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SINGLE ROOM OCCUPANCY, written by and starring Ben Rauch, now playing at Soho Playhouse on August 27 & 28 in 2015 New York International Fringe Festival

Single Room Occupancy, a new pop/rock comedy musical performing as part of the 2015 New York International Fringe Festival, has a change of venue and an additional show has been added.  Due to technical issues (at the previous venue Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project), the musical will now perform their final two shows at the Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street between Varick Street and Sixth Avenue.

BEN RAUCH (center) and Company in SINGLE ROOM OCCUPANCY. PHOTO BY LIA CHANG

BEN RAUCH (center) and Company in SINGLE ROOM OCCUPANCY. PHOTO BY LIA CHANG

The Performance schedule is Thursday, August 27 at Midnight and Friday, August 28 at 7:00 PM (new date). 

Written by and starring popular theatre, film and television actor Ben Rauch (HBO’s GirlsJersey Boys-The Movie,Gossip Girl), Single Room Occupancy has lyrics by Gaby Gold, Rory Scholl, and Ben Rauch, 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 and is directed by Joey Murray.

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

“The talent on display in Single Room Occupancy is bountiful…deliciously light-hearted and high-spirited….Ben Rauch is winning.”    – NYTheatreNow

“Ben Rauch is a talent worth experiencing…the entire cast is charming.”  – HY Reviews

“A funny and talented cast, hot musicians…truly hilarious elements and a timely theme.”  – Hi!Drama

General admission tickets are $18 and are available online http://bit.ly/1Lq3cyp 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 GirlED, 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 GuestThe Sunshine BoysSpring Awakening (Broadway Workshop)Ludlow Ladd (Tada)StarmitesThe 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 at Paper 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.

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 FebOne1960.com Blog, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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