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Ronnie Larsen is an actor-director-playwright-producer whose work has been seen in every major city in America, as well as in Canada, Australia, Italy and London. Twelve of his plays have been produced and five have been seen Off-Broadway in New York City. He has also made a documentary that had theatrical runs at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, Cinema Village in New York City and the Laemmle 5 in Los Angeles as well as showings at numerous film festivals in America, England and the Berlin Film Festival. Welcome to RonnieLarsen.com
 

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Buy Tix - Sleeping With Straight Men - Abyss - Ft. Lauderdale

"Torn from the headines, but a lot more entertaining, "Sleeping With Straight Men" may turn out be this summer's surprise hit play. The 90 minute romp had the audience at Friday's opening cheering at the end." Octavio Roca, San Francisco Chronicle

 

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DATES:

April 4th - April 29th

Wednesdays: 8:30pm

Thursdays: 8:30pm

Fridays: 8:30pm

Saturday: 6:00pm

Saturdays: 9:00pm

Sundays: 7:00pm

Tix: $35-$50

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The Foundry @ Abyss Theatre Studio 
2308 N. Dixie Highway 
Wilton Manors, Florida 33305

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REVIEWS:

"Sleeping With Straight Men, having its premiere in the Theatre Rhino Studio, is another successful step by Larsen to reach beyond the reputation of his Making Porn et al. oeuvre. The first step came with A Few Gay Men last year, and this new play reinforces the developing notion that Larsen is a writer and director to be reckoned with."
BAY AREA REPORTER

 

"Torn from the headlines, but a lot more entertaining, "Sleeping With Straight Men" may turn out to be this summer's surprise hit play. The 90-minute romp had the audience at Friday's opening cheering at the end." SF CHRONICLE

 

"...all characters are granted more depth than one might anticipate at first, and dialogue is quite well honed to deftly reveal contradictory, potentially land-mined personality traits. Sans intermission, well-paced tale has an arrow-like narrative trajectory that gradually becomes less comic and more tragic as it goes on...show should repeat its local success in upcoming remounts." VARIETY

 

"What distinguishes this production is the real-life familiarity of the
characters’ behavior, even as their circumstances approach burlesque. In addition to his clever way with words, Larsen is a director with an eye for nuance, as well as choreographed episodes, and his jokes often find a second wave of laughter through their staging." BAY AREA REPORTER

 

"This camp, colourful, and consummately comic production is based on a true story that has a devastating sting in its tail." GAY TIMES OF LONDON

 

South Florida Cast of Sleeping With Straight Men

Eytan Deray is Brian 

 

Eytan Deray (Brian) Previous credits include: "All Together Now" (Fox), "Stalker Bob and His Mother" (Bob), "American Idiot" (Will), "The Who's Tommy" (Cousin Kevin), "The Normal Heart" (Craig/Grady), "Once Upon a Mattress" (Dauntless), "The Rocky Horror Show" (Eddie), Spring Awakening" (Georg) and "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead" (Beethoven).

 

Tyler Charles Kane is Stanley

 

Tyler Charles Kane (Stanley) “It’s not how you act; it’s why.” Seven simple words that 23 year old, Florida native, Tyler Charles Kane lives by. His stage credits include: “The Pillowman”, “The Crucible”, “Wasp and Other Plays”, “Columbinus”, and “Nine” by Jane Shepard. Already an accomplished actor, he intends to launch a music career in the fall of 2018, under the alias "7Kane". Grateful to director Ronnie Larsen for giving him another opportunity to grow, Tyler hopes Stanley, reminds the audience of someone in their life, stating "He's  ambitious, campy, and just trying to find himself". Tyler would also like to give a special thanks to Daimien Matherson, saying "Without you I wouldn’t have a stage to stand on. Thank you!"

