISTAS! The Musical , this live musical production is written by Fulbright Scholar and  Columbia University professor Dr. Dorothy Marcic, based upon a series of interviews she conducted with black women over several years.  Audiences experience an uplifting musical journey of a multi-generational African American family with over 40 hit-songs from the American songbook from the 1930s to the present day.   Performed by a cast of five women, the production focuses on the family’s quest to honor the memory of their beloved Grandmother as they dig through her basement belongings.

This new production of SISTAS! advances original cast member Tracey Lee Conyer as director and choreographer.  All new sets and costumes have also been added.

First presented in the 2011 MIdtown International Theater Festival, SISTAS! is slated to become Off-Broadway’s longest running production. After 9 years Off-Broadway at Edmund Gaynes’ St. Lukes Theatre we couldn’t be more excited to re-open at Gaynes’ Actors Temple Theatre.”

SISTAS! celebrates black music and the bonds of a family whose struggles and triumphs are universal and whose singing will rock the house with humor, humility, and sass!” said Tacey Lee Conyer, Director.

Ultimately, SISTAS! is a story of family, of the history that binds us, and of the love we share that transcends our differences.  It is a joyous celebration of strong women,” says Dr. Dorothy Marcic, Playwright

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Debra Thais Evans (Simone)

Debra Thais Evans, a native of Brooklyn, NY, is thrilled to be a part of the Sistas family. Favorite credits include: Broadway: Rocktopia: A Classical Revolution,  Tours: Porgy & Bess, Hairspray: Regional: Little Shop of Horrors (Ronnette), South Pacific (Bloody Mary), Carousel (Nettie), Into the Woods (The Witch). Other previous credits include several albums with Stage Stars Records. Many thanks to Bill, Tracey and the entire creative team for this incredible opportunity. Mama, Love ya!

Romelda Teron Benjamin (Roberta)

Romelda is known for her powerful, full, rich and emotionally charged vocal style. She recently appeared on Law and Order SVU and in the original Off-Broadway production of The Secret Life of Bees as Queenie at Atlantic Theater Company. She is most recognized for her portrayal of Sister Chantell in the original Off-Broadway production of Bare: A Pop Opera and for her portrayal of Paradise in the Broadway production of Brooklyn The Musical. Romelda recently appeared at Joe’s Pub in the critically acclaimed Ryan Raftery: Watch What Happens Live On Stage The Tale of Andy Cohen and the Housewives as Nene Leakes and Ryan Raftery Is the Most Powerful Woman in Fashion, The Anna Wintour Musical. Other credits Include: Momma Morton in Chicago, Mavis White Eagle in Idaho!, Featured Ensemble in Catch Me If You Can original workshops through its out-of-town run at The 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle, BJ Crosby in the National Tour of Smokey Joe’s Café. Romelda has appeared in numerous recordings, workshops, readings, The John Oliver Show on HBO and concerts with Linda Eder, Natalie Douglas, Harry Connick Jr., Pope Francis, Gloria Estefan, and Billy Porter. Thank you, God, for my Mommy, my Family, and Friends. My WAM Family Managers Rich and Mike. THANK YOU! IG: @theromeldateronbenjamin

Dawn Cantwell (Heather)

Broadway: Sting’s The Last Ship (originated the role of Young Meg), Wicked (Nessarose). Off-Broadway credits include: original company F#%king Up Everything/Brooklyn Crush, Music in the Air (Encores! City Center), original company Dogfight (Second Stage), Love’s Labour’s Lost (37 Arts). Regional/Tour credits include: Les Miserables, The Master Class, Romeo and Juliet, Carousel. Film: The Train (opposite Eli Wallach), Isolation (Independant). Save the Date (Independant) TV: Every Other Sunday (Amazon), The Tonight Show. She is writing a musical, Hiraeth, alongside Addi McDaniel. She also writes and performs with her brother Ryan Cantwell (musical director/conductor forthcoming Broadway revival of 1776, Waitress, Pippin, Bat Out of Hell). Their music can be found here. BA: NYU Tisch. www.dawncantwell.com, www.hiraethmusical.com. IG @dawasong, fb @dawncantwell

