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?
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:   04/15/08
Close:   04/27/08

Schedule:
Tuesday - Friday 8:30pm
Saturdays & Sundays 2pm, 5pm, and 8:30pm
Doors open 1 hour prior to show
Theater:   Laugh Factory
Address:   303 West 42nd St, @ 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
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Cost:$20.00 in advance, $28.00 at the door with 2 drink minimum
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Company: Diversity Players Of Harlem         Official Web Site: www.diversityplayersofharlem.com
An actor, a comedian and a businessman, Kevin Brown is a professional in the world of entertainment. As co-owner of The Uptown Comedy Club, one of the most successful comedy clubs in New York City during the late ‘80's and early'90's, Kevin opened the door to success for such comedians as Tracy Morgan, Mike Epps and Flex Alexander.

Responsible for the success of many of the comics that performed at the Uptown Comedy Club, and needing an outlet of expression while going through a really hard divorce, Kevin decided to try his own hand at comedy and invest in a career as a comedian. This investment paid off and has made Kevin one of the most sought after stand up comedians in the world of comedy. He has been featured on NBC's "Last Comic Standing," B.E.T.'s "Comic View" and MTV's Human Giant. Needless to say, Kevin found out he was actually good at it and today, he is the featured headliner at many comedy clubs around the country.

Also known for his leading roles in the hip hop martial arts sleeper, "Empty Hands" and 2006's "A Merry Little Christmas", Kevin's reputation as an actor is rapidly gaining momentum. From these independent projects, Kevin has landed big screen roles in 50 Cent's "Get Rich or Die Trying" and Lindsay Lohan's, "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen". He can also be seen any given Thursday night as Dot-Com, on NBC's "30 Rock" along side Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan.

As versatile of an actor as one can be, Kevin can play a plethora of roles ranging from the sexy leading man to the big bad guy to the funny man that will have you rolling on the floor with laughter. Kevin is working toward becoming an icon for "big men" on the small and big screen.

visit: www.uptownkevinbrown.com or www.browncity.net

A native of Omaha, NE, Reginald L. Barnes is an "actors' actor" dealing with theater, film and television. He made his NYC theater debut Off-Broadway in "A Soldier's Play" at the Producers Club. He has been featured in productions of "The Wiz", "Medea", "Godspell", "Fences", Chekov's "A Marraige Proposal" and most recently, the Beckmann Theatre's presentation of "Freddie's Big Deal".

In 2002, Reginald was the winner on an episode of NBC's "The Weakest Link", which garnered him some national exposure. He can be seen in the indie films "Read On", "Inhibitions", and "The Skeleptica Effect" which are making waves around the film festival circuit. Reginald would like to thank DPOH and The Laugh Factory for this opportunity, and also his close friends and family for their continued support in his pursuit of his dream. Reginald currently resides in Brooklyn with his heart in Manhattan and can be contacted via his website, www.reginaldlbarnes.com.

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.

Trina McGhee developed her love for acting at New York's City Lights Youth Theatre at the tender age of 7 years old. Last year, Trina performed with the theatre group in its rendition of the Music Man, and is currently preparing for the comedic role of a Lady in Waiting in City Light's version of Robin Hood. Trina has also sings. She has performed at various Brooklyn venues with the Patricia Robinson Music School and is currently the Vice President for the Brooklyn Youth Chapter of the Association of Negro Musicians. Trina is also preparing to perform the role of Veruca Salt in her school's production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Dionne was born and raised in Queens NY. She has been acting and modeling since 1993. She is an articulate individual who's heart is into acting. Dionne has starred in the leading roles in two Productions; RFWC Productions "He Got Up" where she played the gangstress Peaches; and recently she played the dramatic Marion Weathers in a GOD Will Production "The Ties That Bind". She has also starred in two Diversity Players of Harlem off-broadway plays: "Die Laughing" where she played Sheila Laurence a breast cancer survivor and "A Family's Play" where she played the Jamaican Dr. Janet Williams. She has leading roles in two films "Women Do It Better" directed by Derrick Simmons and "Sushi" directed by Ernest Robinson. Dionne's passion for acting and modeling has inspired her to help those who are newcomers to the scene. "Be the best YOU nobody can be" is one of her many quotes that motivates the people around her.  It is her desire to take on greater roles and meet every future challenge.

www.myspace.com/modelofchrist                             www.dionnelockett.com

Jessica Fontaine is grateful to share the Laugh Factory's stage with such talent. After earning a B.F.A at Howard University, Jessica moved back to New York with one thing on her mind: Becoming a working actress. With some film and television credits, Ms. Fontaine is more so proud of her recent success in theatre including Langston Hughes' ‘Tambourines To Glory' at Tetro La Tea, ‘The Sanctuary', at The American Theatre for Actors and in addition to ‘Die Laughing', Jessica returned to Tetro La Tea where you can see her play a nobleman in Macbeth again at Tetro La Tea in NYC. Jessica's passion for acting stems from her belief that "I can do all things with GOD, who strengthens me". She gives thanks to her family for the unconditional support. Jessica can also be seen in a revival of her last production, ‘Tambourines to Glory' at the Producer's Club April 28th. For more on this rising star, visit www.myspace.com/ijuswannaact Contact info: Spice Greene of Boss Management email sg@bossmgt.com

Originally from Cleveland, OH this young dedicated actress is excited

to be making her Diversity Players of Harlem debut. Currently in an

independent television show, Hoodlyfe and working on her music career

as a songwriter. Thanks to all the wonderful people in my life.

Apri Bradshaw is currently pursuing a career in the entertainment business as a singer, songwriter, actress and production assistant. She is happy to currently be gaining experience in those fields by working with the Diversity Players of Harlem.

Krystal A. Livingston, an up and coming actress/singer from the Bronx, NY, is guaranteed to be a powerhouse within the industry. Growing up in the church from a young age pushed Krystal to quickly overcome stage fright and shyness as she sang and acted throughout the country as a part of one of Harlem, NY's premier youth choirs, Words of Life, and as a member of the Real Life Theatre Troupe of Bethel Gospel Assembly. Krystal has been in several productions such as He'll Make It Alright (which she co-wrote & co-directed), Dracula, and a Christ-mass Story. She can also currently be seen playing the role of sassy sister, Ms. Yolanda Right in the touring production, Four Women. Soon and very soon, she will be incorporating both her passions for acting and singing into a career in which she can bring joy to the hopeless and hope to the lost in arenas across the world.

Asia Imani Taylor, was born and raised in the Bronx of New York. Asia is a graduate of the Barbizon School of Acting and Modeling, she currently attends the world known Actors Technique Acting School and she is in a competitive dance and step team located in the Bronx. Asia has appeared in several films and TV shows such as: I am Legend w/Will Smith,, Nickelodeon's: The Talent w/Chris Brown and Meagan Good, Gossip Girl and the St. Jude's Children Promo Math-a-thon w/Hannah Montana. Asia has also performed on the runway as a pre-teen model and she is featured doing textbook modeling by Ken Karp Studios. Asia is very talented, photogenic, personable, extremely outgoing, charismatic, professional, and she is highly dedicated to succeeding in life. Her passion is to be an entertainer in all areas of acting, singing, dancing and modeling. Asia's special quote: "The sky is the limit and I am going to strive and work exceedingly hard to get there."

Faith Courtney Washington, was born and raised in the Bronx of New York. Faith's motivation and desire is to first and foremost give thanks to Almighty God for giving her the opportunity to enter into the world of acting and modeling. Faith attends the infamous Actor's Technique Acting School in NYC and she currently plays basketball with the Claremont Center in the Bronx, NY. She has appeared in several films and TV shows such as: I am Legend w/Will Smith, Gossip Girl, and Nickelodeon's – The Talent w/Chris Brown and Meagan Good. Faith is very athletic, personable, easy to work with, has a love for sports especially basketball and she further wishes to be blessed with the gift to become a famous chef. Faith is striving to become an aspiring actress as she grows and matures in the entertainment industry.

J.WILLIAMS(Actor,Comic,Writer)Was born in Brooklyn,NY.From comedy clubs to commercials to films J has done it all.He comes from a showbusiness background his late uncle was soul singer Arthur Prysock.J or(JIM) started doing comedy right out of high school.While touring all the clubs and in collage he meet up with Marq and the rest they say is history.Writing and performing for years J is conciderd as one of the people who changed african-american comedy,he is an Original Member of the Uptown Comedy Club.He has performed with the Upright citezens Bregade and Comic Strip Live sketch comedy teams.He also was a member of the short lived BET comedy show TEDS LAFFETERIA.With friends like Tracey Morgan,Kevin Brown,Marq and Fazion Love he will always be busy.

James Hunter has worked as a Principal Performer on American Gangster.He is also an aspiring comedian having performed at various comedy clubs around town. James is delighted to be working with the Diversity Players of Harlem.

Becky Lake graduated from the University of Kansas with a BGS in theatre and a BS in journalism. She has been seen before on the New York stage in the Wings Theatre production of High Hats, at TSI in What are Friends For? and at DiCapo Opera Theatre in L'Elisir d'Amore. She also appeared on the Japanese television series The Amazing News.

Phillip is ecstatic to work with the Diversity Players of Harlem! NY: Food (Shea Theatre), reCycle Plays (Confluence Theatre) & No Sir (Living Theatre). Tour: National Theatre for Children. Founding member of sketch comedy troupe Company (PA). Much love to family and friends, MDNA.

Tiandra Gayle hails to the Big Apple from Kansas City via Atlanta and is a founding member of Quad Boro Entertainment. Most recently, Tiandra co-produced a documentary entitled 'I Do' about the history of weddings. She has also produced corporate videos, fashion shows, and social events. Tiandra has also studied and acted in New York for the past five years. She appeared in 'An American Clock' by Arthur Miller, as Irene for the Sackett Group. She looks forward to seeing QBE flourish. Remember..............'Surviving is Important, but Thriving is Elegant'.
Chandrill R. Dickerson, from Richmond Virginia and currently resides in New York with my husband Aaron T. Dickerson. I Graduated from Virginia Union University in May 2007, with a bachelor's degree in Speech and Drama with a double minor in Criminal justice and Chemistry. I have been involved in the theatre for four years doing variety of jobs such as sound control, light board operator, prop manager, stage manager director and many more. My personal involvement is going to the movies, reading, and volunteer work with various organizations and theatre companies; because I am always willing to learn new things. My future aspiration is to be a film director and a Layer in Criminal Justice.

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/