 

Chloé Malaisé is Karen

Chloé Malaise (Karen) was born in Asuncion, Paraguay and moved to South Florida in 2000. In 2011, she moved to NYC to study musical theatre at the American Musical and Dramatics Academy. Two years ago, Chloé returned to sunny South Florida. She has appeared in several commercials and was featured in her first feature film which will debut end of 2018. Thrilled to join this production, she thanks her friends & family for all their support. @ChloeMalaise 

 

Jacqueline Misholy is Jill Johnson

Jacqueline Misholy (Jill Johnson) Is happy to be making her debut at the Abyss Theatre. Jacqueline is a seasoned and classically trained New York actress of many years. She has appeared in Film,Television and Off BroadwayTheatre. Some of her credits: The Diary of Anne Frank, Picnic, Galetea, Side Man, The Fox, Chapter Two, California Suite, The Allergists Wife, Irma La Deuce, West Side Story, Macbeth, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliette,Taming of the Shrew, to mention a few. She holds a Master's in Drama and Education.She is the winner of the 2015 prestiges Broadway World Award for Best Actress in a Drama for her portrayal of Grandma Kurnitz in Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers. In 2017 she was once again nominated for a Broadway World Award for Best Actress in a Drama for her portrayal of Sarah Goode in Wendy Wasserstein's The Sister's Rosensweig. Jacqueline would like to thank, Ronnie, for giving her the opportunity to color and breath life into Jill. Your direction and insight was spot on.To a talented and funny cast and crew. CHOOKUS! xo

 

Constance Moreau is Judy

Constance Moreau (Judy) is a South Florida actor, most recently portraying Gertrude in Shakespeare Miami's Hamlet. At Infinite Abyss Theatre in Wilton Manors, Constance recently portrayed Madeliene, the ill-fated laundress of the Marquis de Sade in Quills, as well as several delusional and unhinged characters in Ghosts of the Grand Guignol. She also portrayed the Ghost of Christmas Past and Mrs.Cratchit in Sol Children's Theater's 2016 production of A Christmas Carol, Tamora in Bobby Rodriguez Studio One's reading of Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare's bloodiest play and, thus, her favorite), and has been a participant in the One Minute Play Festival two years in a row as well as a cast member with the South Florida Renaissance Festival. Constance is currently pursuing both a bachelor's of arts in theatre and a bachelor's of science in biology at Florida Atlantic University. When not on the stage, Constance works as a full-time police dispatcher and embraces her Fresh Meat status with the Gold Coast Derby Grrls. She wishes to thank her best friend, Michael, for his support and steadfastness, as well as her theatre family for their encouragement, tough love, and constant inspiration.

  

 

 

Dave Polgar is Lee Champlin

Dave Polgar (Lee Champlin) is making his Abyss Theatre - for that matter - Forida theatre debut. Recent credits include: Frankenstein Rocks: A Musical, Barefoot in the Park, Arsenic and Old Lace, Unnecessary Farce, Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, and Son of a Dog all produced in the Philadelphia region. Started his pursuit of acting at Hedgerow Theatre where he studied, worked, and played under the tutelage of Penelope Reed, Zoran Kovcic, Jared Reed, Sue Wefel, and Tom Teti. Special thanks to Ronnie Larsen, Jake Krickhan, Thom Wise and the entire cast and crew for making the journey of this production a blast. Always to be humbled; love to his friends and family.

 

 

Eytan Deray (Brian) Previous credits include: "All Together Now" (Fox), "Stalker Bob and His Mother" (Bob), "American Idiot" (Will), "The Who's Tommy" (Cousin Kevin), "The Normal Heart" (Craig/Grady), "Once Upon a Mattress" (Dauntless), "The Rocky Horror Show" (Eddie), Spring Awakening" (Georg) and "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead" (Beethoven).

 

Laurie Tanner is Diane

Laurie Tanner (Diane) Recently, Laurie Tanner has performed with The Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida and with Theatre South. In the past she has traveled and performed with Sheer Madness in festivals and theatres in Northern Europe and in Italy. She is happy to have been cast in Ronnie Larsen’s production of Sleeping with Straight Men. She would like to thank Jane Kelly of the Actor’s Workshop and Gail Garrisan for the invaluable lessons and support.

