STAGE TUBE: First Look at Robin De Jesus as Ben Rimalower in PATTI ISSUES
"PATTI ISSUES" - the hit solo play written by Ben Rimalower - continues its hit New York run with Sunday night performances now through October 27, starring Broadway's Robin De Jesus, star of the film Camp and two-time Tony Award nominee for In the Heights and La Cage Aux Folles (also soon to be starring opposite Laurie Metcalf and Jeff Goldblum in Lincoln Center Theater's Domesticated, opening November 4.) Click below for a first look at Robin onstage in the show!
Since "PATTI ISSUES" opened last August, it has become a must-see show on the downtown theater scene, garnering great word-of-mouth from attendees such as Tony Kushner, Alan Cumming, Michael Kors, Justin VivIan Bond, Tonya Pinkins, Perez Hilton and Ms. LuPone herself ("The show's fantastic," she said. "It's really wonderful. I was moved.") Included as "Best New York Theater of 2012," The Advocate called the show "smart, poignant and dishy as hell," while it was dubbed "spellbinding" by The Village Voice and "pithy and unforgettable" by The Huffington Post. "PATTI ISSUES" received a special Bistro Award for solo play in March and won the MAC Award for "Male Debut." "PATTI ISSUES" is directed by Aaron Mark (Another Medea with Tom Hewitt, Random Unrelated Projects).
When Ben Rimalower was eight years old, his father came out of the closet and embarked on a drug-fueled tear that left his family in tatters. Amid the chaos of his young life, Ben found comfort-like so many gay boys before him and after-in musical theater, and specifically in the transportive voice of Broadway star Patti LuPone. "PATTI ISSUES" marks Rimalower's debut as a playwright and performer, after serving as the director of numerous Off-Broadway plays, concerts and all-star benefits (and blogging for the Huffington Post). With a mix of comic irreverence, stark candor and show-biz bravado, "PATTI ISSUES" poignantly explores the challenges facing LGBT parents and children while shining unique light on gay men's time-old obsessions with divas.
ROBIN DE JESÚS is Ben Rimalower in "PATTI ISSUES" will be performed at The Duplex (61 Christopher Street at 7th Ave, New York, NY 10014) on Sundays through October 27 (Please note: there is no show on Sunday, October 6). All performances are at 9:30 PM. Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door. There is a two drink minimum per person. You must be 21+ years of age to attend.