Women’s Project Theater (WP Theater) is thrilled to announce the world premiere of Stuffed, written by and starring internationally renowned comedian and two-time Grammy Award nominee Lisa Lampanelli (HBO, Comedy Central, The Howard Stern Show), with additional material by Ashley Austin Morris. Directed by Jackson Gay (These Paper Bullets!), previews begin Friday, September 23, 2016 and Opening Night is set for Friday, October 7, 2016 at the McGinn/Cazale Theater (2162 Broadway, at 76th Street), kicking off WP Theater’s 2016-2017 season. The limited engagement will play through Sunday, November 6. Additional casting to be announced at a later date.
A bulimic, a compulsive eater, a confident overweight gal, and a chronically thin chick walk into a play and… what happens next could only be told by comic mastermind Lisa Lampanelli. With signature wit and razor-sharp insight, Lampanelli’s famously irreverent voice comes to the New York stage with Stuffed, bringing together four women’s disparate stories to paint an acerbically witty and ultimately poignant portrait of the insanity of a world that forces women to address hard-hitting issues like: Is eating an ice cream sandwich in the shower an emotionally fulfilling activity? When it comes to blue jeans, should one opt for a camel toe or a muffin top? And the ultimate question: can food and body-image issues ever truly be conquered or are we all just destined to be Stuffed?
Best known as ‘Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean,’ Lampanelli, a former newspaper and magazine writer, switched from journalism to comedy at age 30 but maintained her keen observational skills. A comic’s comic, Lampanelli has compelled comedy great Jim Carrey to say, “By boldly poking fun at everyone, Lisa releases us from a prison of cultural guilt. She’s more than a standup. She’s a standout.” King of All Media and radio pioneer Howard Stern called her “a true original and a brilliant comedy mind who’ll steal the show every time.” Known for saying things that most people are afraid to think, Lampanelli’s raunchy, gut-busting performances are wildly popular at theaters across the U.S. and Canada. This equal-opportunity offender has had several HBO & Comedy Central Specials, was a cast member on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” is a regular on late-night television, and a frequent guest and guest host on Sirius XM satellite radio shows. Having earned two Grammy nominations for “Best Comedy Album,” Lampanelli is thrilled to present her first play, Stuffed.
Tickets for Stuffed are now on sale via https://bit.ly/STUFFEDTIX or by calling Ovation tix (866) 811-4111. The regular performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday – Thursday at 7:00pm, Friday at 8:00pm, Saturday 2:00pm & 8:00pm, and Sunday at 2:00pm. There are no Saturday performances on September 24, October 22, and November 5. Sunday performances at 7:00pm have been added on September 25, October 23, and November 6. Special (early) matinees have been added at NOON on Wednesday, October 19 & Wednesday, November 2.
Next up, Lampanelli will host Women’s Project Theater’s 31st ANNUAL WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS GALA, on Monday, June 13 at The Edison Ballroom, 240 W 47th Street. The gala will honor Emmy Award winning actress and reproductive rights activist Martha Plimpton; celebrated film, television and Broadway producer Jenna Segal; actress, producer, environmentalist and UNICEF ambassador Trudie Styler, and will feature special performances by Fun Home’s Tony Award nominee Beth Malone and Tony Award winner Jeanine Tesori; dance company Monica Bill Barnes & Co.; Bright Star’s Dee Hoty; and a presentation by Emmy Award nominee Heidi Thomas (creator of “Call the Midwife”).