Maria Lawson (Gloria)

Maria is excited to join Sistas! A UK native who relocated to New Jersey, with her father hailing from New York, Maria obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science at Lancaster University, UK and was awarded a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music. Maria started her music career as a songwriter with Peer Music Publishing and went on to record her debut album with Sony Music.
Television credits: The X Factor UK– Finalist, The Equalizer – CBS,  Eastenders– BBC, Lost Arc, VO- Amazon. Theater Credits: (Lead Singer) Thriller Live– West End, London, (Candy) Saturday Night Fever – US Tour, (Chiffon) Little Shop of Horrors – Edinburgh Fringe, Soul Train – The Musical. Maria would like to thank her UK/US family for their continued love and support. Follow Maria and download her vocal app at https://www.instagram.com/marialawsonofficial/

Montria Walker (Tamika)

Montria Walker is making her Off-Broadway debut in SISTAS. Montria is an actor, recording artist and vocal coach. She has loved performing ever since she was a little girl! She grew up in church singing in the choir, but realized in elementary school, after doing her first musical, there was more to her passion! She went on to college and obtained her bachelor’s in Fine Arts With a Concentration in Musical Theatre at Kent State University. Favorite roles include Intimate Apparel (Mayme), All Shook Up (Lorraine), Pippin (Leading Player), and Into The Woods (Lucinda). Shortly after, she accepted a contract with Royal Caribbean International and went on to perform in Southeast Asia. She is so happy to be gracing the stage again with such an incredible cast! Montria would like to thank her director, music director, the entire SISTAS Team, and cast, for their dedication to making this a memorable show! She would also love to thank God, her family, boyfriend and friends for their constant love and support ! If she could leave you with one word it would be to “Believe.” IG: @MontriaWalker
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Sistas: The Musical Creative Team
Author: Dorothy Marcic
Music & Lyrics: Various
Director / Choreographer: Tracy Conyer Lee
Producer: Franzblau Media Inc

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Running Time: 85 minutes, with no intermission
Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
Saturdays  ~ 4:30 PM & 8:00 PM / Sundays ~ 4:30 PM

Box Office Hours Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office
one hour prior to the performance.

Click link to buy Tickets to Sistas: The Musical directly from Telecharge.
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The FunikiJam Show: SHENANIGANS – Irish Celebration begins March 6, 2022 (closed)

The FunikiJam Show ‘SHENANIGANS: Irish Celebration!’, offers Irish songs, dances, stories, and fun for theatergoers 10 and younger. The shenanigans begin at the Actors Temple Theatre  on March 6 and 20th at 11 AM (ending on March 19 at 3:30 pm)
When the Agents of Jam embark on a special mission to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, they enlist the audience as “new recruits” to discover a lively mix of songs & stories that a fun spin on leprechauns, banshees, rainbows, and lucky pots of gold. Even grown-ups will be laughing, clapping, and playing along with FunikiJam’s cast of international artists and musicians as they dance and sing to the Shamrock Beat.

While many New Yorkers are all too familiar with St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans, the deeds being honored in this show involve neither rowdy crowds nor alcohol.

Funikijam World Music is an organization dedicated to presenting world-music classes and programs for children. FunikiJam’s Off-Broadway Family Musicals are interactive, high energy shows that engage all ages with music, singing, dancing, storytelling, spectacle and audience participation.

WARNING: May cause laughing, clapping, dancing, and singing in multiple languages.

The FunikiJam Show: SHENANIGANS – Irish Celebration Cast

Brian Barrentine returns to his starring role of Captain Jam with the Agents of Jam: Andrea Galata as Agent Sbrexy from Italy and Sage Newman as Agent Bongo with Irish Fiddler, Molly Coyne.

