Proclamation Awarded to Curtain Call Playhouse in Recognition of Their 20th Anniversary

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        Proclamation Awarded to Curtain Call Playhouse
Kris Coffelt Honored with her name on building plaque at the new
Pompano Beach Cultural Center.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kris Coffelt
CurtainCallPlyhs@bellsouth.net / 954.773.1089

May 18,  2017
POMPANO BEACH, FL: On May 9th, 2017, Curtain Call Playhouse was honored with a Proclamation from the City of Pompano Beach on the occasion of their 20th Anniversary.

Kris Coffelt, Founder and Artistic Director of Curtain Call Playhouse, Pompano Beach’s longest running professional theatre, accepted the Proclamation from Pompano Beach’s Mayor Lamar Fisher at the city’s commission meeting.

The proclamation was given in honor of the company’s 20 years of nurturing and providing quality theatre productions and children’s workshops and summer camps to the city.

Curtain Call Playhouse’s partnerships with cities and cultural centers allows them to serve over 7,000 audience members a year. In the past 20 years, they have worked with over 3,500 artists and 3,000 children in the arts.

Kris Coffelt, along with the Pompano Beach Cultural Arts Committee was also honored with her name on the building plaque at the new Pompano Beach Cultural Center, a nineteen million-dollar venue that opened this month. She has been a member of the Pompano Beach Cultural Arts Committee since its inception 19 years ago, and was the organization’s founding chair person.

For more information about Curtain Call Playhouse, visit curtaincallplayhouse.com or contact Kris Coffelt at CurtainCallPlyhs@bellsouth.net / 954.773.1089.

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Evening Star Productions & Sol Children Theatre Announce Their 2017-2018 Season

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From Shakespeare to Cinderella:
Two popular Boca Raton theatre companies will offer audiences and actors of all ages an exciting mix of theatre

 

For Immediate Release
Contact: Rosalie Grant
info@eveningstarproductions.org / 561-447-8829
Contact:  Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244

May 10, 2017:
BOCA RATON, FL:  Although Evening Star Productions and Sol Children Theatre are not yet through their fourth and fifteenth seasons, both companies – under the direction of founder and Artistic Director Rosalie Grant – are deep into preparation for next year’s productions.

Evening Star Productions 2017-2018 season will begin with David Mamet’s Oleanna (September 21 – October 8, 2017), continue with Shakespeare’s Macbeth (October 26 – 28), and conclude with Peter Gordon’s Secondary Cause of Death (April 20 – May 6, 2018).

Sol Children Theatre will present Around the World in 80 Days (a musical, adapted from the Jules Verne classic by Chris Blackwood, with music by Piers Chater Robinson) (December 8 – 23, 2017), Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (March 1 – 18, 2018), and a musical version of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach (August 24 – September 2, 2018).

Sol Theatre’s final production of the 2016-2017 season, Alice in Wonderland, adapted and directed by Seth Trucks, will run from August 10 through August 20.

Rosalie Grant

“Sol Theatre’s 2017-2018 Season needs to be a big party!” Rosalie Grant explains.  “All season long we’ll be celebrating Sol Children Theatre turning sweet sixteen!  With the exception of Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which will feature all children and teen actors, we will be casting the Sol Children shows age appropriately, giving local actors more chances to get on stage, and our patrons the chance to enjoy professional actors in great children’s musicals!

Evening Star Productions’ recent production of Samuel Beckett’s existential masterpiece Waiting for Godot garnered rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, along with the honor of a Carbonell recommendation, and the young company’s 2017-18 season will once again offer audiences an eclectic – and exciting – menu to choose from.  “Following the extraordinary success of Godot we’re pleased to kick off Evening Star’s fourth season with the still-relevant Oleanna, by David Mamet, followed by Peter Gordon’s Secondary Cause of Death,” Grant reveals. “Secondary Cause of Death is the sequel to Murdered to Death – which proved to be wildly popular when we produced it in April 2016.  And we’re delighted to announce that Seth Trucks will be back as the inept Inspector Pratt, and Murphy Hayes will return as Colonel Craddock.

“We will be announcing additions to the Evening Star season through our newest endeavor, Sol After Dark, which will kick off in October with a one-act adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth,” Grant continues. “This lineup of productions will feature an all-inclusive evening in one ticket price:  a “bite” of theatre, refreshments and talk backs after the shows which will include Shakespeare, absurdism, science fiction etc… something a little off the beaten theatre path for those hungry for a different bite of theatre.  All of us at Sol are very excited for 2017 – 18.”

All Evening Star Productions and Sol Children Theatre performances will take place at Sol Theatre in Boca Raton.  Ticket prices for all 2017-2018 productions are listed below; group rates are available for all shows. Tickets to all Evening Star Productions and Sol Children Theatre 2017-2018 productions will be on sale soon; tickets for both companies’ remaining 2016-2017 productions are on sale now and can be purchased at the Sol Theatre box office at 561-447-8829 or on line at www.eveningstarproductions.org or www.solchildren.org  Sol Theatre is located at 3333 North Federal Highway in Boca Raton (33431).

For more information about Evening Star Productions and Sol Children Theatre, please contact Rosalie Grant at 561-447-8829 / info@eveningstarproductions.com or Carol Kassie at 561-445-9244 / carol@carolkassie.com .

