|Here's Mac under the sign leading into Hot Coffee, Mississippi, |
but Justin Hullinger has added its claims to fame.
Here's the real sign.
While I was an intern at The Lamb's Church of the Nazarene on Times Square from 1993 to 1998 I performed in a number of productions in both the main Off-Broadway stage and the smaller black box theatre. That space went back and forth between Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway status by adding or removing one chair. If we had at least 99 seats it was Off-Broadway, but there were times it was advantageous to be an Off-Off-Broadway space, so we'd remove chairs.
We did two workshops of Hot Coffee, a musical written by Mac Nelson, who was later Best Man at our wedding (which was in the main Off-Broadway theatre and our church's sanctuary). That's Mac on the far side of the stage in the second photo. These shots are from the second workshop in September of 1995. In this scene I'm playing Robert Earl Turnipseed, whose car was blown by a tornado (played by dancer Elvon Borst) from Mississippi to Plains, Georgia, where Rosalind Carter (Becky Rogers) found him and offered him a peanut.
Because of a conflicting booking I was unable to perform in the full production during the fall of 1999.