F.A.C.T. (Friends Always Creating Theatre) kicked-off their 3rd off-off Broadway season with “Untucked: 5 short plays about LGBT Culture.” From the pick-up bar scene… to young urban female professionals… to a special friendship formed in a waiting room of an STD clinic… to legends about mermaids that actually come true… and a very special gay Cinderella tale… the 5 stories told in “Untucked” creatively covers the rainbow of gay characters, subcultures and perspectives in a witty and whimsical manner.
The evening of short plays was presented in collaboration with Baruch Performing Arts Center and Baruch College’s LGBT Graduate Society and Graduate Arts Association.
The five plays included:
MINE OR YOURS
Written by ***Duncan Pflaster
Directed by Lynn Manuell
A fun yet provocative look at the bisexual world of Phillip, a young man on the threshold of marriage and the brink of disaster. Phillip was performed by Peter Zehren with Alexis Braxton as Patricia, the straight-best-friend of an openly gay young man, Paul portrayed by Mark-Eugene Garcia and Polly, a bartender by Hannah Hatton. Director Lynn Manuell is a FACT Charter member and Board of Directors.
Writen by ***Penny Jackson
Directed by **Jack Dyville, FACT Producer/Artistic Director
Playwright Penny Jackson is a seasoned FACT playwright with a sitcom style comedy about a young lesbian couple who have recently split-up. For one reason or another, their schedules are blamed as Dr. Sandra James, played by Amanda Johnson, unknowingly breaks the heart of Nicole Ross, a young law student played by Jessica Vera. Adding to the heartache is Nicole’s mother Ellen who fakes a medical emergency to confront her daughters ‘heart-breaker’ played with style by Fact charter member *Lucy Sorlucco. Rounding out the cast was Nicole’s father, FACT co-producer *David Gillam Fuller and Mary Sprague as the Nurse.
Written by ***Jack Dyville
Directed by *Steven Hauck
The centerpiece of the evening’s entertainment is the comical yet moving and up-to-date “Untucked,” an untold fairy tale which is billed as a gay Cinderella story and deals with equality and bullying in the gay world. Taking on the role of Drew (D’ella) was *KC Comeaux (O’Bdwy “One Arm”) with Tym Moss playing the role of his Fairy Godmother. The ‘more-righteous-than-thou’ stepmother was portrayed by *Maureen Taylor while her sons, Butch and Bruce were performed respectively by John Sartori and Jack E. DeLorenso. Directed by Steven Hauck, no stranger to FACT as a director, he has appeared on Broadway in “Irena’s Vow” and off Broadway in “One Arm”.
Written by Christine Emmert and Marjorie Conn
Directed by **Mike Metzel
“At Sea” explores the mystical world of mermaids, maidens and a millionaire bigot. The play featured FACT favorite *Betty Hudson (Bdway “George M!, “Butterflies Are Free”) as Ester and Marjorie Conn as Ariel. The humans who encounter the mermaids stranded on shore were Lynn Manuell as Alice and Mary Sprague as Simone. Mr. Mastema, the town bigot, who owns most of the Boardwalk, is played by Peter Zehren. Director Mike Metzel is a regular member of the FACT Directors division.
Written by ***Mark Eugene Garcia
Directed by Jana Mattioli
Rounding out the evening will be a ten minute presentation from a longer work, which explores being in the right place at the wrong time or vice versa and how two strangers handle an awkward moment. The play featured Thomas Leverton as Eric and Fabian Zarta as Carlos and was directed by Jana Mattioli, who directed last season’s “Bidentity Crisis” for the FACT LGBT Festival, which Ms. Mattiolo turned into an independent Short film for Dreamcatcher Entertainment. “Bidentity Crisis” was written by FACT Charter member/Board of Directors, Zach Rothman Hicks.
*Denotes an AEA member. These benefit performances are supported by an Actors’ Equity Association, Benefit Theatre Authority code which allows their members to participate. ** Denotes members of Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers and *** are members of Dramatists Guild of America.
Jack Dyville, Producer/Artistic Director, FACT
David G. Fuller, Co-Producer, FACT
Luis E. Jimenez, Stage Manager
Gus Ferrari, Sound Technician
Geoff Gresh, Logo Artist
John Malatesta, Managing Director, Baruch Performing Arts Center
Dan Seda, President, Graduate Arts Association, Vice-President, LGBT Graduate Society