THE LONG-RUNNING HIT SOLO PLAY
NEW YORK TIMES CRITICS PICK
set to play
*presented by Richard Jay-Alexander
in association with Edison Farrow and South Beach Cabaret
Written and Performed by Ben Rimalower
Directed by Aaron Mark
“A tight hourlong monologue that pairs a well-honed script with an engagingly spontaneous delivery and a nose for sharp, observational comedy,
Mr. Rimalower’s funny, tender reminiscence rides an infectious rainbow high.”
– The New York Times
“Meticulously scripted and executed,
with poignant punch lines that deliver laughs, emotion and insight."
– Time Out New York
“Endearing, drolly written and performed with heaps of charisma."
– The New Yorker
PATTI ISSUES – the hit solo play hailed as “heartfelt and cleverly constructed” ” by The Boston Globe and called “spellbinding, one of the best (and now longestrunning) offerings of the year," by The Village Voice – is set to play Miami Beach on Friday, May 9th at 8 PM (presented by legendary Broadway and concert producer-director Richard Jay-Alexander in association with Edison Farrow and South Beach Cabaret) at The Cabaret South Beach (233 12th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139), return engagements in San Francisco (Wednesday, May 14th at 7 PM and at 9 PM at Rebel,1760 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102), Los Angeles (Thursday, May 15th at 7:30 PM and at 9 PM at the Cavern Club Celebrity Theater at Casita Del Campo,1920 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027) and Fire Island Pines (Saturday, July 26th at 10 PM at Fire Island Pines Pavilion, Fire Island Pines, NY 11782), as well as two performances as an Official Selection of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival on Saturday, June 21st at 4 PM and 7:30 PM at the Space Theatre, King William Road, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia.
PATTI ISSUES recently concluded its triumphant 14-month run in New York (initially starring author Ben Rimalower and later, two-time Tony Award-nominee Robin De Jesus) and has also played to packed houses in Boston, Berlin, Glasgow, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Berkeley, Baltimore, Provincetown and the Fire Island Pines, as well as being personally selected by Artistic Director John McDaniel for the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center' Summer Cabaret & Performance Conference, in addition to performances aboard RSVP Vacations’ “Divina” cruise to the Caribbean and the premiere regional production of PATTI ISSUES presented by the Richmond Triangle Players in Virginia through April.
Since PATTI ISSUES opened in August 2012, it has become a must-see show around the globe, garnering great word-of-mouth from attendees such as Tony Kushner, Alan Cumming, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Kors, Charles Busch, Billy Eichner, Justin Vivian Bond, Perez Hilton and Ms. LuPone herself (“The show’s fantastic,” she said. “It’s really wonderful. I was moved.”)Included as “Best New York Theater of 2012,” The Advocate called the show “smart, poignant and dishy as hell,” while it was dubbed “brilliantly brash and funny” by Instinct Magazine. PATTI ISSUES received a special Bistro Award for solo play and won the M.A.C. Award for “Male Debut.” PATTI ISSUES is directed by Aaron Mark (Another Medea with Tom Hewitt).
When Ben Rimalower was eight years old, his father came out of the closet and embarked on a drug-fueled tear that left his family in tatters. Amid the chaos of his young life, Ben found comfort—like so many gay boys before him and after—in musical theater, and specifically in the transportive voice of Broadway star Patti LuPone. PATTI ISSUES marks Rimalower's much heralded debut as a playwright and performer, after serving as the director of numerous Off-Broadway plays, concerts and all-star benefits (and writing for Playbill and the Huffington Post). With a mix of comic irreverence, stark candor and show-biz bravado, PATTI ISSUES poignantly explores the challenges facing LGBT parents and children while shining unique light on gay men’s time-old obsessions with divas.
MIAMI BEACH (May 9)
Friday, May 9 at 8 PM
PRESENTED BY RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER
in association with Edison Farrow and South Beach Cabaret
The Cabaret South Beach
233 12th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139
TICKETS at www.PattiIssuesMiami.BrownPaperTickets.com
BEN RIMALOWER is the author and star of off Off-Broadway’s long-running, critically acclaimed smash hit solo play Patti Issues (M.A.C. Award, Outstanding New York Debut, and Bistro Award, Best Solo Play, featured presentation at Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Summer Conference), which he is currently performing all around the world, while two-time Tony nominee Robin De Jesus "was" Ben Rimalower In Patti Issues in New York. His “Do You Have Patti Issues?” PSA with Alan Cumming and Patti LuPone was a homepage selection on FunnyOrDie. He writes for Playbill and The Huffington Post. Ben directed and produced the Off-Broadway plays Joy (Actors Playhouse, Out Magazine: “Top Ten Theatre”) and The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero (Daryl Roth/DR2 Theatre). He also directed Justin Sayre Is Alive And Well… Writing (Ars Nova), Project Lohan (La MaMa E.T.C.), Snoopy! starring Sutton Foster (Symphony Space), And/or (Hot Festival), Sodom the Musical (Kraine Theatre) and the all-star Night Of A Thousand Judys (Playwrights Horizons) as well as staged readings for Second Stage, The York, Dixon Place and Ensemble Studio Theatre. He conceived and directed Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches (Time Out New York Award) and subsequently produced Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records’ long-awaited recording, “Patti LuPone at Les Mouches” (Billboard “Heatseekers” Chart), digitally restored from archival tapes of LuPone’s legendary 1980 performances. In venues such as Joe’s Pub, San Francisco’s Plush Room and Los Angeles’ Upright Cabaret, Ben has earned the title the “Midas of Cabaret” (The Advocate) helming a slew of solo shows for artists including Erin Markey, Alec Mapa, Cole Escola, Our Lady J, Natalie Joy Johnson, Lindsey Alley, Molly Pope, Wendy Ho, John Hill, Scott Nevins, Kate Pazakis and Lance Horne in addition to producing and hosting the Laurie Beechman Theatre's recurring variety show, Saturday Night Underground. Assistant Director credits include Lonny Price’s productions of A Class Act (Manhattan Theatre Club, Broadway and Tokyo) and A Little Night Music (starring Patti LuPone, George Hearn and Zoe Caldwell) as well as the Emmy-winning Sweeney Todd. Ben studied Theatre Arts at U.C. Berkeley where he was the founding Artistic Director of BareStage (now celebrating its 19th anniversary). Follow @benrimalower on Twitter and visit benrimalower.com.
AARON MARK is most recently the writer/director of Another Medea, which just concluded its premiere run at the Duplex Theatre starring Tom Hewitt. His three independent feature films are Commentary (which premiered at Anthology Film Archives as part of NewFilmmakers New York), Random Unrelated Projects (Best Experimental Feature, NYIFF) and Zbornik Developing (available at SethTV.com). His other plays, Failed Suicide Attempts (Living Room Series, Blank Theatre in Hollywood), Fucking Wagner, Dead Agenting, Jackson, Plays With Landline Phones, Cirque du Mental (8 Plays in 8 Days, Hamilton Stage), Subject, Bait, and Deer are all in various stages of “development”. Other directing work includes Hedwig and the Angry Inch twice for BC/EFA at New World Stages. He is twenty-six and does not have aaronmark.com because it belongs to a German gay porn star with the same name. aaronmark.net.