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From the 2013 New World School of the Arts One Person Show
Inspired by the Woody Allen joke, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans”, Sean Grennan’s Making God Laugh will make its Florida premiere at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre from December 4 – 29, 2013.
Making God Laugh is a family comedy, following “empty nest” parents “Bill” (Peter Haig) and “Ruthie” (Angie Radosh), as they welcome their children home over various holidays, each ten years apart. Starting at Thanksgiving 1980, the newly “launched” kids - a priest (Michael Focas), an aspiring actress (Deborah L. Sherman), and a former football player (Gregg Weiner) – all return home, and audiences learn of their plans and dreams as they embark on their adult lives. Over the course of thirty years’ worth of celebrations, including Christmas 1990, New Year’s Eve 2000 and Easter in the present, audiences follow the parents and grown children as they adapt to their new adult relationships. Tensions flare up as unresolved issues, old family traditions and dubious recipes are trotted out in this rare play that manages to be absolutely genuine, deeply moving and unbelievably funny all at the same time.
Directed by David Arisco, the creative team for Making God Laugh includes Gene Seyffer (Scenic Design), Ellis Tillman (Costume Design) and Luke Klingberg (Lighting Design).
About Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
Actors’ Playhouse is the nonprofit resident theatre company and managing agent of the historic Miracle Theatre on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. Actors’ Playhouse, which has brought home 77 regional Carbonell Awards for artistic excellence, is a Florida Presenting Cultural Organization and one of 22 major cultural institutions in Miami-Dade County. In addition to its Mainstage season, Actors’ Playhouse offers a year-round season of Musical Theatre for Young Audiences, a National Children’s Theatre Festival, a Theatre Conservatory and Summer Camp Program, as well as educational arts outreach programs for underserved youth, and has initiated a Young Talent Big Dreams contest for children in partnership with The Children’s Trust.
David Arisco (Director) has been a part of Actors’ Playhouse for 26 years, eighteen of them here at the Miracle Theatre. His diverse career spans over thirty years as director, actor, musical director, stage manager, symphonic conductor and instrumentalist. Stage acting credits include starring roles in our critically acclaimed productions of Hairspray, Fiddler on the Roof, A Thousand Clowns, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Same Time, Next Year, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Plaza Suite and The Odd Couple. Film and television credits include "Offbeat", "Tollbooth", "Miami Vice", "America’s Most Wanted" and "Key West". Mr. Arisco has directed over 100 shows here at Actors’ Playhouse, including the Carbonell awarded productions of Les Misérables (2009), AIDA (2005), Floyd Collins (2003), Violet (2001), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat (2000), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (1998), West Side Story (1997) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1991), all of which won for Best Musical and Best Direction of a musical. Mr. Arisco is the recipient of the George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts, and was awarded the Richard G. Fallon Award for Excellence in Professional Theatre from the Florida Professional Theatre Association.
Angie Radosh (Ruthie) is so pleased to once again appear on the Actors’ Playhouse stage. She was last seen here as "Sheriff Jane" in Thumbs and as "Madam. Didion" in La Cage Aux Folles. Her work has been seen at many South Florida theatres including: Palm Beach Dramaworks, GableStage, Florida Stage and five seasons with City Theatre’s Summer Shorts. She has been named "Best Actress" by New Times and received a Silver Palm Award for her performances in The Glass Menagerie at New Theatre and Speaking Elephant at Women’s Theatre Project. Honored with numerous Carbonell nominations, she received the award last year in drama for Stuff at Caldwell and this year in musical theatre as "Fraulein Schneider" in Cabaret at Maltz Jupiter. Television and film credits include: Disney’s “Johnny and the Sprites” and "Lost Everything".
Peter Haig (Bill) has appeared throughout the state in well over 100 productions, mostly from West Palm Beach to Coral Gables, winning two Carbonell Awards and many nominations since 1978. Earlier in his career, Peter worked in New York City under the direction of George C. Scott and Joseph Papp, subsequently moving to Wilmington, North Carolina to direct at historic Thalian Hall and found an African-American theatre group, the Willis Richardson Players. His last appearance on our stage was in another memorable family drama, August: Osage County and his last film appearance was in Taylor Hackford's "Parker" earlier this year. When not working, Peter enjoys gardening, attending a variety of cultural events, watching Marlins games, catching up on new CDs and books, reading to elementary students with the Screen Actors Guild's BookPALS program, and collecting his Actors’ Equity pension.
Deborah L. Sherman (Maddie) is returning to Actors’ Playhouse after having last appeared here in the insanely fun House and Garden. Ms. Sherman has performed in theatres throughout South Florida including GableStage, Florida Stage, Mosaic Theatre, Promethean Theatre, Mad Cat Theatre Co., and Naked Stage. Deborah is a multiple Carbonell, and New Times “Best of” winner. Ms. Sherman has also been awarded the Silver Palm for her contribution as an actor to south Florida theatre. She originated the role of "Conchita" in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz. Some of her most recent credits include: Time Stands Still, Side Effects, Three Days of Rain, No Exit, Goldie, Max and Milk, Dumb Show and an appearance as the surly diner manager on “Burn Notice”.