EVENING STAR PRODUCTIONS
2018-2018 Season

Oleanna
September 21 – October 8, 2017
By David Mamet
Directed by Rosalie Grant
Featuring Todd Bruno and Sara Grant
Tickets:  $30 / $20 for students
A seething investigation of “political correctness” in a time when the nation’s morality has been tested by increased incidents of sexual harassment. “Oleanna is likely to provoke more arguments than any play this year.” —NY Times. “One of the ten best plays of 1992…reason enough to cheer for the future of the theatre.” —Time Magazine.

Macbeth
October 26 – 28, 2017
By William Shakespeare
Adapted and directed by Seth Trucks and Sara Grant
Tickets:  $20
Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, thought to have first been performed in 1606, “The Scottish Play” explores the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake. Of all the plays Shakespeare wrote during the reign of James I, who was patron of Shakespeare’s acting company, Macbeth most clearly reflects the playwright’s relationship with his sovereign.
The premiere production of ‘Sol After Dark’.

Secondary Cause of Death
April 20 – May 6, 2018
By Peter Gordon
Directed by Rosalie Grant
Tickets:  $30 / $20 students
The hilarious sequel to the author’s hit comedy thriller Murdered to Death: It’s now 1939, and storm clouds are gathering over Europe. Having inherited Bagshot House, Colonel Charles Craddock has converted the property into a hotel for the discerning visitor. Soon Inspector Pratt arrives once again at Bagshot House, bearing grim news for Colonel Craddock. But that’s just the beginning—who is the strange Polish Count? Is Henrietta really an army captain? And where does the flamboyant thespian Cardew Longfellow fit into the picture? When Joan Maple’s sister Cynthia arrives to stage a murder mystery evening, it’s not long before Pratt’s visit turns into a chaotic nightmare as the bodies pile higher than ever!

SOL CHILDREN THEATRE
2017-2018 Season

Around the World in 80 Days
December 8 – 23, 2017
Book and Lyrics by Chris Blackwood
Music by Piers Chater Robinson
Based on the book by Jules Verne
Directed by Rosalie Grant
Tickets:  $20 / $15 juniors (11 and under)
Based on Jules Verne’s classic novel, the musical recounts the journey of Phileas Fogg who has made a bet with the members of his gentlemen’s club that he can travel around the world in 80 days. Accompanied by his servant Passepartout the plot revolves around the adventures Fogg faces in his attempt.

Cinderella  
March 1 – 18, 2018
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Directed by Seth Trucks
Tickets:  $20 / $15 juniors (11 and under)
The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm, and elegance. Adapted for the stage with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when
the slipper fits!

James and the Giant Peach
August 24 – September 2, 2018
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Based on the book James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Directed by Rosalie Grant
Tickets:  $20 / $15 juniors (11 and under)
When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach… and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach, among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James’ quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family.  Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a curiously quirky book.

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Stage Door Theatre presents NINE – April 28 – June 11

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Stage Door Theatre
presents
Nine
April 28 – June 11

“An abundant musical, one which gleefully expands the limits of the theatre. A startling act of the imagination, independence and daring; and, hence, a show to treasure.” – WCBS-TV

April 24, 2017

MARGATE, FL:  The multiple Tony Award-winning musical Nine will open in Theatre 1 at Stage Door Theatre on April 28, and run through June 11.

Based on Federico Fellini’s Academy Award-winning film , Nine focuses on celebrated film director Guido Contini, who is dealing with a mid-life crisis, numerous faltering relationships, including a failing marriage, and his increasingly futile attempts to come up with a plot for his next movie after a number of box office flops. The original Broadway production won five Tony Awards in 1982, including Best Musical.

Nine was originally created and written by Maury Yeston as a class project in Lehman Engel’s BMI Music Theatre Workshop in 1973.  As a teenager he had seen Fellini’s iconic film and was intrigued by its themes.  Yeston, in a 1982 interview in the New York Times explained:  “I looked at the screen and said, ‘That’s me….I still believed in all the dreams and ideals of what it was to be an artist, and here was a movie about an artist – an artist in trouble. It became an obsession.”

Peter J. Loewy

Stage Door’s production will be directed by Peter J. Loewy, who has directed the show previously – at his own Forum Theatre in Metuchen, New Jersey:  “Nine is a show that’s rarely done – it will be somewhat of a departure from Stage Door normal fare,” Loewy says.  “It has a soaring score by Maury Yeston, and the source material, Fellini’s autobiographical film ,  is a fascinating look at one man’s retrospective journey through his life, his career, and at the women he loved, loves, and hopes to love again.”

Loewy is recreating the staging from his original, Forum Theatre production of Nine with additional choreography by Kevin Black. David Nagy is the show’s Musical Director, Lighting Design is by Dean Landhuis, Set Design is by Michael McClain, and Costume Design is by Jerry Sturdefant.

Nine will star Paul O’Donnell as the troubled Guido.  O’Donnell has taken on an unusual ‘double-duty’ in this production – he is also Stage Door Theatre’s Operations Director.  Elizabeth Sackett will play Guido’s wife Luisa,  Ellie Pattison his agent Liliane La Fleur, Alexandra Milbrath his mistress Carla, and Victoria Lauzun his muse, Claudia Nardi.  Other cast members include Emily Freeman, Kat Gold, Dalia Aleman, Sandi Stock, Rebeca Diaz, Alexandra Garcia, Melody Lieberman, Hilleah Neve, Stephanny Noria, Caterina Randazzo,  Alexandra Van Hasselt, and Lara Williams.

