Off-Broadway Limited Engagement
2 Weeks Only: August 12 – 16 and August 19 – 23
at The Peter Jay Sharp Theater
416 West 42nd Street â€¢ NYC
(between 9th Av & 10th Av)
… ANOTHER MAN’S POISON reveals the irony of the sweet revenge of success set in the fascinating backdrop of prime time television.
When struggling comedian, Frankie Masters, finally gets his shot at his own network television show in 1970, his imminent success exposes the hidden conflict and mounting turmoil of his personal life. This play takes place at a time before celebrity gossip and tabloid exposes were the norm. It takes a close look at lives intertwined — where each character has a price to pay and a very personal life dilemma that will forever impact the other. It is a pivotal time in our history, where the Vietnam War, exposing the racial divide, and the politicizing of sexual identity, all conspire to add depth and texture to the drama.
This potent play for six actors (3 Black, 3 White) is a quintessential Hollywood story with a distinct New York bite. ” … Another Man’s Poison.” is full of pointed humor, straightforward drama, and feeds our incessant desire to peer into the “making of a celebrity.” It is a story of family, reaching for goals, and the choices that are made along the way.
FRANKIE, the quite-ready-for-prime-time-comedian, who happens to be black, hiding behind and living inside his female persona – Wilhelmena, as he goes where a black man dare not go to expose our human foibles on 1970 television.
PAULINE, the neglected wife, and wounded mother of Frankie’s son, a pressure cooker simmering with regret, and ready to boil over.
ALAN, Frankie and Pauline’s son, raised by his mother and grandmother, absent Frankie. A Columbia University student in the time of youthful disenchantment and war protest, who reveals his own unique reaction to his threatening and tumultuous world.
MEL STEIN, Frankie’s agent/manager, the consummate professional shark, who brings Frankie to the brink of success, a thaw to the Frankie-Pauline relationship, and perhaps even more.
The two member versatile supporting cast of The FRANKIE MASTERS’ SHOW lend a tense, but humorous hand in telling Frankie’s story of how “ONE MAN’S FEAST IS … ANOTHER MAN’S POISON.”
Tickets On Sale Now: $75
In Person: Ticket Central Box Office,
416 West 42nd Street
11 am to 8 pm daily
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