|TRUE STORIES Directed by Gretchen Cryer Announces Off-Broadway Run at Cherry Lane Theatre|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:56 am EDT 06/12/19|
LINDA MANNING, BRIAN SHERIDAN, ABBY STOKES, STEVE WRUBLE,
and JON CRYER
Five original solo shows. A different one performed each night.
September 3 to 22, 2019
THE CHERRY LANE THEATRE
Five stories… a little bit funny, a little bit sexy, a little bit dark. All true.
A struggling actor decides God wants him to be a monk; a woman's parents swing through the 1960s with wild key parties and martinis leaving her asking, “Which one is my father?”; a renowned psychiatrist faces his own daddy-issues; a girl from out West finds that the search for perfect love has turned her into a wandering, reckless cowboy; and a performer learns to embrace the absurd as his career teeters on the brink. These are stories told with heart, humor, and the searing honesty that can only happen when your past catches up with you and all that is left is the truth.
Directed by Obie, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award winner and Grammy nominee GRETCHEN CRYER, TRUE STORIES offers five unique solo shows staged Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre in September 2019. During each performance, discover a poignant tale of truth delivered through the words of the person who lived it. No topic is off limits, from overcoming sexual abuse to uncovering parental adultery and grappling with spiritual identity.
For nearly a decade, GRETCHEN CRYER has imagined a group of solo performers coming together under one roof to tell their funny, sad, sexy, shocking, and most importantly TRUE STORIES. Her dream has come to fruition at the gorgeous, historic CHERRY LANE THEATRE – a treasure in Greenwich Village.
The journey I've gone on with each of the playwrights and performers has been full of surprising twists and turns,” explains GRETCHEN CRYER. “When you dig deep, like we have, each unveiling of more information re-routes the piece. It's a very exciting process that requires great courage and flexibility. Not everyone is up for the task. These five are, and we've had a wonderful time developing these shows together. Needless to say, working with my son, Jonny, as he makes his maiden voyage into this kind of theatre is another dream come true.”
The cast* of players includes JON CRYER (“So That Happened”), LINDA MANNING (“Perfect Love”), BRIAN SHERIDAN (“I Was a Hot Monk”), ABBY STOKES (“A Good Girl Doesn’t”), and STEVE WRUBLE (“Escape from Daddyland”).
Performances begin Tuesday, September 3, 2019 and run through Sunday, September 22, 2019. Below, find the full schedule of TRUE STORIES performances and short descriptions of each player’s solo show. Performances and cast members are subject to change.
Tickets are available online and at the CHERRY LANE THEATRE box office. Tickets begin at $32. truestoriesplay.com
JON CRYER has worked with some of the biggest and most provocative names in show business: Charlie Sheen, John Hughes, Robert Altman, Demi Moore, and Christopher Reeve. In “So That Happened,” he shares the intimate details of his friendships and relationships, pays tribute to his mentors and explores the peculiar combination of heart, talent, and wisdom it takes to survive not just the bad times in a notoriously fickle industry but even the good times. JON CRYER has been in show business for half a century. He earned two Emmy Awards for his work as ‘Alan Harper’ on the CBS hit comedy “Two and a Half Men” and was also nominated for his first Screen Actors Guild Award for the portrayal. In the fall of 2011 coinciding with the 9th season of “Two and a Half Men,” CRYER was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The sitcom wrapped its run after 12 seasons. His first foray into television was playing the title role in CBS’s critically acclaimed “The Famous Teddy Z.” Most recently CRYER portrayed the ultimate villain, Lex Luthor, on the CW’s “Supergirl.” CRYER initially gained attention on the big screen opposite Demi Moore in No Small Affair, followed by his iconic performance as an endearing misfit in John Hughes’ Pretty in Pink. Other film credits include Hot Shots, Hiding Out, and will soon be seen opposite Pete Davidson in Big Time Adolescence.
PERFORMANCE DATES: September 6, 10, 11, 12, 14 (Matinee)
In “Perfect Love,” LINDA MANNING speaks out about her past, growing up surrounded by predatory, abusive men and how she created a fantasy of perfect love in order to survive. She chronicles her journey from a rootless girl to a reckless woman on the hunt for perfect love with every sexy, dangerous man she meets. Why does it take decades for her to finally tell the truth about what happened? Empowering, darkly funny, and poignant, this is the story of the havoc that fantasy wreaks on her life as she struggles to let the past go and set herself free. LINDA MANNING is a playwright, screenwriter, and actor. She has written five full length plays, including Bite the Apple (2019 Finalist for the Kentucky Women Writers Prize; staged reading at TheaterLab NYC 2016; produced as part of the NY International Fringe Festival, 2012). She has co-written and acted in two short films and has won multiple awards for her writing.
