TWO-TIME TONY AWARD-NOMINEE ROBIN DE JESUS IS BEN RIMALOWER
IN "PATTI ISSUES"
THE CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED HIT SOLO PLAY CONTINUES ITS YEAR-LONG RUN THIS FALL WITH A NEW STAR, SEPTEMBER 8 TO OCTOBER 27
Written by Ben Rimalower Directed by Aaron Mark
"A tight hourlong monologue that pairs a well-honed script with an engagingly spontaneous delivery and a nose for sharp, observational comedy, Mr. Rimalower's funny, tender reminiscence rides an infectious rainbow high." The New York Times
"Meticulously scripted and executed, with poignant punch lines that deliver laughs, emotion and insight." Time Out New York
"Endearing, drolly written and performed with heaps of charisma." The New Yorker
"PATTI ISSUES" the hit solo play written by BEN RIMALOWER will continue its hit New York run with Sunday night performances from September 8 to October 27, starring Broadway's ROBIN DE JESUS, star of the film Camp and two-time Tony Award nominee for In the Heights and La Cage Aux Folles (also soon to be starring opposite Laurie Metcalf and Jeff Goldblum in Lincoln Center Theater's Domesticated, opening November 4.)
The piece, hailed as "ecstatically vivid" by The New York Times and praised for its "wit, feeling and conviction" by Time Out New York, celebrates its year anniversary at The Duplex in the West Village and will run through Thursday, August 15 with Rimalower performing. After more rave reviews and a host of awards, Ben will perform "PATTI ISSUES" in Boston, Glasgow, and Berlin in August and September, plus an upcoming South Florida "mini-tour," following recent performances in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Berkeley, Provincetown, the Fire Island Pines and Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Watertown, CT. See below for full listings information.
Since "PATTI ISSUES" opened last August, it has become a must-see show on the downtown theater scene, garnering great word-of-mouth from attendees such as Tony Kushner, Alan Cumming, Michael Kors, Justin Vivian Bond, Tonya Pinkins, Perez Hilton and Ms. LuPone herself ("The show's fantastic," she said. "It's really wonderful. I was moved.") Included as "Best New York Theater of 2012," The Advocate called the show "smart, poignant and dishy as hell," while it was dubbed "spellbinding" by The Village Voice and "pithy and unforgettable" by The Huffington Post. "PATTI ISSUES" received a special Bistro Award for solo play in March and won the MAC Award for "Male Debut." "PATTI ISSUES" is directed by Aaron Mark (Another Medea with Tom Hewitt, Random Unrelated Projects).
When Ben Rimalower was eight years old, his father came out of the closet and embarked on a drug-fueled tear that left his family in tatters. Amid the chaos of his young life, Ben found comfortlike so many gay boys before him and afterin musical theater, and specifically in the transportive voice of Broadway star Patti LuPone. "PATTI ISSUES" marks Rimalower's debut as a playwright and performer, after serving as the director of numerous Off-Broadway plays, concerts and all-star benefits (and blogging for the Huffington Post). With a mix of comic irreverence, stark candor and show-biz bravado, "PATTI ISSUES" poignantly explores the challenges facing LGBT parents and children while shining unique light on gay men's time-old obsessions with divas.
ROBIN DE JESUS is BEN RIMALOWER in "PATTI ISSUES" will be performed at THE DUPLEX (61 Christopher Street at 7th Ave, New York, NY 10014) on Sundays, September 8 through October 27 (Please note: there is no show on Sunday, October 6). All performances are at 9:30 PM. Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door. There is a two drink minimum per person. You must be 21+ years of age to attend.
More information and tickets at www.PattiIssues.com.