Gregg Weiner (Richard) is thrilled to return to Actors’ Playhouse where he was last seen in August: Osage County. Theatre credits include: Red, Blow Me, Dial M For Murder, That Championship Season, Speed the Plow and The Seafarer to name a few. Film and TV credits include: "Magic City", "Burn Notice", "The Glades", "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia", "Transporter 2", and "Pain and Gain". Gregg has appeared in numerous commercials and voiceovers as well. He is an NWSA Alumni and proud member of Actors' Equity Association. www.greggweiner.com
Michael Focas (Thomas) is elated to be joining the Actors' Playhouse family and returning home to South Florida for the holidays. After spending 20 years in South Florida, on June 1st, he took a leap of faith and moved to New York City. Previous South Florida credits include: Sons of the Prophet and 4,000 Miles at GableStage; Camelot (concert) at Palm Beach Dramaworks; Working and Six Years at the Caldwell Theatre; and Lend Me a Tenor at the Broward Stage Door Theatre. Michael is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.
The song Let’s Do It Now; lyrics and composition by Melis Bilen. Beat by Johnny Jam.
Patricia Engel will be appearing at the 2013 Miami Book Fair International to discuss her new book It's Not Love, It's Just Paris .
Nellie Appleby and Marlene Koenig are excited to present Kindred Spirits, a mixed media show of solo works and collaborative pieces which reflect their mutual love of the natural world, and the people in it. Guided by the vibrant spirit of the islands, the work of Kindred Spirits is a colorful cacophony which is playful and abundantly joyful.
Appleby and Koenig are both grateful recipients of the Southern Florida Cultural Consortium Grant. Inspired by, and working out of tropical Key West, Nellie and Marlene were delighted to discover they were neighbors in Brooklyn 15 years ago. Though their work shares mutual themes, they have distinctively different voices and and work in different mediums. They are looking forward to exhibiting together to experience their works bouncing and reverberating with one another in a space. Merging their visions and mediums they are pleased to present collaborative works alongside individual pieces.
Nellie came to Key West originally for a month long residency at TSKW and fell madly in love with the island and stayed for 4 years. She was born in the mountains of Virginia and grew up in Southern Africa. She earned her BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Virginia in 1997 and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007. She has received various grants including the Florida Cultural Consortium Grant (2012), Virginia Museum of Fine Art Fellowship and the Sierra Club Water Sentinels Grant. She has exhibited her work in NYC (Wildfist, Mighty Robot, the Cave, Leonard Codex, Che Mez), Virginia (ADA, Fayerweather, Nature, Anderson) and Mexico (Museo Ex-convento del Carmen – Guadalajara, Galeria Metropolitana – Mexico City), Houston (skydive), San Francisco (California College of Art), Miami (Dimensions Variable, David Castillo, FAU) and Key West (KW Pottery, Harrison, TSKW) among others. She teaches black and white photography at the Florida Keys Community College and is thrilled to be heading to Columbia for an artist residency and to study plants in the fall of 2013.
Marlene Koenig has been living and working in Key West since 2001, when she moved to the island from New York to put a greater emphasis on creating artwork. She and her husband moved to San Francisco for a brief time in 2005, but returned to Key West shortly after to settle for good. She says, “the atmosphere, the colors, and the pace of life I find in Key West is most conducive to dedicating myself more completely to creating my art”.
She has traveled extensively through India, Nepal, Morocco, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Europe, and Thailand, and her artwork has been greatly influenced by the colors, patterns, and adornments of these cultures.
In 2003, she was the recipient of a grant from the South Florida Cultural Consortium, which allowed her the opportunity to exhibit at the Miami Museum of Art.
Their love of the water and marine life lured Kim and her late husband Ian to the Florida Keys in the mid 1990s. Initially, they came annually for a combination of business and pleasure and later decided to become permanent residents. Kim now lives on Cudjoe Key.
Born in Biloxi, Mississippi, Kim was the daughter of a marine conservationist. As a child, she spent her summers exploring the barrier islands on the Gulf of Mexico and later moved to the coast of South America. Kim is a self-taught artist, and experiences from her childhood greatly influenced her artistic expression. Starting at an early age she received several awards for her work. Using oil and acrylic paint, Kim created numerous commissioned pieces for businesses, individuals and charities. Ian, Kim’s late husband, introduced her to watercolor and the art of Gyotaku resulting in a combination of their names, KIMIAN.
