by Jim Geoghan
Directed by Crystal Edn
July 13th – 23rd, 2016
Bobby, a veteran Las Vegas comedian, has landed in a mental hospital with a nervous breakdown after years of self abuse. He’s visited by people who live in his past, his present and his imagination as he attempts to piece together his life. This dark comedy deals with the strange contradiction found in many comedy professionals. As Bobby explains, “Being happy and being funny… got nothin’ to do with each other.”
Bobby……. Mike Blum*
Monroe……. Robby Ramos
Lisa……. Noelle P Wilson*
Helen……. Diane Tyler*
Kay……. Lauren Leland
Beth……. Linda Hill
Jason……. Niles Gunning
John……. Dan Sturges
Chorus……. Gavin Bazalar
Chorus……. Emma Traubert
Chorus……. Zulla Berhe
*actors appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
Director: Crystal Edn
Assistant Director: Bonnie Cannon-Brown
Production Stage Manager: Clarissa Marie Ligon
Lighting Designer: Destiny Cordero
Sound Designer: Andy Evan Cohen
Costume Designer: Sherry Martinez
Fight Coordinator: Halle Morse
Graphic Design: Clarissa Marie Ligon
Production Assistant: Raquel Loving
About the Playwright, JIM GEOGHAN:
In television… Writer-producer on “Silver Spoons”, “Punkey Brewster”, “Mama’s Family”, “Three’s Company”, “Sanford”, “The Facts of Life”, “Empire”, “Kate and Allie”, “Too Close For Comfort”, “It’s Gary Shandling’s Show”, “Boys Will Be Boys”, “The Van Dyke Show”, “Amen and Family Matters”. Co-created and executive produced “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” for the Disney Channel which later became “The Suite Life on Deck”. “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” have brought two Emmy nominations.
In theater… critically-acclaimed play Only Kidding ran off-Broadway for 500 performances. The play was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards (including Outstanding New Play), was bought by Home Box Office, published by Samuel French and has been produced at regional theaters across the country including the Cleveland Playhouse, Wisdom Bridge in Chicago, the Asolo and the Odyssey in Los Angeles. Light Sensitive premiered at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, was published by Samuel French and has seen over forty productions around the United States. The play was nominated for the coveted Jefferson Theater Award in Chicago, seven Drama-Logue Awards in Los Angeles, an Ovation Nomination and five Bay Area Critics’ Awards. Two Gentlemen of Corona had its world premiere at the West Coast Ensemble in Los Angeles where it won an LA Ovation Award. It has recently been published by Samuel French. Book and lyrics to UG, a musical comedy about the discovery of theater by cavemen. UG had its world premiere at the San Jose Stage Company and has been published by Dramatists Play Service.
MIKE BLUM (Bobby Sharp) is incredibly grateful to be making his debut at T. Schreiber Theatre. Stage credits include the principal in Turtleback High (The Secret Theatre), Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night (Hudson Shakespeare Company), and the groom in New York Dinner Theater’s Godfather’s Meshuggener Wedding. Recent film roles include a lead in Organs of Opportunity, a 2016 Reel Bronx International Film Festival winner. Mike is a long-time event emcee, has performed at venues such as Gotham Comedy Club and The Stand, and was trained in improvisation by Ian Roberts (founding member of UCB). He is indebted to his instructors at Atlantic Acting School and Circle in the Square, and to everyone who has been supportive – thank you! www.backstage.com/mikeblum
ROBBY RAMOS (Monroe) is a New York based Actor/Playwright originally from Miami, Florida. He is a graduate of the T. Schreiber Studio’s One Year Conservatory. Recent NY credits include: Staged Reading of Fotos for The Negro Ensemble Company (Signature Theatre), Swallow by Aminta de Lara (LaMaMa), and Contigo by Paola Lazaro Munoz (Signature Theatre). Robby won the 2014 Best Actor award at the Venus/Adonis Theatre Festival for his role in Aminta de Lara’s At the End of the Century. He is an active member of INTAR Theatre’s Unit 52. Robby would like to thank Crystal Edn for the opportunity to take on the role of “Monroe” and be amongst such great theatre artists.
