DELRAY BEACH, FL: Get ready to get real with your favorite Celebrity Housewives – onstage in person! The Delray Beach Playhouse is launching a special series this season featuring reality stars from all your favorite Housewives shows. Each evening will feature a different Housewife as they discuss the scandals and the high points of the ground-breaking TV program that changed the face of television!
Audiences will learn all about these dazzling ladies, their personal lives, cherished families, amazing businesses, and how fame has changed their lives forever! Meredith Marks (Salt Lake City) will take the stage on December 8, Dolores Catania (New Jersey) on February 2, Jill Zarin (New York) on February 23, and Marysol Patton (Miami) on March 23.
See below for more information about each of these Fabulous Housewives.
To purchase tickets or for more information about the Celebrity Housewives shows, visit www.delraybeachplayhouse.com or call 561-272-1281. Tickets range in price from $50 to $75. There will also be a limited number of Meet & Greet/Photo Op tickets available and an exclusive, very limited Ultimate V.I.P. Package for customers which includes a private “Meet & Greet” backstage, champagne toast, exclusive limited edition signed poster from the show, souvenir VIP Pass, and a personal photo op with the Celebrity Housewife prior to the show.
The Delray Beach Playhouse is located at 950 NW 9th Street, in Delray Beach, 33444. (561-272-1281).
For more information about The Celebrity Housewives at the Delray Beach Playhouse, contact Kevin Barrett/Executive Director, Delray Beach Playhouse at firstname.lastname@example.org / 561-272-1281 or Carol Kassie at email@example.com /561-445-9244.
The Celebrity Housewives at the Delray Beach Playhouse:
Meredith Marks (Salt Lake City) December 8, 2022 @ 7:30 PM
Meredith Marks is an award winning and celebrity favorite jewelry designer and TV personality. After joining the cast of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City franchise in 2020, she quickly became a fan-favorite due to her extravagant looks and extensive background in fashion. As the founder of a multi-functional, luxury jewelry line ‘Meredith Marks Jewelry’ her designs have been worn by many A-list celebrities including Charlize Theron and Courteney Cox. Marks currently resides in Utah with her husband Seth and her two children, as she continues to embark on new business ventures. Third season premieres September 29th.
Dolores Catania (New Jersey) February 2, 2023 @ 7:30 PM
Dolores Catania came into the limelight when she joined the main cast in the seventh season of Bravo franchise The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Prior to becoming a television personality, she worked as a Surgical Technician and a Realtor. At present, Catania is a business entrepreneur owning and operating two local gyms, an active philanthropist who is involved with charities across the United States, and is most known for her recurring role as one of New Jersey’s favorite Housewives!
Jill Zarin (New York City) February 23, 2023 @ 7:30PM
As a former, and one of the original cast members of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York City, and who recently appeared in “Ultimate Girls Trip”, Jill Zarin is no stranger to the spotlight! Zarin had a major career in fashion and textiles prior to her time on RHONY, which helped start her entrepreneurial journey of creating her own home decor and fashion line, The Jill Zarin Home collection. Aside from Zarin’s business and philanthropic endeavors, she appeared in the film “Night of the Wild” and has made multiple cameos on other Reality TV shows. As a current resident of Boca Raton, Florida, she focuses on her rapidly growing, woman-owned company Jill & Ally.
Marysol Patton (Miami) March 23, 2023 @ 7:30 PM
Marysol Patton, founder of one of the most premiere PR firms in Miami, The Patton Group, was an original member of Bravo TV’s Real Housewives of Miami franchise. After three seasons as a Miami Housewife, serving as both a main cast member and a “friend of”, she returned for the franchise’s revival on Peacock. Since then, she continues to film RHOM, while also running her high-end, successful PR firm.
Delray Beach, FL: The Delray Beach Playhouse has a varied, eclectic, and thoroughly entertaining lineup planned for their 2022-2023 season. From musicals to musical comedy, to a myriad of musical memories… not to mention a suspenseful psychological thriller, a classic Neil Simon play, and a British backstage farce.
The Playhouse, which first opened its doors in 1947, has become a beloved fixture in South Florida theatrical community, and boasts large, strong, and supportive membership composed of year-round and seasonal patrons, an excellent roster of local talent both backstage and front of house, and an enthusiastic and committed team of volunteers.
“Our lineup is jam-packed with new and exciting shows,” says Kevin Barrett, Delray Beach Playhouse Executive Director, “And there will be something for everyone to enjoy. We have also made the strategic decision to kick off our season later in the year – in December, rather than October. It will give our patrons time to become more comfortable returning to the theatre.”