Nine is produced in part by a grant from the City of Margate Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).

Nine will run from April 28 – June 11 at Stage Door Theatre. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate.  Tickets for Nine are $38 – $42; $16 student tickets are also available.  Tickets may be purchased at the Broward Stage Door Theatre box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at  www.stagedoorfl.org

For more information about Nine and/or Stage Door Theatre, please visit www.stagedoorfl.org, or contact Derelle Bunn Executive Producer/Artistic Director, at DerelleBunn@yahoo.com / 954-344-7765 or Carol Kassie (carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244).

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Nine
April 28 – June 11
Book by Arthur Kopit
Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Adapted from the Italian by Mario Fratti
Tickets:  $38 – $42
 Phone:  954-344-7765
 On line:  www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
The Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoorfl.com
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NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY at Stage Door Theatre – April 14 – May 28

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Stage Door Theatre
presents
No Way to Treat a Lady
April 14 – May 28

A musical in the key of murder!

“Terrific! Hilarious! Dynamic! An unabashedly histrionic romp with plenty of laughs, a fair share of romance and a welcome abundance of drollery.” –The Los Angeles Times

For Immediate Release
Contact: Derelle Bunn
DerelleBunn@yahoo.com /954-344-7765
Contact:  Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244

April 10, 2017

MARGATE, FL:  Stage Door Theatre will present the darkly comedic musical, No Way to Treat a Lady beginning April 14th.  The production will run through May 28th in the popular Margate venue’s Theatre 2.

A blend of devilish humor, romance, murder, and music,  No Way to Treat a Lady features a publicity crazed actor turned serial killer, and the detective who pursues him: Actor Christopher “Kit” Gill, and Detective Morris Brummell have a lot in common – both dream of being headliners in the New York Times, and both are contending with difficult and overbearing mothers.  Gill’s mother issues lead to murder, and Brummell’s to struggles to find independence, love, and of course, a murderer.

The production, directed by Peter J. Loewy, will feature James Hansen as Kit Gill and Dustin Cunningham as Morris Brummell.  Andrea Arvanigian and Kimberly Abrams round out the cast.

Peter J. Loewy

“It’s a fun, funny, and clever show,” Loewy says. “It has a weirdly likeable homicidal maniac, a loveable if somewhat lost hero,  and an interesting take on the relationship between sons and their mothers. And the score is pure Broadway musical comedy.”

Playwright, composer, lyricist Douglas J. Cohen is the recipient of the Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Songwriting,  two Richard Rodgers Awards, a Jonathan Larson Grant, the Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Theatre Foundation Award, and the inaugural Noel Coward Prize.

No Way to Treat a Lady will run from April 14 – May 28 at Stage Door Theatre. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate.

Tickets for No Way to Treat a Lady are $38 – $42; $16 student tickets are also available.  Tickets may be purchased at the Broward Stage Door Theatre box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at  www.stagedoorfl.

For more information about No Way to Treat a Lady and/or Stage Door Theatre, please visit www.stagedoorfl.org, or contact Derelle Bunn Executive Producer/Artistic Director, at DerelleBunn@yahoo.com / 954-344-7765 or Carol Kassie (carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244).

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No Way to Treat a Lady
April 14 – May 28, 2017
Book, Music, & Lyrics by Douglas J. Cohen
Based on the novel by William Goldman
Tickets:  $38 – $42
Phone:  954-344-7765
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
The Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoorfl.com
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Tommy Koenig’s BABY BOOMER BABY at the PGA Arts Center April 27 – May 28

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Tommy Koenig
Returns to South Florida with his
Hit “Musicomedy”
Baby Boomer Baby
at the
PGA Arts Center
April 27 – May 28

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244

April 6, 2017:
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL:  Comedy Central/National Lampoon star Tommy Koenig’s show Baby Boomer Baby’s well received and successful run at the Plaza Theatre in 2016 prompted PGA Arts Center producers Dana Matthow and Philip Roger Roy to approach the multi-talented actor/comedian about returning to South Florida for a limited engagement at their newly opened Palm Beach Gardens theatre.   Koenig’s one man ‘musicomedy’, which just completed a successful engagement at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix, Arizona, is a flashback through our times and the music that defined them”. Baby Boomer Baby will open at the PGA Arts Center on April 27th.

Baby Boomer Baby has been called well written, wildly entertaining, high energy, touching, and very, very funny. It is Koenig’s story, told from his distinctly Baby Boomer perspective. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1953, the year Rock and Roll was born, and was raised in Rockaway Beach, the son of a musician who played with Glenn Miller during World War II.  Koenig was greatly influenced by chance meetings with John F. Kennedy and later George Carlin, and mostly by what the Beatles brought – the influence of music on Boomers’ culture and personal choices.  In Baby Boomer Baby Koenig recounts the years he struggled to keep up with the changing times, just missing Woodstock by a few miles; the rites of passage of College, Travel, Sex, and Drugs; and the ever changing cultural and political landscape that music unleashed as it morphed from Disco to Punk to MTV to Rap and beyond.

