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SINGLE ROOM OCCUPANCY, written by and starring Ben Rauch Set for New York International Fringe Festival, 8/14-27

 

The cast of Ben Rauch's Single Room Occupancy. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast of Ben Rauch’s Single Room Occupancy. Photo by Lia Chang

Single Room Occupancy, a new pop/rock comedy musical will be presented as part of the 2015 New York International Fringe Festival on August 14, 17, 20, 21 and 27. Written by and starring popular theatre, film and television actor Ben Rauch (HBO’s “Girls,” Jersey Boys-The Movie, “Gossip Girl”), Single Room Occupancy has lyrics by Gaby Gold, Rory Scholl, and Ben Rauch. Joey Murray directs.

Single room occupancyThe musical will run at the Lynn Redgrave Theatre at Culture Project (Venue #13), 45 Bleecker Street (at Lafayette) for five shows only- Friday, August 14 @ 2:15pm, Monday, August 17 @ 9:30pm, Thursday, August 20 @ 7:15pm, Friday, August 21 @ 2:15pm and Thursday, August 27 @ midnight.

A hilarious musical for anyone whose biggest obstacle is themselves, the production features Rauch, who plays multiple instruments, Cali Elizabeth Moore, Jay Paranada, Kat Liz Kramer, Lane Kwederis, Rory Scholl and Dianne Kaye as well as a live band.

The production team includes set design by You-Shin Chen, lighting design by Suzanne Immarigeon, sound design by Joshua D. Reid, choreography by Jebbel Arce, musical direction by Noriko Sunamoto.

In Single Room Occupancy, a single guy’s comedic singer/songwriter dream is challenged by the distractions of social media, relationships and his fear of performing beyond the confines of his tiny apartment in Secaucus, New Jersey.

General admission tickets are $18 and are available online  or at the door (convenience fees may apply). www.singleroommusical.com

Ben Rauch, an actor/singer/composer/musician, who hails from Marlboro, NJ, recently appeared in the film Jersey Boys, directed by Clint Eastwood, as the pianist/singer for the Four Seasons. He was seen in The Bronze which was the official opening night selection at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and will be in theaters in October. His television credits include an upcoming role on HBO’s “Girls,” recurring role on “Gossip Girl,” “ED,” and “Strangers with Candy” among others. His additional film work includes Tenderness (with Russell Crowe). His work on stage includes: A Few Good Men (with Lou Diamond Phillips), People Are Living There (Signature Theatre), Lost in Yonkers (Theatre Virginia), Miklat (Florida Stage), The Unexpected Guest, The Sunshine Boys, Spring Awakening (Broadway Workshop), Ludlow Ladd (Tada), Starmites, The Gifts of the Magi, Mental: The Musical (Cherry Lane), Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs (Papermill), Jack and the Beanstalk (Symphony Space). Ben partnered with The NJ Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund to release, At The Water’s Edge, a fundraising music video for victims of Hurricane Sandy. The 2013 USA Songwriting Competition honored his song, “I Love Asian Girls” in their top 10 Comedy/Novelty category. Ben has also headlined at the NY Funny Song Festival for the last two years. www.benrauchsite.com

Joey Murray (Director) is a New York City-based stage and concert director currently directing Under Construction at NYMF 2015. Most recently, he directed and choreographed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Pinkalicious The Musical at Jenny Wiley Theatre in Eastern Kentucky and is associate director for the Broadway-bound production of CAN-CAN atPaper Mill Playhouse. Resident Stage Director for The Broadway Dolls, a “Best of Manhattan” award-winning stage show that has played major performing art centers all over the United States and China. NYC directing credits include: America’s Breath of Fresh Air (FRINGE); Bashert (New York Musical Theatre Festival); Tour de Fierce (NYMF); The Hole (New York Theatre Barn); The Gallery (NYTB); Love Letter (Zipper Theatre); The Pride Concert (Joe’s Pub/Public Theatre); An Evening of Firsts (featuring Mary Testa/Stage 72) and numerous concerts/readings/workshops. Off Broadway, he provided the book for the controversial rock musical The Hole (with collaborators Rob Baumgartner and Heidi Heilig), at Theatre at St. Clements. Joey developed and directed the world premiere Kander and Ebb revue City Lights, and the premiere 80’s rock event Take Me Home at Downstairs Cabaret Theatre in Rochester, NY. Associate Director of Grease (Gateway Playhouse). Graduate of Catholic University of America. Studied playwriting and directing at New York University and The Barrow Group.