The season will begin with Villainous Company, a suspense-filled thriller by Victor Cahn. The Playhouse’ next production, Something’s Afoot, A Musical Mystery by James McDonald, David Vos, and Robert Gerlach, will be followed by Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite and then by Noises Off a farcical comedy by Michael Frayn. (Show descriptions below)
The Playhouse’ ever-popular Musical Memories Series will feature a celebration of The Songs of Jule Styne, New York, New York – Broadway Celebrates the Big Apple, From Showboat to Hamilton – Celebrating Broadway’s Landmark Musicals, A Celebration of Fiddler on the Roof, Making Whoopee! Ziegfeld’s “Clown Royal”, Celebrating the Music of Eddie Cantor. Three one-of concerts are also planned: This Land is Your Land – The Life and Song of Woody Guthrie, Remembering Woodstock – Songs from a Seminal Event in an Upstate Pasture, and Bleecker Street and Beyond:The Greenwich Village Music Scene of the 60s. (Show descriptions below)
Subscriptions are on sale now, and group rates are available for the Main Stage productions as well as the Musical Memories Concerts. Single tickets for productions and concerts will be $42 and will be on sale in August/September.
The Delray Beach Playhouse is located at 950 NW 9th Street, in Delray Beach, 33444. (561-272-1281).
Delray Beach Playhouse Mainstage Productions:
December 2 – 18, 2022 Villainous Company By Victor L. Cahn
This suspenseful play begins when Claire returns from shopping to find that she’s apparently left one of her purchases (an expensive clock) at the store. Moments later, Tracy (a clerk from the store) appears with the clock. But what seems at first to be a kind gesture becomes an increasingly menacing interrogation as Tracy suggests that the store’s management suspects that Claire might be a thief. As Claire begins to feel more and more threatened by Tracy’s accusations, her friend Joanna appears. Claire and Joanna are surprised to learn that Joanna has also been under surveillance. But has Tracy really come from the store? Or is she a criminal herself trying to recruit new members to a ring of professional shoplifters. Villainous Company casts three women into a world of crime and detection and into roles we usually see occupied only by men. Alive with deceit, dark humor, betrayals and surprising character revelations, Villainous Company builds to an astonishing climax worthy of Alfred Hitchcock. ~ January 27 – February 12, 2023 Something’s Afoot By James McDonald, David Vos, & Robert Gerlach
This wonderfully witty musical takes place in 1935 on the country estate of Lord Dudley Rancor. As the play begins, Lord Dudley’s butler Clive greets a motley assortment of weekend guests, including Colonel Gillweather, Nigel (the black sheep of the family), Lady Grace Manley-Prowe, Dr. Grayburn, a theatrical ingenue, a mysterious young stranger and Miss Tweed (an amateur artist and detective). As the last guest arrives, Clive announces that a storm has made the estate inaccessible and that all of the phone lines are down. Then – one by one – the guests begin to die in the most varied and unlikely ways. Miss Tweed (who has clearly read all of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple novels) takes charge and launches an investigation. The deliciously musical score includes such songs as “A Marvelous Weekend,” “I Don’t Know Why I Trust You (But I Do)” and “The Man With the Ginger Mustache.” If you enjoy Agatha Christie’s mysteries and tuneful, toe-tapping melodies, you’ll love Something’s Afoot! ~ March 17 – April 2, 2023 Plaza Suite By Neil Simon
Neil Simon’s popular triptych features three different plays set in the same hotel suite: Suite 719 of New York’s Plaza Hotel. The first act – Visitor from Mamaroneck – tells the story of Sam and Karen, a couple who are revisiting the site of their honeymoon in the hope of rekindling the passion they felt as newlyweds. The second act – Visitor from Hollywood – depicts a rendezvous between a movie producer named Jesse Kiplinger and a suburban housewife named Muriel Tate. Muriel thinks Jessie just wants to renew a high-school friendship. She’s wrong. The third act – Visitor from Forest Hills – revolves around a couple’s efforts to persuade their altar-shy daughter to emerge from the bathroom and go through with the very costly wedding they’ve prepared for her. Their efforts are Herculean…and hilarious! In fact, it is generally conceded that this is the single funniest scene that Neil Simon ever wrote! Not a small claim to make for America’s favorite comic playwright! ~ April 28 – May 14, 2023 Noises Off By Michael Frayn
This fast-paced comedy has become one of the most frequently revived plays of the twentieth century. An award-winning hit on both sides of the Atlantic, Noises Off recounts the catastrophic meltdown of a regional theater production of a farce called Nothing On in which everything – but everything! – goes wrong! Act One depicts the play’s fraught dress rehearsal. Act Two lets us watch the actual performance of the play as it slowly implodes on stage. And Act Three gives us a view of the play ten weeks after its Opening Night when the cast no longer care whether they live or die. Noises Off is regarded today as the ultimate “back-stage comedy!” Even if you’ve never been in a play, you will both empathize and laugh out loud at the often embarrassing and catastrophic mistakes being made on the stage before you. Frank Rich wrote that “Noises Off is the funniest play written in my lifetime!” High praise from New York’s most exacting critic!
