The world premiere of Mister Miss America, written and performed by Neil D'Astolfo, will run at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater July 6-31. The All For One Theater production officially opens July 11.
It's the 86th Annual Miss Southwestern Virginia Pageant, and Derek Tyler Taylor, played by D'Astolfo, is ready to claw his way to the top. But victory is hard-won, and Derek has to decide how far he'll go to earn the crown.
“It’s truly a dream to be returning to the stage with something so near and dear (and queer),” said D’Astolfo in a statement. “This character is very much the fierce and fearless friend or older cousin I wish I’d had growing up, and I’m so grateful to AFO for the opportunity to share his story and sensibility."
“At a time when being queer in America is once more under attack, Neil's uplifting and defiant performance feels like a potent antidote,” said Nicholas Cotz, All For One Theater's executive producing director. “Derek Tyler Taylor is inspirationally optimistic and kind-hearted, but also determined as hell to be his most fabulous self, no matter what obstacles lay in his path. His silliness and generosity of spirit make him a real role model for all of us.”
Tony Speciale will direct the show, which will feature scenic design by Se Hyun Oh, costume design by Hunter Kaczorowski, lighting design by Kate McGee, sound design by Sun Hee Kil, and choreography by Christopher Campbell. TaTyana Smith serves as production stage manager, and Sheree V Campbell as assistant stage manager.
D'Astolfo developed Mister Miss America through the AFO Solo Collective. The production by All For On Theater is presented by special arrangement with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.
For tickets and more information, visit AFO.nyc.