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Left Out Festival at Stage Left Studio NYC Offers Literary Greatest Hits and LGBT Out Performers

The Fifth Annual Left Out Festival runs April 14-19 at Stage Left Studio, 214 W 30th Street, 6th Floor, New York City. The Festival features gay and lesbian writers, performers, and artists and the straight people who like working with them. Includes some of the best of Off-Broadway NYC theater in an intimate setting of solo performers, plays, readings, and performance art.

New York, NY, April 14, 2012 --( Three popular and critically-acclaimed solo shows will be included in this year’s Fifth Annual Left Out Festival at Stage Left Studio, running April 14-25 at Stage Left Studio. Producers Cheryl King and Joe Hutcheson have selected the following plays: "A Mad Person’s Chronicle of a Miserable Marriage" by Sinan Ünel, "Southern Gothic Novel" by Frank Blocker, and "That Play: A Solo Macbeth" by Tom Gualtieri and Hill.

"The plays represent some of the best solo theatre written by and featuring out theatre artists. Along with new works, we wanted to feature quality work with an audience track record. The fact that they all reference literature was a happy accident." The producers (King and Hutcheson) are quick to add. "We’re proud to have three amazing shows familiar to New York City’s off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway audiences."

The Tolstoys

Acclaimed playwright Sinan Ünel’s "A Mad Person’s Chronicle of a Miserable Marriage" returns to Stage Left Studio for festival performances Monday, April 16 and Tue, April 24 at 7:30 pm. This two-act solo play, "is a tour de force that could only be carried off by an actor of John Andert's ability," according to Hamilton Kahn of Provincetown Banner when the show debuted. Act One, Andert plays the schizophrenic, yet demure, Sonya Tolstoy as she recounts the complications of her union with Russian literary hero Leo. In Act Two, Andert portrays Leo as he relives a loving and thoughtful account of his literature and how it galvanized a nation.

Shakespeare Redux

Opening the Left Out Festival is Tom Gualtieri and Heather Hill’s "That Play: A Solo Macbeth." "That Play" was well-received by New York audiences, and "Naked Boys Singing" fans will remember Gualtieri from the show’s original cast. The play was lauded by Bruce Weber of The New York Times as "highly entertaining, especially creepy, and great fun." Hill directs Gualtieri as he inhabits the characters of That Scottish Play, including the infamous Lady, the witches, the apparitions and the rest of the Bard’s cast. Show dates are Saturday, April 14 at 2 pm; Tues, April 17; and Fri, April 20 at 7:30 pm. Original Music & Sound was written and designed Erin Hill.

The Gothic Novel

"Southern Gothic Novel: The Aberdeen, Mississippi Sex-Slave Incident" was part of the very first Left Out Festival and eventually landed star Frank Blocker a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance. There will be one special Wednesday matinee performance on April 18 of "Southern Gothic Novel." Homemade iced tea, both sweet and unsweet, will be served. Blocker will also perform "Southern Gothic" at Florida State College in Jacksonville later this month, where he will also teach Master Classes in character acting to FSC students. For this performance, a few select tickets will be offered through TDF, though all performances of the Left Out Festival are benefit shows.

Blocker will also appear with several of the festival’s roster of talent in "Selected Shorts," Sunday, April 15 at 2:00 pm and Saturday April 21, also at 2:00 pm. "Selected Shorts" offers a variety of work from short plays, performance artists, and greatest hits from the past and present offerings at Stage Left Studio and gay performers from across the country. The line-up of performers includes Alex Beck, Matthew Clark, Patrick Falahee, Chaz Lowery, Clayton Luopa, Jacob Moore, Michelle Ramoni, Peter Straus, and KC Weakley. "Selected Shorts" will feature the writings of Richard Ballon, Robin Goldfin, William LoCasto, Michelle Ramoni, and Karen Thibodeau. Performances in the "Selected Shorts" program will be directed by another roster of great talent including David Carson, Kate Holland, Linda Patton, Jeffrey Edward Peters, Cassandra Sandberg, and Dawn Monique Williams.

All tickets $20 ($2 ticketing surcharge will be added) at theatre's website. Seating is limited, advance purchase recommended. Net proceeds from this festival are donated to Bailey House, who will dedicate funds to their newest program STARS for HIV+ LGBT Youth.

The Left Out Festival is sponsored by Community Media, LLC - publishers of Chelsea Now, Gay City News, The Villager, and The East Villager.

Left Out Festival - Show Schedule

Sat, Apr 14, 2:00 pm — That Play: A Solo Macbeth
Sun, Apr 15, 2:00 pm — Selected Shorts
Mon, Apr 16, 7:30 pm — A Mad Person’s Chronicle Of A Miserable Marriage
Tues, Apr 17, 7:30 pm — That Play: A Solo Macbeth
Wed, Apr 18, 3:00 pm — Southern Gothic Novel
Wed, Apr 18, 7:30 pm — Getting Away With Mother (staged reading)
Fri, Apr 20, 7:30 pm — That Play: A Solo Macbeth
Sat, Apr 21, 2:00 pm — Selected Shorts
Sun, Apr 22, 2:00 pm — Getting Away With Mother (staged reading)
Mon, Apr 23, 7:30 pm — Home In Her Heart (world premiere)
Tue, Apr 24, 7:30 pm — A Mad Person’s Chronicle Of A Miserable Marriage
Wed, Apr 25, 7:30 pm — Home In Her Heart
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Cheryl King or Ken Allen, Publicist

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