Riverside Theatre presents Jonathan Tolins’ ‘Buyer & Cellar’

 

 NEWS RELEASE

Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director/CEO Allen D. Cornell and Managing Director/COO Jon R. Moses, present the very funny play by Jonathan Tolins, Buyer & Cellar. Sponsored by Ray & Sonia McGowan, Bill & Judy Schneebeck, and Riverside Theatre’s Patron Producers Group, Buyer & Cellar performs on the Waxlax Stage from March 20 – April 8, 2018.

Buyer & Cellar, a comical one-man show, features struggling actor Alex More from Los Angeles who has just been fired from his job at Disneyland. However, Alex can’t believe his good fortune since he has just been hired as the new curator for a museum in Malibu. Oddly enough, the museum is located in the basement of Barbra Streisand’s estate. With old fashioned Main Street store fronts, the museum houses Ms. Streisand’s collection of costumes, dolls, and trinkets.

When the superstar comes down for a visit, a real bonding takes place, but will that friendship transfer out of the cellar? Conversing with the audience, Alex playfully shares his interactions with Barbra, complications with his boyfriend Barry, and other absurd, yet hilarious anecdotes.

Author Jonathan Tolins took inspiration for the play from a 2010 book published by Ms. Streisand.

Called My Passion for Design, the book is an elaborate volume of photos and descriptions of her personal collections. Mr. Tolins began to imagine scenarios where an unemployed actor, and true fan, would be given the pleasure and responsibility to oversee some of her “favorite things.”

The play begins with a disclaimer. The actor explains what is true (the mall in the Barbra’s basement inspired by Henry Ford’s museum in Delaware), and what is made up (everything that happens).

Buyer & Cellar opened at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre in New York City on April 2013 and then opened Off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theatre on June 24, 2013 and closed in 2014. The production starred Michael Urie (from TV’s “Ugly Betty”) and was directed by Stephen Brackett.

Winner of the 2014–2015 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show, Buyer & Cellar was a hit with audiences and critics alike:

“This seriously funny slice of absurdist whimsy creates the illusion of a stage filled with multiple people, all of them with their own droll point of view.” — The New York Times

“A fantasy so delightful you wish it were true.” —The New Yorker

“Hilarious! Beyond brilliant!” — Entertainment Weekly

“Fantastically funny.” —New York Post

Riverside’s production of Buyer & Cellar will be directed by James Brennan and stars Remy Germinario as Alex More.

The design and production crew includes: Richard Crowell (Scenic Design), Anna Hillbery (Costume Design), Sarah Elliott (Lighting Design), Josh Maywood (Sound Design), and Audrey M. Brown (Production Stage Manager). Casting was done in New York City by Wojcik / Seay Casting.

Buyer & Cellar performs March 20 – April 8, 2018 on the Waxlax Stage at Riverside Theatre. Tickets are $55. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or online at http://www.riversidetheatre.com.

Performances are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 7:30pm; Opening Night (the first Tuesday performance), Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm; with matinees on Wednesdays, select Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm.

Performance Schedule:

March 20, 23, 24, 30, 31, April 6 & 7 @ 8pm

March 21, 24, 25, 28, 29, 31, April 1, 4, 7 & 8 @ 2pm

March 21, 22, 28, 29, April 3, 4 & 5 @ 7:30pm

The Stark Stage season also includes: Mamma Mia (April 10 – 29).