During the show Koenig channels dozens of well-known – and original – characters in a one man tour de force spanning 7 decades. With original songs and parodies of everyone from The Beatles to Lady Gaga, and from Doo Wop to Hip Hop, Koenig’s impressions include Elton John, Billy Joel, Blondie, Willie Nelson, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, The Bee Gees, the Eagles, among others.

Tommy Koenig was voted ‘Best New Comic’ by the New York Daily News in 1980.  The multi-faceted comedian, actor, writer, and teacher cut his comedic teeth in such iconic venues as Dangerfield’s, The Copacabana, and The Playboy Club, where he opened for Jazz greats like Lionel Hampton and Damita Jo.  He also appeared frequently on stand-up comedy shows (A&E’s Comedy on the Road from London, Jamaica, New York and Los Angeles, as well as Evening at the Improv, MTV’s Half Hour Comedy Hour, and Showtime’s Comedy Club All Stars. Koenig was one of the rare comics to appear on Don Kirschner’s Rock Concert; he has opened for Warren Zevon, Alvin Lee, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Mason, Los Lobos, and Joan Jett.  He has also guest-starred on numerous television programs – from Miami Vice‘ to Boston Legal and from ‘Not Necessarily The News to The Onion News Network.   Koenig co-starred in the med-school spoof film Stitches, and was part of Mel Brooks’ ensemble casts of Robin Hood-Men in Tights and Dracula – Dead and Loving It.

Koenig has written for the National Lampoon, and starred in two of their rock and roll comedy stage shows: If We’re Late Start Without Us and Class of ’86 (which was filmed for Showtime). He also teaches Stand Up Comedy at the Comics Studio in New York.  One of his students, Brad Zimmerman, has just completed a successful run at the PGA Arts Center in My Son the Waiter:  A Jewish Tragedy.

Baby Boomer Baby was first conceived and performed in 2011 at The Santa Barbara Theatre in Puerto Vallarta. It made its US debut in 2013 as a benefit for victims of Hurricane Sandy, and its Off Broadway debut at Stage 72. It returned to Puerto Vallarta at The Boutique Theatre in 2014. The show also played at The Downstairs Cabaret Theatre in Rochester and Shea’s Smith Theatre in Buffalo, New York, The Stateside Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, Sparta Avenue Stage, in Sparta, New Jersey, and The Tiawaga Theatre in Oswego, New York.

Tickets for Baby Boomer Baby are on sale now, and can be purchased on line at www.pgaartscenter.com or by calling 1-855-448-7469.  For group sales (12+), call 888-264-1788. Tickets for all shows are $45.

The PGA Arts Center is located at 4076 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. Ample parking is available within close proximity to the theatre.

For more information about Baby Boomer Baby, Tommy Koenig, and/or the PGA Arts Center please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com at 561-445-9244.

Baby Boomer Baby
Written & Performed byTommy Koenig
April 27 – May 28 
Tickets:  $45 
Phone:  1-855-448-7469
For Group Sales (12+): 888-264-1788
To purchase tickets on line:  www.pgaartscenter.com
Showtimes: 
Thursday 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Friday 7:30 pm
Saturday 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday 2 pm

PGA Arts Center
4076 PGA Boulevard,
Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33410
www.pgaartscenter.com
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Directions to the PGA Arts Center:
On PGA Blvd heading East, (& RCA Blvd) take first right at Shell Gas Station, and then take the 2nd right into the shopping center driveway. The theater is on the left. Formerly the Cinema 6 Movie Theater inside the former Loehmann’s Plaza. This is less than 1/4 mile off of the PGA Blvd. Exit of 95 North.

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Evening Star Productions presents Samuel Beckett’s WAITING FOR GODOT – April 21 – May 7

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Evening Star Productions
presents
Samuel Beckett’s
Waiting for Godot
April 21 – May 7

Waiting for Godot is all feeling. Perhaps that is why it is puzzling and convincing at the same time. Theatregoers can rail at it, but they cannot ignore it.”
~ Brooks Atkinson, NY Times

“…a witty and poetic conundrum” ~ Philip Hope-Wallace, The Guardian

March 28, 2017

BOCA RATON, FL:  Evening Star Productions will present Samuel Beckett’s existential masterpiece, Waiting for Godot, at Sol Theatre in Boca Raton, from April 21 – May 7, 2017. (There will be a preview performance on April 20.)

On a barren stretch of road, near a single nondescript tree, two vagabond men wait for someone or something named Godot.  Their hope seems to be that the mysterious Godot will change their lives for the better.  Two strangers arrive, one man at the end of another’s rope. A boy also appears and disappears.

The simplicity of the play’s description belies its depth and complexity. Critics, scholars, and audiences have read numerous interpretations into Beckett’s work – philosophical, religious, political, and social references have been cited and discussed since the play’s world premiere in Paris in 1953 – it was Beckett’s first professionally produced play – and its North American premiere at Florida’s Coconut Grove Playhouse in 1956.  In a poll conducted by the British Royal National Theatre in 1990, Waiting for Godot was voted the ‘most significant English language play of the 20th century.’

