Lisa Milinazzo will direct the show, which is described in press notes this way: "As a chubby Italian American child growing up in Queens, Mary Dimino was warned by her mother that playing in a sandbox could lead to venereal disease and cautioned by her “perverted” knife wielding grandmother to stay away from all boys and dogs. Eating sausage and pepper sandwiches for lunch (with a cannoli for dessert), she suffered acute humiliation from her peers. Yet when she was only 8 years old, the realization of Mary’s dream, to one day be skinny, was foretold on a Ouiga board. Still an obese virgin at age 26, Mary had an epiphany when she overheard two “Guidos” from Brooklyn making merciless fun of her. Angry and determined, she faced her fears and after a number of false starts, finally fulfilled the destiny of her Ouiga board. One hundred and fifteeen pounds later, Mary Dimino tells the amazing and hilarious journey behind her remarkable achievement." Dimino's stage credits include Tony and Tina's Wedding and Surprise. In comedy, she has opened for Jeanine Garofalo, Ray Romano and Richard Beltzer, appeared in sketches on the "Late Shows" with David Letterman and Conan O'Brien, and has been featured on the "Today Show." She writes for the website dietdetective.com and won a Gracie Allen Award in 2008 for the documentary, "Fat: What No One Is Telling You."
The performance schedule for Scared Skinny is Aug. 13 at 7 PM, Aug. 14 at 3 PM, Aug. 15 at 5 PM, Aug. 17 at 9:30 PM, Aug. 19 at 9:30 PM and Aug. 21 at 5 PM.
Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory is located at 64 East 4th Street. For tickets, visit fringenyc.org.