Smash Comedy Gay Camp Starts Weekly Run at Duplex Feb 28th
It’s gay; it’s camp; it’s Gay Camp!
After a sold-out run at NYC’s Duplex Cabaret Theatre in 2013, the hit show Gay Camp will play a weekly run beginning February 28, 2014.
The script – penned by co-authors Philip Mutz and Susan-Kate Heaney – has been updated since its previous run with newer, bigger laughs, and even more up-to-the minute punchlines. Phillip Fazio (Arizona premiere of Grey Gardens, Last Five Years, and August: Osage County) returns once again to direct this latest update.
Gay Camp is a quick-change farce that follows the stories of several young campers at a gay reform camp. They have been sent away by their parents to be ‘fixed’. Instead, they learn how to love – themselves and one another.
Combining fast-paced writing, wildly imaginative direction, audience interaction, and razor-sharp comedic performances by three actors playing more than a dozen zany characters, Gay Camp is fast, funny, and not pulling its punches as it takes on anti-gay sentiment in America.
Start with a deliciously evil counselor facing off against a loud-and-proud young camper, throw in a few electrified fences, disco balls, Cher ballads, gay Twister, Michele Bachmann surprises, slow-motion fantasies, Straight vs. Gay lessons, whips, handcuffs, flannel, and more innuendos than you can shake a dildo at, and you’ve got Gay Camp.
Re-joining in the fun will be composer/musician Bradford Proctor (Bunked: The Musical), serving as Gay Camp’s onstage accompanist and unassuming narrator.
Gay Camp was initially part of the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival and ran from August 11 – August 22 at the HERE Mainstage Theatre in SoHo.
Following its initial sold-out run, Gay Camp received the Overall Excellence Award from FringeNYC for “Best Ensemble 2012”, and was selected as one of 19 shows (out of the 187 Fringe shows) to receive an extension as part of Fringe’s Encore Series (subsequently playing at the Players’ Theatre).
Gay Camp played scattered dates at the Duplex from August 17 – December 20, 2013, with cast members Philip Mutz, Ken Urso, and Christian Mansfield reprising their roles.
Gay Camp also served as the inspiration for this past June’s My Big Gay ‘Gay Camp’ Talent Show, a one-night-only comedy cabaret, that played NYC’s Laurie Beechman Theatre and featured Broadway’s Nadia Quinn (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Mariand Torres (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812), and the entire Gay Camp cast. Additionally, Gay Camp received its West Coast debut on August 3, 2013, at the Interplayers’ Theatre in Spokane, Washington.
Featured in this past September’s OUT Magazine, Gay Camp has been playing to sold-out houses, and receiving rave reviews since its inception.
Some Buzz Surrounding Gay Camp:
WINNER: FringeNYC 2012 “Best Ensemble”
BACKSTAGE: “Critics’ Pick”
TIME OUT NY: “Critics’ Choice”, “Christian Mansfield, Philip Mutz and Ken Urso are adorable, boundlessly energetic and rarely less than hilarious.”
BISTRO AWARDS: “surprisingly sharp writing, breathless pace, and an incredible cast that can seemingly perform any task and any kind of character.”
NYTHEATRE.COM: “Gay Camp, the screamingly funny show that is completely and utterly over the top — as it should be.”
THEATER IN THE NOW: “three phenomenal comedic actors”
THEATERMANIA: “detail-rich staging from director Phillip Fazio”
THEATRE REVIEWS LIMITED: “the cast of three are absolutely hysterical”
TIMES SQUARE CHRONICLES: “One of the funniest, craziest and wildest shows I have ever seen”
Written by: Philip Mutz and Susan-Kate Heaney
Directed by: Phillip Fazio
Gay Camp will perform at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre, 61 Christopher Street (at 7th Avenue), NYC.
Gay Camp runs 75 minutes and will perform Friday nights with the following performance schedule:
February 28 at 9:30pm
March 7 at 9:30pm
March 14 at 9:30pm
March 28 at 6:30pm
April 4 at 9:30pm
April 11 at 9:30pm
April 18 at 9:30pm
April 25 at 9:30pm
Tickets can currently be purchased via Brown Paper Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets are $12 in advance or $18 at the door, plus a 2 drink minimum.
For more information on Gay Camp, please visit our website at www.gaycamptheplay.com.