Cali Elizabeth Moore did her first national commercial at age 8 and went on to work in film, TV, commercials, voice over, video games, and theatre. Favorite roles include: NBC’s “30 Rock” (Vanessa), Off Broadway’s “The Brady Bunch” (Marcia), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Smokey Joe’s Café (Pattie), How To Succeed… Hedy LaRue (Winner of Knot Award for Best Supporting Actress), and Funked Up Fairytales (Originated role of Titania. Directed by Jerry Dixon) Currently, Cali can be seen in the short films The Shvitzing (premiering September 2015) and Micro (premiering August 2015).

Jay Paranada’s stage work includes Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Van Buren, Piper Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Nicely, Genesis Rep), Merrily We Roll Along (Scotty, Astoria Performing Arts Center), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Bun Foo, Gallery Players), Suites By Sondheim (Alice Tully Hall), Alice Unraveled (NYMF), Odyssey: The Epic Musical (The Araca Project). Select regional credits include: Miss Saigon (Engineer, Best Actor BWW Denver Award), Spelling Bee (Chip), Flower Drum Song (Sammy Fong). Upcoming: Into The Woods (Baker) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom) at Redhouse Arts Center.

Kat Liz Kramer was most recently seen in the 20th Anniversary National Tour of Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Additional credits include Man in the Mirror (world tour), Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes (regional), Bakers Wife, Into The Woods (regional). Her first major role was Clara in the San Francisco Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker. Kat joined the Kids Next Door Performing Group opening up for the late great Don Ho’s Christmas show in Vegas for two seasons and performing all over LA and Orange County. In 2012 the singer/songwriter/guitarist released her album, My Wonderland EP.

Lane Kwederis is an actor, writer, and improviser based in NYC. She performs regularly with the house team Characters Welcome at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Legend at the Magnet Theater, and Title of Team at the PIT. Television credits include “Broad City” (Comedy Central), “The Untitled Aziz Ansari Project” (Netflix), and “Redrum” (Discovery ID). She was the understudy for Baby in the first national tour and original Toronto cast of Dirty Dancing.

Rory Scholl recently made his Off Broadway debut in Mallorca (Abingdon Theater). He is on the improv house team Royals every Friday night at the Peoples Improv Theater, producer of the touring improv show ARTPROV, and is the lead in Ghostblasters, a musical parody of Ghostbusters debuting Aug 2 at the Peoples Improv Theater. He produces a “Good Sense of Tumor” for NPR’s Studio 360 and is the head writer for ABC’S “Shark Tank,” “The Mark Cuban Show,” was a contestant on Mark Burnett’s “Jingles” reality show, and is spokesperson for Cornell University where he performs with Wynton Marsalis at the Lincoln Center.

Dianne Kaye is a singer/actor/dancer from Sydney, Australia. Some of her performances include; On Stage and On Screen, Baggage (NYFA), Les Miserables (Willoughby Theatre Company), Hairspray (RMS/CTG), Princess Plum’s Prophecy (Australian Theatre for Young People) and Forbidden Broadway (Cleveland Street Theatre). She recently performed as a soloist at theApollo Theatre, and co-wrote, produced, and acted in an original comedy short film ‘Grasshoppers Don’t Fly’ (pending release). She was named Star Central Magazine’s ‘Female Artist to Watch Out For in 2014’.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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