 

Steven Philip Youngstein is Sally

 

Steven Philp Youngstein (Sally) Originally from Flushing, Steven studied musical theatre at Stony Brook University. He was featured as one of “Palm Beach County’s Funniest Stand Up Comedians”. Steven is thrilled to work with Ronnie (Hook Ups Vol. 1) again. Theatre credits include Grandma Sylvia's Funeral, tick, tick...BOOM!, The Who's TOMMY, Arsenic & Old Lace, South Pacific, and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. Steven is also a member of Shooting Blanks Improv, a local comedy troupe. He is extremely thankful for this opportunity and is proud of the cast and crew.

Sleeping With Straight Men

5 Stars from Gay Times of London

by 

Richard Unwin

This camp, colourful, and consummately comic production is based on a true story that has a devastating sting in its tail.

Small-town America in the early 90’s: Stanley – a trailer-park homosexual who lives with his Mom and dreams of San Francisco – has a major crush on Lee – the handsome straight waiter from his local restaurant – but how to let him know…? Why, fly to New York and surprise him with the revelation on a national television chat-show, of course.

While it may seem like a faintly absurd basis for a plot, this unlikely tale of televisual trauma did actually happen. We won’t give away the ending here, but some of you may remember reading about it in the news at the time – apparently the clip of the original chat-show bombshell is available online. Author Ronnie Larsen has taken a real-life drama and transformed it into a captivating narrative – one that is painted with broad comedic strokes for the most part, but is also capable of suitable gravitas and reflection when required. 

Playing Stanley’s drag-queen best friend Sally, and stunning us with several memorable musical interludes, is cultural icon and scene legend Dave Lynn. Lynn gives a bravura performance and gifts a real sense of 90’s magic to proceedings. Despite it being a solitary anachronistic anomaly, his rendition of ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’ is a triumphant highlight. It’s a pleasure and a privilege to witness a true star so thriving in their element.

The whole piece is exceptionally well cast. Richard Watkins, as the straight guy caught by the queer eye – Lee – gives us a complex and layered interpretation of a part that could easily be played as caricature. Watkins displays nuance, depth, and a magnificent arse in the nude sex scene – an artiste with real skill and, doubtless, a bright future. Camp counterpart Stanley – performed with precision mincing by Chris Britton – is another brilliantly realised portrait, with Britton allowing us flashes of a real vulnerable human beneath the gaudy exterior of effeminate excess.

Many of the biggest laughs of the night belong to Louie Westwood as Brian – the acidly acerbic make-up and costume supervisor on the Jill Johnson Show. Westwood is a complete master of the bitchy put-down and flamboyantly steals the stage whenever he’s on it. An absolute theatrical star, Westwood is one to watch. There’s also comic brilliance from Ruth Peterson as Jill Johnson herself – totally nailing the 90’s chat-show vibe with fierce flair.

‘Do You Have A Secret Crush? (Sleeping With Straight Men)’ is a hugely enjoyable and consistently entertaining piece of theatre. If you don’t already know the original outcome, then we urge you to fight the temptation to to find out beforehand – just go and appreciate being surprised by the twists and turns of this sublime slice of 90’s mayhem. With songs, laughs, and nudity – as well as some surprisingly affecting serious moments, Director Robert McWhir has put together a small masterpiece to be savoured – enjoy.

GT gives Do You Have A Secret Crush? (Sleeping With Straight Men) — 5/5

 

     Story: Inspired by the Jenny Jones Talk Show murder case.

