Side Show's Bill Russell to Direct And Somewhere Men Are Laughing For Fringe

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Playwright and lyricist Bill Russell — known for his work on the musicals Side Show, Pageant and Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens — will direct And Somewhere Men Are Laughing as part of the New York International Fringe Festival.

Written by Jeff Mandels, the play, according to press notes, takes place "in 1955 Brooklyn, as the Dodgers and Yankees battle it out in the World Series. A blue collar family is on the verge of financial ruin and in deep denial about things going on right in front of their eyes. Meanwhile, their 17-year-old son has been invited to a Dodgers training camp but his father, a former minor league player with a terrible temper, wants his children to go to college. A tale of a family stretched to the breaking point by life, yet still with a strong bond between them. But can even the seventh game of the series make any of them utter the most important words of all ('I love you')?" The equity showcase production will feature a cast that includes John Fugelsan, Hunter Gallagher, Paul Iacono, Carol Lempert, Katie Neil, Jana Robbins and Brian Shepard.

And Somewhere Men Are Laughing will run Aug. 11–23 at the Connelly Theater, located 220 East 4th Street. For tickets and information call (212) 279-4888 or visit

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