SEX TIPS PLAY | ABOUT THE SHOW
ABOUT THE SHOW
This romantic comedy takes the audience on a hilarious and wild ride where no topic is taboo and the insider ‘tips’ come straight from the source: a gay man. The play is set at a local university auditorium where the English department holds its monthly meet the authors event. Robyn is the shy and studious moderator of the event and this month's featured author is Dan Anderson of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man. With the help of a hunky staged assistant named Stefan, Dan aims to turn this meet the authors event upside down with a highly theatrical, audience interactive sex tip seminar. Will Stefan’s muscles be used for more than moving heavy scenery? Will the power of Dan's tips prove too titillating for even Robyn to resist? As with everything at this event...that is for Dan to know, and you to find out!
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JILLIAN GOTTLIEB (Robyn) Recent stage credits include: Into The Woods (Rapunzel / TUTS), The Museum of Broken Relationships (Desi / The O'Neill Musical Theatre Conference), Di Goldene Kale (Khanele / The Museum of Jewish Heritage) nominated for two 2016 Drama Desk Awards, Lend Me A Tenor (Maggie / Fulton Theatre), Grease (Frenchy / Ogunquit Playhouse), Unlock’d (Belinda / The Duke), Das Rheingold (Nibelung / The Metropolitan Opera). Jillian has not been sexually repressed since her early teens. Love and thanks to Holly, The Mine, ME Management, and my Cutest. (www.jilliangottlieb.com )
GRANT MACDERMOTT (Dan) Credits include: Lindstrom in Mister Roberts (New Rep Theater); Duke in The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Speakeasy Stage); Man #1 in Not Enough Air (Central Square Theater); Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (Stoneham Theater); Donalbain/Murderer in MacBeth (Shakespeare Now Co.); Mr.Pluck/Frank Cheeryble in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Lyric Stage Co.); Laertes in Hamlet (New Rep Theater); John/Jamison in Animal Crackers (Lyric Stage Co.), OkCupid Guy in Matchemaker, Matchmaker, I’m Willing To Settle (American Repertory Theater and NYMF), and The Man/Steve in RENT (New Rep Theater), Monkey in The Nutcracker (Stoneham Theater) and Messenger in Medea (Actors’ Shakespeare Project). John Jr. in Now or Later (Huntington Theater Company, US Premiere) directed by Michael Wilson. He holds a BFA in Acting from Emerson College. He is originally from New Jersey.
JONATHAN WHITNEY (Stefan) From southern Ohio, Whitney has since appeared in several NYC, regional, and collegiate productions, including:The Video Games, Off-Broadway(Scorpion/DK swing),Henry V(Henry V),Taming of the Shrew(Petruchio), Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde(Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde),Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery(Sherlock Holmes),Around the World in 80 Days(Phileas Fogg),One Man Two Guvnors(Stanley Stubbers),The Importance of Being Earnest(Jack),Lend Me a Tenor;(Tito); He has also appeared in several web series, music videos, video games, and advertisements; Many thanks to his very supportive family, and all his amazing friends; BFA, Acting: Ball State University
MATT MURPHY (Playwright/Producer) most recently produced the critically-acclaimed musical Side Show on Broadway; with other recent productions including Memphis (TONY Best Musical) Thurgood, starring Laurence Fishburne; Impressionism, starring Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons; and the Off-Broadway hit Altar Boyz. Matt is also currently producing New York’s latest hit family musical The Berenstain Bears LIVE!, now in its third year Off-Broadway, and Virtually Me!, which was recently profiled on Fox News and My9 News for its efforts to educate students about the increasingly challenging issue of cyber-bullying. www.MattMurphyProductions.com.
SHAWN NIGHTINGALE (Producer) is a native of Cape Cod who grew up around theatre in Provincetown, MA. He has produced and worked with Whoopi Goldberg, Joan Rivers, John Waters, David Sedaris, Bruce Vilanch, and the Tony Award winning Elaine Stritch (At Liberty). Shawn co-produced the Broadway musical Side Show this past winter. In addition, to his work in live entertainment, Shawn has produced and starred in the short film The Appointment and P-Town the series. Shawn owns a consulting business and is on the board of directors for numerous non-profit companies as a business advisor.
TIM DRUCKER (Director). Credits as a director include the Off-Broadway productions of Spidermusical (Mint Theater), Stinkykids! (Vital Theater, Off Bway Alliance Award Best Family Musical), The Brain that Wouldn't Die! (NYMF), Grace McLean Lives in Concert (Ars Nova). As writer, the books to the musicals (with Randy Blair) Fat Camp (Off-Bway, NYMF 2009 Best of Fest), Perez Hilton Saves the Universe (Fringe Best Musical 2008) and Spidermusical. Other work includes Haute Mess (Ars Nova, The Other Baldwins) and Ruff (#serials at the Flea). BFA: NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
NANCY RENÉE BRAUN (Choreographer) Favorite credits include associate choreographer of the Broadway National Tour of Elf, NYMF’s Fat Camp (NYMF Choreography Award), Roundabout Theatre’s Robber Bridegroom workshop, and the associate director/choreographer of Off-Broadway’s The Berenstain Bears Live! with Matt Murphy Productions. Other choreography credits include NYMF’s Fantasy Football: The Musical (NYMF Best of Fest Runner-Up), Godspell’s Broadway Flash Mob (100,000 YouTube hits), Altar Boyz (Sharon Playhouse), Pippin (William Daniels Award for Best Choreography), and The Wild Party (Musical Hall of Chicago). Nancy has performed on Broadway in the original company of Gypsy and Off-Broadway’s Fat Camp, and is featured in the upcoming musical theatre film entitled Life of an Actress. Northwestern University graduate.
