[NoHo Arts District, CA] – Write Act Repertory Co. will present the world premiere of The Funny Man, a solo play about America’s greatest comic writer, S.J. Perelman, June 19 – July 17, 2022, at the Brickhouse Theatre.
The Funny Man is written by Willard Manus and starring Sam Aaron, directed by Judith Rose and produced by Write Act’s producing artistic director, John Lant. Jonathan Harrison and Judith Rose are associate producers with Zad Potter as stage manager.
S.J. Perelman first came to prominence as the writer for the early Marx Brothers movies. He later became a bellwether writer at The New Yorker, which published his comic sketches and parodies for some four decades. Perelman was also a successful playwright (One Touch of Venus), a television personality, and an Oscar-winning screenwriter (Around the World in 80 Days).
The Funny Man is set in a lecture hall at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where Perelman was invited to speak as a guest lecturer in 1976. During the course of his lecture, he dispenses writing advice and talks about some of the colorful figures in his life, such as Groucho Marx, Dorothy Parker, Mike Todd and Bert Lahr. He also describes his comic misadventures while writing travel articles about such exotic locales as China, India and The Garden of Allah (Hollywood).
The New York Times called Perelman “an artist whose nonpareil gift of ridicule, dazzling verbal effects, polished style, and keen observation made him a unique and precious figure in our literature.”
SAM AARON (SJ Perelman) – He is very excited and honored to be bringing this show to you!!! Sam is glad to be working with Will Manus again, he holds very fond memories of Just a Song at Twilight.
You can also catch Sam in a few Asylum movies, but not Sharknado! He is a graduate of The Second City, Hollywood and Meisner Technique. You can catch him in the very dead web series, Legends of Atoll on YouTube. He’s also been known to scare people professionally in haunted houses since 1979, as recently as (2016) at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights. He composes (on ukulele and piano) and loves VR and creating worlds, but even more making those worlds engaging for his guests.
WILLARD MANUS (Playwright) – Is a Los Angeles-based novelist, playwright and journalist. His best-known novel is MOTT THE HOOPLE, the book from which the British rock band of the 1970s took its name. Other popular books of his include THE PIGSKIN RABBI and THIS WAY TO PARADISE–-DANCING ON THE TABLES, a memoir of the 30 years he spent in the Greek islands. Among his recent theatre credits are A JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEAR, SHOW ME A HERO, FRANK AND AVA (winner of a best-play prize at the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival); JOE AND MARILYN: A LOVE STORY; BIRD LIVES!; PREZ–-THE LESTER YOUNG STORY; and MARLENE. Manus also co-wrote the screenplay of FRANK AND AVA. He reviews plays for TOTAL THEATRE.COM and publishes the online arts magazine, LIVELY-ARTS.COM. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Write Act Repertory
Under the artistic leadership of John Lant since 2003, WRITE ACT REPERTORY has produced over 60 Mainstage and 100 original one-act plays in Los Angeles and New York City. Write Act Repertory currently has four Off-Broadway plays running at St. Luke’s Theatre and Actors Temple, in the heart of Broadway Theatre District, and is dedicated to the development of original plays, lesser-known works by established writers, adaptations of classical-themed materials and musicals. Write Act Repertory also produces rarely seen works and unfinished musicals by composers who passed before their work was completed. www.writeactrep.org
OUR COVID POLICY IS THAT THE AUDIENCE IS VACCINATED AND MASKED AT ALL TIMES FOR THE PERFORMANCE. This is a vaccinated workspace.
Advanced tickets via brownpapertickets.com. Cash only at the box-office (no credit/debit cards accepted at the theatre. On-street parking/ADA compliant. Running time: 70 minutes.
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