NOELLE P. WILSON is thrilled to be back on the TSS stage where she last played Dolly in You Never Can Tell. Recent credits include: The Knick (Cinemax), Law & Order: SVU (NBC) and the short comedic film Beyond the Grid hitting festivals this summer. Noelle is a French fry connoisseur and spends her down time drinking coffee and whisky (usually in separate glasses). Huge thanks to Crystal Edn for the opportunity to be part of this show. Stephen… All the love… all the laughs…all the time. Want more Noelle? Visit http://www.noellepwilson.com, Tweet and Instagram her @noellepwilson. Snap her Chat…er…sure @NotNicole.
DIANE TYLER (Helen) is thrilled to be making her “Schreiber Studio Debut” with this production. Her credits include the Off-Broadway world premiere of Acts of Love at the Kirk Theatre, a six-month run of Lost in Yonkers (Bella) at the Royal George Theatre in Chicago, and A Streetcar Named Desire (Eunice) at the Huntington Theatre in Boston. Along with her extensive theatre experience (EST, NYTW, Los Angeles Theatre Center, etc.) on both coasts, her TV and Film credits include numerous episodes of Law & Order, High Maintenance, and the films, Happiness and Judy Berlin. She is also an accomplished director, playwright and craft artist.
LAUREN LELAND (Kay) is excited to be back on the T. Schrieber stage after participating in the “Schrieber Shorts” in January! She has taken scene study here at the studio with Peter Jensen and just finished an On-Camera class with Heidi Marshall. Lauren just shot a small role in a new feature written and directed by comedian Adrian Martinez. Favorite recent theater credits include: Vote For Me: A Musical Debate (Roy Arias Studios), The Lost (Planet Connections Festival Winner), HAIR (The Secret Theatre), NEW YORK (Directed by Pulitzer Prize Winner David Rimmer) and The Wizard of Oz (Derby Dinner Playhouse). laurenleland.com
LINDA HILL (Beth) began her career as a stand-up comic, making TV appearances with Robin Williams, George Carlin, and Minnie Pearl. She hosted the weekly long running No Shame Series at the Public Theater and became known for her hosting skills and the unique characters she created. Her theatrical roles include Neely O’Hara in Valley of the Dolls and Lady MacBeth. Also a singer/songwriter, she fronts her own band, The Lucky Fellers and is a lifetime member of the Hank Williams Museum. Most recently she filmed the TV pilot for Nunsense. Her website is thelindahill.com.
Excited to play Jason, NILES GUNNING continues to add to his quickly growing resume. At only 13, Niles has been featured in the Off-Broadway production of Lazarus and the Equity reading of Hit Song. He has appeared in numerous television and Internet commercials as well as several print/modeling ads. A veteran singer, guitar, and piano player since age six, Niles devotes much of his time to his music of which he is passionate. In addition to being home-schooled, Niles studies technique with Peter Miner at T. Schreiber and at H.B. Studio with Trudy Steibl. He is represented by Goodwin and McGovern Management, and Andreadis Talent Agency, NYC.
DAN STURGES (John) is the proud son of Al and Kitty Sturges, the two strongest people he knows. He had a dog named, Gus. He hopes you enjoy the show!
GAVIN BAZALAR (Chorus) is a recent graduate of the T. Schreiber Studio Conservatory, Gavin has been an admirer of film and the art of performance since childhood, Gavin decided to journey onto the stage participating in numerous productions including: Murder at the Vicarage (Dennis), I’m Not Rappaport (Gilly), Fiddler on The Roof (Motel), Death of a Salesman (Stanley), Mass Appeal (Mark Dolson), The Heiress (Morris Townsend) and The Laramie Project (Matt Galloway, Father Schmidt). Gavin continues to strive at being part of the living, breathing art of theatre. He is truly thankful for this opportunity to work alongside such a fantastic cast and crew on the very stage he spent the last 9 months learning from.
EMMA TRAUBERT (Elvis/Chorus) is very excited to be making her New York City debut! This Pittsburgh native is a New York based actor and singer. Past Credits include Edges; Kiss Me, Kate; Grease; The Wiz; Fiddler on the Roof; Smoke on the Mountain: Homecoming. Training includes T. Schreiber, James Hallett Studio, SUNY Fredonia, and Richard E. Rauh Conservatory at Pittsburgh Musical Theatre. She would like to thank her family and friends for their undying love and support.
ZULLA BERHE (Chorus) is honored to be in this amazing play! She’s appeared in plays, films and webseries here in New York and has studied theater at various schools (her favorite always remains T. Schreiber). She wants to thank Crystal Edn for this opportunity!