Past Productions

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.

Stopping Traffic

May 24 - July 2, 2006

Written and Performed by Mary Pat Gleason
Directed by Lonny Price
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.

Obadiah Eaves

(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.

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Mary Pat Gleason

(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.

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Kate Hefel

(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.

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Neil Patel

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.

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Lonny Price

(Director) Stage and Television: PASSION, Live from Lincoln Center starring Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald and Michael Cerveris (Emmy Award); CANDIDE, Great Performances starring Kristin Chenoweth and Ms. LuPone (Emmy nomination); SWEENEY TODD, Great Performances, starring Ms. LuPone and George Hearn (Emmy Award). On Broadway he directed A CLASS ACT (cowriter, performer, Tony nomination); 'MASTER HAROLD' …AND THE BOYS starring Danny Glover; the musical URBAN COWBOY and SALLY MARR AND HER ESCORTS (co-written with Joan Rivers and Erin Sanders.) Off-Broadway: Eli Wallach in VISITING MR. GREEN. Most recently: KISMET for Encores! (Brian Stokes Mitchell, Marin Mazie) and LA VOIX HUMAIN/SEND for the Houston Grand Opera starring Audra McDonald. Thanks to Doug Aibel (for being such a gent) and Lynnie Greene for her tremendous good taste.

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Mary Pat Gleason in STOPPING TRAFFIC. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Mary Pat Gleason in STOPPING TRAFFIC. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Mary Pat Gleason in STOPPING TRAFFIC. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Mary Pat Gleason in STOPPING TRAFFIC. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Mary Pat Gleason in STOPPING TRAFFIC. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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STOPPING TRAFFIC Review Quotes

"ENGAGING! STRIKING!

Affecting and entertaining one-woman show... The performer is frank and funny."

- Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press

"ENTERTAINING! ENDEARING.

...In fine form."

- Anita Gates, The New York Times

"Directed with colorful, comic sensitivity by Lonny Price."

- Matthew Murray, Talkin' Broadway

"INSPIRATIONAL.

Unquestionably engaging."

- Brad Bradley, CurtainUp

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