The Staller Center for the Arts will host the American premiere of Alan Cumming’s new show, Alan Cumming Is Not Acting His Age, on Saturday, October 23, at 8 pm.
The cabaret show, filled with cheeky storytelling broken up by big musical numbers and ballads, tells a vivid story, threaded together with a common theme of music, time, aging, nostalgia and celebration. The Tony award winning, Scottish star of stage and screen delivers a funny and personable performance with a combination of songs and stories that will provide a wonderful evening filled with laughs, giddiness and even some tears.
The show — which to date has only premiered in Australia — will cap a celebratory day of events at Stony Brook, as the university celebrates the inauguration of its sixth president, Maurie McInnis.
In his illustrious career, Cumming has played God, the Devil, Hitler, the Pope, a teleporting superhero, Hamlet, all the parts in Macbeth, General Batista of Cuba, a goat opposite Sean Connery, Dionysus, a Smurf (twice) the EmCee in Cabaret (thrice), and a James Bond villain. He was political spinmeister Eli Gold on seven seasons of The Good Wife, for which he received multiple Golden Globes, Emmy and SAG award nominations, and played the first ever gay leading role on a U.S. network drama, CBS’ Instinct.
Cumming is also the author of five books, including a #1 New York Times best-selling memoir, and has received more than 40 awards for his humanitarianism and social activism, including three honorary doctorates, as well as both the Great Scot and Icon of Scotland awards from his homeland. He was made an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) for his contributions to the arts and LBGT equality by the Queen, whose portrait was taken down when his was unveiled at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2014.
Tickets are available at stallercenter.com.