Evening Star Productions’ Artistic Director Rosalie Grant will direct the production, with Sara Grant as assistant director, Waiting for Godot will feature Lito Beccera as Vladimir, Seth Trucks as Estragon, Skye Whitcomb as Pozzo, Christopher Mitchell as Lucky, and Carsten Kjaerulff as a boy.

Scenic Art for Waiting for Godot is by Kate McVay, Lighting Design, Set Design and Construction is by Ardean Landhuis, Costume Design is by Briana Earhart and MJ Baum, and Sound Design is by Christian Cooper.

“There are so many reasons I chose Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece Waiting for Godot for Evening Star’s fourth season … and why I chose to direct it,” she explains.  “The primary reason is that Beckett’s genius lay in creating a work that still speaks to audiences, particularly in troubled times.  Waiting for Godot seems to have a unique resonance during times of social and political crisis. As a modernist existential meditation it can at first appear bleak: “They give birth astride of a grave,” Pozzo says. “The light gleams an instant, then it’s night once more.”  It is funny yet poetic, and reveals humanity’s talents for stoicism, companionship, and keeping going.  There is no drama more stripped down and essential than Godot, whose mysteries Beckett refused to elucidate beyond “the laughter and the tears”.  I love the notion that after our Godot closes in another hundred years Vladimir and Estragon will still be on a stage somewhere – still waiting for Godot.”

“Since first discovering Waiting for Godot as a high school sophomore, I’ve been fascinated by the simple and profound message behind both what is said and what is left unsaid in this unsettling and timely work,” says Skye Whitcomb.  “Its examination of the human experience, and its fierce critique of the mental and spiritual chains which bind us, make this work one that needs to be seen and read by anyone wishing to step beyond the banal and mundane.”

Waiting for Godot will run from April 21 – May 7 at Sol Theatre in Boca Raton. (There will be a preview performance on April 20 at 8 pm.) Tickets are $30 and $20 for students and seniors. Group rates are also available. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased  by calling 561-447-8829 or on line at www.eveningstarproductions.org.

For more information about Evening Star Productions visit www.eveningstarproductions.org or contact Rosalie Grant at 561-447-8829 /info@eveningstarproductions.com ; for more information about this production, contact Carol Kassie at 561-445-9244 /carol@carolkassie.com.

Waiting for Godot
April 21 – May 7, 2017
(Preview performance April 20)
By Samuel Beckett
Directed by Rosalie Grant
Tickets:  $30 / $20 students
For Tickets:  561-447-8829 / www.eveningstarproductions.org
3333 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL  33431
www.eveningstarproductions.org
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The PGA Arts Center Announces a Laughter Filled Summer Season!

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The PGA Arts Center
Announces a Laughter Filled Summer Season!

The popular new Palm Beach Gardens theatre will host
Boomers, Broads, and Cheerleaders with hilarious tales to tell …

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com  / 561-445-9244

March 17, 2017

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL:  Dana Matthow and Philip Roger Roy, managing directors of the Presley Theatre Productions Corporation (a 501(c)3, not for profit corporation), opened the PGA Arts Center in January.   The long-time theatrical producing partners quickly demonstrated they have a pretty good idea of what South Florida audiences are looking for when they visit the newly renovated Palm Beach Gardens theatre.   The company’s recent offerings – Brad Zimmerman’s My Son the Waiter:  A Jewish Tragedy and WaistWatchers The Musical! elicited enthusiastic audience response and excellent ticket sales during their recent runs at the PGA Boulevard venue, formerly known as PGA Cinemas.

Matthow and Roy’s summer line-up will ‘amp up the laughter factor’ with three shows sure to please:  Comedy Central and National Lampoon star Tommy Koenig will start the summer season off in April with Baby Boomer Baby; comedienne Caryn Bark will be joined by funny women Pam Peterson and Jan Slavin in Funny Old Broads in July; and in August audiences will be treated to Sandy Gelfound’s The Kosher Cheerleader (A Truish Jewish Love Story).

Baby Boomer Baby is Tommy Koenig’s hilarious, touching and wildly entertaining flashback through our times and the music that defined it. The show’s well received and successful run at the Plaza Theatre last May prompted Matthow and Roy to invite the popular comedian back to the area for an encore run.  As one patron put it, “It connects the dots between the generations. It’s historical and it’s hysterical!”  Koenig displays his comedic talent and versatility throughout the show, portraying numerous genres, characters, and impressions ranging from Doo Wop to Hip Hop, with original songs and parodies of everyone from The Beatles to Lady Gaga, Elton John, Billy Joel, Blondie, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, The Bee Gees, The Eagles, and more.

Writer, comedienne, humorist, essayist, novelist, and playwright Caryn Bark has performed throughout the United States and in Canada. Her newest production – Funny Old Broads – a mixture of song and standup comedy (“We’re too old to dance!”) featuring her well-observed domestic comedy interspersed with touching personal memories, will resonate with audiences, no matter how old they are. She will be joined on stage by comediennes Pam Peterson and Jan Slavin – both of whom are popular and critically acclaimed performers individually, and known together as ‘The Boomer Babes’.
Celebrated standup comedian Sandy Gelfound will star in The Kosher Cheerleader (A Truish Jewish Love Story). Gelfound, who has performed alongside Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno, spins an hilarious, and at times heartbreaking, true story of her journey from NFL Cheerleader to Orthodox Jew. Born with a literal hole in her heart, Gelfound’s quest to fill that void takes her, and audiences, on a journey where she expertly embodies the outrageous characters of her life in this singing, dancing, cartwheeling comedy.
Tickets for Baby Boomer Baby, Funny Old Broads, and The Kosher Cheerleader are on sale now, and can be purchased on line at www.pgaartscenter.com or by calling 1-855-448-7469 or 561-508-8819.  For group sales (12+), call 888-264-1788. Tickets for all shows are $45.  Show days and times are listed below.

