Winner of the 2008 Larry Corse Playwriting Prize and a finalist for the James Sunwall Prize for Comedy, SKIN DEEP is a revealing new comedy. When George and Liz, a couple from Ohio, inherit a clothing-optional resort in Key West, they discover parts of themselves never before exposed.
The Godiva Inn staff includes a gay front desk clerk who's an aspiring drag queen and a lesbian janitor who moonlights as a dominatrix. Also complicating their lives is a visiting businessman who likes to give gals the business. Along the way, the couple is forced to confront issues about what they believe, what they want and who they really are. Beyond the laughs, SKIN DEEP explores what people do when pushed beyond their comfort zones.
WARNING: This play contains rampant off-stage nudity!
SKIN DEEP has had eight staged readings and workshops around the country, winning several honors along the way, including the 2008 Larry Corse Playwriting Prize, 2nd place in the 2007 Spokane Civic Theatre New Play Contest, and finalist for both the 2007 Stage Three Festival of New Plays and the 2007 Sunwall Prize for Comedy.
The cast includes William Green (the Foolish Theatre Company's ROMANTIC FOOLS), Dee Dee Friedman (Bella in the first national tour of LOST IN YONKERS), Robby Sharpe (Prospect Theatre Company's THE PURSUIT OF PERSEPHONE), Mary Theresa Archbold (the Foolish Theatre Company's FUNNY AS A CRUTCH) and Timothy Scott Harris (Ensemble Studio Theatre's THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN NEATO-MAN).
The creative team includes Craig M. Napoliello (scenic design), Jonathan Knipscher (costume design) and David A. Sexton (lighting design). Susan Sunday is the stage manager. Technical advisors on the production include Violet Temper (drag consultant), Mistress Tasha Lee (kink consultant) and John Ordover (nude consultant).
Skin Deep performs October 16 - November 6, 2010 at Theatre 54 at Shetler Studios(244 W. 54th St., 12th floor, between Broadway & 8th Avenue). Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays and Mondays at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday matinees at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $18 and may be purchased at www.SmartTix.com or by calling (212) 868-4444.
The theater is wheelchair accessible. SKIN DEEP is an Equity-approved showcase. Running time is 80 minutes with no intermission.
Founded in 2004, the Foolish Theatre Company's four previous productions have played to increasingly growing audiences and excellent reviews. Its last play, FUNNY AS A CRUTCH was a New York Times Critic's Pick, Back Stage Critic's Pick and NYTheatre.com Pick of the Week. All four of the company's plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., resulting so far in 39 productions around the world. For more information on the company, visit www.foolishtheatre.org.
The Foolish Theatre Company's resident playwright, Rich Orloff, is the author of ten award-winning full-length comedies and dozens of short comedies, which together have received over 700 productions on six continents (and a staged reading on Antarctica). One day he hopes to have a production in New York in a theater larger than 99 seats.
Resident director Jeffrey C. Wolf has directed three of the Foolish Theatre Company's productions, including 2008's acclaimed Funny as a Crutch, as well as productions for Kaleidoscope Theatre Company, WOW Theatre Cafe and Penn State University. Jeff is not to be confused with the other Jeffrey C. Wolf, a toxicology veterinary pathologist in Sterling, Virginia.
Photo credit: Jason Specland
William Tatlock Green, Dee Dee Friedman, Robby Sharpe and Mary Theresa Archbold
Mary Theresa Archbold, Robby Sharpe and William Tatlock Green
William Tatlock Green, Robby Sharpe, and Dee Dee Friedman