An actor (in this case the author himself) faces an audience and, with unfailing wit and humor, tells all about what it is like to pursue an acting career in the challenging and often discouraging environs of New York and Hollywood. From the first school play to auditioning for Joseph Papp at New York's famed Public Theater; from doing bit parts on television soap operas and commercials to getting his first minor role in a Hollywood film; and on to becoming an understudy for a star in a Broadway play. The author pulls no punches—or laughs—in providing an insider's view of the whole zany, illogical, but so often stimulating process. Interspersed with his own colorfully recounted memories are brief scenes in which the other actors (each taking a variety of roles) join him in recreating actual events and experiences. And along the way, a number of famous theatrical personages come under his scrutiny, with sometimes unflattering but invariably hilarious results. But, throughout, in both the vignettes and the solo pieces, the author is able to find the funny side of everything—even rejection—and with an unquenchable spirit and resilience which will be readily understood and delighted in by all who love, participate in, or even just follow the fortunes of, the wonderful world of the theatre.
A truly unique and intriguing theatre piece, in which a New York actor recounts the story of his life and career—giving names, dates and places, but always with wit, grace and self-effacing humor. First produced Off-Broadway by the renowned Playwrights Horizons. "He tells it all cheerfully, candidly, funnily…everyone would find something here to smile, chuckle, and, once or twice, howl about." —NY Magazine. "…one can applaud the good cheer and courage of a representative New York actor, somehow bouncing back day after day to put himself on the line…SAVED FROM OBSCURITY is an unsung player's audition for fame." —NY Times. "…screamingly funny." —NY Post.