“I Am Not A Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce”
Theatre 68 Announces Multi-Award Winning Joe Mantegna to Direct Ronnie Marmo in “I Am Not A Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce”
“Obscene – Provocative – Criminal – Controversial”
Ronnie Marmo and Theatre 68, with the blessings of Kitty Bruce (daughter of the late Lenny Bruce), along with the Lenny Bruce Foundation, are thrilled to present “I AM NOT A COMEDIAN…I’M LENNY BRUCE." Directed by Joe Mantegna, the world premiere show stars Ronnie Marmo as Lenny Bruce, and is set to open at Theatre 68 on June 23, 2017. Previews will be June 16 – 18, 2017.
ABOUT I AM NOT A COMEDIAN…I’M LENNY BRUCE
The show 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.
An undisputed comic legend, Lenny Bruce was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. His Life and work have had an impact on poetry, politics, music, film and, oh yeah…comedy. Lenny’s tempestuous personal and professional life was marked by great passion and great pain. His unwavering commitment to free speech led to numerous obscenity charges and arrests. Lenny has not yet been surpassed at his particular brand of art, and if he were around today, he would be in as much trouble as when he was alive.
Ronnie Marmo – Playwright and “Lenny Bruce”
Joe Mantegna – Director
Jason M. Burns – Co-Writer
Producers – Ronnie Marmo, Katy Jacoby and Theatre 68
Stage Design – Danny Cistone
Lighting, Projection and Sound Design – Matthew Richter
PREVIOUS PRESS ABOUT RONNIE MARMO AS LENNY BRUCE
Ronnie Marmo has been performing as Lenny Bruce for the past decade, including “Lenny’s Back (and boy is he pissed),” which garnered rave reviews from audiences, the media and celebrities:
"Marmo takes possession of the stage." -- LA Weekly – Recommended
"The performance is -- to my eye -- flawless, by a Brooklynite named Ronnie Marmo." -- Teller (of Penn and Teller)
"Ronnie Marmo IS Lenny Bruce." -- Joanne Worley (of“Laugh-In”)
"If your memory of Lenny Bruce is fading a bit and you long, like I did, to see the man one more time, you can." -- Pat Harrington (Schneider from “One Day at a Time”)
(In tears): “Marmo took me back 40 years, as I spent the evening with my friend, Lenny.” – Jack Burns (of Burns & Schreiber)
"Director Charlie Brill achieves a chilly ambience..." -- Backstage
“Ronnie Marmo reincarnates Lenny Bruce in a brilliant way….” –Tolucan Times
JOE MANTEGNA – 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, his Emmy nominated role of Pipi Delana in “The Last Don,” and the voice of Fat Tony on The Simpsons. 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 of 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 as well as hosting and producing duties for six seasons on “Gun Stories” for the Outdoor Channel. His newest collaboration is Hollywood Weapons: Fact or Fiction? It premiers April 3rd 2017 on Outdoor Channel. Joe resides in Los Angeles with his wife of 40 years Arlene, and their two daughters Mia and Gia.
RONNIE MARMO – Playwright and Actor
Ronnie Marmo has starred in more than 50 feature films and television shows, including Back In The Day (on Netflix now), Deuces Wild, Crocodile Dundee in LA, West Of Brooklyn, Pizza With Bullets, Truck 20’s Location, Death Of A Tree, Irish Eyes (aka Vendetta), and Limbo Lounge. He has guest starred in several hit television shows including JAG, and Young And The Restless. He was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor by the Indie Soap Awards for his role as Crotch in the series, Adults Only. Ronnie enjoyed a three year run on ABC’s General Hospital as Ronnie Dimestico.
On stage, Marmo has starred in more than 30 plays. A few of his favorites include his portrayal of Lenny Bruce in the one-man production of Lenny Bruce is Back, Bill Wilson in Bill W. and Dr. Bob. Silva in Baby Doll, Earl in the Los Angeles Premiere of The Late Henry Moss, Danny in Danny and The Deep Blue Sea, and Satan in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.
Ronnie recently completed an audio book in which he portrays Lenny Bruce in Lenny’s autobiography, How to Talk Dirty and Influence People. The audio book is on sale now through Hachette publishing. (Available for purchase at the show).
Marmo has directed over 50 stage productions and produced about 100 in Los Angeles and New York. Ronnie was the Artistic Director and Producer of the critically acclaimed first ever 13 by Shanley Festival; which enjoyed a six-month run. He received the Robert Pastorelli Rising Star Award for achievements as an actor, writer, director and producer at the 2010 Garden State Film Festival.
He continues to serve at the Artistic Director of Theatre 68 (68 Cent Crew Theatre Company) in Los Angeles and New York City.
Jason Burns – Co. Writer
Named Best Indie Writer of 2008 by the Project Fanboy Awards, Jason M. Burns made the leap into the comic book industry in 2004 after being approached to write a short story for Dead@17: Rough Cut, Volume 1. Since that time he has written and created a number critically-acclaimed and commercially successful comic book series, many of which are in development for both film and television.
Most recently Burns has spent time writing for other people's creations, crafting comics and graphic novels for such recognizable properties and brands as Sesame Street, Shrek, Megamind, Jericho, Pocket God, Kung Fu Panda, Richie Rich, and Fraggle Rock, while also focusing his creative attentions on Plymouth Rock Creative (PRC), an intellectual property house he founded in 2011 that produced the hit web series Adults Only.
Burns was born and raised in Massachusetts where he began his career as an entertainment journalist and public relations professional.
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