Sitting and Talking

  • Written by Lia Romeo
  • Produced by Mile Square Theatre
  • Co-Produced by Project Y Theatre Company

Description

Lia Romeo’s charming, deeply heartfelt play follows a man and woman in their 60s as they navigate the vulnerable, awkward, and sometimes hilarious path to companionship via online dating during quarantine. Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years, Broadway’s Lombardi), is joined by Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland), and the piece is directed by James Glossman.

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with Dan Lauria, Wendie Malick, Lia Romeo (Author), James Glossman (Director) and Chris O'Connor (Producer)

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Dan Lauria
Charles
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Dan Lauria

Dan Lauria has appeared as a guest star in over seventy television episodic programs and more than twenty Movie of the Week productions, plus a score of motion picture credits. Dan is a very familiar face to the off-off, off, and regional theatre scene, having performed, written, or directed over 50 professional stage productions. In 2010/2011, Dan was seen on Broadways as the legendary coach Vince Lombardi in the long-running production of Lombardi, with the beautiful and talented Judith Light, directed by Thomas Kail of Hamilton fame. Dan returned to Broadway in the 2013 and 2014 productions of the Tony nominated A Christmas Story: The Musical directed by John Rando. However, Dan is most recognized as the Dad on the highly acclaimed Emmywinning ABC television show, “The Wonder Years.” Dan and his dear friend, the lovely and talented Ms. Wendie Malick, have performed the play The Guys by Anne Nelson (about our first responders) for numerous theatres and fire departments around the country. Wendie and Dan also perform Love Letters as a fundraiser for regional theatres, for the development of new plays. Dan was recently on the TBS show “Sullivan & Son” for three seasons. Dan also played manager Al Loungo on “Pitch” about the first woman pitcher in Major League Baseball and has recently joined the family on “This is Us,” both shows written by Dan Fogelman. Two years ago, Dan wrote and starred in the Off-Broadway production of Dinner with the Boys, produced by the one and only Pat Addis and the NJ Rep. This was followed by an Off-Broadway production of The Stone Witch by Shem Bitterman and upcoming regional production of Lee Blessing’s new play, Tea with the Boss, with Gwenn and Wendie Malcik. Dan and Ms. Malick are the co-creators of the Durango Play Festival for the development of new plays. Dan and his Godson Julian Farnsworth also write children’s books--go online and check them out: The Godfather Tales.

Dan does not do plays written by old dead white guys.

Wendie Malick
Enid
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Wendie Malick

Wendie Malick gained prominence on the small screen as Nina Van Horn in “Just Shoot Me” which earned her 1 Golden Globe and 2 Emmy nominations. Wendie also starred in “Hot in Cleveland,” earning a People’s Choice Award and SAG nomination for Best Ensemble as well as “Dream On,” earning 4 Cable Ace Awards. Other television credits include, “Frasier,” “Big Day,” “Good Company,” “Rush Hour,” with recurring arcs on “This Is Us,” “The Ranch,” “American Housewife,” “Pitch,” “Darrow and Darrow,” and “NYPD Blue.” Wendie’s television guest appearances include “Seinfeld,” “Grace and Frankie,” “Mom,” “CSI,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “LA Law,” and “The X-Files.” Animated television credits include appearances on “Jimmy Neutron,” Spongebob Squarepants,” and “Bojack Horseman” which received an Annie Nomination. Her career on the big screen includes credits such as “Adventureland,” “Fifty-Nothing,” “Jerome,” “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” “Waiting,” “Racing Stripes,” “The American President,” “On Edge,” “Trojan Wars,” “Raising Genius,” “Mr. Mikes Mondo Video,” “A Little Sex,” “The Goods,” “Bugsy,” “Funny About Love,” “The Emperor’s New Groove” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.” Wendie’s theatre credits include Off-Broadway renditions of Burleigh Grimes, North Shore Fish, and Big Night at the Kirk Douglas Theater; The Underpants at the Geffen; Don’t Blame Me, I Voted For Helen Gahagan Douglas at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; The Santaland Diaries at the Coast Playhouse; Love Letters at the Laguna Playhouse; The Guys at the Studio Arena and Columbia University; Blithe Spirit and What Is The Cause Of Thunder at the Williamstown Theatre Festival; as well as Closure at the New Jersey Repertory Theatre. Malick’s passion for animal and humanitarian efforts is shown through her work on the Board of The Environmental Media Association, as well as being a spokesperson for The Humane Society of the United States and Return to Freedom, a wild horse sanctuary and advocacy group.

Lia Romeo
Playwright
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Lia Romeo

Lia Romeo's play The Forest was selected for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and was scheduled to receive a National New Play Network rolling world premiere in the upcoming season (cancelled due to the coronavirus). This and three of her other plays have been recognized by the Kilroys List. Her plays have been produced at 59E59, Unicorn Theatre, Project Y Theatre Company, Dreamcatcher Rep, HotCity Theatre, and many other companies. She was the winner of City Theatre’s 2019 National Short Playwriting Award, and was a 2018 Individual Artist Fellowship winner in playwriting from the New Jersey State Council for the Arts. Her plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing, Playscripts, Dramatists Play Service, and Smith & Kraus.

James Glossman
Director
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James Glossman

James Glossman most recently directed the East Coast premiere of Jeff Daniels’s Flint at Shadowland Stages (NY), and DW Gregory’s Memoirs of a Forgotten Man at NJRep, where he has also directed (among other projects) Circumference of a Squirrel, Two Jews Walk Into a War, and Tour De Farce. Other recent: American premiere of Bang Bang!, new farce by John Cleese; co-wrote & directed the music-theatre piece Shostakovich and the Black Monk: A Russian Fantasy, with multiple-Grammy-winning Emerson String Quartet and a rotating cast including Sean Astin, David Strathairn, Len Cariou, Jay O. Sanders, Jeffrey DeMunn, and Richard Thomas, in concert and festival halls around the world including Tanglewood, Ravinia, Wolf Trap, Los Angeles, and Seoul, South Korea. Adapted/Directed world premieres of Raymond Chandler’s Trouble Is My Business (Portland Stage), Kate Atkinson’s Behind the Scenes at the Museum (Luna Stage), and Jim Lehrer’s Kick the Can, The Special Prisoner (with William Schallert), and Flying Crows (available from Dramatic Publishing). Directed East Coast premieres of Jeff Daniels’s Guest Artist and Jeffrey Sweet’s Bluff (both with John Astin), Los Angeles premiere of Noël Coward’s A Song at Twilight (with Orson Bean & Alley Mills), first NYC revival of Sheldon Harnick’s Smiling, the Boy Fell Dead (w/ Judy Kaye & Tony Roberts–York Theatre), and productions around the country of The Value of Names with Jack Klugman (opposite Dan Lauria & Liz Larsen, and earlier Louis Zorich & Megan Muckelmann). Earlier this year, James directed a workshop reading of his stage adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s science fiction classic, The Door Into Summer (w/ Jeff DeMunn, Evelyn McGee Colbert & Stephen Colbert), and completed his adaptation of three short stories by Tom Hanks. Graduate of Northwestern University, ACT, BADA-Oxford, and Yale School of Drama. Lecturer in Directing, Voice/Speech, and Shakespeare, Johns Hopkins University. Associate Artist, Shadowland Stages.