Bruce Vilanch & Jerry Adler to Lead RUBBLE at FringeNYC, 8/10-25
EMMY Award-Winner Bruce Vilanch will star in RUBBLE, a new comedy by EMMY Award-Winning "The Simpsons" writer, Mike Reiss. Broadway veteran and "The Sopranos" star Jerry Adler also joins the cast. RUBBLE will be directed by James Valletti, and run for five performances at The Players Theater on August 10th, 14th, 22nd, 24th, and 25th.
RUBBLE tells the story of Alvin, an aging comedy writer who, while on a last-chance meeting with a network executive, gets trapped under a pile of rubble due to an LA earthquake. It's a hilarious look at TV, theater, heaven, and hell-from one who's been there...
Bruce Vilanch is one of the most sought-after comedy writers in Hollywood, winner of multiple Emmys and noted as the "Hollywood Square" just to the left of Whoopi. Bruce spent two years as Edna Turnblad, on tour and on Broadway in the smash musical adaptation of the John Waters film HAIRSPRAY. Bruce was seen on VH1's popular fitness and nutrition reality-series, "Celebrity Fit Club" and he has appeared in "Ice Pirates," "Mahogany" and "The Morning After." A frequent guest on talk shows, Bruce won his Emmys for co-writing back-to-back Oscar shows with Billy Crystal. He was also nominated for an Emmy as a lyricist on Eartha Kitt's gold-selling album "Where Is My Man". Bruce has spent over 21 years writing for the Oscars, as well as a number of Tonys, Grammys and Emmys. His career was documented in the film "Get Bruce!," released by Miramax and available on Buena Vista Home Video. Bruce's one-man show, ALMOST FAMOUS, tickled Off-Broadway audiences for three months and has made a number of appearances around the country.
Jerry Adler is a veteran of over 50 Broadway productions as Producer, Director and Production Stage Manager, including the original MY FAIR LADY (The revival of which he directed), COCO, THE HOMECOMING, ANNIE and many more, as well as the Tony Award- winning GOOD EVENING which he directed with Dudley Moore and Peter Cook - before he began his new career as an actor. He then appeared in Woody Allen's "Manhattan Murder Mystery" and "The Public Eye" with Joe Pesci. He has since been seen on many teleVision Productions, including "The West Wing", "Law and Order", "Northern Exposure", "CSI:Miami" and was a regular on "Mad About You". He is an original cast member of "The Sopranos" and was "HESH", Tony's mentor/advisor throughout that award-winning HBO Production's run. His recent films include "In Her Shoes", "Prime", "Find Me Guilty", "Synecdoche" and the soon-to-be- released "Last Angry Man In Brooklyn" with Robin Williams. On TV he was the Fire Chief in "Rescue Me" with Denis Leary, and recently is Howard Lyman on "The Good Wife". He is the 2013 recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts awarded by the University of Connecticut.
Jason Jacoby is currently starring Off-Broadway in AVENUE Q as Nicky/Trekkie. Other credits include: CABARET, THE PRODUCERS, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Park Playhouse); LE HOT BLUE (New York Theatre Workshop); THE PIPER (Capital Repertory Theatre); G.B.S. (Clockwork Theatre, U.S. Premiere); RECKLESS (The Gallery Players).
Bryan McElroy's past credits include: Chicago: JERSEY BOYS (Tommy). First National Tour: THOROUGHLY MODERN (Jimmy). Off Broadway: I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW (Chuck) Regional: ACROSS THE WAY(Peter); KING O' THE MOON (Rudy); GREASE (Kenickie); TAMING OF THE SHREW (Hortensio); EVITA (Che); THE BIG FUNK (Gregory); LUCKY STIFF (Bellhop); THE RINK (Lucky); SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE! (Joe/Tom).
Amy Wilson was seen on Broadway in THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO. Select NY/ Off-Broadway: MOTHER LOAD (creator and performer, Soho Playhouse/ National Tour), THE BEST OF EVERYTHING (HERE/ 95WordsPerMinute), HOBSON'S CHOICE (Atlantic Theater), YOUNG GOODMAN BROWN and HAMLET (Target Margin), STRAIGHT UP... OR WITH A TWIST (New Georges). TV: series regular on "Norm" (ABC) with Norm MacDonald, "Daddio" (NBC) with Michael Chiklis; recurring on "Felicity". Film: "Kinsey", "Kissing Jessica Stein", "Keeping the Faith", "Ira and Abby".
JEFFREY ARNOLD WOLF is an actor and writer with over 25 years on the stage. Various regional credits include: LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL, SPELLING BEE, THE PRODUCERS, GLORIOUS, JEKYLL & HYDE, PHANTOM and many more.
Mike Reiss (Writer): This is the first play by four time Emmy Award-Winner Mike Reiss to have a production in New York. Along with his 24 years on "The Simpsons," Reiss co-created the animated series "The Critic" and created Showtime's hit cartoon "Queer Duck" (about a gay duck), which was named one of "The 100 Greatest Cartoons of All Time" by the BBC. Reiss' other TV credits include "It's Garry Shandling's Show", "ALF", and "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson." "My Life in Ruins," a film inspired by his travels to 71 countries, was released in 2009. Reiss also co-wrote 'The Simpsons Movie"
and "Ice Age 3", with a combined worldwide gross of $1.5 billion. He has published seventeen children's books, including the bestseller "How Murray Saved Christmas," and the award-winning "Late for School."
James Valletti (Director): Broadway/Off-Broadway credits include TALES FROM THE TUNNEL, MATILDA, EVITA, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, THE DIVINE SISTER, and ALTAR BOYZ. Television credits include "TMZ," "Anderson Cooper," "Jerseylicious," "Scoring the Deal," and "The Tyra Banks Show."
The creative team also includes lighting designer Sean Beach ("Pitch Perfect," MOTOWN), hair/wig designer Rick Caroto (LUCKY GUY, EVITA), costume designer Matthew Pachtman (BOOK OF MORMON, ELF) set designer Natalie J. Pecora, Tony-Award winning sound designer Leon Rothenberg (THE NANCE, THE HEIRESS), and music director Christopher Howatt.
RUBBLE is produced by 2L2T Productions LLC/James Valletti, Hunter Chancellor (MACBETH starring Alan Cumming) and Stephenie Skyllas (WHEN EVERYTHING WAS POSSIBLE), in association with Jessa White. RUBBLE is proud to be part of the 17th annual New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC, taking place August 9th through August 25th, 2013.
The Players Theater is located at 115 MacDougal Street. The performance schedule of RUBBLE is as follows:
Saturday, August 10th: Wednesday, August 14th: Thursday, August 22nd: Saturday, August 24th: Sunday, August 25th:
2:15pm 7:00pm 9:15pm 10:15pm 2:30pm
For more info, visit www.rubbletheplay.com.