The Lost Boy

Ron_Palillo_small_picPlay scripts, Inc. publishers celebrated the wonderful life of Ron Palillo August 14, 2013 by releasing his brilliant play “The Lost Boy”. The beloved author-actor-painter-director-teacher is best known for his role of Arnold Horshack in televisons 1970 hit program “Welcome Back Kotter” passed-away unexpectdely from a heart attack one year ago on August 14, 2012 (Note: As an actor, he was know as Ron Palillo and as a playwright Ronald Gabriel Paolillo). [Read More…]

A One-Night Only BENEFIT of this Important New Work Destined to be a Masterpiece!


OCTOBER 14, 2013 at 7:30PM
339 West 47th Street (bet. 8th and 9th), New York, NY 10036
BENEFIT TICKETS: $25 and $35
To Purchase Tickets: 212-239-6200 or 800-447-7400. Or

We celebrate the Author, who passed-on far too early in life, last August 2012. And we are Honored to produce a play which focuses on the Life of J.M.BARRIE telling that
“A Boy’s Tragedy Becomes The Man’s Gift to the World”

Greet The Cast of Ronald Gabriel Paolillo’s HALLMARK play “THE LOST BOY” presented as a Staged Reading October 14, 2013 Actors’ Temple Theatre, Off Broadway, NYC

The Cast (L. to R.) Sitting: Matt Mezzacapa, Arthur Atkinson, Danielle Erin Rhodes. Standing: Lucy Sorlucco, Blake Hammond, Gus Ferrari, Megan Thomas, Lynn Manuell

The Cast (L. to R.) Sitting: Matt Mezzacapa, Arthur Atkinson, Danielle Erin Rhodes. Standing: Lucy Sorlucco, Blake Hammond, Gus Ferrari, Megan Thomas, Lynn Manuell

Please click on each Actor’s name to read their bio.



Blake Hammond*

Blake HammondBLAKE is excited to be a part of this wonderful benefit reading. Broadway: First Date (Waiter), Sister Act (Ernie), Elf (Chadwick), Billy Elliot (Braithwaite), Hairspray (Edna), The Lion King (Pumbaa), The Music Man (Quartet), Kiss Me Kate (Gangster US), On the Town (Uperman/MC). Off Broadway: 6 shows, most notably the Drama Desk and Obie winning When Pigs Fly. National Tours: 6 shows. His many Film/TV credits include the recent films Handsome Harry and An Englishman in New York and a current webseries about four couples in group therapy at Blake has received the LA Critics, Carbonell, Chicago After Dark Awards, and the Indie Soap Award. Blake Hammond is a proud member of AEA.

In the Dual Roles of Captain Hook & The Old Crow currently featured in “FIRST DATE” and 9 Broadway Musicals including Edna in “Hairspray” for over a year!


Matt Mezzacappa*

Matt-MezzacappaBroadway: Original Cast: Tiny Tim in Menken/Ahrens/Ockrent A Christmas Carol (Madison Square Garden). Regional and Off-Off: The Shakespeare Stealer (Kennedy Center Theatre Lab), To Kill A Mockingbird (Olney Theatre Center), A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream (National Players Summer Shakespeare), The Royal Hunt of the Sun (Washington Shakespeare Company), The Grapes of Wrath, The Boxcar Children (Arden Theatre Company), Six Characters in Search of An Author (People’s Light and Theatre Company–Barrymore Award Outstanding Overall Production), Bradley Manning in Bradass87 (Whistleblowers Theatre Company), Prince Edward in Richard III (Boomerang Theatre Company/Central Park), Underground Man in Notes from the Underground (Jake and Persephone Theatre Co., original co-adaptation with Jennifer Stepanyk).

One of the original BILLY ELLIOT Stars on BROADWAY & 2 National Tours


Arthur Atkinson*

Arthur AtkinsonArthur Atkinson* (J.M. Barrie) – National Tour “Fiddler on the Roof” starring Topol, Harvey Fierstein & Theodore Bikel happily returns to FACT Theatre having performed in “”, a few years ago. NYC credits: New Girl in Town and Man & Superman- Irish Rep; 1776 at Fraunces Tavern, Ray Bradbury’s Kaleidoscope, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Tonya Harding: A Rock Opera, etc. Arthur Atkinson is a proud member of AEA.

