You n Yours: The Father File Screening

Join us for a screening of YOU N YOURS: The Father file by David Deblinger


A pilot for a “Sesame Street for adults” mining New York’s great creativity and diversity to explore one word, “Father,” …using five types of segments: documentary, comedy, animation, music and Shakespeare.

Cast includes a diverse group of HB Studio acting students and an array of special guest artists including Peter Francis James, Russell G Jones and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis whose play “Between Riverside and Crazy,” heads to broadway this fall directed by HB faculty member Austin Pendleton.

Director statement:
One of the existential threats we all face involves us not valuing human life, or seeing folks that look or speak or love differently than we do as less than human. I see this project as using artistic tools like story, animation, music and comedy to combat that lunacy.

Conceived, Directed, and Created by David Deblinger
Produced by HB Studio, Ensemble Force, and, Jason Spiro
Associate Producers: Leyla Hadi, Cailin Chang, Nya Yeanafehn
Director of Photography for current footage, Jason Spiro
Director of Photography for past footage, Tomoko Miyagi
Editor Aaron Bryan
Animation Howard Better

“Including You”
Music by Fred Johnson
Lyrics by David Deblinger
Vocals and percussion Performed by Fred Johnson
Produced and more instruments played by Cyrus Von Hochstetter

“You Talking”
Music by Daniel Harnett
Lyrics by David Deblinger and Daniel Harnett
Vocal performed by Daniel Harnett
Produced by and guitar, bass and drums played by Richard Martin

“Sacred Connection”
Music by Cyrus Von Hochstetter
Lyrics by David Deblinger and Cyrus Von Hochstetter
Vocal performed by Cyrus Von Hochstetter
Produced by Cyrus Von Hochstetter

Clips from the theater piece “Lucky Penny”
Written by David Deblinger
Performed by David Deblinger and Fred Johnson
Directed and developed by Ben Snyder
Director of Photography Ari Issler

HB Studio ACTOR ENSEMBLE Cailin Chang, Shawn Myles, Jason Spiro, Abhishek Abhishek, Carli Mejia-Vasquez, Nathan Daly, Haruyo Kobayashi, Milo Ngubane, Leyla Hadi, Kamila Wojciak, Leah Snow, Henardo Rodriguez, Nya Yeanafehn, Luis Argueta, Steve Saracino, Iman McDonnaugh-Brown, Judith Brilliant, Sarah Chabin, Nicole Ciravolo, Eleonore Madar, Jeffrey St. Victor.

Russell G. Jones as “Isaac,” and himself
Bolden Jones as “Son,” and himself
Portia as herself
Peter Francis James as “His Father David” doing an excerpt of “the Ghost,” from “Hamlet.”
Sidney Williams as “Albert,” and “Alan”
Victor Almanzar as himself
Stephen Adly Guirgis as himself
Maurice Guirgis as himself
Rev Yolanda as herself

Special thanks to Edith Meeks, Tomoko Miyagi, Isabella Geriatric Center, Hospital Audiences Inc. Rev Rhonda McLean-nur, Daniel Carlton, Jack and Charlotte Deblinger, Labyrinth Theater Company, Tony Gillan, Ben Snyder, Hiroyuki, Alice, Juanita, Ruth, James, Rabbi Daniel Brenner, Rev Dr T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, Father James Martin, Netfa, The family of Luis Argueta, Jasper Miyagi Deblinger.

COVID Policy: Proof of the vaccination is required to attend this event. Masks must be worn at all times during the event. Read our full COVID safety Protocols here.


  • Time:
    July 22, 2022
    7:00 pm – 10:00 pm ET
  • Location: HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank Street, New York, NY 10014