TWO-MAN, ONE-MAN is (technically) a three-man show—about two one-man shows—being performed as a two-man show. Meet Arnold—a self-proclaimed “tortured” performance artist who believes he is the straight-white-male hero to save modern society—and Miles, a lowbrow, lovelorn stand-up comedian who doesn’t take anything seriously, including his act. These men are set to perform their respective one-man shows, but due to a scheduling error, they must share the same stage at the same time. With another show slated at the top of the hour and a stage manager on their asses, Arnold and Miles must compete for the spotlight or agree to share it.
Will they work together? Will they kill each other? Will they somehow teach each other lifelong lessons about art, sense of self, and collaboration in just under an hour? Probably not, but maybe!
This new comedy, fresh off a smashingly successful Philly Fringe Festival run, spoofs the millennial narrative, privileged white artists, and the phenomenon of the one-man show.
“This show’s got improv, stage combat, music, and maybe a few lessons to teach (or not).”
— Michael Harrington - The Philadelphia Inquirer
About Benjamin Behrend (Writer/Miles): Benjamin is a Philly born and bred theatre artist, who has hadthe immense pleasure of working at Arden Theatre Company, Act II Playhouse, and the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium. He is a former InterAct Theatre Company Apprentice, and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
About Patrick Romano (Writer/Arnold): Patrick is a Philly (suburb) born and bred actor, writer, director, and teacher. Regionally, he has worked with Act II Playhouse, Walnut Street Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, Quintessence Theatre Group, and the Philly Fringe Festival. Film: How To Get Girls (Official Selection, Portland Comedy Film Festival), Sock (Winner, Celtx Seeds Challenge). Commercial: lots of goPuff ads. Proud graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Mask and Wig Club, the nation’s oldest, all-male musical comedy troupe.