January 15, 2018 — The world premiere of Murray Meyer’s  IT’S SHAMEFUL! A DEADBEAT DAD’S STORY will be included in the 2018 FRIGID Festival in New York City.  

IT’S SHAMEFUL! A DEADBEAT DAD’S STORY is written and performed by Murray Meyer about his own life.  The show is directed by director/playwright Laurel OllsteinMeyer and Ollstein are a married couple.  Bad Boy Bail Bonds of Los Angeles is the sponsor of IT’S SHAMEFUL! A DEADBEAT DAD’S STORY’s New York debut.

There will be six performances of the show between Feb 16 and Feb 22, 2018 at Under St. Mark’s at 94 St. Mark’s Place, New York City. Tickets are $5 at the door or reservations may be made online at www.FRIGIDnewyork.info.  For specific show time on each date, please see below.

 IT’S SHAMEFUL! A DEADBEAT DAD’S STORY is based on a true story.  A criminal defense lawyer feels he’s no better than the murderer he’s defending. Years before he had walked out on his wife and kids in Vancouver.  But now his kids are coming to live with him…in a commune in Los Angeles!  Is this a chance to make things right?

Writer/Storyteller Murray Meyer

“Murray’s story of epic remorse over abandoning his first wife and kids and how life evolves into an awkward opportunity for a sort-of redemption brings lots of opportunity for the audience to flinch, panic and laugh with him at his very human failings,” says director Ollstein

Meyer is the creator of itscriminalthecomedy.com an ongoing legal humor vlog.  Ollstein directed the Los Angeles premiere of Alice Tuan’s HIT, a work originally commissioned by New York’s Public Theater, and recently premiered her own play They Promised her the Moon off-Broadway at St. Clements with the Miranda Theatre Company. 

The show will open on Friday, Feb. 16, 10:30 p.m. [confirm time] and plays Sunday, Feb. 18, 12:10 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 22, 7:10 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 24, 3:50 p.m.; and Wednesday, Feb. 28, 7:10 p.m. at Under St. Marks.

Kristen Larocque of the Montreal Mirror wrote about Meyer’s previous solo show Walking Back To Brooklyn. “Meyer’s transition from character to character and from past to present is seamless, funny and truly entertaining.”

And the Los Angeles Weekly noted after seeing It’s Criminal! The Comedy, “More lawyers should do one-person shows.”

FRIGID Festival tickets for IT’S SHAMEFUL! A DEADBEAT DAD’S STORY will be available beginning in January and can be purchased by visiting www.FRIGIDnewyork.info or at the door. Tickets are $5.

Murray Meyer

MURRAY MEYER (Writer/Performer) is a criminal lawyer, comedian, story-teller and writer.  He has practiced criminal defense law in Los Angeles for the last 30 years. During that time, he estimates his winning percentage at well over .400 which would put him in Cooperstown if law were baseball.

Meyer has also been a stand-up comic, playwright for Me and Errol and written and performed in three comedic one-man shows – It’s Criminal! The Comedy, Walking Back To Brooklyn and his current show It’s Shameful! A Deadbeat Dad’s Story.  His work has been produced at the San Francisco, Toronto and Seattle Fringe Festivals and in Los Angeles, New York and Montreal. 

Meyer has been creating written and video legal comedy shorts on his website itscriminalthecomedy.com for the last decade. “This is my take on the daily menu of mishegas I encounter in my job,” says Meyer.

Laurel Ollstein

LAUREL OLLSTEIN (Director) The biting wit of Dorothy Parker inspired Ollstein’s first writing and directing project — a one-woman show.  Laughter, Hope and a Sock in the Eye toured New York City, Baltimore and Los Angeles, winning awards and Critic’s Choice from the LA Weekly and LA Reader. She has since coached dozens of other performers, famous actors and writers through the Solo Show development process through her classes at UCLA and other venues.

Ollstein directed the world premiere of Alice Tuan’s HIT at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, as well as Sardines and her plays, Cheese and Esther’s Moustache, at the Actor’s Gang Theater.  She also directed Esther’s Moustache at New Jersey Repertory and the Studio/Stage Theatre.  Ollstein directed her own work They Promised Her the Moon at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles and at the University of Oklahoma. Ollstein was also the director for Murray Meyer’s It’s Criminal: The Comedy at the Santa Monica Playhouse.

 “…Laurel Ollstein is a bit of a cliché in this town: actress-writer-director. But she’s the real deal.” — Liesl Bradner, Los Angeles Times


Bad Boy Bail Bonds is a sponsor of IT’S SHAMEFUL! A Deadbeat Dad’s [True] Story by Murray Meyer.

IT’S SHAMEFUL! A DEADBEAT DAD’S STORY has performances scheduled in Under St. Marks on Friday, Feb. 16, 10:30 p.m. [confirm time], Sunday, Feb. 18, 12:10 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 22, 7:10 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 24, 3:50 p.m.; and Wednesday, Feb. 28, 7:10 p.m, 2018.

Tickets are $5 and may be reserved online at www.FRIGIDnewyork.info or purchased before the performance at the box office.  Under St. Marks is located at 94 St. Marks Place, Between 1st Avenue & A Avenue in New York City.

The audience will have the option to buy beer, wine and saki inside the theatre for 15 minutes before the show start time. Drinks will not be available during the performances.  For more information see www.FRIGIDnewyork.info.


FRIGID New York was founded by Horse Trade and EXIT Theatre in 2007.  For more information, see www.FRIGIDnewyork.info .






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