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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

George Street special benefit play reading of Eugene Pack’s new comedy ‘Night with Oscar’

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George Street Playhouse has announced that three-time Golden Globe nominee and two-time Emmy Award nominee Rob Morrow (TV’s Northern Exposure, Billions), two-time Emmy winner Robert Wuhl (Bull Durham, TV’s Arli$$), and Talia Balsam (TV’s Mad Men, Homeland) will star in a special benefit play reading of Eugene Pack’s hysterical new comedy Night with Oscar on Friday, June 8, 2018, at 8 p.m.

Eugene Pack is the creator of the off-Broadway hit comedy sensation Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words, which won the Drama Desk Award in the category of "Unique Theatrical Experience." He is also an Emmy Award-nominated writer and TV producer.

Pack, along with this star-studded cast from some of television's most popular and groundbreaking shows, will present a staged reading of his hilarious new comedy, which peeks in on a Long Island family’s unraveling on Oscar night.

The cast for the one-night-only event also includes Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Broadway’s Lysistrata Jones, GSP’s I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change), Kally Duling (Broadway’s Fun Home, GSP’s American Hero), Peter Falls (TV’s The Mysteries of Laura, Unforgettable), George Merrick (Broadway’s Honeymoon in Vegas, GSP’s I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) and Dayle Reyfel (Celebrity Autobiography).

Tickets are on sale now and start at $58,  A limited number of seats are available starting at $99 that include a post-play reception and meet-and-greet with the celebrity cast. For tickets and more information, call the George Street Playhouse box office at 732-246-7717 or visit www.GeorgeStreetPlayhouse.org.

Talia Balsam's television credits include: The Good Wife, The Newsroom, Divorce, Mad Men, Homeland, Elementary. She has appeared in the films Little Men, The Girl in the Book, and Don't Worry Baby.

Rob Morrow is a two-time Emmy Award nominee and three-time Golden Globe nominee for his role of Joel Fleischman in Northern Exposure. He currently appears in Showtime's hit series Billions. Other film and TV credits include Quiz Show, Numb3rs, American Crime Story and The Fosters.

Robert Wuhl is a proud member of the Union (New Jersey) High School Hall of Fame. His film credits include Batman; Bull Durham; Good Morning, Vietnam; The Bodyguard; Flashdance; Mistress; Hollywood Knights; Cobb; Good Burger; and Open Season (also writer/director). He created and starred in the HBO series Arli$$ and Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl.  He received two Emmy Awards for writing the 63rd and 64th Academy Awards.

Lindsay Nicole Chambers was seen in GSP’s updated production of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Her Broadway and tour appearances include Kinky Boots (Lauren), Lysistrata Jones (Robin), Elf (Jovie), Legally Blonde, Hairspray; off-Broadway: Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man (Robyn), Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking, Triassic Parq (Velociraptor of Science).

Kally Duling, who appeared in 2018’s American Hero at George Street Playhouse, was previously seen in the Broadway and National Tour productions of Fun Home. Her regional credits include Into the Woods (TUTS), The Tall Girls (Alliance Theatre), Next to Normal (Baltimore Center Stage), Fifth of July (Williamstown Theatre Festival/Bay Street), Bus Stop (Fulton Theatre), Little Women (John Engeman Theatre). Television appearances include The Good Wife and One Bad Choice. She has also done voiceover work for Nickelodeon, Scholastic, Fisher-Price, and more.

Peter Falls has appeared on TV in The Mysteries of Laura, Unforgettable, Pitch and Ten Days in the Valley. He also does voiceover work, including in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1.

George Merrick also returns to GSP after appearing in the updated version of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change in late 2017. He was seen on Broadway in Honeymoon in Vegas, South Pacific, and High Fidelity, and in the acclaimed off-Broadway transfer of Clever Little Lies with Marlo Thomas. On TV, George has appeared on Blue Bloods, The Blacklist, and the upcoming Rise on NBC. His film credits include The Intern with Robert DeNiro and So Good to See You (2016 Sundance selection).

