Bruce Vilanch to Lead SIMPSONS Writer Mike Reiss‘ RUBBLE Reading Next Week
March 19, 2015
????by BWW News Desk
On March 26th and 27th, James Valletti, Stephenie Skyllas, and Hunter Chancellor will present invitation-only readings of RUBBLE, a comedy written by four-time Emmy Award-winning “The Simpsons” writer, Mike Reiss.
Directed by Valletti, RUBBLE will be headed by six-time Emmy Award-winning comic legend, Bruce Vilanch (“Hollywood Squares”).
Joining Vilanch is Jerry Adler (Fish in the Dark, “The Sopranos”), Constantine Maroulis (Jekyll and Hyde, Rock of Ages), Jason Jacoby (Avenue Q), Amy Wilson (The Last Night of Ballyhoo), and Jeff Still (Fish In The Dark, August: Osage County).
The story of RUBBLE is as follows: Alvin (Vilanch), an aging, down-on-his-luck comedy writer who — much to his chagrin — has narrowly escaped fortune, fame, and Emmy awards, is on a last-chance meeting with a network executive. During a spirited pitch of his new series idea, “My Brother, The Pope,” a massive earthquake hits LA, leaving him buried up to his neck in a pile of rubble. What ensues are a series of hilarious visits – from his older-and-more-useless-than-dirt agent Lee (Adler) and his ex-wife Brie (Wilson), to a pompous Dad (Still) and a singing and dancing Jesus (Maroulis). Will Alvin be saved from a miserable fate, or will it be “death by showbiz,” forgotten under a mound of trash on a studio lot while his agent makes reservations at The Olive Garden…? RUBBLE is a hilarious look at TV, theater, Heaven and Hell…from one who’s been there.
Incidental music is by Christopher Howatt, casting is by Daryl Eisenberg Casting. Management services for the reading are by Stephenie Skyllas/Hunter Chancellor and Brierpatch Productions, and the Stage Manager is Alex Hajjar.