Voice of Authority

Voice of Authority by Dean Temple, at FRIGID 2019 NYC, and Edinburgh Fringe 2019

Voice of Authority, Staff Pick Award Winner, Pittsburgh Fringe Festival 2018Written and Performed by Dean Temple

 The US Dept of Justice is suing Dean for $19 million. What he needs is a lawyer. What he gets is a ballet dancer. A true story about turning your worst catastrophe into a pretty damn good musical number.

Tickets now available for FRIGID 2019
Kraine Theater
85 E. 4th St.
NYC 10003

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This show is based on a true story. Yes, I really was sued for $19 million. No, I didn’t have $19 million, I was roughly $18,999,963 shy of having that much. No, I won’t tell you what happened here, you’ll have to come see the show to find that out.

Reviews for Voice of Authority

“Dean Temple takes us on a fantastical journey through finance and farce, ballet and boardrooms, with a few musical stops along the way. Entertaining and thought provoking… a hidden gem!”
– Fringe Review

Captivating, compelling, and with a healthy does of humor.
– PGH In the Round

Temple’s performance perfectly conveys the struggle to overcome the voice in your head that tells you, “You can’t.”
– Kulture Partners

A thoroughly engaging jigsaw puzzle of mentorship, loss, and redemption cleverly brought to life with music, humor, and a fair dose of self-deprecation.
— Peter Michael Marino, Producer, SOLOCOM creator

Wildly relatable storytelling that oscillates between Dean’s self-doubt and Zach’s absolute certainty, a little something for anyone who’s ever heard that nagging voice in the back of your mind.
– Melissa Slaughter, content creator for the We’re Not All Ninjas podcast

Dean Temple in Voice of Authority at the PIT LoftAn emotional journey with biting honesty and delicious humor, and an adventure that we, as audience members, hold on to our hats and brace ourselves, happily, along the way.
– Nan-Lyn Nelson, Broadway, television, and film actor and playwright

I started this project while at a residency with Rebel Theatre Ensemble at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. It’s based on a $19 million lawsuit that spanned two years and prevented me from working. I spent much of that time with Zachary Solov, a former Balanchine dancer and choreographer of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, which turned out to be the last two years of this life. Through his experience of getting drafted into World War II as a 23-year-old up and coming dancer, I learned to overcome my own obstacles without losing my sense of humor.

Dean Temple
Dean Temple (writer/performer) is based in New York City and works in theater, film, television, and audiobooks. Recent credits include Fannie Lou the Musical (Carnegie Hall/dir by Felicia Hunter) Salome: Voodoo Princess of N’Awlins (Nuyorican Poets Cafe/dir by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj) and Accumulated Heartbreak Disorder (Access Theater/dir by Jo-Anne Cahill). He won a best actor award at the 2016 Madrid Intl Film Festival for his work in Here Lies Joe, and his audiobook The Upstarts by Brad Stone has been on Amazon’s bestseller list since February 2017.

Thank yous

A couple of thank  yous are important here. First to Peter Michael Marino for helping me find the focus and the direction to turn this into a performable piece, to Courtney Laine Self for taking on the direction of the original draft and helping me get it on stage for the first run and the award-winning Pittsburgh run. To my wife Alex for her incredible and growing support over the course of this project. To my parents and Al’s dad for their emotional and financial support. To Carol Sirugo for being a phenomenal acting coach who can get me back up and running after long stretches off stage. To Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj for making me write the damned thing as part of my residency. And most of all to Zachary for inspiring me to do more, to take risks, and for haunting me every damn day since you died ya cranky ol’ bitch.



Voice of Authority delivers a good helping of comedy and masterful solo performance. An entertaining and thought-provoking show. – Fringe Review UK

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About Dean

Dean is an actor, writer, and creative director based in NYC and the Hudson Valley. His solo show, Voice of Authority, will be at the Kraine Theater, Feb 21-Mar 9, at 59E59 Theaters, July 17-21, and at Edinburgh Fringe, Aug 2-24, in 2019.

He has appeared on the stage at Carnegie Hall (Mr. Richard in Fannie Lou the Musical), as well as design installations there for VDAY through his company, Drake Creative Collaborative.

He also serves as board president for The Art Effect, a nonprofit where youth learn to explore, experience, and excel in the arts and arts-related fields.