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MICHAEL URIE  ZACH LAKS

ANDREW TOBIAS  TOM WIRTSHAFTER  DAN T. SHAHEEN  

JAMIE deROY  RIKI KANE LARIMER 

DRIEMEYER-SILLS PRODUCTIONS  ANTHONY FRANCAVILLA

 

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WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY

DREW DROEGE

DIRECTED BY

TOM DETRINIS

WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY

DREW DROEGE

Drew Droege, he/him (Performer/Playwright) has written and performed four other solo shows, Bright Colors And Bold Patterns (directed by Michael Urie at Soho Playhouse, 2017-18), Bad Education, Drugs!, and Good Evening America, about life as the Internet’s Chloë Sevigny. For these viral videos, he has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, The Advocate, the Out 100 list, the most recent Wigstock documentary WIG, and in a campaign for Marc Jacobs. Droege has written for Netflix’s “Big  Mouth” and “AJ and the Queen.” His most recent TV/film acting credits include “Me Time,” “The  Goldbergs,” “Cora Bora,” “El Tonto,” “Search Party,” “The Great North,” “HouseBroken,” “Heathers,” “Bob's  Burgers,” and “Drunk History.” He’s an alum and teacher at The Groundlings in Los Angeles. Other LA  stage credits include Justin Sayre’s Ravenswood Manor, Matt Wilkas and Mark Setlock’s Born to Win,  Charles Busch’s Die Mommie Die! at Celebration Theatre, and “The Golden Girlz” at Casita del Campo. He received the Outstanding Performance Award at Outfest Los Angeles in 2018 for his work in the  BroadwayHD capture of Bright Colors And Bold Patterns. 

Tom DeTrinis, he/him (Director) Theatre: Found (IAMA Theatre Company); I Hate New York (IAMA Theatre  Company Digital Stage/Ed Fringe 2022); Die, Mommie, Die! (CTG/Celebration); The SantaLand Diaries (Virginia Stage Company 2018, 2019), 30 Minute Musicals (All 16+ of them); TV: “Rutherford Falls,” 90210,  Switched at Birth, Greek, Community; Film: Squirrel (New Hampshire Film Festival Best Narrative  Feature), Pretty Problems (SXSW - Audience Award), 12 Hour Shift, Wedding Dance, Adjust-a-Dream;  WEB: Finding the Asshole Series (co-creator/producer/actor – Official Selection of Slamdance 2019),  Edgar Allen Poe’s Murder Mystery Party, Fig and Ford, Headless. DeTrinis.com 

 

Michael Urie, he/him (Producer) is most well known as an actor for his television work as Marc St. James on “Ugly  Betty,” Gavin Sinclair on “Modern Family,” Redmond on “Younger,” roles on “Partners,” “Workaholics,” “Hot in Cleveland,” “The Good Wife,” “The Good Fight,” will soon appear on “Shrinking” for Apple + and  be heard on “Krapopolis” for Fox. Movies include: Single All the Way, Swan Song, The Decoy Bride,  Petunia, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Lavender, the upcoming Jersey Boys Live starring Nick Jonas. On  Broadway, Michael has appeared in Douglas Lyons’ Chicken & Biscuits, Bess Wohl’s Grand Horizons,  Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Off Broadway, on tour and in London, he did more than 600 performances of Jonathan Tolins’ solo play Buyer & Cellar – including one from his living room early in the pandemic streamed live on Broadway.com, raising nearly  $300k for Broadway Care Equity Fights Aids. Other Off-Broadway plays include Jane Anger, The  Temperamentals, The Government Inspector, Homos or Everyone in America, Shows for Days, High  Button Shoes, The Cherry Orchard, and two Tony Kushner plays: A Bright Room Called Day and Angels in America. Behind the scenes, Michael directed Bright Colors and Bold Patterns and produced Happy  Birthday Doug (both plays written and performed by Drew Droege and both available on BroadwayHD),  directed the short film The Hyperglot, feature comedy film He’s Way More Famous Than You, and co-directed Thank You for Judging an award-winning documentary about High School speech tournaments.  He’s narrated the audiobooks Lily and the Octopus, Hero, Midnight Cowboy, and The Editor. He is the recipient of two Drama Desk Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, an Obie, an LA Drama Critics Award,  Actors Equity’s Clarence Derwent award, as well as GMHC’s Howard Ashman Award, The Broadway Beacon  Award, Coach Art’s Coach Champion Award and Juilliard’s John Houseman Award. He lives in New York with his partner Ryan and their children, a dog and cat. 

