161A Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002
Description: MARK SAM ROSENTHAL PRESENTS
Another triumph from the creators of “Blanche Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire"
I Light Up My Life: The Mark Sam Celebrity Autobiography
August 12-26 – Five Performances Fri., Aug.12 @ 5:00pm Sat., Aug. 13 @ 12:00n Wed., Aug. 17 @ 9:15pm Wed., Aug. 24 @ 4:00pm Fri., Aug. 26 @ 7:00pm Venue #5 - Dixon Place 161A Chrystie Street (Rivington & Delancey Streets), New York, NY 10002
The New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC A production of The Present Company August 12th - 28th Tickets: $15-$18. For tickets visit www.FringeNYC.org
Visit www.ILightUpMyLife.com for insightful and inappropriate introductory videos posted by Mark Sam in the coming weeks!
Mark Sam Rosenthal is tickled to present I Light Up My Life: The Mark Sam Celebrity Autobiography, an over-the-top multi-media presentation of Mark Sam’s 789 page yet to be published homage to his favorite celebrity: himself. Part of the 15th annual New York International Fringe Festival, the production will be held at Venue #5: Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street (bet. Rivington & Delancey Streets), New York, NY 10002 for five performances from August 12-26, 2011. Todd Parmley directs a cast of one: Mark Sam Rosenthal, a celebrity. The world's first preemptive celebrity autobiography traces the rise to semi-obscurity of Mark Sam Rosenthal ("one of the city's great comedic storytellers" - Time Out) from his continental origins in the second-grade class French play through an ill-fated onscreen dabbling in the world of adult entertainment to his not-quite-breakout off-Broadway triumph as a cross-dressing, time-traveling Blanche DuBois. Along the way, drugs are taken, delusions are grand, and our celebrity deals inappropriately with his bi-religious identity, 9/11, and a death from AIDS - although not his own. Says Rosenthal of his Amtrak-speed ascendance into the fame orbit, "If I could inspire just one soul with my tale of success that's all I ask - more than one would be too much competition." I Light Up My Life plays for five performances from August 12 through 28. I Light Up My Life: The Mark Sam Celebrity Autobiography is presented by Mark Sam Rosenthal. Producer: Jim Bredeson: Stage Manager: Kate August; Publicist: Paul Siebold/Off Off PR.
Director Todd Parmley is a multi-faceted theatre artist: a director, actor, and educator. In New York, he has directed two episodes of Blair Fell’s hit live epic series, Burning Habits, a workshop production of the award-winning new play, 99 Degrees, and several productions at Stella Adler Studios (NYU). Todd also directed the world premiere productions of 516 (five sixteen) at FringeNYC, For Love of the Boy at Yale University, and Mark Sam Rosenthal’s solo show Blanche Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire at FringeNYC, Off Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse, and in Provincetown.
Mark Sam Rosenthal is a Baton Rouge native living in New York. The solo show he wrote and performs, Blanche Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire, had a nine-week off-Broadway run at New York’s SoHo Playhouse in winter 2009 and a summer run that same year at the Art House Theater in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Blanche originally premiered to sell-out crowds at the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival, where it won the Village Voice Audience Award and an overall festival award for Outstanding Solo Show. Mark Sam has studied and performed improv comedy with the Upright Citizens Brigade and acting with the Atlantic Theatre Company and the Barrow Group. He has done the stand-up and the storytelling thing, and his comedy sketches have been performed on both coasts. He has choreographed and performed award-winning burlesque at Joe’s Pub in New York and been a guest host on Sirius Satellite Radio’s morning drive talk show, OutQ in the Morning. Other writing and performing credits include his first solo show Love Mercy (the PIT), Menage a Trailer (Chicago's Factory Theater), Beyond the Valley of the Switchblade Pussycats (UCBT), and The Indigo Girls vs. George W. Bush (The Cutting Room). Mark Sam works as a freelance writer/producer for Comedy Central and Logo. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at www.fringenyc.org, by phone at 866.468.7619 up to 24 hours before the show, in person at FringeCENTRAL (1 East 8th Street at Fifth Avenue) from 12n-8pm beginning July 30th. Tickets are $18 at the door and can be purchased 15 minutes before each performance (cash only) at Venue #5: Dixon Place. Venue #5: Dixon Place is located at 161A Chrystie Street (bet. Rivington & Delancey Streets), NYC 10002. Take the “F” train to 2nd Avenue, the “B”/“D” to Grand Street, or the “J”/”Z” to Bowery. Dixon Place features a FringeBAR open weekdays from 6pm-12midnight / weekends from 6pm-1am.
The run time is 75 minutes with no intermission.