Michael Gioia, Ryan Didato and Jacqueline Laggy
to join
Avi Hoffman
The Studio at Mizner Park
January 26th –February 12th

Parade Productions, Boca Raton’s newest theatre company, has completed casting for their upcoming production of Brooklyn Boy.  Artistic Director Kim St. Leon and Producing Director Candace Caplin are extremely pleased with their cast: “It took us a while,” says Caplin, “we refused to ‘settle’ – and we’re delighted with each and every one of our choices.”

Brooklyn Boy has been called one of Donald Margulies’ funniest and most moving plays. With sparkling dialogue, humor, and just the right amount of poignancy, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright examines the consequences of success and reminds us that nobody’s journey through life can be made without some bad decisions, wrong directions, or regrets.

Kim St. Leon, who will direct the production, brings over 35 years of stage, television, and film experience to the company.   Among her many stage credits are acclaimed productions of Faith Healer at Inside/Out Theater, Nine Parts of Desire and The Memory of Water at the Mosaic Theater, many seasons of City Theatre’s “Summer Shorts”, the world premiere of Men Don’t Go to Heaven for the Alchemy Theater Company, Zombie Prom and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress  at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and the award winning regional production of Frankie and Johnny at the Claire De Lune.

Brooklyn Boy spoke to me on so many levels,” says St. Leon. “It’s about family forgiveness, acceptance, the crazy artist life… But it’s especially about parents and children – how we have written on each other with words and deeds, and how patterns and ways families communicate are passed on from generation to generation.”

Avi Hoffman will star as author Eric Weiss, who discovers his new-found success and celebrity comes with some unexpected complications.  Hoffman is one of South Florida’s busiest and most popular actors. He is celebrated for his award-winning one man shows Too Jewish? and Too Jewish, Too!, broadcast nationally on PBS. His newest show Still Jewish After All These Years is scheduled to open in New York in May 2012. The multi-talented Hoffman is the founder of the National Center for Jewish Cultural Arts and the New Vista Theatre. He recently directed As Bees in Honey Drown at Rising Action Theatre and has just completed an extremely successful turn as Wilber Turnblad in the Actor’s Playhouse production of Hairspray.

Michael Gioia (Ira Zimmer) is well known to South Florida audiences.  He is the owner and Executive Director of The Acting School of South Florida, holds an M.F.A. from the University of Florida, and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors’ Guild.  He has worked as an actor or director in over 75 productions in theatre and film.

Ryan Didato (Tyler Shaw) holds a BFA in acting from New World School of the Arts.  His recent appearance as Mark Rothko’s assistant Ken in Red at Gablestage earned him rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. Some of his other South Florida credits include The Irish Curse at Mosaic Theatre (Silver Palm, Best Ensemble), Speech and Debate at Gablestage (Carbonell nominated, Best Ensemble), and Camp Kappawanna for City Theatre.

Rounding out the impressive Brooklyn Boy cast are Jacqueline Laggy, Sy Fish, Blaze Powers, and Candace Caplin.

Parade Productions is a not-for profit theatre company whose mission is “To produce high quality theatre experiences that entertain, enlighten, inform, uplift, and inspire audiences, sending them home with new thoughts, insights, questions, and ideas.”

Brooklyn Boy will open January 26th, 2012, and will run through February 12th, with performances Thursday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $30 ($25 for groups of 20 or more). Tickets are available on line at www.paradeproductions.org.  For Group Sales call: 561-291-9678.

For more information please contact Carol Kassie at ckassie@gmail.com/561-445-9244.

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Brooklyn Boy
January 26 – February 12, 2012
The Studio at Mizner Park
Tickets $30/$25 for groups of 20 or more
For Tickets:  www.paradeproductions.org
Group Tickets: 561-291-9678