Christian Mansfield, Ken Urso and More to Lead GAY CAMP at New York Fringe Festival
Comedic actors Christian Mansfield (Broadway Bares, National Tour of 42nd Street), Ken Urso, and Philip Mutz (also co-author) will star in the upcoming production of Gay Camp in this year's New York International Fringe Festival, running from August 10 – August 26.
With Mansfield, Urso, and Mutz playing more than a dozen different zany characters, Gay Camp is a quick-change farce that follows the stories of several young campers at a gay reform camp. They have been sent away by their parents to be 'fixed'. Instead, they learn how to love – themselves and one another.
Co-authors Mutz and Susan-Kate Heaney leave no (comedy) stone unturned. While successfully dissecting stereotypes and sending a powerful message about tolerance and acceptance, Mutz and Heaney still find a way to inject every moment with humor.
Start with a deliciously evil headmaster and a closeted lesbian guidance counselor, throw in a few electrified fences, disco balls, boy-boy love, girl-girl love, gay Twister, Rick Santorum surprises, slow-motion fantasies, whips, handcuffs, flannel, and more innuendos than you can shake a dildo at, and you've got Gay Camp. Gay Camp is fast, funny, and not pulling its punches as it takes on the anti-gay morons in America.
It's gay. It's camp. It's Gay Camp.
Mansfield was most recently seen in this summer's Broadway Bares benefit in NYC. His previous Fringe endeavors includeThe Penguin Tango at both Actors Playhouse and Theater Row, and Odysseus DOA where his cast was awarded "Best Ensemble". Other NYC credits: That Other Woman's Child (NYMF) and Christmas Rappings. Some regional favorites include 42nd Street (nat'l tour), Cabaret (Barter), and Romeo and Juliet (South Florida Shakes.) Christian is a Long Island native with a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Miami.
Urso has served as director, actor, producer, guest artist, and dramaturg throughout the U.S. His acting credits include Twelfth Night (Manhattan Rep), Lieutenant of Inishmore (Strollers Theatre), The Shape of Things (Actor's Repertory Theatre), andArt (Actors Studio Drama School). For two seasons, Ken was an Artistic Associate at Actor's Repertory Theatre in Washington. Ken holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and an MFA in Directing from The Actors Studio Drama School.
Mutz is a writer and actor in New York City. Recent acting credits include Comedy of Errors, Henry V, Midsummer Night's Dream, and Cymbeline (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ), Kidnapping Laura Linney (Midtown InterNational Theatre Festival),Gay Camp (Peoples' Improv Theatre), King John (NY Shakespeare Exchange), and Romeo and Juliet (Columbia Stages). His writing credits include The Real Life (Identity Theater Co), Gay Camp (the PIT), Kidnapping Laura Linney (MITF), andSuperBen (Think Theater Project). He is currently head writer for the web series The Reality Whores (webisodes can be viewed at www.therealitywhores.com). His recent viral video Sh*t Gay Guys Say to Straight Guys has nearly one million views on YouTube. Philip holds a B.F.A. in Drama from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and has trained in sketch writing and improv with the Upright Citizens Brigade.