DIE LAUGHING

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Written by Marq Overton, Directed by Dwight Ali Williams, Production Stage Manager - Andrea Perry

Michael Laurence, a struggling but very talented misogynistic comedian, on the threshold of the biggest break of his career is forced to take a serious look at his life after being stricken with Breast Cancer. Depressed and facing his new reality, Michael finds himself contemplating suicide. Only a timely phone call from his daughter in his darkest hour stops him from ending it all and leads him to a period of soul searching. Blinded by his selfishness, self-pity and ego he comes to the conclusion that God is punishing him and has singled him out to be the butt of the cruelest joke of all, a man with Breast Cancer. So he begins a debate with God, it is within these arguments that the truth is unveiled. Now with the truth exposed, will Michael Laurence have time to redeem himself?

Starring Gil Charleston on Wednesday 7pm, Friday 7pm, Saturday 5pm, Sunday 5pm.

Starring Forrest Renaissance on Thursday 7pm, Saturday 2pm, Saturday 7pm, Sunday 2pm.

A portion of all proceeds goes toward the fight against cancer.

Join us at www.myspace.com/dielaughingtheplay

About the Company: Diversity Players Of Harlem

Diversity Players of Harlem, strive to ensure education and enlightenment opportunities through diverse forms of artistic and creative medium. It is our ultimate goal to nurture youth of undiscovered talents, and produce platforms for artists of various backgrounds. Furthermore, we believe that effectively meeting our goal will cure some of the societal ills affecting our communities.

Open:   09/26/07
Close:   09/30/07

Schedule:
Performances are scheduled for September 26 – September 30, 2007.
Wednesday thru Friday performances are at 7pm.
Saturday performances are at 2pm, 5pm, and 7pm.
Sunday’s performances are at 2pm and 5pm.
Theater:   Roy Arias Theaters
Address:   300 W. 43rd Street 5th Floor
New York, NY 10036
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Cost:$20.00 in advance, $25.00 at the door with $5.00 of every ticket going to help f
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Forrest Renaissance Michael Laurence
Forrest Renaissance is a newcomer to the New York Theater scene but is no stranger to the craft. As a teenager and through college he worked with the prominent production companies in his hometown, Milwaukee, WI (The Rep, The Chamber Theater, The Florentine Opera, etc) starring in such pieces as Porgy & Bess, Waiting For Godot, Fame, and A Christmas Carol. He is an accomplished New York businessman and as Creative Director of KYA Entertainment produces some of the biggest events in New York City.

www.myspace.com/forrestrenaissance

Gil Charleston Michael Laurence

Gil is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Acadamy. NYC theater includes A Fine Mess, One Monkey Don't Stop No Show, Does A Tiger Wear A Necktie?, Antigone. Has been featured on All My Children and the Chappelle Show. In late 2007, look for Gil in the independent feature film Wake. I would like to thank the Diversity Players of Harlem for this amazing opportunity.

Okema T Moore Michelle Laurence
From Sesame Street to Broadway, Okema T. Moore has performed all over the US. Most notably, under the direction of TONY Award winner Ben Harney, she played the role of Lorell Robinson in a revival of the stage play Dreamgirls. Okema has sang with the likes of SWV and MusiqSoulChild and most recently completed the independent play Will the Real Man of God Please Stand Up. She loves theater and singing and thanks God for bestowing her with such awesome gifts.
Tamiko White Sheila Laurence
Tamiko White, a NY born and bred actress, loves entertaining. A former model, she has worked in national commercials, television and film. She recently starred in the play "Love.com" and can next be seen in the Melvin Van Peebles' movie "Rememories of an Ex-Dufus Motherf*#%&*..." and Meridian Pictures' "Secrets in the House of Myrhh". Tamiko is thankful to ‘Tis Productions for the opportunity to "use her voice" in this award-winning play she loves so much. Tamiko dedicates this performance to Grace Savage, Karl Bury, and Alexandra Neil.

Kristen Ivy Haynes Young Michelle Laurence
After first appearing on Sesame Street 's "Elmo's World" Kristen went on to study acting and improvisation at HB studios. She has worked with various NYU directors and has just completed her first independent film. Kristen Ivy is a dedicated student of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, and loves to dancing, singing, modeling and acting. She thanks Diversity Players for giving her this opportunity, and thanks GOD for all His blessings.

Executive Producer and Director is the founder and CEO of DA’ Right Entertainment. As a child, Dwight Ali experienced the entertainment world by working in commercial print and television commercials. After a break from the business as a teen, Dwight Ali returned to acting on stage. His stage credits include “For This Reason… A Love Story”; “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat”; “Amen Corner”; “A Family’s Play”; “A Soldier's Play”; and “The Red Lamp”. He also is active in singing, dancing, song writing, producing, set design, and directing. Dwight Ali has also Directed a number of Productions including the New York Premieres of “He Said, She Said: A Romantic Comedy” by Shawn Luckey, “Love’s Gonna Get Ya!”  By James and Michele Woodson and “Die Laughing the Stage Play” by Marq Overton which staring Kevin “dot com” Brown of  NBC’s Emmy Award Winning 30 Rock in its run at the World Famous Laugh Factor. “Die Laughing” took a look at one man's life who is stricken with breast cancer and his struggle to push past the façade of ignorance and arrogance, in a quest to arrive at awareness and ultimate redemption. 

Andrea Perry Production Stage Manager
Andrea Perry is a founding member of Quad Boro Entertainment. She is proud to have been Production Stage Manager on the QBE productions of 'Bridal Terrorism', 'A Dead Man's Apartment', and 'Face Divided'. She would like to thank all of those around her and modern technology for making this a positive experience, and looks forward to future Quad Boro Entertainment productions.
Shawn Luckey Producer

Shawn Luckey is one of Diversity Players of Harlem's co-founders and managing partners.  He actively writes, directs, and produces plays and screenplays.  As a performer, he has appeared in a number of commercials, plays and movies. His theatrical credits include: Charles Fuller's A Soldier's Play; Pearl Cleage's Blues for an Alabama Sky; Craig Lucas' Prelude to a Kiss; Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun; and James Baldwin's Amen Corner.

He has also appeared in Rev Run's music video, Mind on the Road; and a NY Lottery Commercial. His directing credits include: Old Man Pete, among other projects, but his love of writing has manifested in the following: A Family's Play; and the forthcoming projects: The Tenants; and Scottsboro 9. Shawn's TV/Film credits include: Showtime's new adult comedy, Nurse Jackie; Spike Lee's Miracle at St. Anna; and Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls...Currently, he has a host of independent film projects slated for completion, including Diversity Players of Harlem's first produced short films, A Family's Story; The Grit, The Grandeur; and also Walking Maris' Way.

http://www.shawnluckey.com/