Buyer & Cellar is sponsored by Ray & Sonia McGowan, Bill & Judy Schneebeck and is presented by Riverside Theatre’s Patron Producers Group: Brad & Fran Anderson, Lois Appleby, Linda Aronberg, Anita Astrachan^, Carol Atkinson, Barbara M. Baldwin, David & Cynthia Bardes, Paul & Jayne Becker, Sam & Susie Bell, Dick & Sue Bergeman, Ted & Debbie Berghorst, Jerry & Anne Blatherwick , John & Anita Brennan, Peter & Susie Brinckerhoff, Bill & Laura Buck, Tim & Carol Buhl, Bill & Karen Campbell, Don & Rose Ciampa, Dottie Currie, John & Sue Dobbs, Bill & Laura Frick, Mary Jane Grant, Herb & Ann Gullquist, Bill & Eva Gurley, Duke & Gael Habernickel, Robert & Pat Hemingway Hall, Dick & Rosemary Haverland, Calvin & Sally Hills, Dave Horner, Ronald F. Hunt, Fred & Susie Kasten, John & Pam Kean, Paul & Nancy Knapp, Judy & Lou LaFage, Bill and Joy Lane, Whitney & Betty MacMillan, John & Marilyn McConnell, Ray & Sonia McGowan, Brooke Megrue, Ted & Dawn Michael, Bob & Susan Morrison, Wally & Peggy Nelson, Bobbie Olsen, Don & Connie Patterson, Ed & Pat Pavlish, Michael & Kathie Pierce, Connie Pitcher, Helen Post, Ted & Carol Price, Michael & Anne Rhoades, John Roberts & Juli Blunt, Ron & Nancy Rosner, Bill & Judy Schneebeck, Van Schreiber, Bill & Marlynn Scully, Ned & Emily Sherwood, Joe & Mary Alice Smith, Stephanie Smith, Dick & Stephanie Solar, Charlotte Stifel, Dick & Barbara Stockton, Doug & Dhuanne Tansill, John & Tobey Taylor, Marge Turley, Lorne & Heidi Waxlax, Pat & Carol Welsh, Ken & Liz Whitney, and Gail D. Williams.                                                                        ^ Bequeathed

The 2017-2018 Season is sponsored by: Wilmington Trust, Fidelity Investments, Dale Sorensen Real Estate, The O’Haire Group – Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Sea Turtle Real Estate, Northern Trust, Indian River Press Journal, Vatland Honda, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Nelson Morgan Wealth Management – Merrill Lynch and Treasure & Space Coast Radio(WGYL, JACK FM, Ocean FM, B94, WTTB).

Riverside Theatre is located at 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963. Riverside Theatre programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Riverside Theatre is a member of the Cultural Council of Indian River County, the Indian River Chamber of Commerce, and the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jonathan Tolins is the author of Buyer & Cellar, which was named “Best Unique Theatrical Experience” by the Off-Broadway Alliance when it premiered at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Other plays include The Twilight Of The Golds (Broadway, Booth Theatre), If Memory Serves (Promenade), The Last Sunday In June (Rattlestick, Century Center), and Secrets Of The Trade (Primary Stages). A collection of his plays has been published by Grove/Atlantic. His film work includes The Twilight of the Golds and Martian Child. For television, he was a writer for “Queer as Folk,” the Academy Awards, the Tony Awards, and “Partners.” He was the author of “Pushkin 200: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall,” acted as script consultant on “Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular,” and co-wrote “The Divine Millennium Tour” and “The Showgirl Must Go On for Bette Midler.” He has written articles for Opera News, Opera Monthly, TheaterWeek, Time Magazine, and the Huffington Post, and is a panelist on the Metropolitan Opera Radio Quiz. He lives in Fairfield, Connecticut with his husband, the writer and director Robert Cary, and their children, Selina and Henry. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of America.

 

ABOUT THE ACTOR

Remy Germinario is a NYC based actor/comedian. New York Theatre: More Than All The World (Theatre For The New City), Boys Who Tricked Me (MT Factory), Bradley Cole (FringeNYC Award Winner), When I Started Dating Men (Dixon Place). Regional: Buyer and Cellar (Cardinal Stage). Film/TV: The Feast of Stephen (dir James Franco), An Actor Unprepared and Living the Dream. Remy voiced the title character in the hit iPhone musical theatre video game Peter Panic by Adult Swim Games. Remy is also a stand up/sketch comic and can be seen at comedy clubs all over NYC.

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