Photo Flash: Manhattan Theater Club's HUMOR ABUSE

The Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) world premiere production of HUMOR ABUSE, the new one-man-show created by Lorenzo Pisoni (Equus, Last Dance) and Erica Schmidt (Debbie Does Dallas), began previews February 19 at New York City Center Stage II (131 West 55th Street) in preparation for a Tuesday, March 10 opening night.

HUMOR ABUSE stars Pisoni with direction by Schmidt and is the unique story of Pisoni's upbringing as the youngest member of the Pickle Family Circus, the Bay Area's tiny big top that entertained thousands of people worldwide and launched the careers of several legendary performers. Filled with the clowning that Pisoni learned at his father's knee, and the wonder, heartache and complexity of stepping into (and out of) his father's shoes, HUMOR ABUSE shows that running away with the circus isn't always all fun and games.

The creative team for HUMOR ABUSE includes: Ben Stanton (lighting design), Bart Fasbender (sound design) and David Caparelliotis (casting).

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country's most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. MTC productions have earned a total of 16 Tony Awards and five Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. Renowned MTC productions include Top Girls; From Up Here; Come Back, Little Sheba; The Receptionist; LoveMusik; Blackbird; Translations; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt; Proof; The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; Kimberly Akimbo; Love! Valour! Compassion!; Sylvia; Four Dogs and a Bone; Putting It Together; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain't Misbehavin'.

This season, MTC's Broadway stage was renamed the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The landmarked theatre has been the institution's home on Broadway since 2003 and was rehabilitated by MTC following a two-year, $35 million capital campaign. In addition, MTC operates two theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street), its Off-Broadway home since 1984.

For more information on Manhattan Theatre Club, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

Photos by Joan Marcus

Photo Flash: Manhattan Theater Club's HUMOR ABUSE
Lorenzo Pisoni

Photo Flash: Manhattan Theater Club's HUMOR ABUSE
Lorenzo Pisoni

Photo Flash: Manhattan Theater Club's HUMOR ABUSE
Lorenzo Pisoni

Photo Flash: Manhattan Theater Club's HUMOR ABUSE
Lorenzo Pisoni

Photo Flash: Manhattan Theater Club's HUMOR ABUSE
Lorenzo Pisoni

Photo Flash: Manhattan Theater Club's HUMOR ABUSE
Lorenzo Pisoni



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