PERFORMANCE DATES: September 3, 7 (Matinee), 13, 20, 22 (Matinee)
“I Was a Hot Monk” is BRIAN SHERIDAN's journey into monasticism. Maybe there's a reason this actor suddenly finds himself with no career, no wife, no kids, no girlfriend, no friend-friends, no pets, and no debts… because God wants him to become a monk! It's a trip to hell and back. BRIAN SHERIDAN has appeared Off-Broadway in Sirens of Titan (directed by David Cromer) and in various onscreen projects on Amazon Prime, Lifetime, NBC, and CBS.
PERFORMANCE DATES: September 5, 8 (Matinee), 14, 21 (Matinee), 22
ABBY STOKES’ birth is the result of her parents swinging through the 1960s with wild key parties, martinis, and Manhattans. Their frolics leave her with one burning question, explored in “A Good Girl Doesn’t:” Who is her biological father? Too many possibilities for Mom to be certain. Dad deflects the subject with biting humor. Can a DNA paternity test provide the answer? ABBY STOKES is the best-selling author of “Is This Thing On?” - A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital for Newbies, Technophobes, and the Kicking & Screaming and tours the country as a public speaker helping more than 300,000 Digital Immigrants (those over 40 who were not born with a keyboard or a mouse in their hand) cross the digital divide. STOKES studied theatre at the O’Neill Theatre Center, performed off-off Broadway as well as in comedy clubs, did extra work in film and television, industrials, and voiceovers. She founded and was Artistic Director of improvisation company, At A Moment’s Notice.
PERFORMANCE DATES: September 7, 15 (Matinee), 17, 18, 19
Brought up in the deep South as an Orthodox Jew, son of a famous doctor – Elvis Presley’s proctologist – STEVE WRUBLE, is expected to follow his father into the bowels of the rich and famous. Instead, Steve kicks over the traces, divorces his wife and religion, and begins a hilarious and precarious journey into the unknown. His dark odyssey – “Escape from Daddyland” – takes us from an S&M weekend retreat in the hills of Maryland to the comedy stages of Germany where he hopes to finally make his father proud when he kills in Berlin. STEVE WRUBLE is an accomplished singer-songwriter and storyteller. He has won the Moth StorySLAM and performs standup comedy in NYC and Berlin. He is also co-author of the New York Timesbest-selling book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, where he wrote a chapter called, “Trump’s Daddy Issues - A Toxic Mix for America.” In addition, WRUBLE is a board-certified child and adult psychiatrist in private practice.
PERFORMANCE DATES: September 4, 8, 14 (Matinee), 15, 21
GRETCHEN CRYER (Director) is most well-known for writing the book and lyrics and starring in I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road (with music by Nancy Ford), which won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Musical, Best Actress, and a Grammy nomination for the album. CRYER has written numerous other shows with Nancy Ford: Now Is the Time for All Good Men (Lortel Theatre), The Last Sweet Days of Isaac (Obie Award –Best Musical, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award), Shelter (Golden Theatre), Hang On to the Good Times (Manhattan Theatre Club), Eleanor (Williamstown), The American Girls Revue (American Girl Place – Chicago, New York, Los Angeles), Circle of Friends (American Girl Place – Chicago and New York,) and Anne of Green Gables (Theaterworks USA). CRYER and Ford’s new musical, Still Getting My Act Together, premiered at the Laguna Playhouse in 2015. CRYER has also won acclaim for her course, “Creating Your Own Solo Performance.” She has directed and developed dozens of solo performance pieces that have evolved into fully realized works, seen on stages throughout New York City. She is on the Dramatists Guild Council and is President Emeritus of the Dramatists Guild Fund.
THE CHERRY LANE THEATRE is located at 38 Commerce Street, New York, NY 10014. Tickets for TRUE STORIES are available online and at the box office, starting at $32. As New York's longest continuously running Off-Broadway theatre,THE CHERRY LANE THEATRE has helped to define American drama, fostering fresh, daring, and relevant theater since 1924. cherrylanetheatre.org
*Jon Cryer will only appear in performances on September 6, 10, 11, 12, 14 (Matinee). If an actor is not listed as performing, they will not appear in that day’s show.
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