Lenny Bruce is Back~~~Upstart Productions
Lenny Bruce is Back
By Sam Bobrick and Julie Stein
Closing this week on Fri, Aug 11
Next performances are on Fri, Aug 11 at 11pm and 8pm
Upstart Productions
Marshall Family Performing Arts Center
Green Hill School
4141 Spring Valley Road

Addison, TX 75001

In keeping with Upstart Productions' dedication to bringing socially relevant work to new and expanding audiences, producers Bren Rapp and Joey Folsom take the show on the road bringing a one man scripted theatrical piece into nontraditional venues in Dallas, Chicago and Los Angeles with Lenny Bruce is Back. The production’s final destination will be as part of The Untied Solo Festival in New York, the world’s largest festival of its kind, this October. Taking advantage of the show’s crossover appeal, the two are using a solo show about the father of counterculture comedy as a vehicle to go out and find new audiences for live theatre, where they are, in venues such as comedy clubs and burlesque houses and to bridge what many theater companies face in a generation gap between older patrons and younger reluctant theatergoers by taking advantage of both Bruce’s renegade and nostalgic appeal. Rapp and Folsom’s novel approach to site-specific theatre will allow the production to play nationally at well known comedy venues such as The Second City in Chicago and iO West in Los Angeles and Dallas audiences will get to see the production first, August 4-11 at both the Dallas Comedy House and Viva’s Lounge, a comedy club and a burlesque house, giving audiences two different options for an authentically immersive experience into the world of Lenny Bruce. Stand-up comics and a burlesque pre-show will open for the production at the respective venues.


Show Dates and Times-Dallas Premiere:

Dallas Comedy House

A combination of primetime and late night performances with local stand up comics opening each 

8:00p.m. Friday, August 4

8:00p.m. Saturday, August 5

10:00p.m. Saturday, August 5

*stand up comic opening for the show at each performance

*tickets $10 general admission


Upstart Productions takes over VIVA’S LOUNGE in the Design District

A two show stop that includes tabled lounge seating, themed drinks, a full bar, burlesque entertainment and in keeping with Upstart Productions’ mission of making live theatre accessible, all for their Pay What You Want admission policy 

8:00p.m. Friday, August 11

11:00p.m. Friday, August 11

*burlesque pre-show before each performance designed by and featuring Vivienne Vermuth

* pay what you want admission at the door or table/VIP reservations in advance via donation to Upstart @


Show Dates and Times-Chicago, Los Angeles and New York


The Second City-The Beat Lounge

10:30p.m. Thursday, August 24

7:30p.m. Friday, August 25

7:30p.m. Saturday, August 26

*local stand up comic opening for the show at each performance

*tickets $13 general admission @


Los Angeles:

The iO West Theater-The Main Stage

9:00p.m. Friday, October 6

*tickets $10 general admission @


New York:

The United Solo Festival-Studio Theatre of Theatre Row, West 42nd St. 

4:00p.m. Sunday, October 29

*tickets $37.25-$70.00 @

*more New York Dates are being added at nontraditional venues October 23-29

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