EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE: THE LIFE & SLIMES OF MARC SUMMERS Up Next at Adirondack Theatre Festival

By: Aug. 01, 2016
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Continuing Adirondack Theatre Festival's (ATF) 22nd summer season of professional theatre is EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE: THE LIFE & SLIMES OF Marc Summers.

Performances will be held at the Charles R. Wood Theater (207 Glen Street in downtown Glens Falls) August 10th - August 13th at 7:30pm with a special matinee performance on August 11th at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $35-$40 and are available at the Wood Theater Box Office, online at ATFestival.org, or by calling (518) 480-4878. Discount season flex passes are available for the full seven show line-up.

Marc Summers is an icon of a generation. You may know him from his time hosting Nickelodeon's DOUBLE DARE and Food Network's UNWRAPPED, or as the Producer of hits like DINNER: IMPOSSIBLE and RESTAURANT: IMPOSSIBLE, but now you get the chance to meet the real Marc Summers - a man who's led a fascinating life of fame and frustration. EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE is a guided tour through Marc's life, from an early obsession with magic to his notable television career to his appearance on Oprah announcing his ongoing battle with OCD. Marc stars in this tell-all about his life, his disorder, and taking the physical challenge. Get ready for games, music, magic, and Double Dare!

EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE stars Marc Summers and Mike Nappi. The design team is: Chris Rhoton (Set), Jeffrey Small (Lights), David Sheehan (Sound), Scott Jones (Costumes).

During a remarkable career in show business, Marc Summers has hosted, or co-hosted, over 25 television series, having appeared on everything from ABC to Nickelodeon, CBS to Food Network, and Lifetime to FOX. During a multi-faceted career, Summers has concurrently become a pop-culture icon, most notably tied into his longtime gigs as the host of the hugely popular children's TV series "Double Dare," which marks the 30th Anniversary of its 1986 launch in 2016. He has also served as the host of Food Network's long-running "Unwrapped."

Summers has also established himself as a producer of popular and successful reality TV series, as well as a businessman, author of a self-help book, and a stand-up comic. He is the producer of two additional long-running Food Network shows, "Dinner: Impossible" and "Restaurant: Impossible."

Playwright Alex Brightman is a Tony-nominee for 2016 Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his energetic performance in SCHOOL OF ROCK. He has also been seen on Broadway in MATILDA, GLORY DAYS, BIG FISH, and WICKED. Drew Gasparini is an award-winning musical theatre composer and lyricist who was named one of Playbill.com's "Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know." He is currently working on multiple projects with writing partner, Alex Brightman, along with a new musical commission from Warner Bros. The two have collaborated with director, Chad Rabinovitz, previously on their horror musical, MAKE ME BAD.

ATF's Producing Artistic Director, Chad Rabinovitz, directs. Chad has directed more than 100 plays and musicals across the country, focusing entirely on new and contemporary work. Specializing in developing new works, Rabinovitz has fostered and directed premieres from such prominent playwrights as: Dan Castellaneta, Deb Lacusta, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeff Daniels, Craig Wright, Greg Kotis, Paris Barclay, Drew Gasparini, Alex Brightman, Michelle Kholos Brooks, Kelly Younger, Jon Marans, Israel Horovitz, Jeremy Schonfeld, Wendy MacLeod, Michael Healey, Nicole Parker, Chris Jeffries, Henry Murray, Carner & Gregor, and William Missouri Downs. Rabinovitz is also known for working closely with magicians to direct and develop their acts, working most prominently with "Washington D.C.'s 2013 Best Performing Artist," Max Major. He has been the Producing Artistic Director of the Bloomington Playwrights Project for the past 6 years where he led what Bloom Magazine called, "a near miraculous renaissance". Through the quality of new works he produced, Chad managed to erase the company's nearly six-figure deficit, quintuple its subscribership, expand its education program, complete a full-building renovation, double the operating budget, and produce an entirely sold-out season of new works. In his first year of leadership at ATF, the company increased its attendance by nearly 45%, breaking box-office records.

"I began my career as a professional magician and as a stand-up comic. I will re-visit that era of my life within the body of this new show. While I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been successful in other areas of the entertainment world, appearing on-stage before a live audience has always been what I've enjoyed doing the most. And with a tip of my hat and a wink of the eye to the countless TV game shows I've appeared on, we anticipate that an actual game show could possibly break out in the middle of my new live show. In fact, members of our theater audience might even win real prizes!" - Marc Summers

"Once you meet Marc, there's no question why he was the one chosen out of 3,000 auditioners to host DOUBLE DARE. He's a dynamic person with an incredible story to tell. While the show is filled with games, music, magic, and even some Double Dare, it's ultimately about overcoming a disease, handling rejection, and conquering any physical challenge that life gives you." - Chad Rabinovitz

In 2012, Marc Summers decided to "tip his toes back into the waters" of acting in Live Theatre, and performed for a short time in the role of "Vince Fontaine" in a Long Beach Island (NJ) production of "Grease." During the show's run, Marc became good friends with fellow co-star Drew Gasparini, who in turn introduced him to Alex Brightman (now starring in "School of Rock" on Broadway.)

The three men became close friends, and for the next two years, Gasparini and Brightman would meet with Marc Summers for countless meals, during which time they would tape record his reminiscences from throughout his life. Marc revealed to them both the funny, offbeat and fortuitous circumstances behind his successful TV career, as well as many deeply personal issues which he's had to overcome during the past several years.

Following the success of Gasparini/Brightman's co-written play "Make Me Bad," which had been performed in Bloomington, IN, Producing Artistic Director Chad Rabinovitz learned that the two men were working with Marc Summers. Rabinovitz bought the proposed new collaborative play from Summers/Gasparini/Brightman sight unseen. Thus, "The Life and Slimes of Marc Summers" was conceived. The new play premiered on April 1, 2016, in Bloomington, IN, at the Bloomington Playwrights Project (Chad Rabinovitz, Producing Artistic Director).

For more about the production, visit www.atfestival.org/event/everything-in-its-place-the-life-slimes-of-marc- summers.

Founded in 1994, ATF is a non-profit, professional theatre. Each summer ATF produces a season of theatre for an audience of both locals and tourists (8,000-9,000) using professional artists from New York City and across the country. ATF operates under a Small Professional Theatre Agreement with Actors' Equity Association. ATF is the only professional summer theatre in the Capital District, Saratoga and Adirondack regions of upstate New York solely committed to producing new and contemporary works of theatre. Its 22nd season is comprised entirely of new works.



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