I Am Not a Comedian . . . I’m Lenny Bruce
Ronnie Marmo will continue to portray Lenny through October! Joe Mantegna directs Marmo in this highly acclaimed production, “I AM NOT A COMEDIAN…I’M Lenny Bruce” – The World Premiere one-man show show that chronicles the life and death of the most controversial comedian of all time… Lenny Bruce. Busted for obscenity, Lenny fought for freedom of speech all the way to the supreme court. He accidentally died of an overdose in 1966, while out on appeal. This play is performed with the blessings of Kitty Bruce (daughter of the late Lenny Bruce), along with The Lenny Bruce Foundation.
There are no performances on September 8, 9, 10, 24, or October 15.
Opens Friday, September 8 — five performances only.
This is a fundraiser presentation. All proceeds will go towards Brown Sugar Rehab, a non profit organization supporting Colon Cancer Awareness. There will be a Q&A with the director and actors after each performance.
Bechir Sylvain as Malcolm X
Ethan Henry as Martin Luther King Jr.
Justin Chu Cary as Rashad
Directed by Bill Cobbs
Produced by Shannon Sylvain
Production Manager Katy Jacoby
String of Pearls Opening at NYC Theatre 68
Michele Lowe’s radiant play explores the possibilities that open up in the lives of an array of women as they come into contact with a certain strand of pearls. While the pearls are stolen, bought, bestowed, unstrung and nearly lost, eight actresses play 27 characters in this deeply moving drama that is as fresh as it is funny. On the eve of her granddaughter Amy’s wedding, Beth asks to see the pearls she gave Amy’s mother long ago. When Amy cannot produce them, Beth determines to find the pearls. She takes us back to the time when she received them and then gave them to her daughter, who passed them on to her dearest friend Ela who lost them one Sunday morning. Spanning 35 years, the pearls touch the lives of mothers and daughters, sisters and friends, even husbands and wives as they weave a deeply affecting story of love and loss.
Friday, September 29 – Sunday, October 8
Fridays & Saturdays, 8:00 PM
Sundays, 7:00 PM
Arthur Seleen Theatre
The Drama Book Shop Inc?
250 W 40th St #1
RONNIE MARMO – I’m Not a Comedian Playwright and Actor
Ronnie has directed over fifty stage productions in Los Angeles and New York. Past favorites include the World Premiere Musical Serial Killer Barbie, the critically acclaimed Bill W. and Dr. Bob, which enjoyed 350+ sold out performances in the past 12 years, the Los Angeles Premiere of Storefront Church and the World Premiere of Last Night In The Garden I Saw You, both written by John Patrick Shanley, and West of Brooklyn which Marmo inked. Ronnie was the Artistic Director and Producer of the critically acclaimed first ever 13 by Shanley Festival which enjoyed a six-month run. Marmo has directed the film A Loan Officer And A Gentlemen. He also directed the series Adults Only and LaLa Land.
Ronnie received the Robert Pastorelli Rising Star Award for achievements as actor, writer, director and producer at the 2010 Garden State Film Festival. Ronnie completed a three-year run on ABC’s General Hospital as Ronnie Dimestico. He continues to serve at the Artistic Director of Theatre 68 (68 Cent Crew Theatre Company) in Los Angeles and New York City. He also directed the smash hit, Adam & Eve And Steve – A Musical, and the critically acclaimed John Grisham premiere production of A Time To Kill.
JOE MANTEGNA – I’m Not a Comedian Director
Joe was awarded the Tony and Joseph Jefferson Award for his acclaimed performance as Richard Roma in David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross. Some of Joe’s film and television highlights are House of Games, Searching for Bobby Fisher, Godfather III, his Emmy and Golden Globe nominated role of Dean Martin in The Ratpack, and his Emmy nominated role of Pipi Delana in The Last Don. For two seasons, Joe Stared with Mary Steenburgen and Amber Tamblyn in the critically acclaimed CBS drama Joan of Arcadia, winner of the 2004 People Choice Award for best new drama as well as picking up three Emmy nominations. In 2008, Joe reprised his Emmy nominated role of Lou Manahan opposite Debra Messing in USA Network series The Starter Wife. Joe has also lent his voice to the Disney/Pixar film, CARS2 and continues his 23-year run as Fat Tony on The Simpsons. In April of 2011 Joe received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Joe lends much of his free time to a number of philanthropic endeavors. In May 2012, Joe was appointed the National Spokesperson for The U.S. Army Museum, to lead the fundraising campaign to build the long-planned National Museum of the United States Army. He’s also an ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation, which builds homes for wounded veterans. His passions also include various autism related charities as well as being a long time supporter of the Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children.
In 2014, Joe received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for his dedication to the community and craft of acting. Currently, Joe stars as FBI Special Agent David Rossi in season twelve of the hit CBS drama Criminal Minds. He has also hosted and produced Gun Stories for the Outdoor Channel for six seasons. His newest collaboration, Hollywood Weapons: Fact or Fiction?, premiered April 3 on Outdoor Channel.
Joe resides in Los Angeles with his wife of 40 years Arlene, and their two daughters Mia and Gia.