Theater Talk

Laugh Out Loud productions, under the artistic direction of producer Nancy Levine, today announced it will soon present in-person performances of HOUSEWIVES OF SECAUCUS: WHAT A DRAG, a new interactive musical comedy conceived by Ms. Levine, written and directed by three-time Emmy Award Winner Anthony Wilkinson (creator of the My Big Gay Italian franchise) and directed by Hank Kiraly. Originally based on characters created by Sean Patterson, the production will begin an open-ended run at Actors Temple Theatre, (339 West 47thStreet) on Saturday, May 1st at 8:00PM and will be the first show to perform at Actors Temple Theatre since March 13, 2020 – when Black Angels Over Tuskegee was forced to close due to the pandemic. Masks/temperature checks/social distancing (33% seating capacity). www.laughoutloudny.com/housewives-of-secaucus

Rory Pelsue, Director

FourthWall Theatrical, in association with Fake Friends and Jeremy O. Harris, is thrilled to present the world premiere of This American Wife, the newest experiment in live internet theater from the creative minds of Circle Jerk (Vulture’s Best of 2020), running May 20–June 6. Part loving satire and part piercing examination, This American Wife is a multi-camera, live-streamed, dark comedy investigating the obsession, idolization, and all-consuming-hunger the women of The Real Housewives engender in many of us. Streaming live from a Long Island mansion, This American Wife is much more than a tribute to the guilty pleasure of a television franchise. As conceived and written by Michael Breslin and Patrick Foley, who perform alongside their friend and artistic collaborator Jakeem Dante Powell (Slave Play), This American Wife can only luxuriate in the fantasies of reality TV for so long.
Directed by Rory Pelsue and featuring dramaturgy by Cat Rodríguez and Ariel SibertThis American Wife is a reimagined and updated adaptation of Breslin and Foley’s stage show that premiered at New York Theater Workshop’s Next Door series in 2018. Please visit http://www.thisamericanwife.live/ for more information.

Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley announced today that the award-winning cast of the 2010 film “The Kids Are All Right” will reunite on “Stars In The House” on Saturday, April 10 at 8pm ET in support of The Actors Fund.  Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, and Josh Hutcherson will come together to talk about their time working on Lisa Cholodenko’s beautiful movie about what really makes a family a family.   

 The episode will livestream on the Stars In The House YouTube channel, and StarsInTheHouse.com, and fans will be able to ask questions live, and donate to The Actors Fund.  And of course, there is a good chance for some live music!    

Jeremy Jordan’s (Newsies, American Son) new concert Carry On, will premier May 6 at Feinstein’s/54 Below and be available on demand through May 27. The concert, filmed with five HD cameras, features musical direction by Benjamin Rauhala. Tickets: https://54below.com/events/54-below-premieres-jeremy-jordan/

2 Pianos 4 Handsbegins April 13th on Broadway HD just in time to celebrate the award-winning show’s 25th anniversary.   Created, performed, and directed by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt, this ‘play with music’ traveled to 200 cities worldwide for over 4000 performances that reached 2 million people.  Now fans around the world will be able to revisit the beautiful music and story for the very first time on streaming since the original cast production closed in 2013. www.BroadwayHD.com

FOLLOWSPOT: a series of digital comedic performances to save our theatre! Now thru April 18 – With performances by Becca Blackwell, Brandon Collins, Manning Jordan, Jill Pangallo, and Paul Soileau with Roddy Bottum & Frank Haines. Produced by Wild Project & Solo Project Fund. Streaming On-Demand on wildprojectTV   
A series of solo performances for the camera in support of Wild Project, a venue that has been a cornerstone of the East Village performance art community for nearly fifteen years. www.thewildproject.org Tickets $10

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