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Written and performed by Neil D'Astolfo

Directed by Noah Averbach-Katz

A workshop performance

Tuesdays, June 11 & June 18, 2019  |  9:30pm

(directly following performances of Open)
The Tank 

312 W 36th St.

FREE  (RSVP Required)


Tonight. Is. The. Night. Y'all. It's the 85th 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.

NEIL D'ASTOLFO (duh-STAHL-fo) (Playwright/Performer) is a New York-based actor, comedian and writer. Acting credits include The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth (Classic Stage Company), Family (Pershing Square Signature Center Studio), as well as workshops at Cherry Lane Theatre, NYSAF, New York Theatre Workshop, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Soho Rep and Women’s Project Theatre. TV: "The Path" (Hulu), "Understudies" (dailymotion). Film: The Healer. Voiceover: ExxonMobil (original voice of the “Energy Lives Here” global campaign), Ford, Heineken, Kleenex, Marcus by Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan Chase, Viacord, etc. Neil’s first full-length play, Shameless, received a staged reading at Atlantic Stage 2 as part of PTP/NYC’s After Dark Series and made him a 2017 Semi-Finalist for a Creative Residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm. His second play, Mister Miss America, has made Neil a finalist at SPACE and was recently shared as a developmental reading at Playwrights Horizons South Studios. Neil is currently an actor at The Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theatre’s Maude Night, performing on house sketch team Glamour College. He can also be seen improvising all over New York City with his indie team, Plastic Bones. Neil is currently an adjunct professor at Pace University’s School of Performing Arts. He is also a certified mindfulness meditation instructor and teaches at MNDFL Meditation. Education: BA, Middlebury College; MFA Acting, Columbia University.

NOAH AVERBACH-KATZ (Director) is an actor and director based in New York. He was most recently seen in the New York premiere of David Ives' The Metromaniacs, and on screen in "The Good Fight," "A Bread Factory Part 1" and upcoming in "Shelter." A graduate of The Juilliard School, he has appeared regionally at Two Rivers Theater, The Studio Theater (DC), Portland Stage, Williamstown Theater Festivals, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz, where he appeared in Othello, directed by Pam MacKinnon. At UC Santa Cruz, he directed award-winning productions of The Seagull and new work series.

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