Origins of
In The Afternoon

and sometimes evening
written and performed
by Del Fidanque
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Del Fidanque

Del received a Masters Degree in Theatre from Adelphi University where he studied with Jacques Burdick, and became a part of Jacque’s Pillory Theatre Company. In 1968 the group was awarded second prize at the Yale Drama Festival. After graduation he applied to RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) and made it to the call backs but ultimately was not one of two North Americans accepted that year.In the years that followed he studied with Jane Hoffman and Chris Ceraso at EST and Mervyn Nelson of Producer’s Circle. He has appeared in many regional theatre productions throughout the country and also as a Background and Day Player in several films (The Park Is Mine, Zelig, Daniel) and Soaps (Guiding Light, Another World, Ryan’s Hope and The Doctors), numerous TV commercials and industrial films where his ability to mimic earned him some much needed cash. None of the acting jobs, however, paid a consistent living wage. Between 1972 and 2010 he toiled as a “space peddler” selling national advertising for magazines and newspapers in NYC. As the Web began to displace print Media he retired from business. Three years ago, becoming bored with retirement, he sat down and wrote Comedy in the Afternoon, a two act revue with music and dance. After two Equity Stage Readings in 2012 and early 2013, the Equity World Premiere of this work was in mid 2013. Once he finds a committed team (producers, director and choreographer), it will become the first ever matinee only production on Broadway. The piece incorporates five languages with simultaneous translations, classic and modern dance, live music with a flute and cello, political and social satire, and has an international theme. Millions of retirees are entering the market for theatre each year (8,000 per day in US). The time is ripe for such a production. For background on the show, you can Google comedy in the afternoon philipstown. info.