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Urban Stages to Remount Acclaimed Production of HONKY by Greg Kalleres This October





Previews begin October 22 
Opens on October 27, 2013
at Urban Stages

After a wildly successful extended run last spring, Urban Stages (Frances  Hill, Founding Artistic Director; Peter Napolitano, Producing Associate) will remount their production of Greg Kalleres' biting comedy HONKY - a NY Times Critics' Pick!  Directed by Luke Harlan, HONKY will begin its performances on October 22 and open on Sunday, October 27 through November 17, 2013 at Urban Stages (259 West 30 Street). Tickets will be $40 ($25 during previews) and will be available at www.Smarttix.comor by calling 212.868.4444

A black teenager is shot for his "Sky Max" shoes. Sales triple among white teens. Are ghetto-glorifying commercials to blame or the CEO that only sees dollar signs? Either way, a new cure for racism promises to solve everything and advertises, "If you don't think you need it, you're probably a racist!" HONKY is a darkly comedic look at five people, white and black, as they navigate the murky waters of advertising, race, romance and basketball shoes.

HONKY opened on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at Urban Stages and extended its run through April 14, 2013.  The press called the play "A piece that will make you laugh and think" The Examiner  "A thought-provoking satire that asks many questions and delivers as many answers. " Harlem World Magazine;  "

Honky is a fizzy new comedy of rare perception: witty, sharp and troubling. Kalleres' sense of nonsense is sublime.   Kalleres doesn't shy away from uncomfortable observations about race" OffOffOnline; "It certainly is a play that warrants discussion. And really, any discussion that can delve into an issue so deeply sown into the fabric of America is well worth exploring."The Examiner; "Smart and endearing. The play is far from being a cure for racism but it makes the case that the ability to laugh together is going to have to be part of the remedy." Broadway & Me; "Luke Harlan's direction is award-winning. Catch this one now before it makes its way to Broadway and you're priced out of a ticket"Culture Capital

Cast includes: Scott Barrow (Embraceable Me , Broadway's 33 Variations), Philip Callen (Regional: Bill W and Dr Bob, 1776, Bush Is Bad), Dave Droxler (The Man Who Laughs Film: Limitless, Writer's Block),Danielle Faitelson (TV "Pzazz 101," National Tour : If You Give A Pig A Pancake, , I Forgive You, Ronald Reagan), Anthony Gaskins (Film Inside, A.R.T's Paradise Lost), Chris Myers (Classical Theatre of Harlem's Macbeth, Atlantic Stage's As Himself / 10x25), Reynaldo Piniella (TV: "Law & Order: SVU," "NYC 22". Film: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Broken City), Arie Bianca Thompson (Public's Henry V, Orpheus. Film: Wake Up Gone). Creative team includes:  Roman Tatarowicz (Sets), Miriam Nilofa Crowe (Lights), Brandon Wolcott (Sound), Caite Hevner (Projection Design), Sarah Thea Swafford (Costumes).


Writtenby Greg Kalleres; Directed by Luke Harlan

Begins performances October 22; Opening October 27 through November 17, 2013

Performance Schedule:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 7:30PM; Friday at 8PM;
Saturday at 3PM & 8PM; Sunday at 5PM

Running time: 90 Minutes NO intermission

Tickets are $40 ($25 during previews)
Opening Night ($50 for show & party)

Tickets available at or call 212.868.4444

Student Rush with valid ID ($15)15 minutes before curtain (based on availability)

SPECIAL EVENT: Wednesday, October 23 at 7:30 PM

The  evening will be sponsored by the SLAM/KICK Magazine.  
Post-Show discussion with  Editor of SLAM/KICK, Lee Gabay, Playwright Greg Kalleres
and other special guests.  Food and drink will be served.  Tickets are $30

SPECIAL EVENT:  Tuesday, October 29, 2013

 Urban Stages Patrons' Night with show and dinner. Tickets are $125

For tickets and information, please call 212 421 1380
For more information about Urban Stages please visit


"Hilarious, irreverent, it keeps you laughing from
 start to finish." NY Times, NY Times Critic's Pick

Who's Who:

GREG KALLERES (Playwright) received his BFA from Tisch's Dramatic Writing Program at NYU. His plays have been produced in numerous cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Chicago and Beirut, Lebanon. Greg received the Certificate of Excellence from the Kennedy Center, is a two-time finalist for the Lila Acheson American Playwrights Program at Juilliard and a two-time finalist for Aurora Theatre Company's Global Age Project. His one-act plays have won top honors at the Samuel French Festival, Turnip Festival and Fusion Theatre one act play festival. Greg's work has been published in the New York Times, TDF Stages Magazine, and United Stages' "Best of EATFest" Volumes 3 and 4. His latest play, WRECKED, commissioned by the Three Jennys Theater Company, recently secured $50,000 from the Speranza Foundation Lincoln City Fellowship. In addition to playwriting, Greg has written, produced and won numerous awards for his commercials for ESPN, Nike, Brand Jordan, Budweiser, Google and Twitter. Greg was the lead writer on the award winning "This is SportsCenter" campaign and created ESPN's Monday Night Football campaign: "Is it Monday Yet?" Greg's screenplay, LAST DAY MAN, was optioned by Evamere Entertainment.

