WRITTEN BY SAM BOBRICK AND JULIE STEIN

FEATURING JOEY FOLSOM

 Produced by Bren Rapp and Joey Folsom-Directed by Nathan Autrey

DALLAS

DALLAS

Lenny Bruce is Back will make its Dallas premiere at two venues giving audiences an immersive experience into the world of Lenny Bruce. Dallas Comedy House gets it first with 3 shows and stand up comics as opening acts and then it is on to Viva’s Lounge, the city’s hottest burlesque destination, with a burlesque pre-show opening for a two show/one night only stop.

Tickets:

August 4-5

Dallas Comedy House

August 11

Viva’s Lounge

 

CHICAGO

CHICAGO

American comedy’s roots are deeply entrenched in Chicago and thus a show about one of its most infamous icons makes it way to a historic venue to give comedy audiences a chance to experience scripted theatre. Local stand up comics will open for a combination of 3 primetime and late night shows at The Second City-The Beat Lounge.

Tickets:

August 24-26

The Second City-The Beat Lounge

LOS ANGELES

LOS ANGELES

In 1959 it was a club in Los Angeles that first felt the strong arm of the law where Lenny Bruce was concerned with threats that the venue would be shut down if they did not cancel his appearance there. This primarily comedic treatment of Bruce’s travails, staged as a stand up routine, hits another American comedy staple, The iO West Theater - The Main Stage for a one night only performance.

Tickets:

October 6

The iO West Theatre-The Main Stage

NEW YORK

NEW YORK

The United Solo Festival is the world’s largest solo performance festival now in its 8th season and as it takes over Theatre Row in the heart of  the theatre district, Lenny Bruce is Back will be there as its final stop for this production run. Look for more New York dates to be added prior to this special performance produced in conjunction with New York’s Chameleon Fools Theatre Troupe.

Tickets:

October 29

United Solo Festival

ABOUT THE SHOW

Written in the style of Lenny Bruce, Sam Bobrick and Julie Stein’s Lenny Bruce is Back profiles stand up comedy's most controversial figure who challenged the perceptions of the art form's purpose and paved the way for comedians and individuals alike regarding the freedom of speech. Based on the premise of Bruce coming back from the dead to deliver his final stand up set, this biographical and culturally insightful comedic piece is colored with poignancy from the imaginative twist of Lenny Bruce turning his satirical eye not only on society but his own life. America's political climate has again brought the issues surrounding free speech, comedy as civil disobedience and satire as a vehicle for social change into our conversations making the story of Lenny Bruce remarkably relevant and of timely historical precedent. 

MORE INFORMATION

About Lenny Bruce

For information about the life and work of Lenny Bruce visit www.lennybruce.org

Read Dick Schapp’s legendary 1966 Playboy editorial on Bruce’s death

The End of Lenny Bruce

About Joey Folsom
About Nathan Autrey
Reviews

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