Penguin Rep Theatre Presents DROP DEAD PERFECT, Starring Everett Quinton, Tonight
Penguin Rep Theatre presents the world premiere of Drop Dead Perfect, a new comedy by Erasmus Fenn, directed by Penguin Rep founder and Artistic Director Joe Brancato, and starring Drama Desk Award winner and legendary Ridiculous Theatrical Company veteran Everett Quinton, beginning tonight, August 9 in Stony Point (Rockland County), New York.
Drop Dead Perfect, which will be performed through September 1, is described by Mr. Brancato as "a madcap romp that celebrates and satirizes movie melodramas, with a nod to both Alfred Hitchcock and Carol Burnett".
She may only be a woman in a man's world in 1952, but life's no drag for Idris Seabright, wealthy middle-aged matron with a penchant for perfectionism (played by Mr. Quinton). After all, she has her beautiful ward Vivien, her precise pencil sketches and manicured Key West estate. But then Vivien wants to move to Greenwich Village to hang out with beatniks and become an artist, and her lawyer gets a little too interested in her investments. "The sudden appearance of a mysterious stranger bearing an uncanny resemblance to her long-lost love is the last straw", says Mr. Brancato, "and Idris becomes unhinged, with her world descending into over-the-top comic mayhem".
"Fasten your seatbelts for an outlandishly funny ride", says Andrew M. Horn, who is celebrating his 30th year as Penguin Rep's Executive Director. Featuring adult language, situations and some nudity, the production is recommended for adults only.
Everett Quinton (Idris Seabright) received Drama Desk and Obie Awards for Charles Ludlam's The Mystery of Irma Vep, and also appeared in such other notable Ridiculous Theatrical Company productions as Galas, The Artificial Jungle, Camille, and Love's Tangled Web. He recently appeared as Bennett in Travesties at McCarter Theater Center and received the Off Broadway Alliance "Legend of Off Broadway Honor" and Actors' Equity Association's Callaway Award for his portrayal of Fabritzio in Red Bull Theater's production of Thomas Middleton's Women Beware Women.
Jason Cruz (Ricardo)'s theatre credits include The Tempest and Jesus Hopped the "A" Train. His new film Here You Go which he co-wrote, produced and in which he stars has screened at the Cleveland International Film Festival and SoHo International Film Festival (where it was nominated for Best Showcase Short).
Michael Keyloun (Phineas) returns to Penguin Rep where he starred in Around the World in 80 Days. Regionally, he has worked across the country, at the Shakespeare Theatre of DC, Hartford Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Long Wharf, Goodspeed, St. Louis Rep, Denver Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and La Jolla Playhouse.
Drop Dead Perfect is novelist-turned-playwright Erasmus Fenn's first dramatic work. He credits "an overexposure to early television sitcoms and Alfred Hitchcock's Stories They Wouldn't Let Me Tell on TV, as well as the tales (his) father told him about his early years lawyering in south Florida", as inspirations for the play.