Mary Pat Gleason Keeps Stopping Traffic Off-Broadway, Solo Extends

News   Mary Pat Gleason Keeps Stopping Traffic Off-Broadway, Solo Extends Off-Broadway's Stopping Traffic starring Mary Pat Gleason under the direction of Lonny Price extends its run at Vineyard Theatre to July 2.
Mary Pat Gleason in Stopping Traffic.
Mary Pat Gleason in Stopping Traffic. Photo by Carol Rosegg

Written and performed by screen actress Gleason, the work (which previously went by the title Between Seconds) began previews May 24 and opened June 7 for a run originally scheduled through June 25. The work now plays further "in response to strong audience and critical support."

Stopping Traffic follows the real-life journey of the character actress' career as she "candidly relives this true-story about her life-long experiences with bipolar disorder," according to show materials. The work will take audiences "on a tour of Hollywood, New York and the human heart."

Gleason has numerous film credits including "Soapdish," "Basic Instinct," "Lorenzo's Oil," "13 Going on 30," "A Cinderella Story" and "The Island." She has also appeared in guest spots on such television shows as "Desperate Housewives," "Will & Grace," "Sex and the City" and "Malcolm in the Middle."

Price — who began his career as an actor — turned to work off stage directed Broadway's 'Master Harold'...and the boys and Urban Cowboy as well as Visiting Mr. Green, Grown Ups, The Rothschilds, Juno and the Ed Kleban musical A Class Act. He also co-wrote and starred in the latter. As an actor, he appeared in Merrily We Roll Along, Burn This, 'Master Harold'...and the boys and as the hotel owner's nerdy grandson in the film "Dirty Dancing."

The Stopping Trafficdesign team features Neil Patel (set), Tracy Christensen (costume), David Weiner (lighting) and Obadiah Eaves (sound). Following a return run of [title of show] this summer at the downtown venue, the Vineyard audiences will see a new season to feature Anne Washburn's The Internationalist, a revival of J.M. Barrie's Mary Rose and The Agony and the Agony — a new work penned and performed by Nicky Silver.

Tickets for shows at the Vineyard Theatre, 108 East 15 St. can be reserved by calling (212) 353-0303 or online at www.vineyardtheatre.org.