My Italy Story – Last Days!

7/25/2009 Update:

The last weekend!

If you’ve had enough of the NJ corruption overdose – here’s a great thing for you to do with your time tonight or tomorrow.

7/22/2009 Update:

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If you missed My Italy Story last month – now you have another chance to see this fantastic show!

Back by popular demand!

“Coming off a hugely successful two-week run, Mile Square Theatre’s production of My Italy Story returns by popular demand, in conjunction with St. Ann’s Feast, Hoboken’s annual Italian-American festival, presented by St. Ann’s Parish. Sold out audiences were responding to the initial run of My Italy Story with standing ovations, and here’s another chance to see this wonderful play by Hoboken playwright Joseph Gallo.

Featuring a virtuoso performance by two-time Emmy® Award-winning actor and The Guiding Light star Tom Pelphrey, My Italy Story is a story of a young man from Hoboken, New Jersey who sets out to heal the rift that divides his family, and in the process traces his roots to a remote village in Italy, returning to America to face a surprising family secret.”

You’ll have a great time!
(see previous updates after the jump…)

6/24/2009 Update:

Reminder that “My Italy Story” runs from tonight through Sunday. Check it out!

See reviews and more below…

6/23/2009 Reminder:

One week left!

Tomorrow night marks the start of the last week My Italy Story will be playing over at the Monroe Center!

Mile Square Theatre’s Artistic Director Chris O’Connor said to me that crowds that been thrilled to the point of rousing standing ovations for each show.

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Glowing reviews

Today’s Star Ledger also mentioned the show, billing it as a “recession special” (in the wake of exorbitantly priced theater tickets) – and wrote this about the star Tom Pelphrey:

“With his slicked-back hair and perfect teeth, Pelphrey tells the tale with skill and style. He’s excellent at replicating Jersey accents of both the male and female members of the brood. Even when he portrays his mother or any of his aunts, Pelphrey manages to adopt a convincing voice that ranges from falsetto to a guttural one corrupted by a lifetime of cigarettes. A theatergoer who closes his eyes might assume that a genuine woman has just arrived on the scene.

Anyone in attendance, though, will want to keep his eyes wide open during the 75-minute show. Pelphrey maneuvers strongly throughout, though he’s especially amusing in a scene where the family is en route to one Sunday dinner, but Thomas’ younger sister wants to stop for a (horrors!) hamburger. Pelphrey enacts the battle between father and daughter with hilarious results.”

6/15/2009:

A great show at the Monroe Theatrespace starting this Wednesday!!

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My Italy Story by Joseph Gallo

Emmy Award-winner Tom Pelphrey

Performed by two-time Emmy® Award-winning actor and The Guiding Light star Tom Pelphrey, Joseph Gallo’s My Italy Story is a story of a young man from Hoboken, NJ who sets out to heal the rift that divides his family, and in the process traces his roots to a remote village in Italy, returning to America to face a surprising family secret.

Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County’s leading professional theatre, now in residence at Monroe Center for the Arts, brings together a creative team of seasoned Broadway and Film/Television artists that are strongly attached to Hoboken. Written by Hoboken playwright Joseph Gallo, My Italy Story stars former Hobokenite Tom Pelphrey, and is directed by Hoboken resident Matthew Lawler.

Quick Facts:
Event Date/Time: LIMITED ENGAGEMENT June 17 through June 28, Wednesdays through Sundays @ 8pm, 3pm matinees on June 27 and June 28, featuring Richie Call in the role

Event Cost: Pay-What-You-Will, $25 suggested donation • Reservations Strongly Suggested • 201.208.7809

Mile Square Theatre’s ticket policy for this show encourages people on fixed incomes to determine what they can afford, or to “pay what you will.” We do not want the $25 ticket price to be an impediment to seeing the production. (411 note: Fantastic!)

Event Place: Monroe Theatrespace, 720 Monroe Street, 2nd floor. FREE PARKING

Synopsis: Spurred by visits from his grandmother’s ghost and by pleas from his cousin Louie to help get the family back together, Thomas DaGato quits his job as a New York account executive and travels to the tiny Italian village of his ancestors—Vallata. It’s not until he comes home, however, that he discovers a secret that unlocks his past.

SEE ARTISTS BIOS BELOW…

(My Italy Story, continued…)

Artist Bios:

JOSEPH GALLO (Playwright) His play My Italy Story had its New York debut Off-Broadway at
the 47th Street Theatre and was nominated for the Gay Talese Literary Prize. His most recent
play Warning: Adult Content opened last season at Theatre 54 in New York. He co-created, and
wrote the text for two dance/theater pieces Tannhauser: The Play and 80% of Love, both of which
debuted in New York at the Obie award-winning Ice Factory Festival at the Ohio Theatre; the
latter done in collaboration with company Rindfleisch, and subsequently transferred to the
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. His work has additionally been seen on the stages of HERE,
Circle Rep Lab, Mile Square Theatre, Pearl Theater, Samuel Beckett Theatre, Playwrights
Horizons, 78th Street Theatre, Waterfront Ensemble, Atlantic Theatre Company, Cincinnati
Playhouse, Delaware Stage Company, Seven Angels Theatre, Orlando Fringe Festival, and at
both the Hudson Guild Theatre and Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles. He holds an MFA in
playwriting from Ohio University.

