Gianmarco Soresi's Unromantic Comedy LESS THAN 50% Arrives At 59E59 Theaters

59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled to welcome Gianmarco Soresi's unromantic comedy LESS THAN 50%, directed by Jen Wineman. Produced by Robin Milling in association with James Brent White, Todd & Elizabeth Donovan, Joann Farda, Jesse Kearney, and New Light Theater Project, LESS THAN 50%, begins performances on Friday, August 3 for a limited engagement through Sunday, September 1. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Friday at 7:30 PM; Saturday at 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM; and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison). Single tickets are $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members). Tickets are available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or by visiting www.59e59.org.

LESS THAN 50% is a smart and witty unromantic comedy about love and all the insane, irrational, and impromptu ways we try to keep it. Actor and comic Gianmarco Soresi blends theater with stand-up comedy and a shifting fourth wall to build a meta-exploration of contemporary romance in an age of cynicism with an unforgettable twist.

Hannah Hale (As You Like It with Shakespeare's Globe Theatre) joins Gianmarco Soresi in this charming two-hander.

The design team includes Ashleigh Poteat (set design); Driscoll Otto (lighting design); Samantha Rose Lind (costume design); Emily Auciello (sound design); John Erickson (projection design); and Leila Ben-Abdallah (prop design).

Gianmarco Soresi (playwright/actor) is a young Jewish/Italian comic, actor, writer, and impresario. As a stand-up comic, he's headlined Carolines on Broadway for their Breakout Artist Comedy Series, along with headlining at EastVille Comedy Club, Bier Baron, and The PIT. He's been featured at Hu Ke Lau and the del Lago casino and has hosted at Bananas Comedy Club, West Side Comedy Club, and Rockwells. He performs regularly at Stand Up NY, The Grisly Pear, The Creek and The Cave, Comix Mohegan Sun, and more. He was recently featured on George Takei Presents, SeeSo's New York's Funniest, and at The Cinder Block Comedy Festival, Laughing Devil Comedy Festival, and New York Comedy Festival. His hour-long special Infinite Bris is due for release this year. As a storyteller, he's performed on RISK!, UCB's Nights of Our Lives, and Word of Mouth. He will be performing on a Moth GrandSLAM later this year.

Gianmarco's sketches/series, including theaward winning Matza Pizza, have been featured in Metro New York, Fast Company, CityLab, Huffington Post, Paste, LAUGHSPIN, SplitSider, Comedy Cake, Funny or Die, and BroadwayWorld. Funny or Die recently produced one of his sketches for their Valentine's Day Feature. His sketch team, Uncle Function (3xUCB Backyard Brawl winners), can be seen regularly at The Peoples Improv Theater.

On television, Gianmarco has gueststared on various shows including Deception (ABC); Unforgettable (A&E); I Love You But I Lied (A&E); Blue Bloods (CBS); Tracy Morgan's The Last O.G (TBS); Bonding (Blackpills); Hack My Life (TruTV); and more. Recent theater work includes EST's One Act Marathon and Pipeline Theater Company's Clown Bar.

Jen Wineman (Director) is a Brooklyn-based director/choreographer. New York: Surfer Girl (Animus); My Heart is in the East (La Mama); Fable (NYMF), The King's Whore (Walkerspace); F#%king Up Everything (Elektra Theater); Estrella Cruz [The Junkyard Queen] (Ars Nova). Regional: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Asolo Rep & Miami New Drama); Shakespeare in Love (Virginia Rep); Into the West (Tantrum Theater); Baskerville (Dorset Theatre Festival); Sweeney Todd (Playmakers Rep); The 39 Steps, Shipwrecked (Triad Stage). Touring productions: Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Asolo Rep). Education: BA, Vassar College. MFA, Yale School of Drama. www.jenwineman.com



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