Before all of the Pride festivities began, I had the opportunity to see a very funny, very thought provoking play, ‘Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson‘. Some of you may remember the AT&T commercial where Luke Wilson has gum balls falling from a map, some hitting him until he opens an umbrella and even more fall all around him. If you’re wondering if this play is about that commercial, IT IS. If you’re wondering if something like that can be entertaining, IT IS. The show also deals with issues we are facing today, like people in power who allow it to get to their heads and take advantage of their positions.
“Inspired by a true, little-known story about the making of an iconic TV commercial in which a legendary film director puts a movie star’s life in the hands of a very jittery props guy. A humorous and ultimately disturbing account of power in the workplace, “Gumballs” examines how truth is negotiated in both art and in life, and who gets to control the narrative in an increasingly divided society.
General Admission $30 / Reserved Tickets $40
Students/Seniors/Union Members (with ID) $25
Pay-what-you-can every Wednesday at the door, subject to availability. Tickets released first-come, first-served, 15 minutes prior to curtain.
Gumballs runs approximately 75 minutes with no intermission.
Scenic Design: Christopher Swader & Justin Swader
Costume Design: Tricia Barsamian
Lighting Design: Mary Ellen Stebbins
Sound Design: Bart Fasbender
Video Design: Yana Biryukova
Properties: Addison Heeren
Production Stage Manager: Avery Trunko
Assistant Stage Manager: Michael Medina
Production Manager: Niluka Hotaling
Casting Director: Geoff Josselson, CSA
Graphic Design: Christy Briggs
Press Representation: Sam Rudy Media Relations
Reyna de Courcy (Jenny) Theatre credits include Luna Gale (The Goodman Theatre, and the Kirk Douglas in Los Angeles); The Whale (Playwrights Horizons), Burning (The New Group), Orange, Hat & Grace (Soho Rep), Dreams of the Washer King (Playwrights Realm), Monstrosity (13P), Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom (Humana Festival, ATL), the hollower (New Light Theatre Project), Civilization (All You Can Eat), and The World My Mama Raised (Clubbed Thumb), and A Night Near The Sun (Impetuous Theatre Group). Film credits include Wetlands, Coming Up Roses, Girls Against Boys, & Beach Pillows. Television includes “Bored To Death,” “Bull,” “Blue Bloods” & “Law & Order: SVU.” Quilters, please say hello on Instagram: @bramblebrains!
George Hampe (Rob) Off-Broadway: Regrets (Manhattan Theatre Club) Regional: Romeo and Juliet (Huntington Theatre Company), Dead Metaphor(American Conservatory Theater), Arcadia (Yale Repertory Theatre), ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore and The Three Sisters (Yale School of Drama). Film: Julian Fellowes’ The Chaperone. TV: “Madam Secretary,” “The Good Fight,” “Unforgettable,” “Blue Bloods” and “One Tree Hill”. MFA: Yale School of Drama. Love to Rebecca. www.georgehampe.com
Ann Harada (Alice) played Christmas Eve in the Broadway and West End productions of Avenue Q and stepsister Charlotte in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Other Broadway: Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables (revival), 9 to 5, Seussical, and M. Butterfly. Film: Sisters, Trouble, Youth in Oregon, Admission, Hope Springs, Feel, Happiness. TV includes: “Smash” (as Linda, the Stage Manager), “The Good Wife,” “House of Cards,” “Master of None,” “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” “Search Party,” “Younger,
“Gotham.” Twitter: @annharada Instagram: iamannharada
Dean Nolen (Ken) Broadway: Mamma Mia! (original company). Off-Broadway: Terence in Theresa Rebeck and Alexandra Gersten-Vasillaros’ Omnium Gatherum (Pulitzer-Prize finalist), Tabletop (Drama Desk Award), also Manhattan Theatre Club, Working Theater, Naked Angels, others. Regional: Yale Rep, Alley Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Wilma, Dallas Theater Center, others. Television: “Mercy,” “Law and Order,” “Crossing Jordan,” “Law & Order: SVU,” others. Director: Division Avenue (world premiere NYC); Birds on a Wire (International Festival Fringe, Edinburgh, Scotland). MFA: Yale School of Drama (Constance Welch Scholar).
Jonathan Sale (Luke Wilson) is the proud father of the best seven year old in the world. Theater: Handle With Care (Westside Theater), A Soldiers Play (Second Stage Theater), Shape of Things (Promenade Theater), ScreenPlay (59E59), Trade, An Ice Cream Man for All Seasons, The View from Tall (Cherry Lane), Romeo and Juliet (Mint), Much Ado About Nothing (San Francisco Shakespeare), Twelfth Night (ACT Studio); Television – “God Friended Me,” “The Good Fight,” “Madam Secretary,” “Elementary,” “Person of Interest,” “Law and Order,” “All My Children,” “Guiding Light,” “As the World Turns,” “Third Watch,” “Ed,” “I Love You but I Lied.” Film: Lola Versus, Fair Market Value, Hard Lesson; MFA American Conservatory Theater, BA University of Richmond, Oxford School of Drama, Upright Citizens Brigade. www.JonathanSale.tv
David Wohl (Errol Morris) Theatre: Broadway: Dinner at Eight and Golden Boy (for Lincoln Center), Fiddler on the Roof (Minskoff), The Man Who Had All the Luck (Roundabout); Off Broadway: Abingdon, E.S.T., Rattlestick, Isn’t it Romantic (for Playwrights Horizons), The Basement Tapes (Village Gate), The Buddy System (Circle in the Square). Regional: Papermill, Weston, Huntington, Buck’s County, Victory Gardens, Pittsburgh, Williamstown, George Street, LaJolla, Taper, L.A.T.C., Pasadena, Cincinnati, Mixed Blood, Syracuse. Film: Recent: Asher, The Boy Downstairs. Earlier: The Wackness, Saving Private Ryan, Hot Shots Part Deux, Presumed Innocent, War of the Roses, Troop Beverly Hills, Brewster’s Millions, Revenge of the Nerds, Sophie’s Choice. Television: Series regular on “Hey Arnold,” “Brooklyn Bridge,” “D.E.A.,” “Once a Hero”. Many pilots, tv movies and episodes. Recent: “The Blacklist,” “Bull,” “Madame Secretary,” “Suits,” “White Collar.” Older includes “The Good Wife,” “Rescue Me,” “Law and Order,” “X Files,” “NYPD Blue,” “Law and Order,” “Home Improvement,” “Family Ties,” “Cheers.”
If you’re in NYC and want to have a thoroughly enjoyable evening, add Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson to the list. And you’re going to want to watch the original commercial, so I added it here: