DIE LAUGHING

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Written by Marq Overton, Directed by Dwight Ali Williams

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 Nov. 10th at 4pm, Nov 11 at 6pm, Nov 17 at 6pm and Nov 18 at 4pm & 8pm

Starring Russell Jordan on Nov. 10th at 6pm, Nov 11 at 4pm & 8pm, Nov 17 at 4pm and Nov 18 at 6pm

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.

Preview:   11/08/07
Open:   11/10/07
Close:   11/18/07

Schedule:
Saturday November 10th 4pm and 6pm
Sunday November 11th 4pm, 6pm & 8pm

Saturday November 17th 4pm and 6pm
Sunday November 18th 4pm, 6pm & 8pm
Theater:   Roy Arias Theaters
Address:   300 W. 43rd Street 5th Floor
New York, NY 10036
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Cost:$20.00
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Company: Diversity Players Of Harlem         Official Web Site: www.diversityplayersofharlem.com
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.

Russell Jordan Michael Laurence

Russell Jordan is a rising star, with numerous film, stage, and voice-over credits under his belt. He may be seen in the one-act play Sharing the Pie, part of Fall EATfest 2008 - series A, now playing thru November 16, 2008.  Recent Stage: Antigone (Henry Street Settlement), Witching Water (Crosstown Playwrights), Black Doll (Turtle Shell Productions). Film: Singularity (Best Science Fiction Feature, 2008 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival), Sarbane's Oxley (Honorable Mention Best Feature, 2007 Hollywood Black Film Festival).

He also voices the "Important Messages" drivers hear in New York's Lincoln and Holland tunnels, and played the lead role of Gary in the acclaimed Internet audio drama podcast The Shyster Club. Russell holds a BA in Theatre from City University of New York and is a proud member of AFTRA. Russell is also a member of Turtle Shell Productions' Terrapin Troupe theater company. Learn more about Russell and view additional samples of his work at russelljordan.com.

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.
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.

Marq Overton (Writer/Producer) was born in Harlem New York, a few blocks from the World Famous Apollo Theater, his first inspiration in the entertainment field. As he matured, Marq would sit in the Apollo Theater Amateur Night audience and wonder what he would say if he was a comedian on stage in front of 1500 hundred people to avoid the fate of most comedians that dared to take its stage. When he took the stage for the first time at the Apollo Theater his dream became a reality. One year later after touring the comedy circuit, Marq returned to Apollo to win first place and would go on to make numerous guest appearances. Thereafter, he teamed up with Andre Brown, a party promoter who had previously seen Marq at the Apollo. This union led to collaborations with National Black Theater, which changed the History of African-American Comedy in America, according to The Rise and Fall of a Comedy Dynasty: The Uptown Comedy Club Story. Marq taught comedy seminars and writing workshops. He appeared as a comic on HBO's Short Attention Span Theater; It's Showtime at the Apollo; Apollo Comedy Hour; Def Comedy Jam; and The Uptown Comedy Club. Now Marq is writing chapter two of his career. He has written for Spike TV, The Big Head People, an animated sketch comedy; Standing Still, a featured length film considered by Bad Boy Films; and numerous comedians on today's comedy circuit. Meanwhile, Marq hopes to affect the lives of as many people with what is his most ambitious work Die Laughing, One Man's Story of Ignorance, Awareness and Redemption.

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. 

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/