SEARCHING FOR MR. MOON

by Richard Topol and Willy Holtzman
Nov 3 – 21

Featuring Broadway Star Richard Topol

At the moment of his daughter’s birth, Rich Topol searches for a father to replace the one he lost and finds two – his famous father-in-law Lukas Foss and himself.  Foss’ eclectic music underscores Rich’s funny and poignant journey to fatherhood. Searching for Mr. Moon is a play for anyone who has contemplated the mysteries of parenthood and mortality and curious about the lives of contemporary classical music icons and Broadway stars.

IN-THEATER AT PORTLAND STAGE
November 3 – November 21, 2021

DIGITAL-ON-DEMAND
November 17 – December 5, 2021

Playwright

Richard Topol and Willy Holtzman

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Richard Topol, Playwright

Richard Topol, is making his playwriting debut with Searching For Mr. Moon, and he thanks his co-writer Willy for the idea in the first place, and his patience and sense of humor along the way. As an actor he has previously appeared at Portland Stage in Loot and Scapin. He has performed on Broadway numerous times including  as Lemml in the Tony Award winning production of Indecent, for which he was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award; with Larry David in Fish in the Dark; with Al Pacino in The Merchant of Venice; with Denzel Washington in Julius Caesar; with Mark Ruffalo in the Tony Award winning revival of Awake and Sing; with Joe Mantello in the Tony Award winning revival of The Normal Heart, and with Morgan Freeman and Frances McDormand in The Country Girl, directed by Mike Nichols. His off-Broadway appearances include productions at the Atlantic, Classic Stage Company, Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center, The Public, The Vineyard and Primary Stages.  His film and TV credits include Lincoln, Indignation, Mickey Blue Eyes, Party Girl, Curb your Enthusiasm, The Blacklist, all the Law & Order series and recurring roles on Billions, Godfather of Harlem, Manifest, Genius: Einstein, The Practice, Perception, and many others. Richard has received two Drama Desk Awards, a Cullman award from Lincoln Center, and an Audelco Award. He holds an MFA in Acting from NYU and a BA in Political Science from Brown University. 

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Willy Holtzman, Playwright

Willy Holtzman’s The Morini Strad, Inside Out, and The Real McGonagall received full productions at Portland Stage Company. Sabina and The First Mrs. Rochester were developed at The Little Festival of the Unexpected. New York productions include The Morini Strad, Sabina, Something You Did, Bovver Boys (Primary Stages), Inside Out (Theater for a New Audience), San Antonio Sunset, The Last Temptation of Joe Hill, The Closer (The Working Theatre).  His plays have been produced regionally at City Theatre, The Long Wharf Theater, Geva Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, People’s Light, and Theater, Theatre J, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, The Colony Theater, Asolo Repertory Theatre, The Goodspeed Opera House, The Alliance Theatre, Northlight Theatre, and New York Stage and Film.  He wrote and produced the Independent Film Edge of America for which he received the Peabody Award, the WGA Award, and The Humanitas Prize. He is a board member at New Dramatists and PlayPenn.