Host Sonia Manzano (Sesame Street), Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), & Jim True-Frost (The Wire) perform moving & comical stories on Lovers and Strangers
The hit public radio series returns to the Troy Music Hall with an evening of spellbinding short stories by established and emerging writers, performed by stars of the stage and screen. Host Sonia Manzano (Sesame Street), Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), and Jim True-Frost (The Wire) perform moving and comical stories about chance encounters, love, loss, and new beginnings all playing into the theme of Lovers and Strangers.
Sonia Manzano is known to millions as Maria on Sesame Street, a character she played from 1971 to 2015, and has earned fifteen Emmy Awards as a writer for the show. Her theater credits include The Exonerated; Love, Loss, and What I Wore; and the original production of Godspell. She is the author of the picture books No Dogs Allowed!, A Box Full of Kittens, and Miracle on 133rd Street, as well as the middle grade novel The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano and her memoir, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx.
Michael Urie starred in the Off-Broadway one-man show Buyer & Cellar, for which he received the Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, LA Theatre Critics, and the Clarence Derwent Awards, and in The Temperamentals, for which he received the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor. Additional stage credits include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Cherry Orchard, and Angels in America, On screen, he played Marc St. James on Ugly Betty, and has appeared on Modern Family, The Good Wife, Hot in Cleveland, and Youngers. Urie co-directed the documentary Thank You for Judging and directed the film He’s Way More Famous Than You, the Web series What’s Your Emergency, and is also the co-host of Cocktails a& Classics on Logo TV..
Jim True-Frost is most known for his portrayal of Roland “Prez” Pryzbylewski on all five seasons of HBO’s The Wire. Most recently, he was a series regular on NBC’s American Odyssey and Hostages on CBS. He portrayed Eliot Ness on Boardwalk Empire, and additional television credits include Treme, Elementary, The Good Wife, CSI Miami, the mini-series Benjamin Franklin, and dozens more. On film he has been seen in The Conspirator, Off the Map, Affliction, and The Hudsucker Proxy. True-Frost is a member of The Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago, where he received the Joseph Jefferson Award for his performance in Killers. He has appeared on Broadway in The Rivals; Buried Child; Philadelphia, Here I Come!; The Grapes of Wrath; and August, Osage County. Jim is a resident of Syracuse, New York, with his wife and two children.