Deep Throat Play Postponed Off-Broadway; Producers Seek New Venue

News   Deep Throat Play Postponed Off-Broadway; Producers Seek New Venue The plan to stage The Deep Throat Sex Scandal, a new play by David Bertolino, turns out to be anticlimactic — at least for now.

When Harry Met Linda, LLC, producers of the new play about the famed porn film, "Deep Throat," announced Aug. 5 that the work will not be going into the HA! Theater on West 46th Street on Aug. 31. "Expanding needs of the production have made the venue inappropriate for the play," producers said. "A new venue and new opening date will be announced shortly."

Jerry Douglas will direct the play, which is billed this way: "It all started as a little movie that nobody expected to do much at the box office, certainly not gross over $600 million. Or spark the sexual revolution. But that's exactly what 'Deep Throat' accomplished. The Deep Throat Sex Scandal, a new play, takes you through the historic, chaotic and controversial episodes that would determine what Americans consider obscene. From the film's creation to the players that would become legends, including Linda Lovelace, Harry Reems and trial attorney Allen Dershowitz, to the arrests, bans, courtroom drama and political fallout, this bizarre journey gives you an unprecedented look behind the scenes of the adult film industry. And it will inevitably ignite conversation and debate about freedom of speech, expression, and of course, sex."

For more information, visit www.deepthroattheplay.com.

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The play had been previously announced for an Off-Broadway premiere starting Aug. 31 at the newly renovated HA! Theater on West 46th Street. Opening was to be Sept. 14. No casting has been announced. The play will mark Boston native Bertolino's first time working in New York City theatre. Bertolino became intrigued with theatre having operated Boston Costume, a landmark theatrical super store catering to theatre in Boston, for over 25 years. He created his first theatrical venture, Spookyworld, a Halloween theme park that ran for 14 years and showcased the talent of over 200 actors each evening. Guest stars included Linda Blair, Elvira, Alice Cooper, Robert Englund, Willard Scott, Bill Mahar and Jerry Springer, among others. He also produced the comeback career of Tiny Tim, presenting Tiny's wedding live on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" from Spookyworld and hosting an episode of MTV's "The Real World."

Sharon Carr will serve as associate producer.