BEN RIMALOWER

Ben Rimalower is the author and star of off Off-Broadway’s long-running, critically acclaimed smash hit solo play Patti Issues (M.A.C. Award, Outstanding New York Debut, and Bistro Award, Best Solo Play, featured presentation at Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Summer Conference), which he is currently performing all around the world, while two-time Tony nominee Robin De Jesus “was” Ben Rimalower In Patti Issues in New York. His “Do You Have Patti Issues?” PSA with Alan Cumming and Patti LuPone was a homepage selection on FunnyOrDie. 4 STARS! “Rimalower is light, funny and unashamed when he entertainingly (and excruciatingly) itemizes his monetary sins. His choice to do that is a brave one, and—in a time when many people are suffering in silence—a vital one.” – Time Out New York

He writes for Playbill and The Huffington Post. Ben directed and produced the Off-Broadway plays Joy (Actors Playhouse, Out Magazine: “Top Ten Theatre”) and The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero (Daryl Roth/DR2 Theatre). He also directed Justin Sayre Is Alive And Well… Writing (Ars Nova), Project Lohan (La MaMa E.T.C.), Snoopy! starring Sutton Foster (Symphony Space), And/or (Hot Festival), Sodom the Musical (Kraine Theatre) and the all-star Night Of A Thousand Judys (Playwrights Horizons) as well as staged readings for Second Stage, The York, Dixon Place and Ensemble Studio Theatre. He conceived and directed Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches (Time Out New York Award) and subsequently produced Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records’ long-awaited recording, Patti LuPone at Les Mouches (Billboard “Heatseekers” Chart), digitally restored from archival tapes of LuPone’s legendary 1980 performances.In venues such as Joe’s Pub, San Francisco’s Plush Room and Los Angeles’ Upright Cabaret, Ben has earned the title the “Midas of Cabaret” (The Advocate) helming a slew of solo shows for artists including Erin Markey, Alec Mapa, Cole Escola, Our Lady J, Natalie Joy Johnson, Lindsey Alley, Molly Pope, Wendy Ho, John Hill, Scott Nevins, Kate Pazakis and Lance Horne in addition to producing and hosting the Laurie Beechman Theatre’s recurring variety show, Saturday Night Underground. Assistant Director credits include Lonny Price’s productions of A Class Act (Manhattan Theatre Club, Broadway and Tokyo) and A Little Night Music (starring Patti LuPone, George Hearn and Zoe Caldwell) as well as the Emmy-winning Sweeney Todd. Ben studied Theatre Arts at U.C. Berkeley where he was the founding Artistic Director of BareStage (now celebrating its 19th anniversary).

In this gripping play-by-play of some his biggest mistakes and their consequences, Rimalower offers a no-holds-barred self-portrait of an addict, and casts light on one of the last societal taboos. “People tend to be familiar now with alcohol and drug abuse—and I’ve got those too,” the writer-performer says. “But spending money I don’t have is really my drug of choice. And considering how many people suffer from the same problem, it’s staggering how seldom that is discussed.”

When Ben’s debut play Patti Issues opened in 2012, it became a must-see show in the downtown theater scene, ultimately running for 14 months and garnering praise from attendees such as Alan Cumming, Tony Kushner, Michael Kors, Justin Vivian Bond, Perez Hilton and Ms. LuPone herself. (“The show’s fantastic,” she said. “It’s really wonderful. I was moved.”) The New York Times praised Patti Issues for its “well-honed script with an engagingly spontaneous delivery and a nose for sharp, observational comedy.” It was hailed as “endearing, drolly written and performed with heaps of charisma” (The New Yorker) and “meticulously scripted  and executed, with poignant punch lines that deliver laughs, emotion and insight” (Time Out New York). Rimalower has performed Patti Issues in Australia, Germany and Great Britain, as well as across the country in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, Provincetown, Fire Island and more.

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