Jonathan Tolins is the author of Buyer & Cellar, which was named Best Unique Theatrical Experience by the Off-Broadway Alliance when it premiered at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Other plays include The Twilight of the Golds (Broadway, Booth Theatre), If Memory Serves (Promenade), The Last Sunday in June (Rattlestick, Century Center) and Secrets of the Trade (Primary Stages). A collection of his plays has been published by Grove/Atlantic. His film work includes The Twilight of the Golds and Martian Child. For television, he was a writer for Queer as Folk, The Academy Awards, The Tony Awards and Partners. He was the author of Pushkin 200: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall, acted as script consultant on Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular, and co-wrote The Divine Millennium Tour and The Showgirl Must Go On for Bette Midler. He has written articles for Opera News, Opera Monthly, TheaterWeek, Time magazine and The Huffington Post, and is a panelist on the Metropolitan Opera Radio Quiz. He lives in Fairfield, Connecticut, with his husband, the writer and director Robert Cary, and their children, Selina and Henry. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of America.
David Saint (Director/Artistic Director) is in his 23rd season as Artistic Director of George Street Playhouse. He has directed 40 mainstage productions at GSP, having most recently helmed this season’s Midwives in addition to The Trial of Donna Caine, American Hero; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and An Act of God starring the legendary Kathleen Turner in the 2017-18 season. His time here has been marked by collaborations with such artists as Keith Carradine, Tyne Daly, Rachel Dratch, Sandy Duncan, Boyd Gaines, A.R. Gurney, Uta Hagen, Jack Klugman, Dan Lauria, Kathleen Marshall, Elaine May, Anne Meara, David Hyde Pierce, Chita Rivera, Paul Rudd, Stephen Sondheim, Marlo Thomas, Eli Wallach and many others, including a remarkable partnership with Arthur Laurents. In addition, many new award-winning works have begun their life here during his tenure, such as The Toxic Avenger, Proof, The Spitfire Grill, Joe DiPietro’s Clever Little Lies and It Shoulda Been You. He has directed Final Follies at Primary Stages, Clever Little Lies at Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY, and off-Broadway at Westside Theatre, as well as the National Tour of West Side Story. In July 2016, he directed a two-night concert performance of West Side Story at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. In Summer 2019, he directed a revolutionary new production of West Side Story for IHI Stage Around in Tokyo and currently serves as a Associate Producer for a new film version of West Side Story directed by Steven Spielberg. He also has directed on Broadway, off-Broadway and regionally at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, McCarter, Williamstown, Seattle Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public, Long Wharf and many others on premieres by writers such as Aaron Sorkin, Wendy Wasserstein, Peter Parnell, Jonathan Marc Sherman, Joe DiPietro and Jonathan Larson. He is the recipient of the Alan Schneider Award, Helen Hayes Award, L.A. Drama Critics Award, several Drama-Logue Awards and is the President of The Laurents/Hatcher Foundation.
John Tartaglia (Alex More) earned a Tony Award nomination for his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning musical, Avenue Q, in which he originated the roles of Princeton and Rod. Other roles on Broadway include starring as Lumiere in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and the role of Pinocchio in Shrek The Musical, now available on DVD. Recent theatrical performances include Seussical (as The Cat in the Hat at the MUNY), The Temperamentals (Blank Theatre Company, LA) and Aladdin (The Genie at the MUNY). To parents, he might be best known as executive producer, creator and star of the 8-time Emmy nominated Johnny and the Sprites, now airing worldwide, receiving an Emmy Award nomination himself for Outstanding Performance in a Children's Series. A 15-year veteran of Sesame Street, Tartaglia is one of the youngest puppeteers ever to perform on the show, starting at the age of 16. John is also a director, responsible for the original regional premiere of Duncan Sheik and Nell Benjamin's Because of Winn Dixie, Disney's Tarzan and Shrek at the MUNY, Jim Henson's Musical World at Carnegie Hall, several live shows at Sesame Place Theme Park, as well as several live tours for young audiences. Tartaglia has also appeared on Ugly Betty, Hollywood Squares, Disney Channel's Bear in the Big Blue House and JoJo's Circus, and Discovery Channel's Animal Jam. He is a past host of the New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts, and has hosted or been a featured vocalist for several live concerts for the New York Pops and with The Little Orchestra Society at Carnegie Hall . John's production company, Gables Grove Productions, is dedicated to creating new, immersive and multi-media family entertainment and currently produces the live theatre tours of ImaginOcean, Jim Henson's Sid the Science Kid and Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train. ImaginOcean, an original show John wrote that ran at off Broadway's New World Stages, is currently in development as a television series with The Jim Henson Company. John is so glad you're here and, like Barbra, believes everyone should follow their dreams and hold their wishes close.
"On a spare stage with few props, Mr. Tartaglia fills the space to the brim." - The New York Times
"John Tartaglia is simply fantastic...born to play this role." - New Jersey Stage
"Picture perfect staging and...incredible performance" - BroadwayWorld.com
"One way to define 'tour de force'...is 'a very skillful and successful effort or performance.' Another way to define it is John Tartaglia in 'Buyer & Cellar.'" - Home News Tribune/MyCentralJersey.com
"A riotous romp...you won't want to miss!" - NJ Arts Maven
What's a diva of stage and screen to do with decades of paraphernalia from her illustrious career? Alex More is an underemployed actor toiling in the oddest of odd jobs -- in the basement "mall" of a tough customer who won't let anyone rain on her parade!
Hailed by The New York Times' Ben Brantley as "The most talked about comedy of the year!"
Sponsored by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and Peter Jewell and Fred Eisinger.