In 3 Men by Mike Folie, the author/narrator explores his relationship with three men who have greatly influenced the course of his life.
The Producer, the Lawyer and the Magazine Editor all interact with the narrator to present a complicated, bitter sweet tale of art, life, death and resurrection.
The production produced by Hudson Theatre Works, New Jersey’s newest Equity theater company, is the second production of their 2014 season which began with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. It is the second time that the company has used the historic Water Tower for theatrical purposes.
3 Men grew out of HTW’s annual fall festival of new play readings, PlayWorks. This is the first play to be given a full production as a result of the PlayWorks process and the first new play produced by Hudson Theatre Works. The PlayWorks readings series will also be taking place at the Water Tower around the production of 3 Men, on Mondays @7:30PM, October 6, 13 and 20 with new plays by Eric Conger and Gino Diiorio as part of the fall festival.
Mike Folie (Playwright/Actor) Mike Folie’s plays have been produced Off- and Off-Off-Broadway, regionally around the U.S. and internationally, winning several awards. Dramatists Guild Magazine named him one ofFifty Playwrights to Watch. His play The Adjustment was produced Off-Broadway by Ted Snowdon, starring Tony nominee Liz Larsen. The Adjustment’s original six-week L.A. run extended to six months, with The L.A. Times calling it “The kind of play the American Theatre desperately needs.” The Adjustment also toured Great Britain starring Stefanie Powers. Naked by the River has been produced in London and at several theaters in the U.S.; staged readings in L.A. have featured actors Tim Allen and Dana Delany, Scott Bakula and Nancy Travis. A German language version Nackt am FlussC continues to be produced in that country.Panama was produced at the Dublin Fringe, NJ Rep, The Edison Theatre (Long Beach), Oregon Stageworks (Ashland) and elsewhere. Love In the Insecurity Zone, published by Original Works Publishing, Los Angeles, has been produced in New York, London, Los Angeles and other cities in the U.S. An actor for ten years prior to becoming a playwright, Mike is also a freelance speechwriter for senior executives at Fortune 500 and other companies. www.mikefolie.com.
Frank Licato (Director) is Artistic Director of Hudson Theatre Works. He has worked with such theatre luminaries as Joseph Chaiken and Peter Brook and he was named best actor in Boston for his performance as Lt. Vukov in the American premiere of Barry Collin's Judgment.
As a director he received an Applause Award from the NJ Theatre Alliance and best director Perry for The Grapes of Wrath at the Chatham Playhouse. His production of LaBute's The Shape of Things was selected as a regional finalist in the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival and his production of On the Waterfront was made into an award winning documentary Waiting for Budd. His production of Fever was a top 10 show at the 2001 New York International Fringe Festival and his Off-Broadway work includes a Lamppost Reunion with Vincent Pastore at the Arclight Theater and Michael Puzzo's Spirits of Exit Eleven on Theatre Row. Also, the hit revival of Rod Serling’s Requiem For A Heavyweight and the award winning revival of Sam Shepard's Seduced at the Kraine Theater for which he received a best director award, Off-Broadway Review. Some other work includes: Off-Off Broadway: Steven Sater’s Asylum, Jean Genet’s The Balcony, Horizon Theatre Rep, Tannhauser at Ohio Theatre, Odet’s Golden Boy and Rocket to the Moon at Soho Rep, Gino Diorio’s White Noise, Oren Safdie’s La Compagnie at LaMama, Kroetz’s The Nest and Shepard’s Action at the Raw Space. Regional: The Best Man at the Summit Playhouse, Deb Margolin’sImagining Madoff, NJ Premiere, at the Garage Theatre Group, Talk Radio and A View From the Bridge at the Italian American Rep, Noises Off at Montclair State, The Late Christopher Bean at Summit Playhouse (11 Perry Nominations), Enigma Variations, Pinter’s Ashes to Ashes and Brian Friel”s Afterplay at the Garage Theatre, Neil Labute’s I Love This Game (World Premiere) and Fat Pig and My Italy Story at12 Miles West Theatre. Gluttony & Sloth at NJ Rep, Richard Vetere’s Gangster Apparel, Rockaway Boulevard and The Engagement in Los Angeles. He directed American Buffalo at in Athens, Greece and he directed Of Mice and Men and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for Hudson Theatre Works. He will be directing Good People at Summit in this fall. www.franklicato.com.
Scenic and Lighting design is by John Shimrock. Sound and music design is by Donald Stark, costumes by Ann Lowe, produced by Karen Brady and Gregory Erbach.
Hudson Theatre Works is a not for profit, equity theatre committed to ensemble collaboration as well as artistic risk through its work with its permanent company, guest artists, partner institutions and the surrounding community. It is dedicated to a rugged aesthetic and will seek to tell stories, both new and old, classic and contemporary, which reflect our lives, relationships and world today.
Hudson Theatre Works primary focus is in bringing a living theatre community to the area of Hudson and North Jersey through performance, outreach and theatre arts instruction.