Zachary Levi, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Ben Shenkman Will Stand. Up. in Reading of Michael Kimmel Play

Off-Broadway News   Zachary Levi, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Ben Shenkman Will Stand. Up. in Reading of Michael Kimmel Play
Michael Berresse will direct the dark comedy.
Zachary Levi Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Stage and screen star Zachary Levi, most recently seen on Broadway in a Tony-nominated turn in the revival of She Loves Me, will be part of a February 27 reading of Michael Kimmel's new play Stand. Up.

Directed by Michael Berresse ([title of show]), the 7 PM industry presentation will be held at the Vineyard Theatre (108 East 15th Street). Levi will be joined by Quincy Tyler Bernstine (Ruined, In the Next Room…), Ben Shenkman (Angels in America, Fish in the Dark), Michael Cyril Creighton (Spotlight, Stage Kiss), and Graham Rowat (Sunset Boulevard, Lovemusik).

“Stand-up comedian Frank Patton had nothing,” according to press notes. “After seeing his modest career tank, he starts a podcast that becomes a cult hit and the standard bearer for all stand-ups. Lance Banks seemingly had everything—an iconic figure in stand-up who transitioned into a huge film career. But when the movies start tanking, Lance has only one option—return to the stage to reinvigorate his fan base. There is just one problem: Did Lance steal jokes to get where he is? If he wants to go back on tour and save his career, he’ll need to address these allegations. And there’s only one place that he can do it: Frank Patton’s podcast.

An industry presentation of the play took place in June 2016 at the Broadway Comedy Club. That cast included Levi, fellow Tony nominee Will Swenson, Creighton, Rowat, and Sarah Steele.

The event is stage managed by Hillary Pfeffer and features lighting by Aaron Porter. Allison Bressi produces.


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