Laughter From The Trenches

Art Shulman


During one performance in a run of “Kiss Me Kate,” Dominick Morra and his fellow actor were singing “Brush Up Your Shakespeare.” The choreography included doing squats to the music, which, in this performance, prompted gales of laughter from the audience -- something that never happened before.
They finished the number and exited into the wings wondering why the laughs. Finally, Morra looked down to discover that his fly was unzipped and part of his shirttail was sticking out.
Morra indicated that afterwards he checked his fly before every performance, always thankful that it was just his shirttail sticking out during that earlier performance.

Art Shulman is a playwright who also sometimes directs and acts. Most of his acting is in his own plays, but the directors swear it’s because he acts good, and not because the director is told that if he or she wants to be hired that Art is attached as an actor. Art has written many full-length plays – comedies, dramas, and dramedies -- and asserts that he has had more new original full-length plays produced in the LA area over the past decade than any other playwright. (Of course, he may be exaggerating or lying, but so far no one has shown up to prove him wrong.) In addition to plays, Art has written a self-help book on relationships, a western novel set in the 1820’s, a children’s book, and a musical. He stopped writing graffiti just after his bar mitzvah.

When not involved in the theater world Art is a professor at California State University, Northridge.