ROBIN DE JESÚS Broadway: La Cage Aux Folles (Tony Award nomination), In the Heights (Tony Award nomination), Rent. Regional: the title role in Aladdin at the MUNY, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings at Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Godspell at PaperMill Playhouse, Zorba the Greek at the York Theatre, Two Gentlemen of Verona at The Shakespeare Theatre. He's done the workshops of Kander & Ebb's The Skin of Our Teeth, Frog Kiss, Timmy the Great, Kingdom, Paradise Tossed, No Better Friend; No Worse Enemy, Captain Louie and Close to the Sun. He appeared off-Bway in the Barrow Group production of A & J Rule the Universe. Film credits include leading roles in Hairbrained, Gun Hill Road, Elliot: A Love Story, Pet the Goat, Fat Girls and Camp. His TV credits include three episodes of "Law & Order: SVU," and "How to Make it in America."
BEN RIMALOWER is the author and star of off Off-Broadway's long-running, critically acclaimed smash hit solo play Patti Issues (M.A.C. Award, Outstanding New York Debut, and Bistro Award, Best Solo Play, featured presentation at Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Summer Conference), which he is currently performing all around the world, while two-time Tony nominee Robin De Jesus take on Rimalower's role in New York. His "Do You Have Patti Issues?" PSA with Alan Cumming and Patti LuPone was a homepage selection on FunnyOrDie. He writes for Playbill and The Huffington Post. Ben directed and produced the Off-Broadway plays Joy (Actors Playhouse, Out Magazine: "Top Ten Theatre") and The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero (Daryl Roth/DR2 Theatre). He also directed Justin Sayre Is Alive And Well Writing (Ars Nova), Project Lohan (La MaMa E.T.C.), Snoopy! starring Sutton Foster (Symphony Space), And/or (Hot Festival), Sodom the Musical (Kraine Theatre) and the all-star Night Of A Thousand Judys (Playwrights Horizons) as well as staged readings for Second Stage, The York, Dixon Place and Ensemble Studio Theatre. He conceived and directed Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches (Time Out New York Award) and subsequently produced Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records' long-awaited recording, Patti LuPone at Les Mouches (Billboard "Heatseekers" Chart), digitally restored from archival tapes of LuPone's legendary 1980 performances. In venues such as Joe's Pub, San Francisco's Plush Room and Los Angeles' Upright Cabaret, Ben has earned the title the "Midas of Cabaret" (The Advocate) helming a slew of solo shows for artists including Erin Markey, Alec Mapa, Cole Escola, Our Lady J, Natalie Joy Johnson, Lindsey Alley, Molly Pope, Wendy Ho, John Hill, Scott Nevins, Kate Pazakis and Lance Horne in addition to producing and hosting the Laurie Beechman Theatre's recurring variety show, Saturday Night Underground. Assistant Director credits include Lonny Price's productions of A Class Act (Manhattan Theatre Club, Broadway and Tokyo) and A Little Night Music (starring Patti LuPone, George Hearn and Zoe Caldwell) as well as the Emmy-winning Sweeney Todd. Ben studied Theatre Arts at U.C. Berkeley where he was the founding Artistic Director of BareStage (now celebrating its 18th anniversary). Follow @benrimalower on Twitter and visit benrimalower.com.
AARON MARK is most recently the writer/director of Another Medea, which just concluded its premiere run at the Duplex Theatre starring Tom Hewitt. His three independent feature films are Commentary (which premiered at Anthology Film Archives as part of NewFilmmakers New York), Random Unrelated Projects (Best Experimental Feature, NYIFF) and Zbornik Developing (available at SethTV.com). His other plays, Failed Suicide Attempts (Living Room Series, Blank Theatre in Hollywood), Fucking Wagner, Dead Agenting, Jackson, Plays With Landline Phones, Cirque du Mental (8 Plays in 8 Days, Hamilton Stage), Subject, Bait, and Deer are all in various stages of "development". Other directing work includes Hedwig and the Angry Inch twice for BC/EFA at New World Stages. He is twenty-six and does not have aaronmark.com because it belongs to a German gay porn star with the same name. aaronmark.net.
The Duplex Cabaret Theater (View)
61 Christopher Street (at Seventh Avenue)
New York, NY 10014