SHUT UP SIT DOWN AND EAT to Play Off-Broadway This October

The hit "plomedy," SHUT UP SIT DOWN & EAT returns for NYC for a limited 12-week engagement at Times Square's Snapple Theater Center (1627 Broadway at 50 Street). Written by and starring four New York based comedians, Tina Giorgi (Falling Up, "The Late Late Show," "Comics Unleashed," "Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn"), Joe Moffa ("Blue Bloods," Carlito's Way), Chris Monty (PBS's "The Business of Comedy," Biloxi Blues) and Eric Tartaglione (That Championship Season, NBC's "Last Comic Standing"), directed by Eve Brandstein. SHUT UP SIT DOWN & EAT will play Sundays at 5:15pm beginning October 12 and will open on October 26 and will run through December 28, 2014. Tickets are $65 - $80 (includes $2 facility fee) and can be purchased by calling the Snapple Theater Center Box Office at 212 921 7862 or visiting or

SHUT UP SIT DOWN & EAT is the hilarious journey of emotional dysfunction - Italian Style! When a therapist fails to arrive on time for a group therapy session, four impatient Italian Americans decide to take their issues into their own hands. Performed over 120 times at theatres, comedy clubs, and casinos around the country, SHUT UP SIT DOWN & EAT was nominated by The Off Broadway Alliance for Best Unique Theatrical Experience. The play is considered a "plomedy," which the Urban Dictionary defines as "a genre of theatrical event that blends the wit of stand-up comedy with the intensity of a one-man show presented in an innovative play format by professional comedians."

Who's Who:

TINA GIORGI (co-writer / performer) is a former high school social studies teacher that turned stand-up comic/actor. She credits all the hours she spent in after school detention with her students, as the inspirational well of angst that she draws upon for all her comedic and acting performances. Tina has appeared in Falling Up at the Producer's Club in New York City and more recently at the New 42nd Street Theatre in the emotional show entitled In Depth. Her acting skills can also be seen in the documentary film An Actor's Transformation, which made its premiere at the Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto Canada. Tina's comedy credentials include CBS' "The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn," Fox's "Comics Unleashed" and Comedy Central's "Tough Crowd." Reviews refer to her performances as "comedy with a brain." She is the youngest of three sisters and happily married to a very brave man.

JOE MOFFA (co-writer / performer) has been heard on multiple radio shows as a guest /co-host and has landed small parts in major films like Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way and Stardom starring Dan Aykroyd and Frank Langella. Joe was cast by director Sidney Lumett in the role of Officer Santos for the TV series "100 Centre Street." He has been featured in the TV show "Law & Order: SVU" and on the Fox Cartoon Network. He was cast as the voice for the cartoon character of the NY JETS Game Face and featured in national TV and print ad commercials for the Avacor Corporation and for "The Naked Chef" starring Jamie Oliver. Joe's recent credits include the film "Man on a Ledge" (2012 release) and the CBS TV show "Blue Bloods." As an entertainer, his blue-collar personality is the driving force that sparks his stand-up comedy act.

CHRIS MONTY (co-writer / performer) started his show business career in New York during the late 90?s. He has been seen in numerous television commercials and short films. He has recently been seen on PBS in "the Business Of Comedy" and "Meet The Tanners.". Chris has graced the stage in many productions including "Biloxi Blues," "Kimberly Akimbo" and "Brilliant Traces." He was a member of the innovative improv troupe "The Other Group." As a stand-up comedian, Chris has been entertaining audiences all over the country for fifteen years and headlines in such places as Las Vegas and Atlantic City. He is a favorite performer in major theaters and comedy clubs across the nation. His original family name is Montrone and was changed many years ago at Ellis Island for reasons unknown.

ERIC TARTAGLIONE (co-writer / performer) has New York City credits including Othello and Code of Silence. His regional credits are Broadway Bound, That Championship Season, Baby Dance, The Heidi Chronicles, Bleacher Bums, The Front Page, Doubles, Inherit The Wind, Lost In Yonkers, The Diary of Anne Frank, Beau Jest, 12 Angry Men, Wait Until Dark, The Boys Next Door and The Three Sisters. As a stand- up comedian, Eric has been seen on NBC's "Last Comic Standing" and can be heard on Sirius/XM satellite radio. He has performed in comedy clubs and theaters all across the country including the Riviera in Las Vegas and The Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.

EVE BRANDSTEIN (director) made her debut as a television writer/producer with the series "E/R", starring Elliot Gould for CBS, a "The Jeffersons" spin off. She also produced "Charmed Lives" for ABC a spin-off of "Who's The Boss," and with her writing/producing partner for over 25 years "The Belles of Bleecker Street" for CBS, and "No Place Like Home," starring Amanda Bynes for Nickelodeon. She also produced and directed "Small Victories" for NBC. She has gone on to have development deals to produce and write for Columbia Television, Castle Rock, Stephen J. Cannell Productions, HBO, Act III, Film Roman, VH1, Nickelodeon and PAX tv. As a theater director Eve continues to work in New York and Los Angeles. Her recent productions are the world premiere of Revisiting Wildfire at the Odyseey Theater, L.A. as well as the Off-Broadway production at the Arc Light Theater, Suzanne Whang's one person show, Let Go and Let Gook, Rick Overton's interactive comedy Substitute Global Ambassador, Beyond The Beehive Ronnie Spector's autobiographical solo musical at the City Winery, Waiting For Jack - Readings of the Beat Poets, a recurring performance production with a recent show at The Autry Museum, and Claiming Ginsberg - An Evening of Allen Ginsberg and Friend. For Jewish Women's Theater's productions of Stories From The Fringe - Women Rabbis Revealed, Hold Me Heal Me and Saffron and Rosewaterm - Persian Women's Stories, Recent Off-Broadway production of Voices of Swords at the Soho Rep. Eve Brandstein's Poetry In Motion,"since 1988, her legendary bi-coastal spoken word series continues as a labor of love.

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