"Will & Grace" Actor Headlines His Own Play, When You Swish Upon a Star, June 24 in East Hampton

News   "Will & Grace" Actor Headlines His Own Play, When You Swish Upon a Star, June 24 in East Hampton
 
Leslie Jordan, the diminutive Southern-drawling actor who has made a nice living playing caustic characters on sitcoms such as "Will & Grace," stars in a new play he wrote, When You Swish Upon a Star, June 24 on Long Island.

Producer Darren Bagert announced the 8:30 PM June 24 engagement at East Hampton's John Drew Theater at Guild Hall.

"From the land of hat-wearing southern belles addicted to drama and painkillers comes When You Swish Upon a Star — the unbelievably true tall tales of a boy who fell out of the womb, landed in his mama's high heels, hopped a Greyhound bus for Hollywood, and has never looked back," according to the announcement.

In 1982, Leslie Jordan stepped off a bus from the hills of Tennessee and since then has appeared in hundreds of television shows, films, and commercials. He is perhaps best-known for playing the recurring role of Beverley Leslie, the best friend and arch-nemesis of Karen (Megan Mullally), in the hit series, "Will & Grace." He has also had recurring roles on "Ally McBeal," "Boston Public" and "Reba."

Jordan recently appeared in Del Shores' film adaptation of his play Sordid Lives with Olivia Newton-John, Delta Burke, and Beau Bridges. On stage, Jordan recently won the Ovation Award, the Garland Award, and the Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle Award for his portrayal of Preston Leroy, the aging, sodden homosexual in Del Shores' hit play Southern Baptist Sissies.

As a playwright, Jordan has enjoyed success with Hysterical Blindness and Other Southern Tragedies that Have Plagued My Life Thus Far, seen in Los Angeles and Off-Broadway. His screenplay "Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel" won the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival's Production Grant Award, was subsequently produced, and is currently being distributed by Northern Arts Entertainment.

Producer Darren Bagert, a Tony winner for 2003's Long Day's Journey Into Night, is currently represented on Broadway by Bryony Lavery's Frozen.

When You Swish Upon a Star plays one night only at the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at Smarttix.com or by phoning (212) 868-4444.

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