Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2013-2014 season on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 3pm with My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m Home for the Holidays. Master comedian Steve Solomon performs the hilarious holiday sequel to his award-winning Off-Broadway hit My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m In Therapy!, which played at Brooklyn Center in April of 2012. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm) or online at www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org.
“A little Alan King here, a pinch of Seinfeld there, with a smidgen of
Don Rickles, Billy Crystal and George Carlin thrown in.” – Variety
A time of peace. A time of joy. A time of remembering why you left home in the first place! The therapy continues as Steve is once again thrown together with all of his dysfunctional friends and family members, this time in a riotous celebration of the holiday season. Written and performed by Mr. Solomon, My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Home for the Holidays! is a solo tour-de-force that reintroduces Brooklyn audiences to a cast of more than 30 characters inspired by his multiethnic upbringing in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.
Growing up in Sheepshead Bay was the perfect training ground for a dialectician and comedian. As the class clown, Steve learned at an early age how to use his gift for imitating accents to his advantage. He became a physics teacher and a school administrator on Long Island, New York, using humor, dialects and sound effects in teaching as a real life version of Gabe Kaplan’s “Welcome Back Kotter.”
Eventually, Steve left his academic career behind and turned his attention to his latent love of making people laugh. As he puts it, “I decided to follow my heart and become an impoverished comedy writer and performer.” Steve’s show, the two-time award winning My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m In Therapy has met with rave reviews to sold-out crowds throughout the country and became one of the longest running one-man comedy shows in history. This hilarious show highlights the very best of his writing talents. He has written two sequels to his original hit: My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m STILL in Therapy and his hilarious holiday show My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Home for the Holidays! All three of Steve’s shows are currently touring the United States and have received critical acclaim, including nominations from The Connecticut Critics Circle and The San Francisco Drama Desk.
About Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Founded in 1954, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, at affordable prices. Each season, Brooklyn Center welcomes over 65,000 people to the 2,400 seat Walt Whitman Theatre, including up to 45,000 schoolchildren from over 300 schools who attend their SchoolTime series, one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the borough. In 2014-2015, Brooklyn Center will celebrate its 60th anniversary season, which will correspond with the opening of the new Leonard and Claire Tow Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College.
My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m Home for the Holidays!
Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 3pm
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College
2/5 trains to Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue
On-site paid parking available
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Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ programs are supported, in part, by public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Major support for the 2013-2014 season is provided by: Brooklyn College; Target; Con Edison; TD Bank; National Grid; Macy’s Foundation; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; TD Charitable Foundation; the Herman Goldman Foundation; and The Harkness Foundation for Dance. Additional support provided by CNG Publications and The Brooklyn Eagle. The Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center’s 2013-2014 season. Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee’s.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from New York State Assemblywomen Rhoda Jacobs and Helene E. Weinstein; New York City Councilman Albert Vann and the Department of Youth & Community Development; New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn; and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Kate Levin.
About the Company: Old Kent Road Theater
The Old Kent Road Theater situates idiosyncratic ensemble pieces against the chaos and concrete of New York City, seeking authentic, evocative performance committed to the comedy of desire, the physicality of loss, and the possibility of new open spaces. Founded in 2005 by Eric Bland and Scott Eckert, the Old Kent Road Theater has been invited to perform at various downtown theaters including The Ontological-Hysteric Theater, The Brick, Dixon Place, and The Bushwick Starr. OKRT plays have been noted for their ‘vibrant characters…heartfelt passion, and spirited volleys of non sequiturs’ (Village Voice) and described as ‘downtown theatre at its best’ (New York Cool.com). Martin Denton of nytheatre.com recently noted, ‘Eric Bland is turning into the Woody Allen of his generation, possibly.’ www.oldkentroadtheater.com
Sunday, November 24, 2013 3:00pm
Theater: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Address: Whitman Theater, 2900 Campus Road
Brooklyn, Ne 11210
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