LUKE HARLAN (Director) is a New York-based director, originally from Arkansas. His primary focus is working with writers to develop bold & theatrical new plays. Recent work in New York includes world premieres of Greg Kalleres's Honky (Urban Stages, NYTimes Critic's Pick), Kristen Palmer's Westward Mutations (Hunter College), Joe Roland's IBEW Plays (Working Theatre), Eric John Meyer's Dogs of Oklahoma (Brick Theatre), Nick Jones's Memoirist (Flea Theatre), and Jason Gray Platt's Frontier (Columbia University). He is the Founding Artistic Director of Engine Company No. 11, recently directing and co-writing 1ROVE at the Obie Award winning Bushwick Starr. Regional and International directing credits include Joe Tracz's Shift (Old Vic Theatre, UK), Jonathan Goldberg's Sousepaw: A Baseball Story (National tour), Chris Mandia's Fighting a Fish (Kennedy Center, DC), and Insatiable Hunger, a new rock musical at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater with book by Meryl Cohn and music and lyrics by Billy Hough and Susan Goldberg. Luke also acted in and co-wrote the Assembly's home/sick, a New York Times and Backstage Critic's Pick. Luke is Recipient of the SDC National Directing Award, Co-Founder of the Working Theatre Directors Salon, Directing Fellow at the O'Neill Playwright's Conference and the Kennedy Center Playwright's Festival, and Member of the TS Eliot US/UK Exchange. Yale School of Drama MFA Candidate.

URBAN STAGES (Producer) is an award-winning, not-for-profit Off-Broadway Theatre founded in 1984 by current Artistic Director Frances Hill. It celebrates its 30th Anniversary Season in 2013-14!  Urban Stages has produced over 80 productions (mostly world premieres) including the world premiere of the award-winning musical Langston in Harlem by Kent Gash, Walter Marks with Langston Hughes' poetry. This production received a Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress, a John Callaway Award for Best Choreography and four Audelco Awards including Best Musical. Urban Stages' 2010 New York Premiere of ReEntry by KJ Sanchez and Emily Ackerman is currently touring military bases and regional theatres across the country. The world premiere of the Joe Iconis' musical ReWrite, Urban Stages' 2011 Musical Legends and musical series Winter Rhythms 2011 and 2012 have garnered several nominations and awards from the prestigious Bistro and MAC Awards. Urban Stages also presented the American Premiere of Oxford Roof Climbers' Rebellion by Stephen Massicotte which transferred to Albany's Capital Repertory Theatre.  Eisa Davis' Bulrusher (produced in 2007), was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist and garnered two Drama Desk nominations, an Outer Critic's Circle Award, an Obie nomination, and eight Audelco nominations. Our productions of Men On The Verge Of A Hispanic Breakdown, by Guillermo Reyes, and Minor Demons, by Bruce Graham subsequently moved to commercial theatres. Chili Queen, a play by newscaster Jim Lehrer, transferred to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. (1989). The majority of works developed at Urban Stages have had further productions commercially, regionally, and abroad. Numerous projects developed at Urban Stages have been adapted into film and television projects, including Scar, by Murray Mednick, Conversations with the Goddesses by Agapi Stassinopoulos, and Cotton Mary by Alexandra Viets.   Urban Stages has a consistent history of discovering new writers and introducing their plays into the theatrical repertory.

Andrew C. McGibbon



Andrew C. McGibbon has spent the past thirty years working in live theatre as a stage manager, general manager, producer and leader in the convergence of Broadway and online.

Mr. McGibbon worked as a stage manager and general manager for ten years. In 1994 he created a website devoted to live theatre, The site was subsequently bought by, and became He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for With the 2008-09 season he finished his ninth year on the show. He has also worked as a webmaster for the Broadway LeagueJazz at Lincoln Center, and as the Director of Digital Media for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Since 2015, Andrew has been working as an architectural photographer and virtual tour photographer known for his photography of theatres such as the Kimmel Center, Tanglewood, Signature Theatre Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, Arena Stage and the Goodspeed Opera House. His photography work can be previewed at

Mr. McGibbon is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Independent Theatre Bloggers AssociationActors' Equity Association and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, as well as the American Society of Media Photographers

In addition to his work in the theatrical industry, Mr. McGibbon is also a partner in Simple Solutions Distributing, a manufacturer of filtration equipment for the waste-water industry.

Photo: Elizabeth Leitzell