 

     Script: PDF - Word Document - Web - Excerpt

 

    Length: 90 minutes

 

    Characters:

  • STANLEY, a gay man obsessed with straight men
  • DIANE, Stanleys' mom
  • SALLY, Stanleys' friend, a female impersonator
  • LEE, a straight man
  • KAREN, his girlfriend
  • JILL JOHNSON, a talk show host
  • JUDY, a talk show producer
  • BRIAN, a make-up artist

 

     Produced Cities: Chicago (titled The Risk of Being Cruel), Los Angeles (titled Talk Show) , San Francisco (titled Sleeping With Straight Men), Off-Broadway - New York City, San Diego, San Francisco (2nd time), Chicago (2nd time). London (3 times)

 

     Actor History:

SLEEPING WITH STRAIGHT MEN: NY/OFF-BROADWAY

  • Leila Babson played Mom
  • Joanna Keylock played Judy
  • Hedda Lettuce played Sally
  • Jared Scott played Stanley
  • Mink Stole played Jill Johnson
  • Paul Tena played Brian
  • Aaaron Wimmer played Lee
  • Dia Shepardson played Karen

SLEEPING WITH STRAIGHT MEN: SAN FRANCISCO

  • A.J. Davenport played Mom
  • Nora Ludden played Judy
  • Dan Renzi played Brian
  • Sister Roma played Sally
  • Jared Scott played Stanley
  • Dia Shepardson played Karen
  • Mink Stole played Jill Johnson
  • Aaaron Wimmer played Lee

TALK SHOW: LOS ANGELES

  • Michael Amato played Paul
  • Barry Brisco played Jack
  • Stephanie Bell played Jill Johnson
  • Stephanie Barton played Mom
  • Justin Christopher played Stanley
  • Dan Connelly played Lee (alternating with Frank Krueger)
  • Kerry Ann Cunningham played Karen
  • Frank Krueger played Lee (alternating with Dan Connelly)
  • Michael Lundy played Brian
  • Diane Mizrahi played Judy
  • Tony Trbovich played Roy
  • Toni Marie Davis was the Assistant Director
    Rod Hazzard was the Company Manager

THE RISK OF BEING CRUEL: CHICAGO

  • Mark Appolloni played Joey
  • Ethan Colchamiro played Roy
  • Chris Daftsios played Suzette
  • J. Bixby Elliott played Dolores Alexander
  • Mitch Ellis play Jack Shepard
  • Vanessa Hall played Jill Johnson
  • Joe Kaplan played Lee
  • Rebecca Langguth played Karen

 

     Audio Description: http://ronnielarsen.com/m/sounds/view/Sleeping-With-Straight-Men-Descriptions-mp3

 

     Photos: http://ronnielarsen.com/m/photos/browse/album/Sleeping-With-Straight-Men/owner/admin

 

     Video: There is currently no video. Maybe soon.

 

     Reviews:

 

"Sleeping With Straight Men, having its premiere in the Theatre Rhino Studio, is another successful step by Larsen to reach beyond the reputation of his Making Porn et al. oeuvre. The first step came with A Few Gay Men last year, and this new play reinforces the developing notion that Larsen is a writer and director to be reckoned with."
BAY AREA REPORTER

 

"Torn from the headlines, but a lot more entertaining, "Sleeping With Straight Men" may turn out to be this summer's surprise hit play. The 90-minute romp had the audience at Friday's opening cheering at the end."
SF CHRONICLE

 

"...all characters are granted more depth than one might anticipate at first, and dialogue is quite well honed to deftly reveal contradictory, potentially land-mined personality traits. Sans intermission, well-paced tale has an arrow-like narrative trajectory that gradually becomes less comic and more tragic as it goes on...show should repeat its local success in upcoming remounts."
VARIETY

 

"What distinguishes this production is the real-life familiarity of the
characters’ behavior, even as their circumstances approach burlesque. In addition to his clever way with words, Larsen is a director with an eye for nuance, as well as choreographed episodes, and his jokes often find a second wave of laughter through their staging."
BAY AREA REPORTER

 

 

     Licensing Availability: Available for production, co-production and/or licensing.

 

 

     Contact: RonnieLarsenPresents@gmail.com

 

 

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