When Ryan J. Haddad was five, he founded an acting troupe called The Haddad Theater, and he recruited his family to put on plays. Their living room antics drew such an audience that they eventually moved to the stage of the local community center, where hundreds of people paid a dollar to watch them read from notecards, sing to karaoke tracks, and execute excruciatingly long scene changes. Over the course of eight years, Ryan would write (steal), direct (not tell anyone his vision), and star (star) in ten productions alongside his madcap relatives. Now he is making his Joe’s Pub debut, telling tales of The Haddad Theater in a witty, whimsical memoir full of showtunes. Exclusively showtunes. Directed by Julian Fleisher, Falling for Make Believe is a celebration of childhood dreams and a family learning to love the spotlight. Ryan will probably cry during this performance.
Ryan J. Haddad (Writer/Performer) is an actor, playwright, and autobiographical performer based in New York. His acclaimed solo play Hi, Are You Single? was presented in The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival and continues to tour the country. Other New York credits include My Straighties (Ars Nova/ANT Fest) and Noor and Hadi Go to Hogwarts (Theater Breaking Through Barriers). Regional: The Maids and Lucy Thurber’s Orpheus in the Berkshires (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Hi, Are You Single? (Cleveland Play House). Television: Bull, Madam Secretary, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Ryan has performed original work at La MaMa E.T.C., The New Museum, and The LGBT Center of New York City. He is a member of The Public Theater’s 2019 Emerging Writers Group and a former Queer|Art Performance and Playwriting Fellow, under the mentorship of Moe Angelos.
Julian Fleisher (Director)
Before the art of song was divided into narrow stylistic slices, before there was Jazz or Pop or Rock, there was Nightclub Singing. Like Sammy Davis, Jr, Ethel Water and Mel Tormé before him, Julian Fleisher mixes masterful interpretations of a wide range of popular songs with kick-ass showmanship and a generously endowed band that -- as The Washington Post put it -- "blew the roof off of Joe's Pub.
Falling for Make Believe was developed, in part, with assistance from the Orchard Project, Ari Edelson, Artistic Director, in collaboration with Julian Fleisher and Trevor Bachman.