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It's Only a Play

June 15 — July 4, 2021

June 15 — July 4, 2021

Playwright
Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally

Playwright

Terrence McNally (Playwright) was the recipient of the 2019 Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement, the 2019 Dramatist Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2019 Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2018, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He won four Tony Awards, for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class and his musical books for Kiss of the Spider Woman (music and lyrics by Kander & Ebb) and Ragtime (music and lyrics by Ahrens & Flaherty). Prior to Anastasia, he also collaborated with Ahrens & Flaherty on the award-winning musical A Man of No Importance. Broadway credits include the book for The Visit (with Kander & Ebb); Mothers & Sons starring Tyne Daly; Deuce starring Angela Lansbury; The Full Monty (music and lyrics by David Yazbek); The Ritz and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (most recently revived in 2019 with Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon). His other plays include Corpus Christi; A Perfect Ganesh; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Golden Age; The Lisbon Traviata and It’s Only a Play, all of which began at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Additional stage works include Bad Habits; Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?; Things That Go Bump in the Night; Next and the book for the musical The Rink (Kander & Ebb). His libretto for Dead Man Walking, with music by Jake Heggie, was originally presented by The San Francisco Opera in 2000 and is slated to debut at the Metropolitan Opera in the 2020-2021 season. McNally wrote a number of television scripts, including Andre’s Mother, for which he won an Emmy Award. He received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, a Lucille Lortel Award, and a citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. From 1970 to 2020, he was a member of the Dramatists Guild; he served as the Vice President of its council for 17 years. 
 

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Director
Kevin Cahoon

Kevin Cahoon

Director

Kevin Cahoon (Director) proudly returns to George Street Playhouse where he directed The Nerd. As an actor, he has appeared on Broadway, off-Broadway, in regional theatre, as well as on television and film. Theatre highlights include roles in the original Broadway companies of The Lion King, The Wedding Singer, the revival of The Rocky Horror Show, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and he made his Broadway debut in The Who’s Tommy. He was a member of the original off-Broadway company of Hedwig and The Angry Inch, The Foreigner at The Roundabout (Lortel Nomination); and at Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, MTC, The Old Globe, and The Guthrie, among others. TV and film highlights include Bobby Barnes on GLOW, Hugo on A Series of Unfortunate Events,  Rueben on Nurse Jackie, Modern Family, Elementary, and Mars Needs Moms. He has directed developmental productions at NYC’s Ars Nova, for the comedy duo Tastiskank, and four consecutive record breaking galas for New York Theatre Workshop.

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Cast
Greg Cuellar

Greg Cuellar

Cast

Greg Cueller (Frank Finger) is an LA-based actor, grateful to be returning to George Street Playhouse. Greg recently made his network television debut on New Amsterdam (NBC). Select NYC credits: Comedy of Errors (Classic Stage); Play On! Shakespeare Festival (CSC/OSF); Jeremy O. Harris’ the feels...KMS (American AF Festival); development workshops for Apple TV, Playwrights Realm, The Lark, Trans Theatre Lab, The Civilians, and more; former residency at The International WOW Company. Upcoming: I Wanna F*ck Like Romeo and Juliet (New Light Theatre Project). Education: Columbia University. This one’s for Barb. Mní Wičóni. gregcuellaractor.com @itsgregcuellar


 

 

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Andy Grotelueschen

Andy Grotelueschen

Cast

Andy Grotelueschen (Peter Austin) Broadway: Tootsie (Tony Nomination), Cyrano de Bergerac. Fiasco Theater's Into the Woods, Cymbeline, Imaginary Invalid, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Measure for Measure, and Twelfth Night. NY/Regional: Public/Delacorte, TFANA, Clubbed Thumb, 13P, Ars Nova, The Glass Contraption, New Vic, McCarter, Guthrie, Old Globe, Trinity Rep, Yale Rep, the Acting Company. Film: Here Today, Coin Heist,Ordinary World, Still on the Road, Tumorhead. TV: Lincoln RhymeElementary, The Good Wife, The Good CopThe Knick. MFA Brown/Trinity, Fiasco Theater core company.

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Julie Halston

Julie Halston

Cast

Julie Halston (Virginia Noyes) was last seen on Broadway in her acclaimed  performance as Rita Marshall in Tootsie. Other Broadway performances include You Can’t Take it With You ( Richard Seff Award) , Hairspray, The Twentieth Century ( Outer Critics Nom) and Gypsy. She is a founding member of Charles Busch’s legendary theatre company and has co-starred with Mr. Busch in numerous productions inc The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset and The Divine Sister.  Miss Halston has received 4 Drama Desk Nominations, 2 Outer Critics Nominations , 2 Drama League Nominations and Lifetime Achievement Award from the Off Broadway Alliance. Television audiences know her as Bitsy Von Muffling on Sex and The City and Tina Carmello from The Class. Other TV credits: Divorce , Almost Family , Difficult People and Law and Order SVU .She and Charles Busch star in the soon to be released film, The Sixth Reel. Miss Halston has also received numerous awards for her SRO comedy performances at BIRDLAND and hosts a popular YouTube show , VIRTUAL HALSTON going into its third season .

