Writer, director, performer, producer, Patti LuPone savant
Ben Rimalower is the author and star of off-Off-Broadway’s long-running, critically acclaimed, smash-hit solo play Patti Issues (winner of the M.A.C. Award for Outstanding New York Debut and the Bistro Award for Best Solo Play), which he is also currently performing all around the world. He writes for Playbill. He directed and produced the Off-Broadway plays Joy (named one of OUT's top 10 theater productions of the year) at the Actors Playhouse and The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero at the Daryl Roth and DR2 Theatres. He also directed Justin Sayre Is Alive and Well… Writing (Ars Nova), Project Lohan (La MaMa E.T.C.), Snoopy! starring Sutton Foster (Symphony Space), And/or (Hot Festival), Sodom the Musical (Kraine Theatre) and the all-star Night of a Thousand Judys (Playwrights Horizons) and staged readings for Second Stage, The York, Dixon Place and Ensemble Studio Theatre. He conceived and directed Leslie Kritzer Is Patti LuPone (winner of the Time Out New York Award) at Les Mouches and subsequently produced Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records’ long-awaited recording, Patti LuPone at Les Mouches (which made the Billboard “Heatseekers” Chart), digitally restored from archival tapes of LuPone’s legendary 1980 performances. In venues such as Joe’s Pub, San Francisco’s Plush Room and Los Angeles’ Upright Cabaret, Ben has earned the title “Midas of Cabaret” (The Advocate) helming a slew of solo shows for artists including Alec Mapa, Cole Escola, Our Lady J, Natalie Joy Johnson, Lindsey Alley, Molly Pope, Wendy Ho, John Hill, Scott Nevins, Kate Pazakis and Lance Horne, in addition to producing and hosting the Laurie Beechman Theatre's recurring variety show, Saturday Night Underground. Assistant director credits include Lonny Price’s productions of A Class Act (Manhattan Theatre Club, Broadway and Tokyo) and A Little Night Music (starring Patti LuPone, George Hearn and Zoe Caldwell) as well as the Emmy-winning Sweeney Todd. Ben studied Theatre Arts at U.C. Berkeley, where he was the founding artistic director of BareStage (now celebrating its 18th anniversary). Follow him on Twitter @benrimalower, and visit benrimalower.com.