While The Desultory Theatre Club finishes programming the beginning of their next season, our very own, Keith Paul, has been spending his days and nights working on his next project…  LOST IN YONKERS at the Warner Theatre’s Nancy Marine Studio Theatre.


By America’s great comic playwright, Neil Simon, this memory play brings us back to Yonkers in 1942. The hit Broadway production featured Irene Worth, Mercedes Ruehl and Kevin Spacey in award-winning performances.

As the play opens, ne’er-do-well Eddie Kurnitz–recently widowed and financially strapped–deposits his two adolescent sons on his mother’s doorstep to take to the road as a traveling salesman. The boys are left to contend with the stern and terrifying Grandma Kurnitz, their sweet but mentally-challenged Aunt Bella, and Louie, a small-time hoodlum running from gangsters…who also happens to be their uncle. What a strange new world Yonkers is.

Catch LOST IN YONKERS at The Warner Theatre’s Nancy Marine Studio Theatre from March 5, 2016, through March 13, 2016.

For details, check out the Facebook Event Page and/or the Warner Theatre’s website.

Directed by Keith Paul

Featuring the acting talents of Michael Rooney, Colby Morkan, Holly Martin, Karen Parent, James Hyland, Eric Hammer and Beverly Delventhal-Sali.

And Original Music from Mr Preston Parish!


A Musical So Killer, You Just Have to See It: Assassins

What would you do in pursuit of the American dream?

Assassins at The Warner Theatre in Torrington, CT
Dead Presidents will be revived this weekend on the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre Stage as nine assassins and would-be assassins tell their tales of how they were cheated of the American dream. “Everybody’s got the right to be happy,” right? Forgetting that it is only the pursuit of happiness that is guaranteed in The Constitution–and not happiness itself–these damaged souls seek their solution with a gun.

The cast of The Warner Theatre's production of Assassins 2015

Photo by Mandi Martini – © The Warner Theatre 2015

It’s a hallucinatory trip, at times, like the carnival game that opens the show, offering contestants the opportunity to shoot a President. Or when the assassins beseech Lee Harvey Oswald to make history for the benefit of all of them. The timeline isn’t linear, but that’s not the point. It’s this portrayal of these outliers in a non-judgmental manner, exposing instead the American tradition of using violent force–most often, with guns–to right perceived wrongs in the pursuit of a dream that doesn’t exist at all. This may not seem like the typical fodder of the musical genre, and that’s what makes this show so exceptional.

Keith Paul as President Garfield in The Warner Theatre's production of Assassins

Photo by Mandi Martini – © The Warner Theatre 2015

The Desultory Theatre’s Club’s own, Keith Paul, will don his actor’s cap for the role of President James Garfield and then some… in this highly anticipated revival. If you’ve never seen him perform before, you’re in for a treat! (And if you have, you’re still in for a treat…you just already know to expect a stellar portrayal!) He truly is a Renaissance man.

Catch Assassins at The Warner Theatre’s Nancy Marine Studio Theatre from September 26, 2015 through October 4, 2015.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office. This musical contains strong language and adult situations; it may not be suitable for all audiences.

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman
Director: Katherine Ray
Music Director: Dan Koch

*all photos used with permission from The Warner Theatre

Catch Jumper This Weekend at The Warner Theatre!

Do you remember Jumper, The Desultory Theatre Club’s first production? If you missed it, or if you’re just nostalgic to relive the past, you can catch Matthew Doyle’s play about the story of a man who has lost everything and one day debates jumping off a building this Saturday, September 27th at the Warner Theatre at the CT Community Theatre Assoc. Festival. The Festival starts at 1PM and The Desultory Theatre Club’s own Keith Paul will go on with Rodney K. and Jamie Weisberg at 3PM. Winners are judged on the spot and then possibly JUMP to the finals held in Grand Rapids, MI next summer to compete against all of New England! Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased from the Warner Theatre’s Box Office.

Taking a Break with The Warner Theatre’s International One-Act Play Festival!!!

Artistic Director Keith Paul is taking a month or so off to work on a very special project, Desultory Style!!

He will be Directing 2 productions in the Warner Theatre’s International One-Act Play Festival!!
Save the Date!!!  FRIDAY July 13, 2012… Show starts at 8pm!
From 272 submitted plays from across the United States and Canada, and as far away as Ireland, Wales, Australia, Costa Rica, and China were submitted.  11 winners have been selected.
Come see all 5 One-Acts that evening!!  Including “Singular of Dice” and “Caught, Without Candy” directed by Keith Paul!!
The mission of The Warner International Playwrights Festival is to recognize the work of emerging and established playwrights and to build a link between playwrights, the theatre community, and our audiences. The Festival gives playwrights a forum for production of their one-act plays that engage and entertain audiences through exploration of the human experience and the human spirit.

The Warner International Playwrights Festival is a celebration of new works by playwrights from across the country and around the globe. The Festival gives playwrights the avenue to submit works that explores the human experience and the human spirit through the presentation of dramatic work.


Tickets and More info at or call the box office at 860 489 7180!!