STOPPING TRAFFIC is one woman’s comic odyssey- Mary Pat Gleason, known for her countless character roles in film, TV and theatre, relives her extraordinary lifelong experiences with bipolar disorder. With candid humor and riveting power, this audacious high-wire act takes us on a tour of Hollywood, New York and the human heart that is equal parts inspiring, gutbustingly funny and TRUE.
May 24 - July 2, 2006
Written and Performed by Mary Pat Gleason
Directed by Lonny Price
In the fall of 2019, Lonny directed the world premiere of the Mitnick/Gwon collaboration, Scotland PA., for the Roundabout Theatre (produced in association with Hal Luftig). On Broadway, he directed Sunset Boulevard, (starring Glenn Close) Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, (Starring Audra McDonald) 110 in the Shade, 'Master Harold'... and the Boys, (starring Danny Glover) Sally Marr and Her Escorts (co-written with Joan Rivers and Erin Sanders), Urban Cowboy, and A Class Act (Tony Award nominated book co-written with Linda Kline). West End credits include Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill at the Wyndham’s, as well as Carousel, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd, and Man of La Mancha, all for the English National Opera. Film and television credits include his film version of the New York Philharmonic’s Sweeney Todd (Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel), and Company. He also directed the stage and filmed versions of his tribute to Stephen Sondheim, Sondheim: The Birthday Concert! (Emmy Award). Other Philharmonic collaborations include the “Live From Lincoln Center” broadcast of Camelot, Candide, Sweeney Todd (George Hearn and Patti LuPone, Emmy Award), and Sondheim’s Passion (Emmy Award). Additional television credits include "Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill" for HBO, as well as episodes of “2 Broke Girls,” “Desperate Housewives,” and the upcoming ‘Plan Z.' For his first feature, Master Harold’ ... and the Boys, he received a Best Director Award from the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. His documentary, Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened premiered at the New York Film Festival and was named one of New York Times’ Top 10 Films of 2016, and his other documentary Hal Prince: The Director’s Life (PBS) was released to critical acclaim as well.<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>READ MORE
(Sound Design & Original Music) Obadiah created sound and music for the Vineyard’s Beautiful Child, The Argument, Stopping Traffic, and The Agony and the Agony. Broadway: Shining City and for The Lieutenant of Inishmore on Broadway. Selected Off-Broadway: Romance, Celebration and The Room, The Bald Soprano/The Lesson, Birth and After Birth, A Second Hand Memory (Atlantic), Chinese Friends (Playwrights Horizons), Hamlet, Fucking A (Public), Nine Parts of Desire (MET), Birdie Blue (Second Stage), The American Pilot, Moonlight and Magnolias (MTC). He won a Lortel Award for Nine Parts of Desire, and a Viv for Fucking A. Television: HBO, Nickelodeon, Discovery, and TLC.<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>READ MORE
(Performer/Playwright) Mary Pat Gleason has had the pleasure of working with many great directors including Steven Soderbergh on the film TRAFFIC. Her other film appearances include THE ISLAND, THE CRUCIBLE, A CINDERELLA STORY, EVOLUTION, A WALK IN THE CLOUDS, LORENZO'S OIL, SOAP DISH, BASIC INSTINCT, MAN TROUBLE, SPEECHLESS, DEFENDING YOUR LIFE, FAT MAN AND LITTLE BOY, and the upcoming MARILYN HOTCHKISS BALLROOM DANCING & CHARM SCHOOL. Gleason has appeared in Hallmark Hall of Fame's A SEASON FOR MIRACLES and Movies of the Week such as THE WEST SIDE WALTZ, CHILDREN OF THE DARK, RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT, and THE JERRY SHERWOOD STORY. Throughout her many years in the business, Mary Pat has guest-starred on virtually every television series including: DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, SEX IN THE CITY, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, MURPHY BROWN, NYPD BLUE, ER, FRIENDS, WILL & GRACE and LA LAW. In regional theatre she has appeared in SPACE at Mark Taper Forum, GROWING GRACEFULLY at the Tiffany Theatre, ONLY A KINGDOM at the Pasadena Playhouse, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at George Street Playhouse, PLAZA SUITE at Meadowbrook Theatre, JITTERS at Walnut Street Theatre, TARTUFFE, LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, and THE RUNNER STUMBLES at Cohoes Music Hall, THE SEAHORSE at Nassau Rep and FRANKIE AND ANNIE at Manhattan Theatre Club. Mary Pat played Jane Hogan on GUIDING LIGHT and won an Emmy for editing the show in 1986. She was invited to HBO's 1999 Comedy Festival in Nancy Shayne's production of TWO BITTER WOMEN IN A COFFEE SHOP.READ MORE
(Production Stage Manager) Off-Broadway: SIDD, THE MUSICAL (Dodger Stages), IN THE CONTINUUM (Primary Stages, Outer Critics nomination), OEDIPUS AT PALM SPRINGS (New York Theatre Workshop), SLAG HEAP (Cherry Lane Theatre). Also in NYC: THE PARENTS' EVENING (Cherry Lane Alternative), THE WAR PLAY (Abingdon Theatre & Shakespeare Project), MOTHER BIRD by Craig Lucas (Circle East), and THE CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR (Radio City Productions). Regional: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (Broadway Theatre, Chicago), JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (Tuacahn Center, Utah). Tour: A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Nebraska Theatre Caravan). Kate is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa.READ MORE
Scenic Design- Broadway: NOW. HERE. THIS., [title of show], OLEANNA, SIDEMAN, ‘NIGHT MOTHER, RING OF FIRE and WONDERLAND. Off-Broadway: Second Stage, Manhattan Theater Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, BAM, New York Theater Workshop, Vineyard Theater and Playwrights Horizon, having designed productions of BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK, LIVING OUT, HERE LIES JENNY, DINNER WITH FRIENDS, THE LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME, QUILLS and THE GREY ZONE. Television: HBO’s "In Treatment". Dance: Shadowland for Pilobolus which is currently on tour in Europe. Awards include the Helen Hayes Award, the 2000 EDDY Award, numerous Drama Desk and Hewes nominations and the 1996 and 2001 Obie Awards for sustained excellence in set design.READ MORE
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