Genre: Comedy, Lesbian+Gay, Festival
©Nicholas Keller
Written and Co-Directed by Joshua R. Pangborn, Co-Directed by Jennifer Dominguez

The Midtown International Theatre Festival Presents:  Don Gio

Don Gio, portly lover of pleasure, is after his next great conquest, the lovely Ana. However, to win her he'll have to overcome several obstacles, including a long dead brother, a transsexual witch, and his affair with his butler in this gender-bending, hedonistic romp.
Sidekick Productions will be presenting Don Gio, an original play by Joshua R. Pangborn, at the 12th Annual Midtown International Theater Festival.
Featuring: Chris Morris, Drew Moerlein, Emily Gittelman, Jennifer Kent, Jimmy Brooks Jr., Kimberley Shoniker, Linda Blackstock, Michael Thieling
Open:   07/16/11
Close:   07/31/11

Saturday, July 16 at 4:30 (Sold Out)
Sunday, July 17 at 4:00
Monday, July 18 at 8:00
Thursday, July 21 at 6:30
Saturday, July 30 at 6:00
Sunday, July 31 at 8:30
Theater:   Workshop Mainstage
Address:   312 West 36th Street
New York, NY 10036
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Buy Tickets Online or Call: Ovation Tickets at 866-811-4111

 Chris Morris’ comedic personality began at an early age with a love of impersonation.  At age 17, he and his father (a notable city athletic figure) formed the Chris and Dad Show, a stand-up and sketch comedy show that performs regularly for charity in his home town of Philadelphia. From this show spawned a love for stand-up comedy, as Chris honed his act all over the Philadelphia  area  in which he was noticed by comedian Joey Callahan. Callahan asked Chris to join him and friends on a little stand-up tour titled "The Lads of Comedy" and the Irish American Experience. Chris traveled with the “Lads of Comedy”, performing stand up and sketches in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Chicago… they also performed a successful show at Notre Dame University.  Billed "The Riot Who Needs A Diet" Chris has a polished stand-up act, and over 12 years of experience performing all over the East coast. Chris was later cast in the New York dinner theatre show titled "The Soapranos" and they performed all over the Delaware Valley. From this show sparked his curiosity of  improv , as Chris then went on to study at the prestigious Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. Chris's first movie role was a small one in "National Treasure" with Nicolas Cage, and Hollywood soon came calling with a much bigger role when Chris met writer/producer/actor Andrew Shaifer. Shaifer cast Chris in the movie "Kids In America", where Chris starred as Chuck Mcginn, alongside big names such as George Wendt, Greg Smith, Nicole Richie, Malik Yoba, Julie Bowen, and Elizabeth Perkins.  He continues to perform all over the East Coast and has opened for such national acts as Reverend Bob Levy from the Howard Stern Show, Mr. Wildwood Days Bobby Rydell, and the Last Comic Standing's Josh Blue. "99 Percent Sure" is Chris’s third film, where he plays a crossing guard mooch of a brother to his more successful sibling. It's an indie film that will be in the New Hope International Theater Festival in July of 2011. Chris is also a cast member in the sooned to be launched website where he plays Officer Peter Gerald Kowalski. 

Drew Moerlein Leopold

 Drew Moerlein (Leopold) is so excited to be working on Don Gio!  He is a Syracuse University graduate who appeared on Syracuse Stage in The Real Thing (Max u/s), Lost in Yonkers (Uncle Louie u/s), Sound of Music (Baron Elberfeld), and A Christmas Carol (Topper).  At the Edinburgh Fringe Festival he was Hardchannel in Tim Robbins', Embedded.  In NYC, Drew worked on Charles Mee's Big Love at the Riverside Theatre.  TV: One Life to live, Pizza Hut and Bank of America Commercials, MTV Promos.  Film: Yearbook (Dir. Carter Smith, 2011 Sundance Film Festival), Untitled Glenn McQuaid Project (Fall 2011 Release).  Thanks to Mom, Pop, Alex, JGD, and all of my AMAZING friends and family.  Much Love!

Emily Gittelman Theresa

Emily Gittelman is a recent graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She's very excited to be working with this wonderful group of people. Emily would like to think her teachers for their guidance and her family and friends for their love. Thank you everyone for supporting this production.

Jennifer is prions to be making her MITF debut with such a supportive
and talented group of people! A graduate of Oberlin College (BA in
Theater and Spanish Lit) and Pace University (MS in Education),
Jennifer has worked on many projects which include film, improv,
television, theater, and voice overs. She can currently be found
performing with her interactive theater company, Playing with Reality.
Checkout her upcoming work on her website,

A native of Liberia West Africa, Jimmy has traveled far and seen a lot; real talk. Washington University in St. Louis BA in Drama.  Recent credits: Dial N’ For NegressErosion: Life on Life’s Terms.  He performed his award-winning sketch Fairy GodMothafucka last month at the Abingdon Mainstage Theatre.  He’d like to thank his friends and family for their unwavering support and for all the free food.  He is very honored and excited to be a part of this production, and for the chance to work with such a talented and hilarious cast.

Kimberley Shoniker has performed on various stages in North America and Europe, some credits include: “Operation Sidewinder” (Honey), Angels in America: Perestroika (Harper), “Hayfever” (Jackie), “Spring Awakening” (Martha), and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Puck); theatre festivals include The Sam Shepard Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Annual Shakespeare Festival (Gdansk, Poland), and Canadian Six Stages Festival. Kimberley has also appeared in numerous commercials, music videos, tv, film, and webisode projects and can be seen in the upcoming web series “Through Static” and “WEA” and the feature “Off Season”. Also a member of Circle East Lab, ITM Repertory, and MCTC. Toronto born, Kimberley earned her BA Acting from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and Conservatory Degree from The Stella Adler Studio of Acting.


Last month Linda was seen as Rose in Runaway for NativeAliens Theatre Collective  Short Stories 12, and as Elvira in The Tide for Manhattan Repertory Theater Summerfest 2011. Other recent N.Y. credits include Mrs. Standish in Chains of Dew for Zephyer Repertory; Marta in The Return of Peter Grimm, and Nellie in Nowadays at the Metropolitan Playhouse, recipient of a 2011 Obie Award. In addition, she has performed in plays at a variety of venues throughout the city, including The Prospect Theater, The Kraine Theater, Looking Glass Theater, Dramatist Guild, The Brick in Brooklyn, and The Point in The Bronx. Linda earned her BA in Theatre from Fordham University at Lincoln Center. She is proud to be a native New Yorker, born and bred in The Bronx, and happy to be working with such a talented company.
Michael Thieling Martirio

Michael Thieling has been performing in independent film and theater since he graduated from the Stern School of Business with degrees in Finance and Marketing in 2004.  "Awaiting Name Assignment," Michael's most recent starring role, was recently made an official selection in the 2011 New York City Robot Film Festival.  Having studied at various studios around New York City, Michael has chosen to pursue a full-time conservatory program at the Atlantic Acting School this Fall and is excited to see how deep the rabbit hole goes.