(Nat’l Tour -“Fiddler on the Roof” w/ Topol – Harvey Firesetin)



Lucy Sorlucco*

Lucy SorluccoLUCY SORLUCCO* has performed in international tours (Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret and Madame Giry inThe Phantom of the Opera); in New York City (Primary Stages, La Mama e.t.c., Encompass Music Theatre, BMI, American Place Theatre, Actor’s Outlet Theatre and Soho Rep); stock and regional theater (Foothills Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Westchester Broadway Theatre, Theatre by the Sea, Seaview Players and Aradia Theatre), as well as on radio and television. She has performed in concert at Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center, Wave Hill, Riverdale, NY and Greenwich House Music School. She is thrilled to be a Charter Member of F.A.C.T.. Thanks to Jack and David! Love and gratitude always to her mother Mafalda and sons Stuart and Geoffrey. Lucy is a proud member of AEA

(Nat’l & European Tours, “Cabaret”, “Phantom of the Opera”),


Megan Thomas*

Megan ThomasMEGAN THOMAS (Maureen, Merlinda, Wendy Darling) OFF-BDWAY: MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL (Iowa Housewife), & JUNO – NYCity Center Encores. National Tour: BEAUTY & THE BEAST (Mrs. Potts), & HELLO, DOLLY! w/ Carol Channing. Regional: ODD COUPLE female version w/ JoAnne Worley & Cindi Williams (Renee), SOUND OF MUSIC (Mother Abbess), CABARET (Fraulein Schneider), FIDDLER (Golde). Starred in the FACT production, Eeek! A MOUSICAL and recently played the role of “Mrs. Boston” in the revival of Al Carmines’ BONUS ARMY at Judson Arts in NYC. Proud Equity Member.

Off-BDWY “Menopause, The Musical”&


Danielle Erin Rhodes*

Danielle_medium_croppedDanielle Erin Rhodes recently portrayed the role of Gladys in the newly revised Rodger’s and Hart show, PAL JOEY which made its world premier at Arkansas Rep. Theatre. Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver! Nat. Tour. A popular FACT actress, she has starred in maony of our Words & Wine Readings is excited to be a part of this reading of The Lost Boy. Other credits Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story (Vi Petty)-Ogunquit Playhouse, A Child’s Christmas In Wales (The Irish Rep) Homo-The Musical (NYMF), Marvelous Wonderettes and Annie (MSMT). Danielle also served as Musical Director for the FACT musical, “Eeek! A Mousical.” Thank you Renee at About Artists and Love to JCM.

currently starring in “PAL JOEY” – Ark. Rep.


Gus Ferrari

Gus FerrariA graduate of the Moscow Theatre’s “Stanislawsky Method Seminar”, Gus, also attended HB Studios and has numerous stage and film credits. He has traveled the country performing with “Murder to Go” Interactive Mystery Theatre and Winceyco Inc. educational theatre. He was, also, a founding member of the I.N.T.A.R 53 Latino Actors Workshop (1997-2000) and is currently a board member and technical-coordinator at F.A.C.T.


Lynn Manuell

Lynn-ManuellLynn Manuell: Charter Member/Actor/Director/Public Relations Director. She has been in all aspects of theatrical production since age 9. Lynn has produced, directed and appeared in benefits, including one last year for the Food Bank of New York. She has produced and directed shows in New York, London and Chicago. In addition, she has appeared in over 50 productions as a singer/actress. Lynn is President of International Production Management and has represented many stars including Sarah Brightman, Betty Buckley, Gladys Knight and Cindy Williams. She is a booking agent, manager and company manager through her company. Lynn is excited to be a part of the creative process her at F.A.C.T.


Jack Dyville** Director

Gus FerrariJACK DYVILLE (Producing Artistic Director) has been called a Jack-of-All-Theatrical-Trades having worked professionally as a dancer, singer, actor, director, choreographer, stage manager, producer, playwright, PR Director, Box Office Mgr. as well as an usher (like his idol George M. Cohan he can sell ‘em the tickets, show ‘em to their seats, then get on stage.) He has danced on Broadway, off-Bdwy and twice with the Ballet Corp at the famed Radio City Music Hall. He toured with “West Side Story” starring Chita Rivera, “Hello Dolly” with Yvonne DeCarlo and “Cabaret” with Tandy Cronyn. He has directed and choreographed at Regional, Summer stock and Dinner Theatres across America during his 45 year career. He is an 8 time published playwright with I.E. Clark, Jac Publications, & Dramatic Publishing. His family musical “A Mermaids’ Tale” created with John Stutte played Off Bdway last season for 9 mos. at Stage 72 and his new family play, “A Hansel & Gretel Christmas” runs 10 weeks at Roy Arias Stage II beginning Nov 2. Jack is extremely proud of FACT and thrilled that it is living up to its Name, FRIENDS ALWAYS CREATING THEATRE as he produces and directs this marvelous cast in the entertaining and exhilarating new play by his FRIEND of 41 yrs Ron Palillo, who left us way-to-early. And he re-unites with his ‘very first’ male dance student Blake Hammond, a FRIEND for 33 yrs in their first professional production together! Enjoy the Show and thanks for supporting FACT. Please Come Back!!!

and for a Scholarship in Ron Paollilo’s Name for the
G Performing Arts School in Florida
where he was a teacher/instructor at the time of his death.

(*Actors Performing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. **Member of SDC)

Read Some of the articles about it!!!


From Theatre Online

Poster Art Work by Mr. Paolillo