a new autobiographical play by Jeff Cohen


Stan "Squeaky" Cohen

The man who was banned from every Old Country Buffet in the metro-Baltimore area.


Sunday, March 28, 2021 @ 7:30 EDT -

  Guild Hall (East Hampton)

and Creative Alliance (Baltimore) present a new virtual broadcast of "SQUEAKY" 

Directed by Bob Balaban

featuring an award-winning, star-studded cast:

Acadamy Award nominee Bob Balaban’s directing credits include the long running off-Broadway play The Exonerated (Drama Desk award, Outer Critic’s Circle award), The Blue Deep at Williamstown, and the world premiere of Lawrence Wright’s play Cleo at Houston’s Alley Theater. He directed Susan Sarandon and Ralph Fiennes in HBO’s Bernard and Doris (Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG nominations,) Lifetime’s Georgia O’Keefe with Joan Allen and Jermey Irons (Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG nominations,) and created, produced, and co-starred in Robert Altman’s Gosford Park (Academy Award, Bafta Award, SAG Award, Golden Globe Award). Bob has appeared in over a hundred movies including Midnight Cowboy, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Absence of Malice, Waiting for Guffman, Moonrise Kingdom, Monuments Men, and Wes Anderson’s soon to be released French Dispatch.

Harris Yulin as "Squeaky Cohen". In his 50 year career, Harris has become one of the world's most sought after and recognizable character actors. His career ranges from Broadway to blockbuster films like "Clear and Present Danger," "Ghostbusters 2," and "Training Day" to starring in such classic TV movies as "The Missiles of October" and "Victory at Entebbe", to guest star in such series as "Kojak," "Frazier" (Emmy nomination), "Cagney & Lacey" and Murphy Brown" to co-star regular in such series as "24," "How the West Was Won," "Ozark," and "Billions."

Marc Kudisch as "Jeff Cohen." Marc is a three-time Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award winner (four time nominee) who has starred in over a dozen Broadway plays and musicals. TV audiences know Marc from his appearances on "Billions" (Dr. Gus), "The Tick" (Ty Rathbone) and "House of Cards" (Henry Mitchell).

Ben Shenkman as "Rob Cohen." Ben received a Tony Award nomination for the play "Proof" and a primetime Emmy Award nomination for "Angels in America." Ben starred as Curtis Gates in "Damages," Jeremiah Sacani in "Royal Pains," Roger Gunn in "For the People," Roger Swindell in "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and Ira Schirmer in "Billions." He recently starred as Leonard Weinglass in Aaron Sorkin's feature film "The Trial of the Chicago Seven."

LaTanya Richardson Jackson as "Connie. LaTanya received a 2014 Tony award nomination for "A Raisin in the Sun" opposite Denzel Washington. She co-starred in such blockbuster films as “U.S. Marshals,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” and “Malcolm X”. LaTanya is married to Samuel L. Jackson.

Jessica Hecht as "Sandy Fendell." Honored with a Tony Award nomination, an Obie Award and two Outer Circle Critics Award nominations, Jessica's dozen Broadway credits include her performance in Arthur Miller's "A View From The Bridge" opposite Scarlett Johannsen and Liev Schreiber. Her numerous TV roles include Sonia Barzel in "The Sinner," Michelle Pantsil in "Succession," Rebecca Horowitz in "Red Oaks," Gretchen Schwartz in "Breaking Bad," Betsy Morgan in "What About Joan," Janeane Percy-Parker in "The Single Guy," and her iconic role as Susan Bunch in the blockbuster comedy series "Friends."

Drama Desk Award winner Jeff Cohen (The Soap Myth, The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller) has penned an audacious autobiographical comedy about his eccentric dad, Stan “Squeaky” Cohen.

SQUEAKY is about wrestling with end-of-life issues while maintaining your sense of humor.





is the man who was banned from every Old Country Buffet in the metro Baltimore area – for stealing cake. He can’t remember where he lost his car. He lives in Baltimore’s most crime-ridden neighborhood in a ramshackle house that is a city inspection away from being condemned – and refuses to move.




is the writer living in New York who finds himself battling his brother Rob over what is best for their father. He is being forced to reckon with childhood events he’s spent a lifetime trying to forget.



is Jeff’s libidinous older brother who just recently joined the “mile high club” with a stranger he met in first class. Rob is a charmer with a felonious past for drug trafficking.



is Squeaky’s long time roommate and caretaker. She greets strangers at the front door with a baseball bat. In short, she is a lovable kook.



is Jeff and Rob’s estranged mother, now dying in a hospice in Baltimore. She wore black to Jeff’s Bar Mitzvah, arrived late and stormed out early. She was a strong proponent of Werner Erhard’s EST – which explains all you need to know about her.



SQUEAKY COHEN was originally developed at E.A.T. (Emerging Artists Theatre) as part of their New Play Series.


It was directed by Nick Corley

w/ the cast Donald Corren, Dan Jenkins, Dee Pelletier, Benja K. Thomas and Richard Toth



Daniel Jenkins

Donald Corren

Benja K Thomas

Richard Toth

Dee Pelletier

 For a copy of the play and production inquiries, please contact us at burkecohen.jc@gmail.com



Nick Corley – (director)

Along with being an acclaimed actor on Broadway, Nick is also an award winning director whose work includes the West End and Off Broadway productions of Woody Sez (Evening Standard Best Musical Nomination; Outer Critics Circle Nomination).  Nick served as Artistic Director of the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and has directed at such regional theaters as The Alley Theatre (Houston), Denver Theatre Center, Irish Rep (NYC), Adirondack Theatre Festival, St. Louis Rep, Fulton Opera House and many others.


Donald Corren – (Squeaky Cohen)

Donald's Broadway credits include Souvenir (Cosme McMoon) and Torch Song Trilogy.  Off Broadway he has appeared in Balls (59e59), The Fantastcks, Old Jews Telling Jokes (West Side Arts) and Jeff Cohen's The Soap Myth (Roundabout).  TV viewers recognize him for his recurring roles in Z Nation and Law & Order.


Dan Jenkins – (Jeff)

Dan was nominated for the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for his Broadway debut as Huck Finn in Big River and a Drama Desk Award for his role as Josh Baskin in Big.  Other Broadway credits include Oslo, Billy Elliot, Golden Boy, Mary Poppins, and the original Broadway production of Angels In America, Parts 1 & 2. Among his numerous TV and film credits, Dan starred in the seminal Robert Altman political mini-series Tanner ’88,  the ABC series Going to Extremes and the Tim Robbins film Cradle Will Rock.


Dee Pelletier – (Sandy)

Dee appeared on Broadway in August: Osage County, and her numerous regional and Off Broadway credits include The Baroness (Harold Clurman Theater, NYC), Jeff Cohen's The Soap Myth (Roundabout), Women Without Men (NY City Center II), Good People (Indiana Rep & Geva), The Heiress (Theatre 3, NYC), Crumbs From the Table of Joy (Yale Rep) and Between the Lines (Actors Theatre of Louisville).


Benja K. Thomas – (Connie)

Benja is an Obie Award and AUDELCO Award winning actress who's Off Broadway credits include Robert O'Hara's acclaimed plays Resurrection: Holding History, Booty Candy and Barbecue.    


Richard Toth- (Rob)

Richard is best known to audiences as Arnold Silva in the hit Netflix series  House of Cards and for his work in the series Billions and  The Black List.  Among his other work, Richard toured the country as a featured clown in the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.