Edinburgh Fringe 2019

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David Carl

David Carl (Co-Creator/Writer/Performer/Puppet Designer/Video Designer) is an actor, comedian, solo-performer, and impressionist living in Brooklyn, and raised in Dallas, TX. David plays Gary Busey in Point Break LIVE! and David Carl's Celebrity One-Man Hamlet, which he wrote with some help from Shakespeare. The latter was a breakout hit of the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival, receiving an extended run at Baruch College and an award for "Overall Excellence in Solo Performance". David was nominated for a New York Innovative Theater Award for Solo Performance in 2017 and was a finalist for the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award in 2018. Other original works include The Power of Me (co-written with Samuel Brett Williams), and David and Katie Get Re-Married (co-written with Katie Hartman), where he and Katie won “Best Original Music” and the “Encore Performance” for highest ticket sales at the Frigid NYC Festival 2019.

He also has a show called 200 Impressions in 60 Minutes with David Carl, and spent 2015/2016 playing all of the presidential candidates in the debates before they happened in Road to the White House. In October he played Donald Trump in Trump Takes On...Boston at Laugh Boston for 22 shows leading up to the election.

You also might have seen him in the Awesome 80s Prom, The Enemy Within (NBC), Mr. Robot (USA), Divorce (HBO), Blue Bloods (CBS), Guiding Light (CBS), All My Children (ABC) and films like The Revival (Amazon, HULU), Kingfish, and Same Boat. You’ve also likely heard his voice on the radio, TV, film, internet and videos game in everything from a Pringles Super Bowl Commercial in 2018, to the voice of Comedy Central’s FIRST Clusterfest 2017. Currently David plays the voice of a new mutant (Wood Duck among other characters) on Marvel’s podcast Wolverine: The Lost Trail. He has a BFA from the University of Evansville in Performance, an MFA from Rutgers (Mason Gross) in Acting and completed improv training at UCB, the Magnet and The PIT. Currently David is on the Maude (Sketch Comedy) Team Presley at UCB Hell’s Kitchen in New York City.


Michole Biancosino

Michole Biancosino (Co-Creator/Director/Projections Designer) is the Co-Founding Artistic Director of the award-winning Project Y Theatre Company, where she has developed and directed new work in Washington, D.C. and New York City over the past 18 years. She is also the Founder and producer of NY's Women in Theatre Festival which just closed at ART/New York Theatres. With Project Y, she has led various professional productions, as producer, director, and writer. Directing work includes: Connected (NYIT Award winner), LoveSick or THINGS THAT DON'T HAPPEN (NYIT Award winner), The Revival (NYIT Award winner), A User's Guide to Hell featuring Bernard Madoff, Derby Day (Paper Mag #2 Show of the Year), Goodness, and Gidion's Knot in NYC, and many others in NYC, Edinburgh, New Orleans, and Washington, DC. Producing: The Religion Thing (Time Out NY Critics Pick), FUBAR, 3 years of New York New Playwright Festivals and NY's Women in Theatre Festival (#WITFestival). Other collaborations with David Carl include the original shows, The Power of Me, a send up of modern spiritual gurus and the culture of self-help books, blogs, and celebrity, David and Katie Get Remarried, and "100 Impressions in 30 minutes with David Carl" all at The PIT, NYC. She currently is currently directing SOLOCOM Founder, Peter Michael Marino's one-man show, Show Up! at Edinburgh Fringe.Michole is a recipient of the prestigious SDC Gielgud Fellowship for classical directing and multiple SPARC artist residencies through the Brooklyn Arts Council. For more info about her work, visit



Project Y Theatre

Project Y Theatre is an award-winning NYC company dedicated to supporting the work of diverse voices in theatre and developing new work on a project-by-project basis.



Richard Jordan Productions is an Olivier and TONY Award-winning international production company under the leadership of producer Richard Jordan and has produced over 215 productions in the UK and 27 other countries, including 80 world premieres and 92 European, Australian or US premieres enjoying associations with many of the world’s leading theatres, arts organisations and a long relationship with The Pleasance and the Edinburgh Fringe.  Described by The Stage newspaper as “one of the UK’s most prolific theatre producers”, since 1998 Richard has been at the forefront of developing and presenting works by a diverse range of UK and international established and emerging writers and artists. His productions have won a number of awards including: the TONY Award; the Laurence Olivier Award; The EMMY; fifteen Scotsman Fringe Firsts; two Herald Angel; six Total Theatre Awards; Spirit of the Fringe; Drama Desk; Drama League; New York Critics;; Outer Critic Circle Award; three Helen Hayes Awards; US Black Alliance Award; Obie; Jeff Award; Lucille Lortel and the John Gassner Award for Best New American Play. Richard was the first recipient of the TIF/Society of London Theatre Producers Award and a finalist in the British Council’s UK Young Creative Entrepreneur Award. He is also the Patron of Brighton Fringe (the world’s third largest fringe festival) and a regular theatre columnist for the UK’s Stage newspaper. Previously produced with Project Y Theatre, Richard produced Gary Busey’s One Man Hamlet in Edinburgh and on tour in the US including seasons in Chicago and New York.


Since 1985, the Pleasance Theatre Trust has become one of the most famous festival organisations in the world. With 29 venues at the heart of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a year-round operation in Islington, London, with theatre, rehearsal and development spaces, the Pleasance has created a platform where the most established artists stand shoulder to shoulder with the rising stars of the future.


Photo by: Anthony Velez

Photo by: Anthony Velez


From the team behind the downtown hit David Carl's Celebrity One-Man Hamlet (formerly titled Gary Busey's One-Man Hamlet) comes a new Shakespeare adaptation: Trump Lear.

Actor and impersonator, Carl David, is being held without bail for performing his Trump-inspired version of Shakespeare's King Lear. Carl David is forced to perform his King Lear to an unseen online audience of one, as the President restlessly watches remotely from a live and public feed. The stakes are high: if Trump likes Carl and his show, Carl lives. If not, Carl dies. But how can Carl get through a show where he has created a Lear based on Trump himself without offending the audience?


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