Delray Beach Playhouse Musical Memories Series:
December 12 – 20, 2022 Celebrating the Songs of Jule Styne
In a career that spanned 40 years, Jule Styne wrote over 1400 songs. In Hollywood he wrote some of the most popular songs of World War II, including “I’ll Walk Alone” and “I’ve Heard That Song Before.” For Broadway, he wrote one smash hit show after another, including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (“Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”), High Button Shoes (“Papa, Won’t You Dance With Me?”), Funny Girl (“People”), Bells Are Ringing (“Just in Time”), Do Re Mi (“Make Someone Happy)” and Gypsy (“Everything’s Coming Up Roses’). And along the way, he gave Frank Sinatra some of his biggest hits, penning such Sinatra classics as “Three Coins in the Fountain,” and “I Fall in Love too Easily.” To paraphrase one of Jule’s own songs, people who know the music of Jule Styne are “the luckiest people in the world!” ~ February 6 – 14, 2023 New York, New York – Broadway Celebrates The Big Apple
Ever since Governor Al Smith adopted “East Side, West Side” as his campaign song, composers and lyricists have been describing and celebrating the unique rhythms and joyous energy of The Greatest City in the World. The result? More great songs have been written for New York than for Frank Sinatra…and that’s saying a lot! Needless to say, many of these songs were born on Broadway, the musical heart of the city. The city itself has played a major role in shows from Annie to West Side Story and from Guys and Dolls to The Producers! And many of our finest songwriters have written heart-felt love songs to their favorite city, including Richard Rodgers (“Manhattan”), Jule Styne (“Every Street’s a Boulevard”), Bock and Harnick (“Little Old New York”) and Stephen Sondheim (“Another Hundred People”). Come and help us celebrate the rebirth of our own Big Apple! ~ March 27 – April 4, 2023 From Showboat to Hamilton – Celebrating Broadway’s Landmark Musicals
In 1947, it was illegal for Black and White performers to dance together on a Broadway stage. But Finian’s Rainbow openly flouted that law and hastened its repeal. Forty years ago, color-blind casting was unheard of. But in its 1994 production of Carousel, Britain’s National Theatre cast actress Audra MacDonald in the role of Carrie Pipperidge opposite an appropriately named Mr. Snow and (today) color-blind casting is the rule. Case in point: before Hamilton, who could have imagined that Broadway’s best known George Washington would be played by a young Black performer? And in 1982, La Cage Aux Folles featured a Gay Marriage a full quarter of a century before Gay Marriages actually became legal. This program will highlight Broadway musicals that have not only anticipated – but, in some instances, actually precipitated – change. ~ May 8 – 16, 2023 Celebrating Fiddler on the Roof
When Sholem-Aleichem first published his stories about Tevye the Milkman in 1894, he could not have imagined they would one day be adapted into a musical phenomenon that would be seen and celebrated in every major city in the world. The character of Tevye first appeared on stage in a Yiddish theater in New York in 1917; but it was not until 1971 that Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick would create the show that would quickly become one of the most successful musicals of all time: Fiddler on the Roof. This program will reveal how Fiddler came into being and the wide-ranging impact it’s had in theaters around the world. You’ll also hear the songs that have become Broadway standards, songs like “Tradition,” “Matchmaker,” “Do You Love Me?,” “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Far From the Home I Love.” ~ June 5 – 13, 2023 Making Whoopie – Ziegfeld’s “Clown Royal” – Celebrating Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor was a major star on Broadway (Whoopie! and Banjo Eyes), a popular radio personality, the star of over a dozen popular Hollywood films (Kid Millions and Roman Scandals), a television star (The Colgate Comedy Hour) and a best-selling recording artist. In addition to his career as an entertainer, he was also a noted philanthropist, both naming and helping to organize The March of Dimes. But today he is best remembered as one of America’s greatest comic performers, a man who shared the bill with W.C. Fields, Fanny Brice and Will Rogers and was (for over a decade) the leading star of The Ziegfeld Follies. In a singing career that spanned over 40 years, he introduced dozens of popular songs, including “If You Knew Susie,” “Ain’t She Sweet,” ‘Ballin’ the Jack,” “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby,” “Ma, He’s Making Eyes at Me” and his signature song, “Making Whoopie!” ~ Delray Beach Playhouse Individual Concerts:
December 7, 2022 This Land is Your Land: The Life and Song of Woody Guthrie
Woody Guthrie, the iconic wandering troubadour, created music that is part of the collective memory of generations of Americans who grew up in the mid-20th century. The PinkSlip Duo sings his upbeat message songs of social justice and worker’s rights, still relevant today, such as “This Land is Your Land,” “Worried Man Blues,” Union Maid, “So Long it’s Been Good to Know Ya,” and “Sinking of the Ruben James,” along with Guthrie’s most touching songs sung in beautiful harmony, such as “Hobo’s Lullaby,” “Deportee,” “Pastures of Plenty,” and “Jarama Valley” and tells the story of this original performer who traveled the country, often perched atop a boxcar with his friend Pete Seeger. ~ February 1, 2023 Remembering Woodstock: Songs from a Seminal Event in an Upstate Pasture
The Woodstock music festival was planned for 50,000 people in upstate New York, but attracted 10 times that on a rain-plagued weekend in August 1969, clogging traffic and taxing the local infrastructure. Yet, the event became a marvel of peaceful coexistence and a symbol of Sixties’ communal values. The music, by Crosby, Stills and Nash, Country Joe MacDonald, Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, the Who, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Joe Cocker, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Creedence, and others, became the soundtrack of a generation. The PinkSlip Duo will play much of that music and tell the story of that momentous event, with narration and slides. ~ March 22, 2023 Bleeker Street and Beyond:The Greenwich Village Music Scene of the 60s.
