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A LIVE Studio Taping of a Brand New Sitcom!

by Guy Olivieri

directed by Neil Fennell


 Kate Middleton, Guy Olivieri, Rob Maitner, Lucia Spina,

Stephen Heskett, Sinem Gulturk, and Lynne Wintersteller



24 Bond St, Manhattan NYC

November 1, 5pm & 9pm

November 2, 3pm & 9pm


Twins Scott and Laurie are about to turn 40 and are facing the fact that their lives have not turned out how they imagined.  They have no careers, no money and they are about to lose their home.  But what they do have is a great group of friends.  Maybe they can all learn how to survive middle age by leaning on each other!

Shut UP, Astoria – a traditional, three-camera sitcom pilot filmed in front of a live, studio audience –  is a collaboration between Group UP Productions, a staple New Yorks’s independent theater scene with over a decade of acclaimed productions, and Off-Off Hollywood Productions, which has produced award-winning digital sitcoms and short films that have screened all over the world.


“I’m not sure this has ever been attempted by an indie company, so I say, ‘Let’s go!’”

...says writer/producer Guy Olivieri, who also plays Scott in the pilot.


“We’re offering a totally unique experience to our patrons,”

...says producer Kate Middleton, who plays Laurie. 


Along with Middleton and Olivieri, the cast features Broadway favorites Lynne Winterstellar (original cast of Closer Than Ever and A Grand Night for Singing), Lucia Spina (Pose, Kinky Boots), co-producer Rob Maitner (Urinetown,), Sinem Gulturk (Blacklist: Redemption) and Stephen Heskett (Frequency, 40th). 


Neil Fennell, who collaborated with Olivieri and Maitner on the award-winning sitcom pilot FreakMe, will be directing, and multiple Emmy-winner Duane Ferguson will serve as Director of Photography with Ethan Jones as co-Director of Photography.  The set will be designed by noted designer and Ground UP favorite, Travis McHale (Frankie and Johnny, Sunset Boulevard, Something Rotten).

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