50 Things I Love About Frank Will Play Theater for a New City

By Adam Hetrick
August 1, 2012

50 Things I Love About Frank, a new comedy about a gay high school freshman, his boyfriend and his Italian family, will debut Sept. 1 at the Theater for the New City.



Authored by 21-year-old Brooklyn actor-playwright Gaspare Diblasi, 50 Things I Love About Frank will play a limited engagement through Sept. 5. Jesse Marchese will direct.

Diblasi, who also appeared in the national tour of A Chorus Line, will star as Frank in a cast that also features Margo Singaliese ("Sopranos") as Josephine Stampoli, Tommaso DiBlasi as Joey Stampoli, Vince Bandille as John Stampoli, Christian Castro ("Law and Order") as Anthony, Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld as Nadine and Seth Grugle as Jake/Doctor/Priest.

Here's how it's billed: "Frank Stampoli can't catch a break: between business class, dance callbacks and coming out... freshman year is tough. When he tells his family he has a boyfriend, his mother blames it on the fact that he hasn't found the right Italian girl. His father doesn't know what to say. And then there's Anthony... and those 50 things he loves about Frank. In the great tradition of Patti LuPone and Neil Simon comes an Italian-American, Brooklyn born-and-bred story about family, friendship, first boyfriends and pasta sauce. Come Meet The Stampoli's, for a night you'll never forget!"

50 Things I Love About Frank will have scenic design by Charlotte Vosselor, costume design by Kimberly Matela and lighting design by David Pentz.

Tickets, priced $15 are available at Smarttix.com. The Theater for the New City is located at 155 1st Avenue.