APRIL 2012:

Please help save The Living Theater!

The Living Theater on NYC’s LES is where SAMMY had his debut last summer during the Fringe Festival. The theater, which was the subject of a documentary in this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, is in trouble and needs our help:

Please help raise funds for this long-standing historic arts establishment. Click here!

Thank you all for your support!

**Update – March 2012**

If you’re wondering how/where/when to buy tickets to the upcoming show, your questions are now ANSWERED! Click the above image for direct access to the online box office.

Sammy is back to get mugged again after an incredible run at FringeNYC! Witness a city mugging through the eyes of a born-n-raised city kid who is anything but your classic victim. More information is available here: www.sammygetsmugged.com

Starring TAYLOR MYERS as Sammy, PATRICK BYAS as The Mugger (reprising his award-winning role from the Fringe!) and Broadway star STEPHANIE POPE CAFFEY as Rue Felicite!

Directed by D. Heching & Raffaela Vergata

ONE NIGHT ONLY as part of the 10th Annual Downtown Urban Theater Festival – www.dutfnyc.com –

Thursday, March 29th at 8.30pm

at the HERE Arts Center : 145 Sixth Ave. (enter on Dominick Street one block south of Spring), NY, NY 10013

To buy tickets: box office: 212.352.3101



After a successful run at last summer’s FringeNYC Theater Fest, SAMMY has been selected as part of the 10th annual Downtown Urban Theater Festival, going up at the HERE Arts Center in Soho in March!

More info here

Our performance is slated for March 29th, 2012. Stay tuned for further details!


Also, let it be known: truth really IS stranger than fiction. Read or listen to this clip from NPR, which shares several startling elements of Sammy’s story: http://www.npr.org/2008/03/28/89164759/a-victim-treats-his-mugger-right




David Roberts



“Inside ’Sammy Gets Mugged’ – Fringe Fest’s provocative hit” on Edge

We are one of Channel 13’s top picks for the Festival!

Spotlight on the Fringe Festival and Stephanie Pope Caffey – on Broadway World

Dan Heching Talks SAMMY GETS MUGGED! – on Off-off Broadway World


We are very proud to announce…


Famed Broadway actress Stephanie Pope Caffey will be taking on the role of Rue Félicité in our production! More details here


at THE LIVING THEATER, 21 Clinton Street between Houston & Stanton,
F and V to 2nd Avenue / J/M/Z to Delancey/Essex

Monday August 15 @2pm
Thursday August 18 @6pm
Saturday August 20 @9pm
Friday August 26 @8:45pm
Sunday August 28 @12pm

Ladies and Gentlefolk, welcome to Sammy’s webspace for all you need to know about the world premiere of SAMMY GETS MUGGED! as part of the 15th annual FringeNYC International Theater Festival, coming this August! TICKETS GO ON SALE JULY 22nd:

Fringe Block

Check this space for updates on cast, crew, venue and showtimes, plus more! Get into it, LIKE our Facebook page below, and see you in August!

As much as he tries to get around it, Sammy got mugged one Sunday afternoon, and it was pretty scary. But for whom? Him, or his mysterious mugger, whose resolve is less than perfect? SAMMY GETS MUGGED! recounts an antagonistic exchange between two strangers, all the wild possibilities that follow, and how we choose to remember the more unsavory moments in our lives. Loosely based on a real mugging, in Paris in the spring of 2005.

Dan Heching presents


Directed by Noah Himmelstein

Written by and starring Dan Heching as SAMMY
Starring Stephanie Pope Caffey* as RUE FELICITE
Patrick Byas as the MUGGER
and the voice of Hanley Smith as the ATM

Line Producer: The Brownstone Project

Casting by Stuart Howard, Paul Hardt

Stage Manager: Shelby Taylor Love*

Scenic and Lighting Design by David L. Arsenault

Sound Design by Giovanni Villari

Costume Design by Mark Richard Caswell

Production Associate: Travis Huebel

Publicity: Dan Fortune

Photography by: Robert Cole

Promotional imagery & website designed by: Baptiste Delval

NOAH HIMMELSTEIN (Director) The River Has No Water, The Stronger & The Human Voice (workshop, Shapiro Theatre), Carly Jibson: Not a Bitch, Not Yet a Woman (The Public/Joe’s Pub), Underneath (Oberon Theatre Ensemble), Michael John LaChiusa’s Little Fish. Asst. Director: Orpheus & Euridice / Green Sneakers (Kevin Newbury, Urban Arias), The Trouble with Doug (Victoria Clark, NAMT), Our Betters (Stuart Howard, Red Bull Theater), The Grapes of Wrath (Eric Simonson, Carnegie Hall). SDC Fellowship: A Man for All Seasons (Doug Hughes, Roundabout). Upcoming: a series of operas by Zachary Redler and Sara Cooper, Homeland by Sevan Kaloustian Greene and Zachary Redler and Hansel and Gretel with Virginia Opera. www.noahhimmelstein.com

DAN HECHING (Playwright, ‘SAMMY’) Never did Dan think that the unfortunate episode of getting mugged in Paris in the Spring of ’05 would turn into the theatrical adventure that is SAMMY GETS MUGGED! Dan is a born-n-raised New Yorker working as a freelance writer, reviewer and playwright. After college (NYU Tisch, Film & TV) he moved to Paris from 2003-06 to learn French, get to know distant family, write and fall in love (not in that order). Now back in the big city, his film reviews can be found at www.nextmagazine.com, and his travel vlog is at www.lostinfrancelation.com. Acting/theater credits include: The industrious long-term gig as the Francelator on Lost In Francelation, 2006-2010; “The Moody Reviewer”, mood-specific film reviews, 2007-2009; Readings/performances of work by self and others as part of The Moving Parts Theatre Series, Paris, 2005-2010; JR in “ALARM”, by self, Bilingual Acting Workshop, Paris, 2005; Charlie in NYU in Dublin’s production of “The Living Quarters” by Brian Friel, 2001; Rabbi Yitzhak in “Stories from Chelm”, HASC benefit performance at Radio City Music Hall, 1994.

