Penguin Rep Theatre Presents Award-Winning Comedian Robert Wuhl One Night Only

Penguin Rep Theatre Presents Award-Winning Comedian Robert Wuhl One Night Only

Penguin Rep Theatre, the award-winning professional Equity theatre under the leadership of founding artistic director Joe Brancato and executive director Andrew M. Horn, presents Robert Wuhl, the award-winning actor, comedian and writer, in his latest work, Shistory Happens!, for one performance only, Saturday, September 23 at SUNY Rockland Community College's 500-seat Cultural Arts Theatre in Suffern, New York.

"We all know when stuff happens," says Mr. Brancato, "but it takes the keen eye of Mr. Wuhl in this pop culture comedy show to point out when shistory happens!"

"We're happy to welcome back Mr. Wuhl," says Mr. Horn, "with a hysterical -- and historical -- follow-up to his 2006 HBO Comedy Special Assume the Position With Mr. Wuhl, which he performed live for us in 2011."

Wuhl's first role in movies was a starring role in the 1980 comedy The Hollywood Knights along with other fledgling actors Tony Danza, Michelle Pfeiffer and Fran Drescher, followed by larger roles in such films as Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) with Robin Williams, Bull Durham (1988) with Kevin Costner, Tim Burton's 1989 Batman, and Cobb (1994) with Tommy Lee Jones.

He appeared in The Bodyguard as host of the Oscars. In reality he won two Emmy Awards for co-writing the Academy Awards with Billy Crystal in 1990 and 1991.

From 1996 to 2002 he wrote and starred in the HBO series Arli$$ as the title character, an agent for high-profile athletes.

Shistory Happens! will be performed at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $45 each and can be ordered from Penguin Rep at or by calling (845) 786-2873.


Joe Brancato was a high school English and drama teacher in 1977 when he peered into an abandoned 1880's hay barn in Stony Point, New York, and visualized his future: a theatre of his own.

40 years later, Penguin Rep - the theatre Brancato started with Francine Newman-McCarthy and runs with executive director Andrew M. Horn -- has grown from a summer theatre to become one of the Hudson Valley's most influential nonprofit cultural institutions, reaching tens of thousands of theatergoers each year at its home, in New York City and beyond - with its work moving to Off Broadway and to stages across the country and around the world.

And this May when the Bronx-born Brancato began his fifth decade at Penguin, a not-for-profit professional Equity theatre, he is among the longest-serving founding artistic directors in the U.S. today!

Since its founding in 1977, Penguin has presented more than 150 productions - over 100 directed by Brancato himself -- for more than 400,000 people from the Lower Hudson Valley and beyond. And Mr. Brancato has brought together accomplished professional actors - David Canary, Michael Cullen, Tim De Kay, Gregg Edelman, Michael Esper, Barbara Feldon, Tovah Feldshuh, Beth Fowler, Deborah Hedwall, Celeste Holm,, Richard Kline, Andrew McCarthy, Lizbeth MacKay, Michele Pawk, and Karen Ziemba, among others - to star in new and noteworthy plays by such playwrights as Lee Blessing, Ronald Harwood, Allan Knee, Arthur Laurents, Warren Leight, Jon Marans, William Mastrosimone, Lainie Robertson, James Sherman and Elizabeth Swados.

As it celebrates its fortieth season, Penguin Rep Theatre, dubbed "the gutsiest little theatre" by The New York Times, continues to present a cultural experience that is unique in the region: professional productions of new plays at affordable prices.

Penguin Rep Theatre's 2017 season is sponsored by Active International and Orange and Rockland Utilities. The season is also made possible by The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and The New York State Legislature.

Penguin Rep also gratefully acknowledges the support of the County of Rockland, the Town of Stony Point, The Shubert Foundation, Cory and Bob Donnalley Charitable Foundation and generous donations from Joseph Grosso, Barry and Helene Lewis, Chase Mishkin, Barrie Peterson and Morton Wolkowitz.

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