TOM PELPHREY (performer) Regional work includes: Griffin in Wonders of the Invisible World
(Apothecary Theatre Co.), Murderer in Fair Rosamund and Her Murderer (Apothecary Theatre
Co.), Bash (Amphibian Productions), The Subject of Roses (Penguin Rep), Crazy Eights (EST)
and A New Television Arrives, Finally (Shetler Studios).ı Film/Television: Jonathan in The
Guiding Light, Numbers, The Last Note, Seven Hours, The Laws of Motion, CSI Miami, and
Ghost Whisperer.ı Awards: 4 Daytime Emmy Nominations and 2-time Daytime Emmy Award
Winner for The Guiding Light (2006 & 2008).ı Education: BFA, Rutgers University, Mason
Gross School of the Arts; Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, England.
MATTHEW LAWLER (director) is a co-founder and current producing artistic director for the
award-winning rUDE mECHANICALS Theater company of NYC. The company’s productions
include NYC premieres of works by Beckett, Don DeLillo, and Caryl Churchill, as well as world
premieres by Will Eno and Charles Mee Jr. As an actor for the company, Matt has performed in
several shows including Endgame, Largo DeSoloto (winner of Backstage`s Harold Clurman
Award), The Flu Season (winner of Newsday`s Oppy Award), and DeLillo`s Valparaiso (New
York Times Best of Off-Broadway for 2002). Matt has worked with several NYC theaters
including: The Roundabout, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The New Group and in October, he will
appear at 59 E 59 in Rough Sketch, a play by Shawn Nacol which he helped develop. TV and film
credits include Filmic Achievement (Jackson Hole Festival Award for Best Comedic
Performance), The Sopranos, and several appearances on Law & Order. MFA from ACT.
The Mission of Mile Square Theatre is to promote the theatre arts in the community of Hoboken and
Hudson County, New Jersey by bringing together theatre artists and presenting works of quality that speak to a diverse audience and reflect the beauty and complexity of today’s world. We aim to achieve our goals through the production of new works and the classics, through community-based projects, school residencies, and classes.

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My Italy Story is sponsored by Monroe Center for the Arts and Bijou Properties.

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10 Comments on "My Italy Story – Last Days!"

pawzclawz
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pawzclawz

Great actor Great show

BarbaraR56
Member
BarbaraR56

My husband and I are both of Italian descent and really appreciated this one-man show. Tom Pelphery is a mega-talent that I have followed since he burst onto the scene as troubled youth, Jonathan Randall on Guiding Light. After the show we talked with Tom, his talent is phenomenal and his unassuming nature is a pleasure. If you are Italian, or grew up in an Italian neighborhood,run, don’t walk, to see this wonderful production.

kooky kat
Member

I saw this off broadway, if you are into shows, it’s a must see (especially considering the price)!

Joe is also just a really nice (and very talented) guy. I will have to try to make it over to see this again myself!

roecast27@aol.com
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roecast27@aol.com

saw my italy story,,,,,,,,,NOT TO BE MISSED
hope this spreads the word……….

In response to kooky kat who said:
I saw this off broadway, if you are into shows, it’s a must see (especially considering the price)!

Joe is also just a really nice (and very talented) guy. I will have to try to make it over to see this again myself!

pawzclawz
Member
pawzclawz

I’m going on Friday night. I’m glad to hear it’s a good show. I saw the actor interviewed on Cablevision news. I remember him from The Guiding Light. He is a really good actor.

In response to roecast27@aol.com who said:
saw my italy story,,,,,,,,,NOT TO BE MISSED
hope this spreads the word……….

pawzclawz
Member
pawzclawz

I was thinking about going to see this. I just get a recording when I call the number for The Mile Square Theatre. I’m trying to find out if it’s a drama or a comedy. I only see dramas. I don’t go to see comedies and musicals.

In response to kooky kat who said:
I saw this off broadway, if you are into shows, it’s a must see (especially considering the price)!

Joe is also just a really nice (and very talented) guy. I will have to try to make it over to see this again myself!

ctaylorgraham
Member
ctaylorgraham

It’s a drama, but like any good drama it has it’s light points.

In response to pawzclawz who said:
I was thinking about going to see this. I just get a recording when I call the number for The Mile Square Theatre. I’m trying to find out if it’s a drama or a comedy. I only see dramas. I don’t go to see comedies and musicals.

pawzclawz
Member
pawzclawz

Thanks for your reply. I am looking forward to seeing it tomorrow night.

In response to ctaylorgraham who said:
It’s a drama, but like any good drama it has it’s light points.

jchriso
Member
jchriso

I’m with MST. It’s a one-man show. Has humor in it, but is not a comedy. It’s some very good storytelling performed by an incredibly talented actor. Hope to see you there!

In response to pawzclawz who said:
I was thinking about going to see this. I just get a recording when I call the number for The Mile Square Theatre. I’m trying to find out if it’s a drama or a comedy. I only see dramas. I don’t go to see comedies and musicals.

pawzclawz
Member
pawzclawz

You will! I’m going to make my reservation now. “Thanks a Bunch!”

In response to jchriso who said:
I’m with MST. It’s a one-man show. Has humor in it, but is not a comedy. It’s some very good storytelling performed by an incredibly talented actor. Hope to see you there!

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