WINNER — 2016 Downtown Urban Arts Festival “Audience Award”
WINNER — Theatre Row’s United Solo Award “Most Popular Show”
WINNER — Theatre Row’s United Solo Award “Best Comedy Writing”
“Outbursts of laughter for which television sitcoms would kill are bridged by stillness evoked by moving dialogue."– Woman Around Town, NYC
“Part of what makes the show stand apart among the many titles in the gay-youth-memoir genre is the richness of detail in Joe Gulla’s characterizations. He brings to life a whole borough-full of brash, funny family members, neighbors and friends. (Well, they’re funny in retrospect, anyhow.) The performance succeeded largely because Gulla came off as such a warm and wise storyteller, brimming with good will and honest reflection. Among the words that flashed on a screen above the stage before the show began were repetitions of the message “You don’t know me” — a phrase that Gulla spoke more than once during the course of the evening. After spending an hour or so with him, though, you might find yourself wishing that you DID, in fact, know him.” — Mark Dundas Wood, BistroAwards.com
Anchors aweigh! Playwright/Actor Joe Gulla (bait and!) tackles the issue of growing up as a gay Italian boy… in the Bronx! Smart, fun, funny and poignant, “The Bronx Queen” reveals why some people are destined to be nervous (ship)wrecks… while others cling to the greatest life preserver of all: Art! (Dramamine is NOT included!)
Playwright/Actor Joe Gulla’s “The Bronx Queen” won the 2016 Downtown Urban Arts Festival “Audience Award” for his Joe’s Pub performance. “The Bronx Queen” (Chapter One of his “Bronx Queen Trilogy”) was also awarded the 2012 and 2013 United Solo Award for “Best Comedy Writing” and “Most Popular Show” respectively. Joe’s “Faggy at 50” (Chapter Two) won the 2014 United Solo Award for “Best One Man Show” and “Daddy” (Chapter Three) garnered Joe the 2015 United Solo Award for “Best Comedian”. This past September, Joe’s “Sleeping With the Fish” won First Prize at Emerald Theatre Company’s “Out of the Closet” Festival in Memphis, Tennessee. His play, “Fall and Rise” played the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival where it was awarded an extended run. As an actor, Joe played “Joey" in San Francisco’s “Tony & Tina’s Wedding” for many years and “Frankie” in Off-Broadway’s “My Big Gay Italian Wedding”. He also starred on NBC’s “LOST”, one of television’s first adventure reality series.