The PGA Arts Center is located at 4076 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. Ample parking is available within close proximity to the theatre.

For more information about the PGA Arts Center, Philip Roger Roy and/or Dana Matthew, please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com at 561-445-9244.

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Baby Boomer Baby
“A Master of Caricature. He’s A Major Talent!” – New York Times
“Hilarious. Hysterical. A Steady Stream of Fun!” – LA Weekly
Opening April 27
Thursday 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Friday 7:30 pm
Saturday 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday 2 pm
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Funny Old Broads
“Fast Paced Humor with Musical Comedy mixed in… Delicious to Watch!” – Chicago Stage Standard
“Always Hilarious!” – LeBon Travel & Culture
July 6 – 30
Thursday 2pm & 7:30 pm
Friday 7:30 pm
Saturday 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday 2 pm
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The Kosher Cheerleader (a Truish Jewish Love Story)
“Compelling… Engaging…. Beguiling!” – Miami Herald
“Hilarious…. Remarkable Story” – KABC Talk Radio
August 3 – 27
Thursday 2pm & 7:30 pm
Friday 7:30 pm
Saturday 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday 2 pm
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PGA Arts Center
4076 PGA Boulevard,
Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33410
www.pgaartscenter.com

Directions to the PGA Arts Center:
On PGA Blvd heading East, (& RCA Blvd) take first right at Shell Gas Station, and then take the 2nd right into the shopping center driveway. The theater is on the left. Formerly the Cinema 6 Movie Theater inside the former Loehmann’s Plaza. This is less than 1/4 mile off of the PGA Blvd. Exit of 95 North.

 

Entr’Acte Theatrix to present an encore run of PETER AND THE STAR CATCHER – March 31 – April 9

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Entr’Acte Theatrix 
to present an encore run of
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Peter and the Starcatcher
to inaugurate the brand new
Conrad N. Hilton Theatre at the Esther B. O’Keeffe
Center for Creative Education (CCE)
in West Palm Beach
March 31 – April 9

Peter and the Starcatcher is a tiny show, but spectacle, wit, and joy spill out of it like treasure from a magic pocket.” Justin Davidson ~ Vulture

February 28, 2017
WEST PALM BEACH, FL:  Entr’Acte Theatrix and the Peter Halmos Foundation will mount an encore presentation of their well-received production of the award-winning musical play Peter and the Starcatcher from March 31st through April 9th. The show’s original run, which was produced in association with Theatre of Collaborative Arts, was interrupted by the onset of Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.  Peter and the Starcatcher will be the first production to open the brand-new Conrad N. Hilton Theatre at the Esther B. O’Keeffe Center for Creative Education in West Palm Beach.

“Entr’Acte Theatrix’ mandate to nurture and support the next generation of theatre artists, and the mission of the Center for Creative Education to empower students to grow academically, creatively, and socially through arts based education are a perfect fit,” says Entr’Acte’s Founder and Executive Producer, Vicki Halmos.

The winner of numerous honors, including five 2012 Tony Awards, Peter and the Starcatcher was named one of the New York Times, New York Magazine, New Yorker’s Top 10 shows of the year. The play is based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and was conceived for the stage by a multiple award-winning creative team including directors Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, writer Rick Elice, and composer Wayne Barker.

Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair, and the bonds of friendship, duty, and love.

A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, containing a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training, who realizes the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.

Carlo-Rufino Sabusap

Carlo-Rufino Sabusap

Carlo-Rufino Sabusap will once again direct the production: “Peter and the Starcatcher is by far my favorite play,” Sabusap recently explained. “I saw it on Broadway a few years ago and absolutely fell in love with its magic and inventive use of the theatrical experience. It uses some of the oldest, most traditional methods of stage craft, but uses it in a way that is totally inventive and fresh. I’m sure audiences of all ages who appreciate true, live theatre will enjoy every moment.”

All but one of the October cast members will reprise their roles: Tom Matthews will once again play Peter and Devin Tupler will play Molly Aster.  Other cast members include David W. Lamphier as Lord Leonard Aster, Rosseroni Paris as Black Stache, and Greg Halmos as Smee, Nik Rosa as Bill Slank/Fighting Prawn, Christopher Lam as Mrs. Bumbrake, Matthew Cejmer as Ted, Brayan Betancourt as Prentiss, Alex Fine as Alf/Captain Scott, Amada Ruggiero as Grempkin.  Devin Rizo joins the cast as Hawking Clam/Mack/Sanchez.

cast-photo-webEntr’Acte Theatrix is a not-for-profit, semi-professional, showcase company providing opportunities for emerging theatre artists, both on-stage and backstage.  The fifteen-year-old company gives students with a goal of working in the theatrical profession a chance to gain experience in their area of training or interest.  Entr’Acte, as the name suggests, is the “next step,” from classroom to career, and provides the young theatre artist with one of his or her all-important resume-building credits.