William Carlton, he/him (Production Stage Manager) – Select New York credits include: Happy Birthday Doug SoHo Playhouse, The Men From The Boys, Some Men Pride Plays Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Bright Colors and Bold Patterns Soho Playhouse, A Christmas Carol In Harlem, The First Noel Classical Theatre Of Harlem, The Fat Lady Sings LaMama ETC, Latin Standards UTR at The Public Theatre, ASYLUM Circus Exposure 2017 NYU Skirball, Regionally: While I Have The Floor Spoleto Festival USA, CHICAGO Ivoryton Playhouse, CT; All the Kings Men Intiman Theatre, Seattle WA; Trying, Big River Ford’s Theatre; Martha, Josie, and the Chinese Elvis, The Faculty Room, Kiki & Herb, Los Big Names Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company Washington, DC. Member of Actors’ Equity.

Jessi Cotter, she/they (Assistant Stage Manager) Off-Broadway: A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet, Dana H (Vineyard), Life Sucks, Sincerely Oscar, Black Light, Cruel Intentions: The Musical, Monica: This Play is Not About Monica Lewinsky, Ecovillage, Must, Comedy of Errors (Classic Stage Company). MFA, Columbia University.

 

Reed Ridgley, he/him (General Manager) General management highlights include The Scottsboro Boys (world premiere), [title of show] (world premiere), Avenue Q (Vineyard Theatre), The Book of Mormon (first workshops), Carrie (Off Broadway premiere), Wig Out! by Tarell Alvin McCraney (world premiere), The Long Christmas Ride Home by Paula Vogel (world premiere), The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island (world premiere), and God’s Ear by Jenny Schwartz (world premiere). A graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Reed is the General Manager at Keen Company, the Producing Director of Mason Holdings, and a proud member of the teaching staff at ModoYoga NYC.

 

Zach Laks, he/him (Producer) New York-based theater producer and co-founder of Form Theatricals. Projects  include the triumphant run five-month run of Drew Droege’s Bright Colors And Bold Patterns, directed by  Michael Urie (SoHo Playhouse, Barrow Street Theatre, Studio Theatre, and now available on BroadwayHD)  and Drew Droege’s Happy Birthday Doug (also now available on BroadwayHD). Currently developing a  new Jeffrey James/Justin Halpin project. Venue management of The Gym at Judson and  64E4. ZacharyLaks.com 

 

Anthony Francavilla, he/him (Producer) Anthony is co-founder of Form Theatricals where he has produced and/or general managed seven off-Broadway New York Times Critics’ Picks in the last 10 years. This track record resulted in him being referred to as an “impresario” by Businessweek. Critically, Anthony’s work has been lauded as both, “nasty, weird and uncomfortably funny” (Oliver Parker, Time Out NY) and, “thoughtful and sensitive,” (When Last We Flew, Time Out NY). In addition to producing and general managing, Anthony also manages two venues: The Gym at Judson, a 199 seat theater on Washington Square East and 64 East 4th Street, a complex with two small theaters and three floors of rehearsal space in the East Village. Prior to Form, Anthony won a GLAAD Award for Best Production for his work on When Last We Flew and produced Oliver Parker starring John Laraquette and Michael Zegen at the Cherry Lane Theatre amongst many other productions. Anthony graduated from Columbia University’s Theater Producing & Management MFA program where he received both a Shubert and Dean’s Fellowship. Anthony currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife Rachael and their malti-poo Columbo.

