Royal Family Productions will bring Anthony Rapp’s acclaimed one-man show, Without You, back to New York City. This piece is written by and stars Anthony Rapp (“Star Trek Discovery,” Rent, RFP: Nobody Suspects a Butterfly), with direction by Steven Maler and musical direction by Daniel Weiss. Without You will run four performances only April 19-21 at Royal Family Performing Arts Space (145 West 46th Street, 3rd Floor). Tickets are $50-$250 and can be purchased by clicking www.RoyalFamilyProductions.org
In 1994, Anthony Rapp was working at a New York Starbucks and about to audition for a new musical by a young aspiring writer named Jonathan Larson. This is where Without You begins. Rapp shares his audition for Rent, getting cast, rehearsals, and his view from the stage during the tribute performance on the night after Jonathan’s tragic death. Without You also details Anthony’s achingly beautiful relationship with his mother during this turbulent time. Featuring Anthony’s own lyrics and melodies, stories adapted from his memoir, and the landmark songs of Rent, Without You is a valentine to the groundbreaking musical and celebrates all of our seasons of love.
Anthony Rapp has been acting and singing professionally since he was nine years old. He is best known for originating the role of Mark Cohen in Jonathan Larson’s Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, Rent, for which he shared an OBIE Award with the rest of the cast. He reprised his role in Chris Columbus’s film version opposite other members of the original cast and visited the role once more with original cast member Adam Pascal in a national tour of the show. His Broadway credits include If/Then from Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal, the revival of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation. His Broadway debut was in Precious Sons with Judith Ivey and Ed Harris, for which he received an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Drama Desk nomination. Film credits include Adventures in Babysitting, School Ties, Dazed and Confused, Six Degrees of Separation, Rent, Man of the Century, Road Trip, Winter Passing, A Beautiful Mind. TV: The X-Files, Law & Order: SVU, and Psych. He currently plays the role of Lieutenant Commander Paul Stamets on the television series Star Trek: Discovery. In 2000, he released his debut album, Look Around. He has performed his music in clubs and at colleges throughout the country.
Based in Times Square, Royal Family has been a creative incubator of original, humanistic plays for over a decade. Bravery and fearlessness are imperative to our process. Artists and audiences alike are challenged in a creative safe space to explore the humor and the tangled truths of the human condition. Our programs and productions give artists space at all stages of their careers.
Royal Family was established in 2007 by Katie Avebe, Mary Bernardi, Chris Henry and Andy Theodorou as a home for artists wishing to challenge and transform the traditional theatre canon. Since its launch, Royal Family has developed lasting relationships with highly regarded theatre professionals such as Kathleen Chalfant and Anthony Rapp (Rent, If/Then, Dazed and Confused) and has partnered with artists including John Cariani, Adriane Lenox, Mary Testa, Stephanie J. Block, Andréa Burns, Maddie Corman, Adrienne C. Moore, Constance Shulman, Penny Fuller, and Taye Diggs.