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Like They Do in The Movies

Mar 10—31, 2024

Written and Performed by Laurence Fishburne
Directed by Leonard Foglia

Run time: Two hours and 20 minutes, including one intermission

“The stories and lies people have told me. And that I have told myself.”

Tony Award® winner, Emmy Award® winner, and Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne is both the star and the playwright of this one-man tour de force which he describes as “the stories and lies people have told me. And that I have told myself.”

Mr. Fishburne has captured imaginations throughout his extraordinary career with unforgettable performances on stage and screen, from Ike Turner in What’s Love Got to Do with It? (Academy Award® nomination for Best Actor), to Sterling Johnson in August Wilson’s Two Trains Running (Tony Award for Best Featured Actor), to his mind-bending turn as Morpheus in the blockbuster film series The Matrix.

Now he brings his legendary storytelling skills to PAC NYC for a World Premiere event helmed by Leonard Foglia, director of Mr. Fishburne’s acclaimed solo performance Thurgood on Broadway.

A PAC NYC Production.

Photo: Jason Bell.

Production Credits

Author and Performer — Laurence Fishburne
Director — Leonard Foglia
Scenic Designer — Neil Patel
Lighting Designer — Tyler Micoleau
Sound Designer — Justin Ellington
Projection Designer — Elaine J. McCarthy
Production Stage Manager — Devin Day
Stage Managers — Katie Ailinger, Taeuk Kang
Assistant Director — Ran Xia
Associate Scenic Designer — Tyler Herald
Associate Lighting Designer — Amara McNeil
Associate Sound Designer — Beth Lake
Associate Projection Designer — Maxwell Bowman
Assistant Projection Designer — Hannah Tran
Props Supervisor — Jonno Knust
Head Carpenter — Benjamin Barnes
Head Rigger — Sean Concannon
Production Electrician — Carson Gross
Head Audio — Kelley Prestridge
Head Video — Dan Rao
Head Wardrobe — Zinda Williams
Head Properties — Anton Graham
Automation Operator — Emily Lin
Lighting Programmer — Jake Roberts
Sound Mixer — Nate Dickson
Comms Technician — Cameron Asay
Projection Programmer — Ridley Walker
Follow Spot Operator — Nya Mullins
Deck Carpenter — Edwin Roman
Deck Audio — Jason McGuire
Props Run Crew — Joe Bifolco
Wardrobe Dresser — Vernon Ross
Mr. Fishburne’s Akibas — Jimi Gureje
Mr. Fishburne’s Suits — Ozwald Boateng
Tech Walker for Mr. Fishburne – Damon McToy
Production Assistant — Indigo Sparks
Knitting Consultant — Mariana Valencia

Credits and Acknowledgements

Posters From “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, “French Connection II”, “1900”, “Willie & Phil” and “Class Action” Courtesy of 20th Century Studios, Inc. All rights reserved.

The King of New York, Akeelah & the Bee, Five Fingers, Last Flag Flying, The Lion in Winter courtesy
of Lionsgate Films Inc.

BURN! ©️ 1969 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.
All Rights Reserved.

CHERRY 2000 ©️ 1986 Orion Pictures Corporation. All
Rights Reserved.

CORNBREAD EARL AND ME ©️ 1974 The Cal-Film
Partnership LLP. All Rights Reserved.

THE COTTON CLUB ©️ 1984 Orion Pictures
Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

FLED ©️ 1996 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All
Rights Reserved.

HOODLUM ©️ 1997 United Artists Pictures Inc. All
Rights Reserved.

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT ©️ 1967 Metro-
Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

MIDNIGHT COWBOY ©️ 1969 JH Productions Inc.
All Rights Reserved.

THIEF ©️ 1981 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All
Rights Reserved.

Courtesy of MGM Media Licensing.

21
©️ 2008 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. and GH Three LLC.
All Rights Reserved.
Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

ARMORED
©️ 2009 Screen Gems, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.
Courtesy of Screen Gems

BAND OF THE HAND
©️ 1986 TriStar Pictures, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.
Courtesy of TriStar Pictures

BOYZ N’ THE HOOD
©️ 1991, 1992 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.
Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

HIGHER LEARNING
©️ 1995 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.
Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

SCHOOL DAZE
©️ 1988 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.
Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

TORTURED
2007 Tortured Productions, LLC.
All Rights Reserved.
Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment

Images from “Bullitt”, “The Color Purple”, “Contagion”, “Dog Day Afternoon”, “Enter the Dragon”, “The Getaway”, “Just Cause”, “Man of Steel”, “The Matrix Reloaded”, “The Matrix Revolutions”, “The Matrix”, “Mystic River”, “Osmosis Jones”, “Wait Until Dark”, “The Wild Bunch”, “The Yakuza”, “Blackboard Jungle”, “Children of the Damned”, “A Patch of Blue”, “Deep Cover”, and “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors”, licensed by Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Special Consideration and Thanks to:
Amazon Studios
American Zoetrope
Criterion Collection
Home Box Office, Inc.
Herman World, Inc.
The Walt Disney Company

Post-show Discussion: Mar 22

Acclaimed actor, writer, and teacher Anna Deavere Smith (Notes from the Field, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992) joins Laurence Fishburne for an illuminating discussion on the creative process behind Like They Do in The Movies.

Production Advisory

This production contains theatrical haze and fog.

“Fishburne’s indomitable presence is the muscle behind Like They Do in The Movies. His performance is thoroughly engrossing. Fishburne spins the colorful yarns of ordinary people to position himself as an extraordinary observer. His vigor and gravitas are unwavering.”

The New York Times

“One-man soul-bearing tour de force of storytelling. Don’t miss Laurence Fishburne’s galvanizing reflections and stellar performance.”

DC Theater Arts

★★★★ Stunning!”

New York Stage Review

“An engaging production by a great actor, a must-see for Fishburne fans.”

Stage and Cinema

Cast:

Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne Author and Performer

Creative Team:

Leonard Foglia
Leonard Foglia Director
Neil Patel
Neil Patel Scenic Designer
Tyler Micoleau
Tyler Micoleau Lighting Designer
Justin Ellington
Justin Ellington Sound Designer
Elaine J. McCarthy
Elaine J. McCarthy Projection Designer
Devin Day
Devin Day Production Stage Manager
Katie Ailinger
Katie Ailinger Stage Manager
Taeuk Kang
Taeuk Kang Stage Manager

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