Peter and the Starcatcher will run from March 31 – April 9 at the Conrad N. Hilton Theatre at the Esther B. O’Keeffe Center for Creative Education in Northwood Village/West Palm Beach.
Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased on line at: http://www.theatreca.com. Tickets are $38; student tickets are $20.

For more information about Entr’Acte Theatrix, Theatre Collaborative Arts or Peter and the Starcatcher, contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244.             

Peter and the Starcatcher
A Play by Rick Elice
Music by Wayne Barker
Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
March 31 – April 9
Tickets: $38
(Seniors and Students with ID $20)
For tickets: http://www.theatreca.com
Performance Schedule:
Friday, March 31st – 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 1st – 2 PM
Saturday, April 1st – 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 2nd – 3 PM
Thursday, April 6th – 7:30 PM
Friday, April 7th – 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 8th – 2 PM
Saturday, April 8th – 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 9th – 3 PM

All performances will take place at:
Conrad N. Hilton Theatre at the Esther B. O’Keeffe Center for Creative Education
425 24th Street,
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
http://www.theatreca.com
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Stage Door Theatre presents THE KID FROM BROOKLYN: THE DANNY KAYE STORY – February 24 – April 9

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Stage Door Theatre
presents
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The Kid from Brooklyn: The Danny Kaye Story
February 24 – April 9

“Life is a blank canvas, and you need to throw all the paint on it you can.”
~ Danny Kaye

February 21, 2017

MARGATE, FL:   Stage Door Theatre will present The Kid From Brooklyn: The Danny Kaye Story, from February 24 though April 9 in the larger of their two theatres.

Based on the turbulent and triumphant life of the multi-talented singer, actor, comedian, and philanthropist,  this intimate musical portrayal chronicles Danny Kaye’s career and his relationships on and off the stage – from an undisciplined improvisational comic to his success under the guidance of his wife, Sylvia Fine.

The Kid From Brooklyn: The Danny Kaye Story includes many of Kaye’s signature songs, including “Tchaikovsky,” “By Jingo,” “Minnie the Moocher” and “Inchworm”, and features the work of songwriters Kurt Weill, Ira Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Frank Loesser and Cole Porter, and of course, Sylvia Fine.

Peter J. Loewy

Peter J. Loewy

The production will be directed by Peter J. Loewy, with musical direction by David Nagy.  Loewy, who owns and operates the Forum Theatre in Metuchen,  New Jersey,  directed three productions in South Florida in 2016, two for Stage Door Theatre, and one for Pigs Do Fly  Productions.  All three were Carbonell Recommended.

Loewy has cast Joshua Kolb as Danny Kaye, and Kimberly Abrams as Sylvia Fine.

Kolb is pleased and excited to have been chosen to portray the iconic entertainer: “If Danny Kaye had not been born,” a Hollywood writer once observed, “no one could possibly have invented him. It would have been stretching credibility far past the breaking point.” Kolb quotes.  “Telling the story of such a man, therefore is stretching me just as far as an actor. This opportunity is comfortably the biggest challenge I have ever attempted, and I only hope to give the audience as entertaining a remembrance of the man as they, and he, deserve.”

ds-2“During the rehearsal process for this show, Sylvia Fine became a personal hero of mine,” says Kimberly Adams. “She was a shockingly brilliant woman who did it all – she was Danny Kaye’s wife, the mother of their child, his career manager, and the composer/lyricist of all of his most famous songs. She is the reason Danny Kaye became a household name, and it’s truly an honor to bring her to life on stage.”

Brad Rakushin and Ashley Brooke will play various characters throughout the play, including Samuel Goldwyn, Cole Porter, Billy Rose, Laurence Olivier, Eve Arden, Kitty Carlisle, and Vivien Leigh.

The Kid From Brooklyn will run from February 24 – April 9 at Stage Door Theatre. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate.

Tickets for The Kid From Brooklyn are $38 – $42; $16 student tickets are also available.  Tickets may be purchased at the Broward Stage Door Theatre box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at  www.stagedoorfl.org

For more information about The Kid From Brooklyn and/or Stage Door Theatre, please visit www.stagedoorfl.org, or contact Derelle Bunn Executive Producer/Artistic Director, at DerelleBunn@yahoo.com / 954-344-7765 or Carol Kassie (carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244).

The Kid from Brooklyn:  The Danny Kaye Story
Book by: Mark Childers and Peter J. Loewy
Music by Various Composers
February 24 – April 9

Tickets:  $38 – $42
Phone:  954-344-7765
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
The Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, FL 33065
www.stagedoorfl.com
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The Concert and Theatre Arts Series at B’nai Torah & present James Sherman’s BEAU JEST – February 22

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The Concert and Theatre Arts Series at B’nai Torah
&
Shari Upbin
present
beau-jest-red-1ckJames Sherman’s
Beau Jest
February 22 at 7:30 pm


“Hilarious and quite moving …blending farce and genuine insight.” ~ Chicago Sun Times

“Very funny…The well-crafted play has a lot to say about nuclear families of any ethnic persuasion.” ~The Wall Street Journal


February 9, 2017

BOCA RATON, FL: The Concert and Theatre Arts Series at B’nai Torah and Producer/Director Shari Upbin will bring James Sherman’s ‘comedy with romance’, Beau Jest, to the B’nai Torah Stage for one performance only, on February 22nd at 7:30 pm.