Gyotaku is (Japanese for fish rubbing). Gyotaku originated in Japan, where fishermen initially used the technique to document the size of their catch. Kim uses a conservation printing technique where all edible fish are eaten and bait becomes bait again. Using black ink or acrylic paint which is brushed on to an actual fish, Kim then prints the fish onto handmade paper or canvas, and employs her own technique in coloring the fish rubbing. Kim is a member of the Nature Printing Society and this past year traveled to South East Asia and studied with master printer Mineo Yamamota in Japan and taught a class on Gyotaku in Singapore. Kim completes her work with a custom made frame.
Recently Kim received first place in mixed media in a juried show and the Peoples Choice Award at Artists in Paradise Gallery in Big Pine Key. Some of her more unique rubbings have come from travel abroad including the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Red Seas. Her art graces the walls of homes and businesses nationally and internationally. When not residing in the Florida Keys Kim spends time at her second home in the Spanish Virgin Islands creating more art. In the Florida Keys, her work may be viewed at Artists in Paradise Gallery and Out of the Blue Gallery on Big Pine Key, The Key West Art Center in Key West, Little Palm Island , Little Torch and Artamorada Gallery, Islamorada. A recent piece commissioned by Art in Public Places may be viewed at the new Key West Airport terminal.
Patricia Engel reads from her first novel "It's Not Love, It's Just Paris, " a vibrant, wistful narrative about an American girl in Paris, who navigates the intoxicating and treacherous complexities of independence, friendship, and romance.
Ms. Engel will be at the 30th Annual Miami Book Fair International to discuss her work.
In oct 2009 I excaped the insanity of Palm Beach County and moved what I called heaven on earth Jensen Beach, Martin County, Florida. Why I love this place I'll save for another day because right now the task at hand is stopping the madness. I'll be posting links to all the video so people can follow along. This is a very complicated issue and I hope my videos will help people understand what the issues are and what we can do to fix this. Thanks you guys!
this is the petition that steve cottrell from river of light put up last year-there is over 11,000 signatures and we need more. Rick Scott came to port st lucie and was asked about this petition. He said he really had nothing to do with it and pushed it off on the army corp of engineers.
This is River of Light our facebook page where out mission is to educate the public on this issue.
This was our paddlefest last may before they opened up the locks full force
This is our riverkeeper Marty Baum
Mark Perry executive director Florida oceanographic institute hutchinson island fl
Protest at the st lucie locks part one
protest at the st lucie locks part two
this is my resume piece the multi award winning film
this subject deserves a full scale documentary ken burns i need you!
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While many plan the next vacation at a great hotel, Brad Weiser plans the next great hotel.
As president and CEO of the Continental Companies, a company created in 1970 that has developed and owned over 85 hotels and casinos, and as principal of Hostmark Hospitality, a large independent hospitality management company, Mr. Weiser has demonstrated his sharp eye for catering to the needs of his customers by building outstanding hotels.
Mr. Weiser is mostly active in the development part of the business, from acquisitions to searching for new opportunities to build luxury hotels.
Aside from his early involvement in the hotel business, Mr. Weiser also embarked on a successful venture in 1988 as owner and creator of The Tango Group’s Café Tutu Tango, a restaurant that grew into 10 locations around the country.
Still, his love for catering to others doesn’t end here. When not at work, Mr. Weiser enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and two dogs, and is passionate about cooking an amazing meal and enjoying a great wine.
He was interviewed at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne by Blanca Venegas.
AUGUSTO SOLEDADE BRAZZDANCE will perform at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in the intimate Lab Theater on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. including a matinee performance on Sunday, June 2 at 3:00 p.m.
The performance will include Altars and audience favorites, Kayala and Diaries of An Outlaw. In Altars, artistic director Augusto Soledade considers and abstracts aspects of the Afro-Brazilian religion of Candomble in order to comment on divine presence in religious rituals and daily life. He juxtaposes his Afro-Fusion aesthetic with the Cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach with the intention of bringing together the spiritual sense of two distinct worlds. The book How Night Came from the Sea, an Afro-Brazilian folktale, told by Mary-Joan Gerson was the inspiration for Kayala. It sparked the choreographer’s interest to draw ideas from some of the literary images in order to explore the concepts of Night and Day, and create a contemporary dance that is appropriate to all ages. Diaries of an Outlaw is inspired by the life of the legendary outlaw Maria Bonita of Brazil. The work investigates life as outlaws; the intrinsic limits and pressures of motherhood and love in such adverse environment. As in much of Soledade’s repertory, the blend of dance styles found in Diaries of an Outlaw yields a work that is at once athletic and nuanced, both percussive and fluid, as it captures the rhythms of the outlaw life.
Tickets for COLLAGE are $20 for the general public, $10 for students and seniors, and may be purchased through the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center box office by calling (786) 573-5300, or online at www.smdcac.org. Tickets are on sale now.
The song Love is Gone; lyrics, composition and arrangement by Melis Bilen.