The FunikiJam Show: SHENANIGANS – Irish Celebration Creative Team

Book / Music / Lyrics: Brian Barrentine
Director: Rosemary Newcott
Choreographer: Brian Barrentine
Producer: World Music Theatre Company & Gatehouse Entertainment


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“The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+” is CLOSED

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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Now Playing Tuesdays at 7 PM.
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Beginning May 12 (New Schedule)
Thurs and Suns @ 7 pm

Box Office opens one hour before performance

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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” (CLOSED Oct 31, 2021)

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.”

Now Playing Saturdays 5 PM / Sundays 2 pm. CLOSED Oct 31, 2021

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)

Now Playing Saturdays 5 PM / Sundays 2 pm.CLOSED Oct 31, 2021

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“Housewives of Secaucus: What a Drag!” : CLOSED Oct 30, 2021

“The Housewives of Secaucus: What a Drag!” Is now playing Saturdays at 8 pm. Final Performance October 30. (CLOSED)

 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

 

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

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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 July 20, 2013: “Rain Pryor’s Fried Chicken and Latkes”

“Rain Pryor’s Fried Chicken and Latkes” starred Rain Pryor and was produced by Edmund Gaynes in Association with Daryl Sledge/Mother’s Boy LLC.  Fried Chicken & Latkes  first preview date was July 21, 2012  and opened officially on August 6, 2012  at the Actors Temple Theatre .  It CLOSED on July 20, 2013. ( for information on future bookings please contact Gaynes Theatrical Booking )

About the Play: Fried Chicken & Latkes, written and conceived by Rain Pryor, is a hero’s journey from the standpoint of a person born into a world of “Us vs. Them” – but not quite an “us” and not quite a “them”. Told through heavy characterization and a few songs, the story takes us on a journey of racial identity, family, spiritual growth and love. She gives us a glimpse into the universe that was her childhood and is her life, morphing effortlessly, into the people around her, we all end up completely identifying with her story.

Rain Pryor grew up Black and Jewish in Beverly Hills. The year was 1969, the year was of shout and protest against mans inhumane spirit. Through hate, racism, fear, loss and love – Rain dives into her search for heritage and meaning by “becoming” her grandmother Bernice – discussing everything from her shana madel’s marriage to the black comedian Richard Pryor, to the fact that Jews have been Jews for six thousand seven hundred and sixty six year. She equally inhabits her other grandmother, Mamma – discussing “niggers”, white folk, and running a whore house in Peoria, IL, : these were two cultures that helped her to triumph over racial lines and stereotypes. Rain’s father, legendary actor/comedian, Richard Pryor, gave her a sharp sense of timing and character. Her mother imbued her life with political consciousness to stand up for what you believe in! Fried Chicken & Latkes, teaches us that living an authentic life is not about “where do I stand”- it’s about “ Here, I stand.” It will take you back in time and move you forward making you laugh, think and cry. [CLOSED]

CLOSED July 29, 2012: “Tin Pan Alley: The Original i Tunes”

Edmund Gaynes, in association with David Gersten presented “Tin Pan Alley (The Original iTunes)” which will officially opened at Actors Temple Theatre March 19, 2012 and closed on July 29, 2012. ( For information on future bookings please contact Gaynes Theatrical Booking )

ABOUT the PLAY: “The original iTunes, TIN PAN ALLEY is a stroll down musical memory lane, featuring classic song-and-dance tunes, a winning cast and a sunny vibe that helps make the production feel fresh. With hits that have become ingrained in our collective memory like “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “It Had To Be You,” and “Give My Regards to Broadway,” don’t be surprised if you catch yourself singing along with the cast. Filled with great songs and toe-tapping dance numbers, TIN PAN ALLEY is one street on which you’ll want to stay for an evening of musical enjoyment.”

Gene Castle and Karla Shook
Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg

“…the real thrill of the evening is Castle’s choreography. It’s expert and beautifully executed. Tap dancing and marvelous moves like this don’t grow on many stages.” -Peter Filicia

Loni Ackerman, Gene Castle, Karla Shook and Brad Bradley
Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg