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.

Watch for a new ZOOM reading of "SQUEAKY" in early 2021

featuring an award winning, star-studded cast:

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."

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."

About the play:

Squeaky Cohen was my dad.

"Squeaky Cohen" is a play about grappling with end-of-life issues while trying to keep a sense of humor.





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

for taking cake off the premises



the man who joined the Mile-High-Blow-Job Club with a total stranger he met in first class



Squeaky's caretaker who greets strangers at the door with a baseball bat.



my mother who wore black to my Bar Mitzvah, showed up late and stormed out early


and, of course, me - who's still trying to make sense of it all...

SQUEAKY COHEN will be performed on Monday, October 15 @ 7 pm at TADA Theater,  15 West 28th Street, NYC as part of the Emerging Artists Theatre's New Play Series.


It will be directed by Nick Corley

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


for tickets go to


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.