Stopping Traffic Makes World Premiere at Off-Broadway's Vineyard

News   Stopping Traffic Makes World Premiere at Off-Broadway's Vineyard The world premiere of Mary Pat Gleason's solo odyssey Stopping Traffic — as directed by Lonny Price — will hit the stage at Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre May 24.

Written and performed by screen actress Gleason, the work (which previously went by the title Between Seconds) will open June 7 for a run at the downtown venue through June 25.

  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 — who appeared the recent film "The Island" — has numerous film credits including small parts in the films "Soapdish," "Basic Instinct," "Lorenzo's Oil," "13 Going on 30" and "A Cinderella Story." 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 having 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, which he co-wrote and starred in. 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). 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.