New Jersey Repertory Company 179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ 07740 Contact: Adele Sammarco, firstname.lastname@example.org 732-229-3166 For immediate release: New Jersey Repertory Company presents The World Premiere Comedy DINNER WITH THE BOYS By Dan Lauria September 11-October 5, 2014 (LONG BRANCH) Monday, August 11, 2014 – New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, is proud to present the World Premiere of Dinner With The Boys by Dan Lauria. Dan Lauria, star of TV's The Wonder Years and Sullivan & Son as well as Broadway's Lombardi and the hit musical A Christmas Story, pens a killer comedy about a couple of old-time wise guys who just want to have a good Italian meal, a few laughs, and tie-up some loose ends before dessert. The cast includes Dan Lauria, Ray Abruzzo, who played Little Carmine Lupertazzi for four seasons on HBO's The Sopranos, and Richard Zavaglia, veteran of stage and screen, who has appeared in such films as Donnie Brasco with Al Pacino and Johnny Depp. Dinner With The Boys, directed by Frank Megna, begins preview performances on Thursday, September 11 and celebrates its opening night on Saturday, September 13 at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ), and runs through Sunday, October 5. Tickets may be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or online at www.njrep.org. The production team includes: Jessica Parks (Set Design & Props), Jill Nagle (Lighting Design), Merek Royce Press (Sound Design), Patricia E. Doherty (Costume Design), Michael Carroll (Technical Director), and Jennifer Tardibuono (Stage Manager). Dinner With The Boys Written by Dan Lauria at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ) Previews: Thursday, September 11 at 2pm & 8pm; Friday, September 12 at 2pm & 8pm; Saturday, September 13 at 3pm Opening Night with Reception: Saturday, September 13 at 8pm Regular Performance Schedule through October 5 Thursdays & Fridays 8pm; Saturdays 3pm & 8pm; Sundays 2pm & 7pm Tickets: Adults $42; Previews $35; Opening night with reception $60 Discounts are available to seniors (65+), students (full-time 13-25), active duty veterans and groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available at www.njrep.org or by calling 732-229-3166 Discounts and coupons not valid on Saturday nights For more information about New Jersey Repertory Company please visit www.njrep.org To arrange interviews or press tickets please contact NJ Rep Director of Marketing & Communications Adele Sammarco at732-229-3166 or email@example.com. Who's Who: Dan Lauria (Playwright/Charlie) has appeared as a guest star in over seventy television programs and more than twenty Movie of the Week productions. He has a score of film credits which include Stakeout, Another Stakeout, the commercial blockbuster Independence Day and the Frank Miller production of Will Eisner's The Spirit. Dan was also in the cult comedy Alien Trespass. Dan is a familiar face to the regional theatre scene having performed, written or directed over 50 professional stage productions. In 2010-2011, Dan was seen on Broadway as the legendary football coach Vince Lombardi in the long running production Lombardi directed by Thomas Kail, with Judith Light playing Marie Lombardi. Dan returned to Broadway in the 2013 production of the Tony- nominated production of A Christmas Story: The Musical directed by John Rando. Dan is most recognized as the Dad on the highly acclaimed Emmy winning, ABC television show The Wonder Years. Currently, Dan can be seen as Jack Sullivan on the new TBS sitcom Sullivan & Son with Steve Byrne as Son. Not too long ago, Dan starred in the Long Wharf Theatre production of Willy Holtzman's controversial play Hearts. Before that Dan was in the Coconut Grove production of Arthur Miller's The Price with the great Jack Klugman and directed by the legendary Bob Kalfin. He performed with Charles Durning in the Westwood Country Playhouse production of Jason Milligan's Men In Suits after which Dan toured with his former television co-star Fred Savage in the play Wendell and Ben, marking Fred's professional stage debut. Dan has performed in The Guys by Ann Nelson both in NYC and on the road with his dear friend Wendie Malick. The Guys is a tribute to the brave fireman who lost their lives at the WTC on 9/11 and is a play Dan is honored to be part of the ensemble. Dan's more recent stage appearances: Mark St. Germaine's, Ears on a Beatle, Ken Ludwig's Leading Ladies, Bill Mastrosimone's A Stone Carver, Lee Blessing's The Winning Streak and Daniel Sullivan's Christmas classic comedy Inspecting Carol at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick directed by David Saint. Dan returned to George Street to work with friend and mentor Jack Klugman on Jeffrey Sweets riveting The Value of Names. Jack and Dan revived their performances in LA at Gary Marshall's Falcon Theatre. Dan walked the boards in the NY premier of Brian Lee Franklin's new play Good Bobby about RFK with Dan as James Hoffa. For ten years Dan served as the artistic director of The Playwright's Kitchen Ensemble (PKE) of Los Angeles. With partners, Joe Cacaci and Richard Zavaglia, PKE produced over 450 public readings of new plays with the finest actors in the business in order to promote the development of the new American playwright and to seek literary representation for new writers. Dan does not do plays written by old dead white guys. Dan is very happily represented by agent Harry Gold and staff at Talent Works and Managers Daryl Marshak & Sue Zackary in LA and old friend Jeff Berger in NYC. Frank