My Big Gay Italian Midlife Crisis by Anthony J. Wilkinson at Due Fratelli Restaurant in Hawthorne

My Big Gay Italian Midlife Crisis by Anthony J. Wilkinson at Due Fratelli Restaurant in Hawthorne


05/19/2023 - 05/21/2023    
7:00 pm - 9:45 pm


Due Fratelli Restaurant
235 Diamond Bridge Ave, Hawthorne, NJ, 07506

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My Big Gay Italian Midlife Crisis by Anthony J. Wilkinson at Due Fratelli Restaurant in Hawthorne

May 19-21, 2023 – Showtimes 3:00PM & 7:00PM

Since its inception, the Hawthorne Pride Alliance has sponsored an annual theatrical production that helps fund its scholarship program. After a very successful run of  The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman last year, the HPA has decided to do a much more light-hearted dinner theater experience. This year’s production, My Big Gay Italian Mid-Life Crisis by Anthony J. Wilkinson, will be presented to the community on May 19th, May 20th, and May 21st at Due Fratelli Restaurant on Diamond Bridge Ave.

Anthony J. Wilkinson, who is the writer and creator of the My Big Gay Italian franchise, has been working closely with the cast as its consultant. Wilkinson was one of the Champions of Equality recognized by the HPA last year.  

Mike Stracco, the President of the Alliance, as well as the director of the production, says, “We are very excited to bring back the Pinnunizato family for the final time. Mid-Life Crisis picks up from My Big Gay Italian Wedding (our very first show) and My Big Gay Italian Christmas (our second show) left off. Anthony and Andrew are now divorced, and Anthony now owns his weight loss company called “Body,  Body.” This show is full of laughs led by a very talented cast. Krissy Sciarra returns in her role as Aunt Toniann; Hope Foley returns as Lucia Fuccio; and Willie Wilson returns as Larry Fanazzi.  We welcome new members to our theater group: Roseann Puzo, who will play Connie; Joe Cremona will play Andrew Polinski; Ray Allen Fritz will play Nathan Hollingsworth; Ashley Teel will play the waitress, and Wendi Marak will play Lucious Lucille.” Stracco will lead the production as Anthony.  Erica Prinzo, the Vice President of the Alliance, is the choreographer for the show, which promises a few fun dance numbers. 

Ashley Teel, the prop manager for the production as well as playing the role of “The Waitress,” says,” This show is hilarious! We keep playing “try not to laugh” during rehearsals, and we still end the night laughing so hard! Also, food comes with the ticket! Who wouldn’t love a good Italian meal to go with their show?” 

Whereas Wendi Marak, who is the stage manager for the production as well as playing the part of “Luscious Lucille,” says, “ This wonderful group of actors has created a real family with the best kind of family squabbles and unconditional support. Michael, our wonderful director, has put so much faith in me, and I am honored to be trusted with his vision. Further, People need to see this show. It’s got everything that entertainment is made of. You will laugh and cry and sing and dance. There is love and fighting and food. What more could you ask for? Oh yeah, cupcakes that make you lose weight.”

Moreover, Hope Foley, who will reprise her role as Lucia, says, “Midlife Crisis has reminded me about the power of laughter. The laughs come as quickly as the wit in this production. Rehearsals are belly laughs and therapy. We can not wait to share in the laughs, get physical and enjoy a huge manicotti with you !” 

Finally, Krissy Sciarra, who will reprise her role as “Aunt Toniann,” reflects and says, “This is my 4th time playing my character,  Aunt Toniann.  I have to say that it’s the most fun I’ve ever had playing a role!  The writing of this series of shows is amazing and funny.  All of the characters are over the top, and the little nuances that are added by Mike  (the director) kick it up a few notches. I would say to everyone to come to enjoy a night of sheer laughter and amazing food. You won’t be sorry!!!”

Tickets are $65 each and include a buffet dinner as well as the show. This show is a “bring your own” event. Tickets can be purchased by visiting Online tickets may be purchased on the day of the performance. There will be no ticket purchase at the door. 

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