Bristol Riverside Theatre Presents Neil Simon's LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR, Now thru 4/13

Bristol Riverside Theatre Presents Neil Simon's LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR, Now thru 4/13

Laughter is coming from the stage floor when Bristol Riverside Theatre presents Neil Simon's sidesplitting comedy Laughter on the 23rd Floor today, March 18-April 13. Directed by Keith Baker, the ensemble cast features K.O. Delmarcelle, David Edwards, Bruce Graham, Benjamin Lloyd, Megan McDermott, Jason Silverman, and Carl N. Wallnau.

Previews begin Tuesday, March 18 with opening night on Thursday, March 20. Performances run Tuesday through Sunday until April 13. Tickets start at $31, with discounts for students, groups and military personnel. Tickets are available by visiting brtstage.org or calling the BRT Box Office at 215-785-0100. Bristol Riverside Theatre is located at 120 Radcliffe Street in Bristol, PA.

From Neil Simon's real life experience on the Sid Caesar show, comes this side-splitting comedy following the writing, fighting, and wacky antics in the writers' room of a weekly variety show. While chaos reigns backstage, star Max Prince battles with NBC executives who fear his humor is too sophisticated for Middle America. With characters based on his co-writers, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and Sid Caesar, Simon perfectly showcases the hilarious jokes and banter of the original kings of comedy.

K.O. Delmarcelle (Helen) recently appeared at Lantern Theatre Company in Henry V and Romeo and Juliet as well as at The Wilma Theatre in Hysteria and EgoPo Productions in The Diary of Anne Frank and Atoud Unbound. A graduate of Villanova University where she earned the BrIan Morgan Memorial Acting Award, she starred there in Mother Courage, The Illusion and Long Day's Journey into Night.

David Edwards (Max) returns to BRT where he was featured in The Foreigner. He starred on Broadway in By Jeeves and The Rothschilds and in the national tour of The Producers. Off-Broadway he has appeared at Lincoln Center Institute in The Witch of Wall Street, Soho Playhouse in Room Service, New World Stages in What's That Smell?, and Sullivan Street Playhouse in The Fantasticks. In addition to a production of Little Me at American Stage Company which garnered a New Jersey Critics Award for Best Actor, he has performed in three productions of A Little Night Music, nine productions of Man of La Mancha, and multiple productions of both Camelotand 1776.

Bruce Graham (Milt), well-known as a prolific playwright whose works have been nominated for multiple Barrymore Awards, has performed at New City Stage in Hurlyburly, Delaware Theatre Company/Act Two Playhouse's co-production of Time Stands Still and his own Any Given Monday, and Brat Productions in Haunted Poe. Other regional credits include productions at Pittsburgh Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Theatre-By-The Grove, and Keystone Rep.

Benjamin Lloyd (Ira) last appeared at BRT in Up and Gypsy. The recipient of three Barrymore Award nominations for Heckler at 1812 Productions, Rhinoceros at Theatre Exile, and Three in the Back, Two in the Head at InterAct Theatre Company, he has also been seen locally in multiple productions at Arden Theatre Company, Lantern Theatre Company, The Wilma Theatre.

Megan McDermott (Carol) earned a Barrymore Award nomination for her work in Spring Awakening at EgoPo Productions. She has also appeared at Delaware Theatre Company/Act II Playhouse co-production of Time Stands Still, Amadeus and Shakespeare in Hollywood, both at The Wilma Theatre, and In the Next Room/The Vibrator Play and The Three Sisters, both at Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre.

Jason Silverman (Lucas) makes his BRT debut following appearances at McCarter Theatre, Roundabout Theatre, Alchemical Theatre, and Playwrights Horizons. He is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Carl N. Wallnau returns to BRT where he was featured in Evita and What you Will. He has performed in the first national tour ofTitanic and Off-Broadway productions at Second Stage, Pearl Theater, Lark Theater, and New York Music Festival. In addition to regional credits at Paper Mill Playhouse, Orlando Shakespeare Festival and Asolo Theatre, he has appeared locally at People's Light and Theatre Company, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, 1812 Productions and Cape May Stage.

Laughter on the 23rd Floor brings together the creative team of Set Designer Jason Simms; Costume Designer Gina Andreoli; and Lighting Designer Kate Ashton.

The 2013-2014 mainstage season concludes with Little Shop of Horrors by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (May 6-June 8).

Since 1986, BRT has brought consistently acclaimed professional theatre to Bucks County and maintained a long-term commitment to finding and developing new plays. The theatre is the recipient of over 68 Barrymore Award nominations for Excellence in Theatre, given annually by Theatre Philadelphia. In addition to its mainstage productions, the theatre serves as a cultural hub for the community, with such programs as children's theatre, community concerts and exhibitions of local visual arts. Currently under the direction of Artistic Director Keith Baker, Founding Director Susan D. Atkinson, and Managing Director, Amy Kaissar, BRT continues its 27th season. For information, visit www.brtstage.org.

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