Blake Hammond and Guiseppe Bausilio Co-Star in Oct. 14 NYC Reading of The Lost Boy
By Michael Gioia
Friends Always Creating Theatre kicks off its fifth season with a staged reading of The Lost Boy by late playwright and actor Ron Paolillo. First Date's Blake Hammond and Guiseppe Bausilio (Chicago's Billy Elliott) star in the Oct. 14 reading at the Actors Temple Theatre.
The 7:30 PM reading features Hammond in the dual roles of Captain Hook and The Old Crow with Bausilio as Peter Pan and Davey Barrie.
"It only makes sense that I would very much want to honor Ron since he was a friend for so many years," said FACT artistic director Jack Dyville in a statement. "Ron had such a love-affair with the work he was writing while at the same time performing for me in my autobiographical play, Daddy Was the Biggest Stage Mother in Texas - playing Daddy in a 2004 Fringe Festival production, but it wasn't until this past August 14, 2013, when Playscripts Inc. published his play on the first anniversary of his death that I read it and was totally mesmerized by the story, the dialogue, and the over-all flavor and theme. It is beautiful and I knew FACT had to produce it."
The Lost Boy, according to FACT, "tells the story of writer James M. Barrie. Despite finding success and fame as a writer, Barrie is dissatisfied with his work and his life. He returns to his hometown in Scotland to visit his mother, who still blames him for the long-ago death of his older brother in a skating pond. Haunted by the tragic accident and his mother’s harsh words, James slowly begins to confront his family's tragic past with the help of an unexpected friendship and his own gift for storytelling. This fictionalized account of the birth of Peter Pan warms the hearts of audiences everywhere who remember the magic and mystery of The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up."
The cast also includes Arthur Atkinson (Fiddler on the Roof national tour) as J. M. Barrie, Lucy Sorlucco (international tours of Cabaret, The Phantom of the Opera) as Margaret Ogilvy Barrie, Megan Thomas (Memopause-the musical) as Maureen, Merlinda and Wendy Darling, and Gus Ferrari as Sean O'Rourke.
Lynn Manuell reads stage directions for the event, and David Gillam Fuller serves as associate producer.
The Actors Temple Theatre is located at 339 West 47th Street. For more information and tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or visit Telecharge.com.
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