From Broad Street to Off-Broadway, the Story of the Neon Mans Death Benefits Mother and Son

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The award-winning PBS special of how a young Virginia playwright comes to terms with his best friends death will make its off-Broadway debut. The one man show is called the "The Neon Man and Me." Slash Coleman plays over thirty characters in the spiritual rock n' roll comedy about best friends.

Richmond playwright and performer, Slash Coleman, will present the New York premiere of his comedy, "The Neon Man and Me," off-Broadway at Teatro la Tea Theater in New York City on April 10th and April 22nd at 8:00pm. The one-man-show is a tribute to the life of his late best friend Mark Jamison, a neon artist from Roanoke, VA who was electrocuted two years ago as he was hanging a neon sign. A portion of all ticket sales will benefit the Jamison family.

A 2006 recipient of Style Weekly's, Top 40 under 40, award and a Groucho award winner for best one man show of 2005, the production is scheduled to appear on PBS later this year. So far, Coleman has used the production to raise $20,000 for non-profit organizations. In recent months, funded in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the show has grown to include a documentary film entitled, "Glow," and a high school curriculum entitled, "Healing Communities: Helping Students come to Terms with Bereavement, Tragedy and Loss."

"I'd like to think that my show is a care package to my friend's son and family," Coleman says, "but it has helped me and countless others in our search for peace after love one's have died."

The off-Broadway debut will take place on Tuesday, April 10 and Sunday, April 22 at 8:00 pm. Teatro La Tea Theater is located at 107 Suffolk Street Suite 200 New York, NY 10002. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased by calling 212-529-1948 or logging onto http://www.smarttix.com. More information about Slash Coleman and "The Neon Man and Me" is available on-line at http://www.slashcoleman.com.

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