By: Nov. 25, 2012
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Contagious Laughter LLC. welcomes Roxie Lucas and Kevin O'Donnell to the cast of the World Premiere of LET'S KILL GRANDMA THIS CHRISTMAS by Brian Gianci, directed by John Dapolito. LET'S KILL GRANDMA THIS CHRISTMAS will begin performances tonight, November 25; it will celebrate its opening on Monday, December 3 and will run through January 6, 2013 at the Theatre at St. Clement's (423 West 46th Street). 

The Holidays are murder… literally. This year stuff your stocking with rat poison, a pistol, octogenarian sex, a little giggle-weed, and a family hungry for more than Grandma's Christmas dinner. Possessed by greed, the family plots and schemes murder in order to get Grandma's money. LET'S KILL GRANDMA THIS CHRISTMAS is a twisted black comedy that says there's no place like six feet under for the holidays.

In addition to Roxie Lucas (B'way: Damn Yankees, My Favorite Year, Harrigan 'n Hart); Kevin O'Donnell (Film: The Word; Salt TV: "Unforgettable"), the cast features: Adam Mucci (HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" B'way: You're Welcome America: A Final Night With George W. Bush), Katie Webber (B'way: Catch Me If You Can, Memphis: A New Musical, Rock of Ages, Wicked TV: "Smash," "American Idol"), Brandi Nicole Wilson (Love Me Tinder, MITF Best Actress Nom.; Film: Bert and Arnie's Guide to Friendship,That's What She Said), James Wirt (Saturn Return. Film: Motive, The Order of Things), Sets and lights will be designed by Harry Feiner. Casting by Judy Bowman.

LET'S KILL GRANDMA THIS CHRISTMAS Playing Schedule: Monday at 7 pm; Wednesday - Friday at 8 pm; Saturday at 2 pm & 8 pm; Sunday at 3 pm & 7:30 pm (No show December 24; Added show December 26 at 2 pm; December 31 curtain at 2 pm)

Tickets are $69 and can be purchased by visiting http://letskillgrandmatheplay.com.

Brian Gianci (playwright) is a New York City playwright who is influenced by the works of Harold Pinter, Arthur Miller, and Tennessee Williams. His latest play, LET'S KILL GRANDMA THIS CHRISTMAS, will mark Brian's Off-Broadway debut in late 2012. His play, Two Thieves, a Girl Named Florine and an Extremely Rare, Perfectly Cut, Quarter Million Dollar Fire Opal Diamond, a comedy about a dim witted jewel thief trying to live an ethical life, is also in development after several readings and a workshop production. His other play, Saturn Return, (Co-written by James Wirt and Mackenzie Westmoreland) a dark comedy about a musician going through an existential crisis, is currently in development after several readings and a workshop production. Film: Brian has also written several screenplays which have been developed with The Film Gym. These include, Saving Billy Zonner, a psychological thriller about the latest strain of the swine flu, which is currently in preproduction; Psychopathic Yoga, a comedy about a peaceful Occupy Wall Street protester who has taken the CEO of a major bank hostage (filming this summer with The Film Gym); The Banana Republican a comedy he co-wrote with James Wirt; and a screen adaptation of his play, Saturn Return. Brian has also worked extensively as an actor both regionally and Off-Broadway, including performances with Naked Angels and Abingdon Theater Company.

John Dapolito (director/producer) John's directing journey humbly began with Ralph Pape's "Soap Opera". He then took a quantum leap and became a playwright-director of his own works which includes his signature play "Killer Midgets", an absurdist black comedy set in a surrealistic New York City apartment. The play gave him modest recognition, and encouragement. Inspired he later penned, "An Act of Kindness" and "Augie's Ring", which he has directed on four separate occasions in both Los Angeles and New York City. The Los Angeles Times single-out the production as its "pick of the week." His last play, "Baptism by Fire" was produced and directed by Emmy Winner Michael Imperioli (Christopher of the Sopranos) as the inaugural production of Studio Dante. John then turned his gaze to the big screen and penned a gritty and nostalgic urban drama called "When Tough Guys Were King", (co-authored by DominikTiefenthaler), based on an actual true story spanning three generations and six decades, the material is based on the video testimony and recordings of John's estranged father, August Dapolito, a native of Jersey City who struggled with heroin addiction for 25 years, and eventually lost his life to AIDS in 1993. John's Other Notables: He is the founder of Actors! Where Are You Going? a career development program using psychological profiling techniques to illicit the actors "A-Game Acting-Niche", where he also teaches his "Master Class for the Working Actor". For more information visit www.JohnDapolito.com.

Robert Nicotra(producer) is a graduate of PaceUniversity where received his BBA majoring in Accounting. He spent the next 18 years working in the financial industry at Prudential Securities and Citigroup. After ten years at Citigroup where he was Vice President in Operations, Robert decided to pursue a career in entertainment as an actor, writer and producer. Theater highlights (Producer): Men Without Myth at Urban Stages, the staged reading of A Room Of My Own by Charles Messina at The Theatre at 45 Bleecker Street with Mario Cantone and Ralph Macchio. Film projects: Maybe Tomorrow written and directed by Michael Wolfe (Best Feature Film Golden Door International Film Festival), 'Twas The Night Before A Brooklyn Christmas by Charles Messina and Vincent Gogliormella, and I Love You, I'll Miss You, Goodbye by Michael Wolfe.


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