STEPHANIE POPE CAFFEY* (‘RUE FELICITE’) is thrilled to be a part of Dan Heching’s, Sammy Gets Mugged. Some of her Broadway and touring credits include Muzzy Van Hossmere in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Velma Kelly in Chicago, the leading player in Fosse, Brenda in Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Gymnasia in …Forum, The Hunnies in Jelly’s Last Jam, Josephine Baker in The Zeigfeld Follies of 1936… to name just a few. Regional roles include Fastrada in Pippin, Cicre in The Odyssey, Liliane LaFleur in Nine and Dussie Mae in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. TV credits include One Life to Live, All My Children, Oz and Ed. She has appeared in commercials, film, music videos and cabaret with her very first cabaret act, On My Way To You receiving a MAC AWARD nomination for best newcomer. Her critically acclaimed solo CD titled Now’s the Time to Fall in Love is available through cdbaby.com. Stephanie, along with her sister and business partner, Jennifer Pope, are the owners of Bikram Yoga East Harlem, which was this year named one of the top 10 Bikram Yoga studios in America by Details Magazine. She continually give thanks to God for His unmerited favor. Love to daughter, Mari. www.bikramyogaeastharlem.com

PATRICK BYAS (‘MUGGER’) was born and raised in the south Bronx before moving to New Jersey. He attended Rutgers University where he received his B.A. in Theatre Arts. He has been involved in various TV shows such as Law and Order SVU, Celebrity Close Calls (Lou Gossett Jr. Story) and some films to name a few. He is also involved in filmmaking. One of his recent works that he produced and assistant directed is feature film “Bad to the Jones,” an action, comedy zombie film.

SHELBY TAYLOR LOVE (Production Stage Manager) has stage managed for numerous productions in New York in addition to working for Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, Irish Repertory Theatre, NYMF, FringeNYC, ArtsPower National Touring Theatre, Barnstormers Theatre, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Shelby spent two years as resident stage manager for Mill Mountain Theatre working on more than 15 productions. Some of her all-time favorite projects include When last we flew, The Attendants, Into the Woods, Misery, The Silent Boy, and Big River. In addition to stage managing, Shelby teaches stage management at Mill Mountain Theatre Conservatory, is an associate producer for The Nerve Tank and recently co-founded a new theatre company called The Brownstone Project (www.thebrownstoneproject.org). Proud member of Actors’ Equity.

THE BROWNSTONE PROJECT (Aaron Keller, Line Producer) is dedicated to creating theatre without a safety net by producing new and innovative works, rediscovering the classics, and fostering the continual development of theatre artists. We believe that good theatre can only be created when no one holds back. We seek to develop plays and players that aren’t afraid to take risks in the conception of new theatre or in the revitalization of recognized work. www.thebrownstoneproject.org

DAVID L. ARSENAULT (Scenic and Lighting Design) NYC (scenery): Pearl’s Gone Blue (2011 Fringe), Brilliant Traces (Arclight Theatre), First Prize (Arclight Theatre), Baltimore in Black and White (Cell Theatre), How I Fell In Love (Abingdon Theatre Company), Brian Dykstra’s Ho! (The Drilling Company), Terms of Dismemberment (2010 Fringe Festival). Outside NYC: Circle Mirror Transformation, Mary’s Wedding, Thoroughly Modern Millie, After the Revolution, The Brothers Size, Floyd Collins, Children of Eden, Cashel Byron’s Profession. Lighting Design: Romeo and Juliet, Metamorphoses, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Upcoming: Parade (produced by Musically Human at SoHo Rep’s Walkerspace). David has spent summers at Barrington Stage Co. in Pittsfield, MA and at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, MA. He is a graduate of Ithaca College. To view more of his work, please visit: www.davidarsenaultdesign.com

GIOVANNI VILLARI (Sound Design), a native of Florence, Italy, is an actor, sound designer, fight and stunt director, set designer, director and prop master. Design credits include Woman Before A Glass (Abingdon Theater), Streetcar Named Desire (Cherry Pit Theater), Tomorrow Morning, The Restaurant Plays, Bury the Dead, Dark Rapture, Destination Alaska, The Chase, Freud’s Last Session (HB Playwrights Foundation Theater), Satiro Notturno-Flaiano MM4 (Teatro Fabbricone). He has studied on scholarship at the Accademia Teatrale di Firenze, and, before moving to New York in 2006, spent more than ten years acting and designing for Italian theatre companies, touring across Italy, Montenegro, and Switzerland.

*Members of the Actors Equity Association

Writer’s Statement: “Influenced by writers like Paul Auster and Charlie Kaufman, I enjoy playing with the parameters of what it means to tell a story.
SAMMY GETS MUGGED! is first and foremost about how storytelling and remembering merge. After all, what is remembering and memory, other than telling yourself a story in the theater of your own mind?
We grossly underestimate the level of subjectivity in our memories. As we rehash memories and relive defining moments in our lives, the reality of those memories and moments begin to change and shift. SAMMY GETS MUGGED! explores this notion.”
Dan Heching

This March, urban dwellers, theater enthusiasts and their friends will have the opportunity to witness a city mugging through the eyes of a born-and-raised city kid who is anything but your classic victim!

See you in March! And remember, be careful out there on those city streets!