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Doug Harris

Doug Harris

Cast

Doug Harris (Gus P. Head) is an actor and playwright based out of NYC. He is thrilled to join the team at  George Street Playhouse for this wonderful production. Select NYC Credits: Disco Pigs (Drama League), The Rape of The Sabine Women by Grace B. Matthias (Playwrights Realm), The Glass Menagerie (Masterworks Theater Company), Unity: 1918 (Project: Theater). Regional Theater: A Few Good Men (Pittsburgh Public Theater), We’re Gonna Be Okay (B Street Theater), 10x10: ’20 and ’21 (Barrington Stage Co.), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Oh, Gastronomy! (Humana Festival). Doug has developed new works with Playwrights Realm, NYTW, The Lark, Less Than Rent, Ensemble Studio Theater, CTG, Pipeline, and more. He is a founding member of We Are Animals. Films: Day One, December 1, 1969, The Wait, Viking Funeral. Upcoming: Spooky Action. www.dougharrisactor.com.

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Christine Toy Johnson

Christine Toy Johnson

Cast

Christine Toy Johnson (Julia Budder) is an award-winning actor, writer, director and advocate for inclusion. As an actor, Christine has appeared on Broadway and National tours (The Music Man, Grease!, Chu Chem, Cats, Flower Drum Song, Bombay Dreams, Come From Away), Off-Broadway (Merrily We Roll Along, Pacific Overtures, Crane Story, Falsettoland, Balancing Act and more), in regional theaters across the country (including the Guthrie, Williamstown and the Huntington) and nearly 100 television and film appearances (most notably recurring roles on Marvel’s Iron Fist, The Americans, You, Law and Order: SVU,Bull and more). She’s written tons of plays and musicals and serves as Treasurer of the Dramatists Guild and is host of the Guild’s podcast Talkback on Broadway Podcast Network. Co-founder of AAPAC (Asian American Performers Action Coalition), founder of The Asian American Musical Theater Writers Project. Rosetta LeNoire, JACL, Asian American Arts Alliance, Obie awards for advocacy in diversity and inclusion. For details, please visit www.christinetoyjohnson.com Twitter/Insta: @CToyJ

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Triney Sandoval

Triney Sandoval

Cast

Triney Sandoval (Ira Drew) Broadway: Bernhardt/Hamlet, Marvin’s Room, MACBETH, A Free Man of Color, A Man for All Seasons, Frost/Nixon. Other New York Theatre: 72 Miles to Go…(Drama Desk nomination),The Thin Place, Timon of Athens, The Idiot, As You Like it. Regional: La Jolla Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, American Players Theatre, The Wilma Theatre, Round House Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Alliance Theatre, Virginia Stage, Center Stage, Yale Rep., Milwaukee Rep., Alabama Shakespeare, Idaho Shakespeare, California Shakespeare, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, among others and six seasons with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. TV: Prodigal Son, The Black List, Elementary, The Sopranos, recurring roles on Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU.

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Zach Shaffer

Zach Shaffer

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Zach Shaffer (James Wicker]) Broadway: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?A View From The BridgeThe Man Who Came to Dinner. NY credits include Taking Care of Baby (MTC), The Wii Plays, Playlist (Ars Nova) Mine, Brown, Love is Deaf (EST), Down the DrainTil the Rapture Comes. Regional Theater includes shows at Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage, George Street Playhouse, etc. Film & TV: Smash, Chicago Justice (NBC) Salt (Columbia Pictures), Black BoxStrangers With CandyThe Black DonnellysSix Feet Under, XX/XYLaw & OrderGayby. Zach also co-directed and produced the documentary Squeezebox!, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival before going on to tour film festivals around the world.

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"DELIGHTFUL"


The Wall Street Journal
 

Professionally filmed onstage at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, Tony Award winner Terrence McNally’s hit comedy comes to life for this new streaming production! It is opening night on Broadway, and an unforgettable cast of characters, from the self-possessed leading lady to the starry-eyed coat check boy, is eagerly awaiting “rave” reviews. Equal parts uproarious and heartfelt — It’s Only a Play will remind you why there’s no business like show business.

Virtual Household Tickets will be available to purchase until 8  PM EST on Saturday, July 3, 2021 due to the holiday weekend and to allow viewers enough time to view the show in its entirety.  George Street Playhouse is closed July 4. Please view our streaming FAQ for assistance that day. 

Run-Time: 2 Hours with Intermission 

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This streaming production of It's Only a Play is sponsored by Sharon Karmazin & The Karma Foundation.

a cast of ace comedians"

The New York Times

enough knowing jokes to leave a theater-lover in tears of laughter."

Broad Street Review

a new gold-standard for pandemic era theatre."

Theatrely

a very funny comedy."

New Jersey Arts

If there could be a better play to produce...it would be hard to imagine."

New Jersey Hills

hysterical"

This Week in New York

I’ve never laughed more"

Shaw Media

a lot of laughs"

TheatreCriticism.com

brilliance"

Q on Stage

a first rate production"

Let's Go to the Theater

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5 Burning Questions with Stage Manager Samantha Flint

Production Stage Manager Samantha Flint sat down to answer some questions about helping create IT'S ONLY A PLAY! Learn More

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George Street Playhouse releases streaming play filmed during COVID-19 pandemic

A New Jersey theater is going for laughs, but also sending out a message about pulling through a tough experience as it closes out its pandemic season of virtual shows. A play about a play might just be the perfect subject to bring to life on stage after a prolonged pandemic shutdown. Learn More

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Director Kevin Cahoon On "It's Only A Play" at George Street Playhouse

“There’s no people like show people,” according to the Irving Berlin lyric, and that notion is at the heart of the final production in the George Street Playhouse pandemic season—Terrence McNally’s “It’s Only a Play.” Learn More