Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Press Release, The Elephant in My Closet

Contact: David Lee Nelson  
(310) 403­7703  
New York, NY 4/17/2012 (for immediate release)- 

Greenville natives David Lee Nelson (writer/performer) and Adam Knight (director) will bring their new solo show The Elephant in My Closet to Centre Stage, South Carolina for a one-night only event April 24th.   The New York City based duo is previewing the show in Greenville before opening Memorial Day weekend at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC.  The performance is Tuesday, April 24th, 8pm at Centre Stage (501 River Street).  Dramaturg on the piece is Kristin Vieira. 

Nelson has performed his work in New York and further afield.  He’s been called “EXTRAORDINARY” (London Times), “UNLIKE ANY COMIC I’VE SEEN.” (Charleston Post and Courier), “TREMENDOUSLY ENDEARING, PAINFULLY FUNNY, NOT TO BE MISSED” (Charleston City Paper), and “LIKE A YOUNG ANDY KAUFMAN” (Dallas Magazine).  

In this new monologue that’s perfect for election season,  Nelson focuses his trademark wit on the history of the Grand Old Party as he recounts his own journey from a twenty-two year old die-hard conservative Shakespearean actor to a thirty-three year old liberal. All while trying to summon the courage to “come out of the closet” to his diehard Republican father – as a Democrat!    

“My dad and I have always been very close,” said Nelson from his apartment in Brooklyn, NY, “but it’s a delicate thing to tell someone you’re a Democrat when they think ESPN is too liberal.” 

The show’s co-creator Adam Knight runs Slant Theatre Project in New York City.  He has worked at the Folger Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Signature Theatre, and the Lee Strasberg Institute, and directed “The 13th of Paris” at the Warehouse Theatre in 2010. 

This show is the third solo piece from Knight and Nelson.  Their last piece, David Lee Nelson...Status Update, also premiered at Piccolo Spoleto, and toured to 59E59 in New York City, The Watertower Theatre in Dallas, TX, the Warehouse Theatre, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.  The show was named Top Touring Show of 2010/2011 by the Dallas-Fort Worth Theatre Critics – cited alongside Young Frankenstein and Billy Elliot 

How do the two long-time friends describe their process?  According to Nelson, “I write about my life, try to make it funny and interesting.  Then I bring it to Adam, and he makes it a play.” 

Tickets are available at or by calling (864) 233-6733.  Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.  

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