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Illustration by Eric Moore

Martin Denton, Martin Denton is about someone so great, they had to name him twice.” — Elisabeth Vincentelli, The New York Times

Martin Denton, Martin Denton is sure to captivate audiences with good, kooky laughs, bittersweet nostalgia and a gained appreciation of just how very important theater is to the structure of this world and the people in it.” –Kristen Morale, Broadway World

“Chris Harcum’s Martin Denton, Martin Denton is to indie theatre what James Lapine’s Act One was to Broadway; an enchanting tale of how one man’s deep love for the artform changed the landscape of its era. While Lapine’s adaptation of Moss Hart’s autobiography was a sober, traditional take on a man’s life, Harcum takes a zanier approach using elements of stand-up, Brechtian fourth wall breaking, and buddy comedy, to create an impressionistic portrait.” –Jose Solis, Talkin’ Broadway

“The saga of a humdrum fellow who became a champion of off-off-Broadway theater…a nice story that offers audiences a sentimental journey through off-off-Broadway byways.” –Michael Sommers, Village Voice

“Just as Martin began publishing our plays because he was afraid they would go unnoticed by history if he did not, Elephant Run has returned the favor, ensuring that when the history of this period of time in theater is written, the Dentons will be enshrined – as they should be – as witnesses in chief – giving attention to neglected venues and areas of the city, which enabled many artists to go on to thrive in larger and more sustainable ways.” –Julia Lee Barclay-Morton, Somewhere in Transition

“Elephant Run is all about preserving the history of avant-garde theater. In this show, they go where even they haven’t gone before.” –Ed Malin, Theater in the Now

Written by Chris Harcum, based on interviews

with Martin Denton 

and other voices from the indie theater territory

Directed by Aimee Todoroff

Performed by Chris Harcum* and Marisol Rosa-Shapiro

Sound and Lighting Design: Matthew Fischer

Stage Manager: Manny Rivera

Assistant Stage Manager: Cilla Villanueva

Costumes Design: Barbara Davidson

Set Design and Props: Alexandar Zivojinovich

Press rep: Emily Owens


An accountant in D.C. falls in love with theater in New York. After suddenly losing his father, he impulsively creates He gives up his comfortable life, spending thousands of nights in the audience and even more days at his computer bringing attention to notable, but often under-recognized artists. Working with his mother over two decades, he writes and edits thousands of reviews, publishes hundreds of plays, and posts scores of blog pieces, interviews, and podcasts. In doing so, he revolutionizes how the arts are covered and helps to usher in the indie theater movement. When the city fundamentally changes with soaring rents and shuttering spaces, plus the disruption of social media coverage, the sustained intensity of his schedule takes its toll. If you created or saw NYC indie theater during the last 20 years, chances are you’ve been impacted by his work. Now see his untold story move from his desk chair and the aisle seat, to the stage.


Marisol Rosa-Shapiro and Chris Harcum. Photo by Cilla Villanueva.


The Kraine Theater, 85 East 4th Street

July 6 to 23, 2017

Thursdays through Saturdays at 7 p.m.

Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and $25

Purchase tickets here



Read Chris and Martin interview one another for Brooklyn Rail.

Hear Aimee and Chris with Robert Gonyo on the Go See a Show Podcast.

Read Chris’s interview with Micheline Auger in Theaterspeak.

Read Martin Denton’s blog piece on having a play made about him.

Read Martin Denton’s appraisal of the work created by Aimee, Chris, and ERD.

Read Trav S.D.’s interview with Aimee, Chris, and Martin Chelsea Now.

Read Chris’s interview with Adam Szymkowicz about creating this play. 


Audience votes count 25%! Please vote for Martin Denton, Martin Denton for the NYIT Awards.



*Equity Approved Showcase. Actor is appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.



Marisol Rosa-Shapiro and Chris Harcum. Photo by Cilla Villanueva.