Written and Performed by Neil D'Astolfo
Directed by Tony Speciale

July 06 - July 31, 2022
World Premiere
at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

Presented by special arrangement with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

Tonight. Is. The. Night. Y'all. It's the 86th Annual Miss Southwestern Virginia Pageant, and Derek Tyler Taylor is fightin' tooth and well-manicured nail to win the crown. But when the road to victory is bumpier than a sock fulla Skittles™, Derek must decide how dirty he's willing to play to make his lifelong dream come true.

Mister Miss America has been developed through the AFO Solo Collective.


Mister Miss America is not a production of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is a not-for-profit corporation. Revenue derived from the rental of the theatre is used to further the work of the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.

Written & Performed by Neil D'Astolfo

Directed by Tony Speciale

Set Design: Se Hyun Oh

Costume Design: Hunter Kaczorowski

Lighting Design: Kate McGee

Sound Design: Sun Hee Kil

Choreography: Christopher Campbell

Production Stage Manager: TaTyana Smith

Assistant Stage Manager: Sheree V Campbell

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

224 Waverly Place

New York, NY 10014


NEIL D'ASTOLFO (he/him) (Playwright/Performer) is a New York-based actor, comedian and writer. Neil is a series regular on Paramount Plus’ Emmy-nominated "Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning Out the News" and recurred as Anthony Fauci on Showtime’s "Our Cartoon President" (also executive produced by Stephen Colbert). Other TV credits include Comedy Central’s upcoming animated feature "Washingtonia" and Hulu’s "High Fidelity" and "The Path." Notable theatre credits include The Comedy of Errors and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Classic Stage Company) and Family (Pershing Square Signature Center Studio). Neil was a house performer at The Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) from 2018-2020, where he performed on Maude Night’s first exclusively queer and/or female-identified sketch teams (Glamour College and Peach). He currently creates and hosts SH!T SHOW, a monthly comedic storytelling game show at Caveat. Neil’s writing for film and television has been acknowledged by Film Independent and the Nashville Film Festival, and his solo show, Mister Miss America, will premiere off-Broadway in Summer 2022. He holds an MFA from Columbia University and is an adjunct professor at Pace University. neildastolfo.com


TONY SPECIALE (he/him) (Director) is the founder of Plastic Theatre—conceiving, coauthoring, and
directing the Off-Broadway/world premiere of Unnatural Acts (Classic Stage Company—Drama
Desk Award nominee, GLAAD Media Award nominee). From 2015-2018, he served as Artistic
Director of Abingdon Theatre Company, an Off-Broadway theatre company dedicated to
developing and producing new American work. NYC credits: Abingdon, Classic Stage Company
(CSC), Dixon Place, HERE, The Gym at Judson, La Mamma and Westside Theatre.
Regional: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Ahmanson Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Bay Street, Hartford
Stage, Kirk Douglas, Laguna Playhouse, Old Globe, Philadelphia Theatre Company, and St. Louis
Rep. Tony has developed new work at Atlantic Theatre, Berkeley Rep, The Goodman Theatre,
Primary Stages, Sundance Theatre Lab and The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival.
He spent four seasons at CSC as Associate Artistic Director where he helped found, directed,
and taught for their award-winning education & outreach initiative, The Young Company. He
holds an MFA in Directing from Columbia University and is the proud recipient of a Princess
Grace Theatre Honorarium & Suzi Bass Award. Tony currently sits on the theatre faculty at
SUNY New Paltz.