Megna (Director) is a New York trained actor, writer and director. He studied at the renowned HB Studios under the tutelage of Uta Hagen, Bill Hickey and Herbert Berghof, among others. His first play, Leather Heart, was produced off-Broadway which led to writing for such TV shows as Crime Story, Wiseguy and Veronica Claire. In both New York and Los Angeles, he has worked on numerous theater productions in various capacities. He wrote and directed his first feature film, The Seekers, in 2008 along with Diana Ljungaeus. In addition to writing episodic television, film, newspapers stories and a book, he has conducted many acting and writing workshops and seminars. With his partners in Opening Minds Productions, he has revived Steve Allen's award winning PBS series Meeting of Minds as live theater updating the original scripts and directing such acting luminaries as Ed Asner, Wendie Malick, Jean Smart, Hal Gould, Gary Cole, Robert Forster, Ray Abruzzo, Joe Mantegna, Stana Katic, Maud Adams, Bill Smitrovitch, Bruce Davison and Dan Lauria. He is currently developing a number of new projects aimed at cultural and educational institutions. Ghost in the House, about the life and times of Jack Johnson the first African-American heavyweight champion is among them. The show starring Tony Todd will be tested and performed all over the country before going to New York. Most recently he developed and directed the one-woman show Surfing DNA written and performed by Sullivan and Son star Jody Long. A new show, Related Bi Blood, starring Charles Shaughnessy, written and directed by Megna will have its first public showing at Cedar Crest College in October. He has completed a screenplay adaptation along with Dan Lauria of Dan's play Dinner with the Boys. Frank is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the Working Stage Theater which originated in New York and is now located in West Hollywood. Ray Abruzzo (Big Anthony, Jr. /The Uncle Sid) recently received rave reviews for his portrayal of the title role Lombardi at Florida's Mosaic Theater LA Theater. Ray played Sterling in the critically acclaimed West Coast Premiere of Theresa Rebeck's Mauritius at the Pasadena Playhouse and starred in Cannibals at the Zephyr Theater and Quake at the Open Fist. Previously, Louis LaRusso's Vesper's Eve and Stooplife at the Cast Theater, Supreme Therapy at the Egyptian Arena Theater, Aldo in the World Premier of John Patrick Shanely's Italian-American Reconciliation. Ray performed a one man show, The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron in Chicago and Boston. For nearly a decade, Ray was active as a director and actor for the LA's Playwright's Kitchen Ensemble. Ray was also a founding member of the Bond Street Theater Coalition in 1977 which is a thriving company traveling the world to this day. Ray was also head writer and director for the Nickelodeon's Weinerville. Television credits include guest spots for over 25 years, shows such as NYPD Blue, Law and Order, L&O SVU, NCIS, CSI: NY, House and numerous others. He was a series regular or recurring on LA Law, Dynasty, Night Court, The Practice, Boston Legal, Mad Men and most notably as Little Carmine Lupertazzi for 4 seasons on HBO's groundbreaking The Sopranos. Ray will soon be seen in the lead role in the independent film Somebody Marry Me, a 98-minute One Shot (no cuts) film. Richard Zavaglia (Dominic) is an accomplished director, gifted teacher and veteran actor of the stage and screen who has been in the business for over 40 years. He studied with Uta Hagen and Michael Shurtleff in New York and graduated in 1968 from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the oldest acting school in America, established in 1915 in New York City. He has taught beginner and advanced acting in New York, Los Angeles, Texas and Florida. Most recently at the Burt Reynolds Institute of Film and Television in Jupiter, the Cuillo Center in West Palm Beach, the Delray Beach Playhouse, the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton and currently at the Sugar Sand Park Center in Boca Raton. His directing includes many productions nationwide, most notably LBJ, the one-man show starring Laurence Luckinbill at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C., which raised $75,000 in one night to benefit world hunger. In attendance were Lady Bird Johnson and many Washington dignitaries. Richard was trained for the stage and has performed on Broadway starring in Neil Simon's Chapter Two and Passione, directed by Frank Langella. Richard's film credits include Donnie Brasco with Al Pacino and Johnny Depp, Bird directed by Clint Eastwood and many others. More of his credits can be viewed at IMDB.com and IBDB.com. ### Support for NJ Rep is provided in part by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Shubert Foundation, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, the Stone Foundation of New Jersey, Edgerton Foundation, Monmouth Arts' ArtHelps Project, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Investors Bank Foundation, OceanFirst Foundation, Dramatists Guild Fund, JENNJOE Fund of the Community Foundation, the Darien Family Fund of the Ayco Charitable Foundation, Jersey Shore Theatre Club for Education, the Jewish Communal Fund, the Community Foundation of New Jersey, Actors Equity Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the Puffin Foundation. NJ Rep is a member of the National New Play Network, The New Jersey Theater Alliance, TCG, and the Monmouth and Long Branch Arts Councils.
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