"BAIT n' SWISH" are two highly acclaimed plays by award-winning playwright David Sisco that chronicle the story of Justin and Charlie who navigate their way through a series of hilarious situations that force them to realize what they really mean to each other.
"BAIT n' SWISH" opened OCTOBER 13, 2011 at STAGE LEFT STUDIO (214 West 30 Street – between seventh & Eighth Avenues on the 6th Floor) to rave reviews, standing ovations and very-happy-sold-out audiences.
"BAIT n' SWISH" has been extended through Friday, February 10 at STAGE LEFT Studio Theatre where it will continue to play Thursday and Friday evenings at 7:30pm.
Directed by Laura Josepher, both plays star Tom Gualtieri and Mr. Sisco who miraculously play 49 characters at a dazzling speed with a diamond-like precision enhanced only by four hardworking folding chairs and a profound sound design.
When "BAIT" premiered at the 2006 Columbus National Gay & Lesbian Theatre Festival it garnered an unprecedented six awards including BEST ACTOR (Tom Gualtieri), BEST DIRECTOR, BEST SCRIPT, BEST COMEDY, AUDIENCE FAVORITE and BEST OF FESTIVAL. The show then played at the inaugural 2008 Left Out Festival in New York at Stage Left Studio where its sold-out run was extended three times before being featured at the 2008 Philadelphia Gay & Lesbian Theatre Festival.
"BAIT" takes place on a crisp mid-September evening in a mid-town Manhattan Howard Johnson's where Justin has dragged Charlie to an unfortunate mid-civilized event called Speed Dating. Entitled 'Gay Bait' this final act of desperation is sponsored by something called Quick Fix Dating and Grey Goose.
Mr. Sisco and Mr. Gualtieri play all 32 men in this alarming parade of issue-ridden hopefuls at a pace choreographed for a speedway. It is a Herculean effort that will be rewarded one day by the gods of comedy.
Mr. Sisco wrote "BAIT'S" companion piece "SWISH" to further explore Justin and Charlie's impossibly loving and seemingly impossible friendship that has developed into a relationship in enough trouble to warrant Charlie's decision to work on his new novel at his Aunt Meredith's home in Boise, Idaho.
A colossally imbecilic decision underscored significantly when his next-door neighbor Delores coerces him into helping the locals create a gay club.
In Boise, Idaho.
Delores is the only woman in "BAIT n' SWISH". She is a force of nature.
A force of nature.
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