For press inquiries (including more photos) contact:
Wire Hanger Productions
Philip Mutz – Co-Author of Gay Camp
Mutz is a writer and actor in New York City. Recent acting credits include Comedy of Errors, Henry V, Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Cymbeline (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ), Kidnapping Laura Linney (Midtown International Theatre Festival), Gay Camp (FringeNYC, Peoples’ Improv Theatre), King John (NY Shakespeare Exchange), and Romeo and Juliet (Columbia Stages). His writing credits include The Real Life (Identity Theater Co), Gay Camp (The Duplex, FringeNYC, the PIT), Kidnapping Laura Linney (MITF), and SuperBen (Think Theater Project). He is currently head writer for the web series The Reality Whores (webisodes can be viewed at www.therealitywhores.com). His recent viral video Sh*t Gay Guys Say to Straight Guys has over one million views on YouTube. Philip holds a B.F.A. in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has trained in sketch writing and improv with the Upright Citizens Brigade.
Ken Urso – Actor
Ken Urso has served as director, actor, producer, guest artist, and dramaturg throughout the U.S. He earned his BFA in Acting from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and his MFA in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School. His acting credits include Valentine in Twelfth Night (Manhattan Rep), Davey in Lieutenant of Inishmore (Strollers Theatre), Philip in The Shape of Things (Actor’s Repertory Theatre), Yvan in Art (Actors Studio Drama School) and Jules in boom (Interplayers Theatre). For two seasons, Ken was an Artistic Associate at Actor’s Repertory Theatre in Washington, where he served as Assistant to the Artistic Director. His NYC directing credits include Bent, Never the Sinner, Red Light Winter, Fallen Angels, Amicable Parting and the original productions of Kidnaping Laura Linney, Gay Camp, and Riverside. Other directing credits include Always…Patsy Cline, The Complete Works of Williams Shakespeare (abridged), The Producers, Chicago, and Cabaret. He is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. www.kenurso.com
Christian Mansfield – Actor
Christian Mansfield is a Long Island native with a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Miami. His NYC theater credits include That Other Woman’s Child (NYMF) and two summers at The NY Fringe Festival in The Penguin Tango (Actors Playhouse and Theater Row), and Odysseus DOA (Best Ensemble award). He has also appeared annually as a featured dancer in BCEFA’s Broadway Bares at Roseland Ballroom. National tour: 42nd Street. Regional credits include Cabaret (Barter Theater), White Christmas (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina) and Romeo and Juliet (South Florida Shakespeare Festival).
Susan-Kate Heaney – Co-Author of Gay Camp
Susan-Kate Heaney is an actor and writer currently based out of Los Angeles. She is a graduate of New York University with a BFA in Drama. Most recently, she has been performing her comedic shows Mop-oholic and Kinky Bangs in New York and Los Angeles, at UCB, the Pit, iO West and Second City. Susan-Kate is a co-creator and lead actor in comedic web series The Reality Whores. She has performed in theaters all around New York including Bank Street and Rattlestick. Recent work includes the role of Jessica in Mercy (NBC) and a recurring role on Showtime’s Masters of Sex.
Phillip Fazio – Director
Phillip Fazio graduated from The Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Musical Theatre and Directing. Immediately upon graduating, Phillip began a three-year contract as an Artist in Residence at Phoenix Theatre. Now in its 92nd Season, Phoenix Theatre is the oldest arts organization in the state of Arizona. Regional Directing credits include Proof, Rent, Ragtime, Grey Gardens, Hidden in this Picture, West Side Story, Macbeth, The Last Five Years, Rocket Man, Cabaret, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, and Almost Maine. Assistant Director credits include the Center Theatre Group/Deaf West revival of Pippin (Directed by Tony Award Nominee Jeff Calhoun) at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and the New England Premiere of Take Me Out at Speakeasy Stage Company in Boston. New York City directing credits include Ben and Leslie Save the World and SuperBen for The Think Theater Project, The Real Life with The Identity Theatre Company, and Gay Camp at The Duplex and in FringeNYC. Phillip is a member of the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab and Actors’ Equity Association.
Bradford Proctor – Composer/Accompanist
Bradford currently resides in New York City, and composes mainly for musical theater. He wrote the lyrics and book (along with Alaina Kunin) and the music for BUNKED!: A New Musical, which premiered at the 2010 International New York Fringe Festival.BUNKED! was extended as part of the Fringe Encores series, and won the prize for “Best Overall Production of a Musical”. Bradford was commissioned to write a song for Lincoln Center’s Holiday Songbook series, wrote a song for Gay Camp (NY Fringe 2012), and has also participated as a composer for 8 Minute Musicals in March 2011, produced by AWOL. Bradford is currently a participant in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater workshop, and is writing the book, music and lyrics for Grub Street: The Musical (currently in development).