Mark Sullivan, he/him (Associate Producer) has spent considerable time on the other side of the footlights, reviewing theater for Billboard and other publications. He recently produced a workshop of the new musical "Larry and Larry and Me."

Gabriel Generally, he/they (Covid Safety Manager) is a recent graduate of The Dobbins Conservatory at Southeast Missouri State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Gabriel Generally, actor, comic, singer, your favorite silly boy, takes pride in utilizing every facet of his creativity to aid in the creation of art in any way he can. For this reason he is so very excited to lend his hand with Covid Safety, so we can keep making art safely even in adverse circumstances.
 

Dan Fortune / Fortune Creative (Press Representative)  Dan has enjoyed a varied career in arts publicity for over 20 years. In addition to Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre, film, TV, book and music projects, recent albums and concerts include Alan Cumming (Carnegie Hall), Lea DeLaria, Tituss Burgess, Betty Buckley, Kathleen Turner, Cheyenne Jackson, and Chita Rivera. Current and recent projects include the Broadway-bound musical Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion, the Grammy Award-winning label Ghostlight Records, Frederick Loewe Foundation, Dress Circle Publishing, Oxford University Press, Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, American Pops Orchestra. National album campaigns include John Schneider and Tom Wopat (celebrating 35 years of “The Dukes of Hazzard”), Jane Krakowski, Steven Pasquale, Megan Mullally, Diane Schuur, Keely Smith, and the private home recordings of Stephen Sondheim. Solo concert engagements include Alan Cumming, Patti LuPone, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Petula Clark, Betty Buckley, Glen Campbell, Brooke Shields, Donny Osmond and Diahann Carroll. As Michael Feinstein’s personal publicist, Dan promoted his Grammy-nominated albums, his PBS series “Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook,” his book The Gershwins and Me from Simon & Schuster, and his NPR program “Song Travels.” 

 

SoHo Playhouse (Darren Lee Cole, Artistic Director) has been one of Off Broadway’s primary venues for new plays for the past 80 years. Formerly “Vandam Playhouse” the theatre has been home to countless dreams and movements. Many actors, directors, choreographers, production designers, theatre managers, technicians, and producers all received their start at SoHo Playhouse. Writers: Sam Shepard, Edward Albee, Tracy Letts, Charles Buch, Leroi Jones and Lanford Wilson have all made this venue their home. Award winning shows have included: The Boys in the Band, Killer Joe, The Divine Sister, Mindgame, Krapp, 39, Piaf, Room Service, Jamaica Farewell, Belly of a Drunken Piano, Bukowski From Beyond, The Emperor Jones, Triassic Parq, Rap Guide To Climate Chaos, The Other Josh Cohen, Bill W and Dr Bob, Bright Colors And Bold Patterns, Josephine: A Burlesque Cabaret Dream Play, and recently Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette, Daniel Sloss’ X, and Phoebe Waller Bridge in Fleabag. The Playhouse has also proudly served as home to the International Fringe Encore Series since 2005. Mr. Cole has served as Artistic Director since 2004.

Production Photographer: Russ Rowland, rrsnapshop.com

 

Key Art: Tony Mendoza

 

Key Art Design and Graphic Design: Alan Buttar, Muse Design Scotland

SoHo Playhouse General Manager: Britt LaField

Thank you to: Ted Snowdon, Darren Lee Cole, JetBlue, Paul Walling, Scott Morfee, Daniel Nardicio, Bedlam, Shaughn Buchholz, Covell, Liz Feldman, Vanessa Ragland, Jamie Flam, Darrin Noble, Devin Mireles, Lola Selsky, Britt LaField, Anders Buel, Jeff Gluckman, Susanne and Mark Gluckman, Stuart Billmeier, Michael Cassara, Cody Smith, Isaac Hurwitz, Lee Frankl, Mike Heslin, Gabe Gonzalez, Philip Stewart, Celebration Theater, SAGE, Jesse North, Dr. Melanie Littell North, and Rachel Laks.

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