Sarah Goldman is a nice Jewish girl with a problem:  her parents want her married – to a nice Jewish boy, of course. They’ve never met Sarah’s boyfriend, who happens to have the unfortunate name of Chris Kringle, and who doesn’t exactly fit that description, so to make them happy she invents Dr. David Steinberg – the man of their dreams.  When they insist upon meeting Dr. Steinberg, Sarah contacts an escort service to provide her with a Jewish date – but instead they send her Bob Schroeder, an out of work actor who agrees to perform the impersonation.  Sarah’s mother – armed with challah and lokshen kugel sets out to snare this Beau for her daughter with hilarious mix ups and consequences!

Now in its 21st season, The Concert Series at B’nai Torah has proven to be a popular program for congregational members and non-members alike.  The Theatre Series, spearheaded by Cantor Udi Spielman and Producer/Director Shari Upbin, was added three years ago.

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Shari Upbin

“When Cantor Udi Spielman asked me to bring a comedy to B’nai Torah, I immediately thought of the wonderful Beau Jest by James Sherman, the author of the highly successful Door To Door – which I also directed for our Theatre Series,” Director Upbin says. “This well-crafted play has a lot to say about families of any ethnic persuasion. Coming from a family devoted to comedy – my dad was a writer for Jack Benny – it was a wonderful experience blending farce with a genuine insight into this family I knew so well.

“Jewish mothers are a tribute to society,” she continues. “I miss my own Jewish, mother but now that I have grown children of my own, I get the opportunity – over and over again – to pass down the very statements my own mother used to say to me. “So… that’s what you are wearing?” is now an anthem filled with love and familiarity. I believe our audiences will enjoy seeing the Goldman family on stage!”

Emily Freeman, who recently placed first in the National Society of Arts and Letters Musical Theatre competition will play Sarah Goldman.  Roy Lynam, Christopher Mitchell, Larry Bramble, Chris Anthony Ferrer, and Phyllis Spear round out Upbin’s talented cast.
b-j-actor-stripJames Sherman is the author of numerous plays, including The God of Isaac, Mr. 80%, The Escape Artist, Romance in D, From Door to Door, The Old Man’s Friend, Affluenza, and Jacob and Jack. He began his professional career as a writer and performer with The Second City in Chicago and received an M.F.A. degree from Brandeis University. Since 1985, he has had thirteen plays premiered at the Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, and he was a founding member of the Victory Gardens Playwrights Ensemble. His plays have been published and are regularly produced by theatres throughout the United States and have also been seen in Canada, Mexico, Australia, South America, England, Germany, Austria, Turkey, South Africa, Australia, China, and Korea.

Beau Jest will play for one performance, only – on Wednesday, February 22nd, at 7:30 pm at Congregation B’nai Torah in Boca Raton.  Tickets are $45 ($36 for congregational members), and may be purchased by calling 561-392-8566 or on line at www.bnai-torah.org.  Group rates are available.

For more information about Beau Jest or Shari Upbin, please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244.

Beau Jest
February 22, 2017
7:30 pm
By James Sherman
Tickets:  $45 ($36 for congregational members)
Click HERE to purchase tickets on line.
Phone: 561-392-8566
B’nai Torah Congregation
6261 SW 18th Street
Boca Raton, FL 33433
www.bnai-torah.org

Shari Upbin:
Shari Upbin (Producer/Director) has been a theatre professional since the age of 13 when she became a member of Actors Equity. (Her father was a writer for Jack Benny). She has been a professional tap dancer and choreographer and is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers; she was the president of the League of Professional Theatre Women/New York for seven years, and is currently President of the National Society Of Arts And Letters, Florida East Coast Chapter.
Shari has produced and directed over 50 productions in New York and around the country. Her directing Credits include Vincent, The Passions Of The Artist Van Gogh, Danny And Sylvia at the Forum Theatre in New Jersey. Other credits include Life With Father,  Fiddler On The Roof, Cabaret, Jacques Brel, and The Roar Of The Greasepaint; she was awarded Best Director for her production of Side By Side By Sondheim. Shari will be producing the national classical ballet competition En Pointe in South Florida in 2017.
Along with Beau Jest, some of Shari’s Florida directing credits include Bridge & TunnelWomen’s Minyan, Broadway Live! and Hollywood Live!, Confessions Of A Jewish Shiksa Dancing On Hitler’s Grave at the Kravis Center, Dames In Divaland, From Door to Door, and In the Voice of Our Mothers (at the Posner JCC).
Shari served as assistant director to the world renowned British Director Michael Langham for the first Black/Hispanic Julius Caesar and Coriolanus at the New York Shakespeare Festival with Joe Papp starring Morgan Freeman.
Shari Upbin and Sandi Durell have been long time producing partners in Hollywood Live! and Broadway Live! as well as the Manhattan Association of Cabaret Award nominated Timeless Divas! series with hosts Ben Verreen, Tony Randall, Karen Mason,  Tovah Feldshuh , Phyllis Newman, and Leslie Uggams.   She is producing the 2017 National Classical Ballet Competition at Florida Atlantic University in June.

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