RANDY BLAIR (Projection/Sound Design). Off-Broadway: Fat Camp (American Theatre of Actors), Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage (Davenport Productions), Beautiful Disaster (Joe's Pub), Walking in Soho (Signature Theatre), Spidermusical (Mint). His viral video animation work has been featured everywhere from Perez Hilton to Howard Stern to the New York Magazine Approval Matrix. In his other life, he is a writer/director/actor, frequently collaborating with Sex Tip's director Tim Drucker.
LUKE CANTARELLA (Scenic Design). Matt Murphy Productions: Berenstain Bears Live!NYC: Atlantic Theater Company, New World Stages, Chocolate Factory, Lucille Lortel, Synapse Productions, HERE, The Lambs, Sens Productions/Whitney Biennial. Regional: American Repertory Theater, Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Milwaukee Rep, Yale Rep, Pittsburgh Public, Cleveland Playhouse, Northlight, Prince Music Theater, REDCAT, Berkshire Theater Festival, Adirondack Theater Festival, Barrington Stage, TheaterWorks, Prince Music Theater. Opera: Curtis, Peabody/Baltimore Lyric Opera, Wolftrap. Dance: Wooden Floor, Dance Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut Ballet. Film/TV: Damages (Art Director). International: Arts Theater (West End), Rozentheater (Amsterdam), AUC (Cairo). Head of Scenic Design at Pace University.
TILLY GRIMES (Costume Design). Recent Credits Include: Family Album (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Present Laughter (Two Rivers Theatre Company), Steadfast (Barrow Group), The Netflix Plays (Ars Nova), The How and the Why (Trinity Rep), Twelfth Night (Westport County Playhouse), Caligula (Project Theatre, Dublin). Awards: Balsamo Grant for Emerging Immigrant Artists, Irish Arts Design Award, Irish Times Theatre Award Nomination. Tilly has been a guest artist and guest designer at The Juilliard School, New York University, Fordham University, PPAS in NYC and Trinity College in Dublin, and is co-artistic director of London/Parisian Theatre Company 'SavageCharm'. She received her M.F.A from NYU Tisch and teaches at Brown University's directing MFA program.
BRIAN TOVAR (Lighting Design) Recent NYC: Tamar of The River (Prospect Theatre), Eager To Lose, Haute Mess, The Lapsburgh Layover, TRAVIS, Factory Girls (Ars Nova), Sleeping Rough (Page73), Rapture (The Play Company), Jesus Hopped the A Train (Atlantic Stage 2), Rio, Les Enfants De Paris, The Brain That Wouldn't Die, Street Lights (NYMF), Just Cause (Flea), Spidermusical (Mint), The Bikinis (QTIP), Accidentally Like a Martyr (The Wild Project), Veritas, Vote!, Perez Hilton Saves The Universe (NYC Fringe), The Wendy Complex (MITF), The Wendigo (Medicine Show), among others. Broadway Assistant: HAIR, Passing Strange, 39 Steps. Regional: Goodspeed Musicals, Denver Center Theatre, Two River Theatre, Northern Stage, ReVision Theatre. Event Design credits include: Bravo, The Walking Dead, Microsoft, Porsche, Citibank, Financial Times, Monster, NYC Fashion Week, NYCLU, Broadway in South Africa, among others. www.BrianTovarDesign.com
SHANI COLLEEN MURFIN (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to join the team! Selected NY credits : Pinkalicious, Angelina Ballerina, and more with Vital Theatre Company; The Amazing Max; A Light Lunch (The Flea Theatre); The End of You; 20 Years of Agnes; The Iron Curtain (Prospect Theatre Company); The Rocky Horror Show (CSCP); You People (The Shalimar).
HOLLY BUCZEK, CSA (Casting Director) HDB Casting: Annie - National Tour 2014/15, 50 Shades, The Original Parody – Off-Broadway and Touring Companies, Til Divorce Do Us Part – Off-Broadway, Deathtrap and Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike at The John W. Engeman Theatre, Caroline or Change for Cyrano’s Theatre in Alaska, The Independents for Fringe 2012 (winner Best-of-the Fest), Wearing Black for the Frigid Festival, iLLA, A Hip-Hop Musical, Deployed -The Musical, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die – In 3D, The Groove Factory and Pirates of Finance for NYMF, and for Bard SummerScape festival, The Ballad of Rom and Julz and Bitter Sweet. Holly is the resident Casting Director for Musicals Tonight!, Vital Theatre Company, The Berenstain Bears LIVE, and past seasons of The Secret Theatre and Millbrook Playhouse Summer Theatre. Films: Naz & Maalik, Diva and Symposium. Web: Commercials for Intel and Lipton. Holly is also an Associate Casting Director at W/S Casting. For more information on Holly visit www.hdbcasting.com
SHANE PARKS (Company Manager) is joining the Sex Tips team after 3 years with Broadway Asia International, where he managed shows in China, the UK, and the US. Originally from Maryland, he is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with a Bachelor’s in Music Composition, and New York University, with an MFA in Musical Theater Writing.
SEX TIPS FOR STRAIGHT WOMEN FROM A GAY MAN (Source Material) was written by Dan Anderson and Maggie Berman. First published in 1997, the book instantly became a best-seller. Now a cult classic, it has also been published in Germany, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, the Netherlands, Australia and England, and will come out in France in spring 2014. And as you can see, the book also had a supporting role in sparking passionate romance between Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones in the movie Hope Springs.