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World Premiere! Post Theatre Company and Monk Parrots Co-present Staged Reading of the New Musical “Bum Philips,” as part of Virgil J. Lee New Play Festival


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost for Communications, Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post

BUM PhilipsThe Post Theatre Company, the not-for-profit resident theatre company of the Department of Theatre, Film and Dance at LIU Post, in partnership with production company Monk Parrots, is proud to present “Bum Philips” as part of the 2013 Virgil J. Lee New Play Festival. Directed by Luke Leonard, readings of the new musical will be staged on the Little Theatre Mainstage, as part of Post Theatre Company’s 2012-13 season.

Festival schedule is as follows:
Little Theatre Mainstage on February 8 & 9 at 8 p.m. and February 10 at 3 p.m.

Post Theatre Company and the producing company Monk Parrots will present the first concert reading of “Bum Phillips,” a new, unconventional opera written by nationally renowned playwright Kirk Lynn and Grammy winner and acclaimed composer Peter Stopschinski. In 1975, O.A. “Bum” Phillips became head coach of the Houston Oilers, one of the worst teams in the NFL at that time. Phillips quickly converted the Oilers into a winning franchise resulting in a “Shangri-La” era in the city of Houston and a citywide phenomenon of devoted fans dubbed “Luv Ya Blue.”. This humble hero’s triumphs came with sacrifices, as his obsessions affected his relationship with his family. A devastating termination from the Oilers in 1980 propelled him toward a spiritual quest that he later said he had avoided his entire life. Sunday mornings, previously a time for football and the military (Phillips had enlisted after the events of Pearl Harbor on Sunday, December 7, 1941) became a time for church. As such, “Bum Phillips” uses the question, “What to do on a Sunday?” as a unifying principle in which to examine themes relevant to contemporary audiences, such as ethics, family, faith, and happiness.

DIRECTOR: Luke Leonard’s stage productions have been described as “bold and experimental...a clear vision...pure theatrical experience” by and "visually arresting" by austin360. Since 1996 he has created seventeen original works in New York, which include three with his company, Monk Parrots. In 2011, compared Monk Parrots to “young artist revolutionaries.” His playwriting and performances have been produced at Theater for the New City, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, d.u.m.b.o. arts center (dac), DUMBO Theater eXchange (DTX), Little Theatre, Brooklyn Information & Culture/BRIC Studio, The Blanton Museum of Art, The Vaults at 14 Wall Street, Dixon Place, and received public readings at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club. He founded DUMBO Theater eXchange (DTX), a performance venue in Brooklyn devoted to the presentation of new works and emerging artists, created and curated a monthly theatre series for Brooklyn Information & Culture/BRIC Studio, and served three years as theatre coordinator for the annual DUMBO Arts Festival. He studied with legendary director, Joseph Chaikin, trained with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company, directed plays for experimental writers Mac Wellman and Jeffrey M. Jones, and worked for internationally acclaimed avant-garde director Robert Wilson on his production, Sonnets, at The Berliner Ensemble in Germany. Directing credits include: Pulitzer Prizewinning composer David Lang and multi award winning playwright Mac Wellman’s contemporary opera, The Difficulty of Crossing a Field (nominated for eight 2010 Austin Critics’ Table Awards including “Best Opera” and ranked No. 4 on Austin Chronicle’s "Top Ten Theatrical Wonders of 2010"), and the first Italian translation of Israel Horovitz’s The Indian Wants the Bronx presented in several cities across Italy and praised for “a careful work on the body of the actors…every element exuded energy” by Fucine Mute Web Magazine. He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild, Compagnia Horovitz Paciotto (Italy), Associate Member of the Dramatists Guild of America, and Producing Artistic Director of Monk Parrots. He is a recipient of a 2011 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space Artist Residency and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Brooklyn College.

Tickets for performances of “Bum Philips” are $10 for the general public, and $5 for students and seniors, general admission seating. For more information on the performances, or to purchase tickets, call the Post Theatre Company Box Office at (516) 299-2356 or email All ticket revenue benefits a scholarship fund for theatre students. The LIU Post campus is located on Northern Boulevard (Route 25A) between Glen Cove Road and Route 107 in Brookville. There is free parking. For information visit

Posted 12/17/2012

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