Directed by Steve Zuckerman (Nuts, “Murphy Brown”) the three-member cast features Dan Lauria (“The Wonder Years,” Lombardi) as Simon Grindberg, with Rupak Ginn (Shakespeare at Fenway, “Royal Pains”) as Peter Chandler, and Carolyn McCormick (Equus, “Law & Order”) as Clair Forlorni
The creative team for The Stone Witch includes Mimi Maxmen (costume design), Yael Pardess (set & projection art content design), Shawn Edward Boyle (lighting design), Christopher Cronin (sound design), Rasean Davonte Johnson (projection design), and Roger Bellon, Bellchant Music (composer). The Production Stage Manager is J.P. Elins.
The Last Smoker in America is a raucous and irreverent four-character musical comedy about a dysfunctional family struggling to survive in a world where smoking has recently been outlawed. Pam is having an impossible time trying to quit. Her husband Ernie dreams of being a rock star and relentlessly practices his electric guitar in the basement. Their teenage son Jimmy listens to so much rap music he’s convinced he’s black. Their nosy, anti-smoking zealot neighbor Phyllis lurks around trying to catch transgressors mid-puff. Will Pam kick the habit or fight for the right to light up as The Last Smoker in America?
The musical received a developmental workshop production at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in the fall of 2009 where it extended and played to sold-out audiences. In the fall of 2010, The Last Smoker in America received its world premiere atCATCO (Columbus, Ohio), where additional performances were added due to popular demand.
The creative team includes Fred Lassen (music supervision), Charles Corcoran (sets), Michael McDonald (costumes),Jeff Croiter & Grant Yeager (lights), Bart Fasbender (sound), and Jay Binder (casting). Roger Alan Gindi is the General Manager and Pamela Edington is the Production Stage Manager.
The producers for the New York run of The Last Smoker in America include Andy Sandberg, Whitney Hoagland Edwards, Michael Palitz, and Stephanie Rosenberg.
Producer Daryl Roth announced today that Nikki Blonsky, the Golden Globe nominated star of Hairspray, will complete the January cast of the hit Off Broadway show Love, Loss, and What I Wore, now in its second smash year at NYC’s Westside Theatre (407 West 43 St.). Blonsky joins previously announced cast members Alexis Bledel (“Gilmore Girls”), Anita Gillette (“30 Rock”), Judy Gold(25 Questions for a Jewish Mother) and Pauletta Washington (“The Parkers”), performing January 12 – February 13, 2011.
*Cast subject to change
In addition to its triumphant run at the Westside Theatre in NYC, Love, Loss, and What I Wore is also currently playing at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse and a production is set to begin in Toronto at the Panasonic Theatre on July 16, 2010. A dollar from every ticket sold in all three cities benefits Dress for Success, a charity that provides work clothing and job support for low-income women. To date over $75,000 has been donated.
For more information, visit www.lovelossonstage.com.