Dayle Reyfel is a Drama Desk Award winner for her work on the critically acclaimed off-Broadway sensation, Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words, which she developed along with Eugene Pack. Ms Reyfel is one of the original stars of the show and has performed in, directed and launched the touring companies in New York, Los Angeles, Edinburgh, London's West End and in Australia, at The Sydney Opera House. She has also performed at San Francisco's Sketchfest, the HBO Workspace, Long Wharf, Old Globe, London's Leicester Square Theatre, and the Edinburgh Comedy Festival. Dayle is an artistic director and performer of EP New Works Production Company and has performed in numerous plays presented at Guild Hall, Naked Angels, NY Stage and Film and Cherry Lane Theater in productions opposite Matthew Broderick, Edie Falco, Stockard Channing, Bobby Cannavale and many more. Her television credits also include executive producing the critically acclaimed Bravo special Celebrity Autobiography, in which she also appeared, and E! Entertainment's In Their Own Words, in addition to her work on Bravo's A list Awards and the G4 Network. She is also an award-winning playwright for her plays Slip/Knot and Mayhap.

Eugene Pack (Playwright) is the creator of the off-Broadway hit comedy sensation Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words, which won the Drama Desk Award in the category of "Unique Theatrical Experience." Pack is also an Emmy Award-nominated writer and TV producer. He was nominated for Outstanding Writing for Variety, Comedy or Music for the special America: A Tribute to Heroes, which won the Emmy for Outstanding Special. Pack is the creator and executive producer of the CMT series Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team, Back to the Grind (TV Land), Celebrity Autobiography (Bravo) and the series What I Hate About Me for the Style Network. As a playwright, he has written (and performed) the critically acclaimed one man shows The Senior and Something Flexible With Meaning and the play Elinor Adjusting. His play Stan The Man, developed at Theatre West, was optioned for the screen. His most recent work Columbus and Amsterdam was workshopped with the Naked Angels at Vassar College’s NY Stage and Film Company. He is a graduate of New York University where he studied with David Mamet and the Practical Aesthetics Workshop and Playwrights Horizons.

Located right off Route 1 amidst a vast bucolic setting on the Cook Campus of Rutgers University, George Street Playhouse’s College Farm Road venue features expansive lobby spaces, an outdoor patio and free nearby parking. The entrance into the building and to all areas of the theatre are barrier-free. For directions to George Street Playhouse, visit the Playhouse website (GeorgeStreetPlayhouse.org) and click Directions at the top of the homepage.

New Brunswick’s favorite restaurants are less than two miles from College Farm Road. For a list of restaurants, visit the Plan Your Visit section of the website. And keep a lookout for unique dining options offered by George Street Playhouse.

For more information about the Night with Oscar special event, call the box office at 732-246-7717 or visit www.GeorgeStreetPlayhouse.org.

About George Street Playhouse
George Street Playhouse is a nationally recognized theatre, presenting an acclaimed mainstage season while providing an artistic home for established and emerging theatre artists. The Playhouse is expected to take residence in a new performing arts center in downtown New Brunswick, N.J., for the 2019-20 season. Its leadership consists of Artistic Director David Saint and Managing Director Kelly Ryman. Founded in 1974, the Playhouse has been well represented by numerous productions both on and off-Broadway, including the Outer Critics’ Circle Best Musical Award-winner The Toxic Avenger; the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League nominated production of The Spitfire Grill; and the Broadway hit and Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof by David Auburn, which was developed at GSP during the 1999 Next Stage Series of new plays. In 2015, George Street Playhouse was represented by two productions in New York with the Broadway production of It Shoulda Been You and Joe DiPietro’s Clever Little Lies, which opened off-Broadway that same year.  Both shows received their premieres at the Playhouse.   In addition to its mainstage season, GSP’s Touring Educational Theatre features three issue-oriented productions that are seen by more than 40,000 students annually. George Street Playhouse programming is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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