Bryna Weiss

Film & TV veteran Bryna Weiss is joining the cast of DANCING ON NAILS, a new play by Paul Manuel Kane, for the final two performances tonight at Theatre 80. She is replacing Lauren Klein (in the role of Luba Fogel) who had a prearranged departure after the July 24th opening to star as Linda Loman in the Denver Center Theatre Company production of Death of a Salesman, which is set to open next month. Under the direction of Allen Lewis Rickman, the cast of DANCING ON NAILS also features Peter Van Wagner (Isaac Ginsburg on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”), Lori Wilner (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK), Michael Lewis (THE YOUNG MAN FROM ATLANTA, "Blue Bloods"), and Jazmyn Richardson (“Party at Micah’s”).

Bryna Weiss has extensive film and TV credits including “House,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Reno 911!,” THE ENCORE OF TONY DURAN, “NYPD Blue,” ALIBI, CROSSROAD, QUALITY OF LIFE, and SLUMS OF BEVERLY HILLS. Her stage appearances include THE ROSE TATTOO with Olympia Dukakis; LOVE, DREAMS AND LOST UNCLES with Shelley Berman; the award-winning Israeli play MASTER OF THE HOUSE at Laguna Playhouse; and Hindi Brooks’ one-woman play LILY, which Ms. Weiss has performed in Great Britain, Italy, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, Israel, Hawaii, and throughout the continental U.S.

He’s Jewish and she’s Black. He’s 52 and she’s 23. And it’s 1953. The new comedy DANCING ON NAILS explores the relationship between a lonely middle-aged shopkeeper and his young African-American employee in 1950s Greenwich Village.

Playwright Paul Manuel Kane has authored the plays FLORABEL (Playbox Theatre), NEW YORK STORIES (Roy Arias Theater) and RED WING CARA CARA (Altered Stages). His numerous awards include the International Playwriting Award (1st prize) - Vancouver, the Samuel French Merit Award and the Writer’s Digest Award. Director Allen Lewis Rickman directed Off-Broadway’s THE LADY NEXT DOOR and A NOVEL ROMANCE; he co-wrote and directed THE BIG BUPKIS: A COMPLETE GENTILE’S GUIDE TO YIDDISH VAUDEVILLE; and he co-adapted, directed, wrote supertitles for, and acted in the Drama Desk-nominated Yiddish version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE. Other directing credits include works at EST, Pulse and Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium. His acclaimed revue THE ESSENCE, which he wrote, directed and performed in, has toured widely and was published in an anthology edited by the late Harvey Pekar.

The remaining performances of DANCING ON NAILS are tonight at 7 PM at Theatre 80, located at 80 St. Marks Place (just west of First Ave.) For tickets and more information, visit