Guitar-strumming poets of the 60s turned Greenwich Village Bohemian enclaves, like The Gaslight Cafe, Gerde’s Folk City, and The Bitter End into the focal point of the sixties folk revival and its evolution into folk-rock. Join the PinkSlip Duo in an examination of this cultural phenom, with narration and slides, and sing along to songs by Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Peter Paul & Mary, Judy Collins, Simon & Garfunkel, the Serendipity Singers, and the Kingston Trio and as the music evolves to folk rock, to groups like the Mamas and Papas, CSNY, Lovin’ Spoonful, the Youngbloods and Dylan (plugged in!).
DELRAY BEACH, FL: The Delray Beach Playhouse will offer two theatrically based summer programs for children ages 6-16 this summer.
The 2022 Broadway Camp, which will run from May 31st to July 17th, will allow young performers the opportunity to experience the joy of live theatre, while building self-confidence, engaging their imaginations, and learning the importance of teamwork. The camp will culminate with performances of Disney’s The Little Mermaid on July 12th – 15th for fellow campers, and July 16th and 17th for the public. Auditions for the Broadway Summer Camp will be held on April 30th from 9 am to 1 pm, with call-backs scheduled on May 1st from 9 am to 1 pm. A limited number of spaces are available. Cost for the Broadway Camp is $249 per week for 6 weeks. Camp will run from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, however three Saturday rehearsals are scheduled.
The Playhouse’ Summer Fun Camp, which will run from May 31st to August 5th, will allow youngsters to explore drama, music, and dance. The program is suitable for children who want to be active and involved in theatre without performing on stage. Cost for Summer Fun Camp is $175 for the first week, and $100 for each week thereafter. Campers can sign up for the entire 10 weeks, or as many or few weeks as desired.
Each camp requires a $99 deposit, due April 15th, with the balance of the fees due on May 20th.
There will be an Open House at the Playhouse on Saturday, April 2nd from 11 am to 12:30 pm where parents and potential campers can meet with the Camp Director, actress, singer, and model Jessie Dez, and Camp Manager Shoshana Davidowitz to learn more about both programs.
DELRAY BEACH, FL: From Lillie Langtry to Cyndi Lauper and Betty Boop to Tina Turner, or from Rosie the Riveter to Britney Spears, female singers and pop stars and their music provide a vivid reflection of how much has changed for women since the beginning of the 20th century. Respect: A Musical Journey of Women, which has evolved from a one-woman dissertation by Columbia University Professor Dorothy Marcic to an international hit musical revue,is an entertaining, exuberant, and exhilarating look at the lives of women as reflected in the popular music of the times. Respect will run at the Delray Beach Playhouse from January 28th through February 13th.
Featuring an ensemble cast of eight and a live band, and combining excerpts of 60 songs including “I Enjoy Being a Girl,” “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” “I Wanna Be Loved By You,” “As Long As He Needs Me” and “Whatever Lola Wants” along with such modern standards as “Where the Boys Are,” “It Must Be Him,” “The Greatest Love of All,” and “Stand by Your Man” with women’s own stories about finding dreams, lost love, relationship issues, entering the workforce, gaining independence, and more, Respect has resonated with audiences around the world. Men as well as women will have no trouble at all identifying with the messages of encouragement and empowerment that Respect portrays.
“The show has changed a lot since it premiered in South Florida in 2003,” says Respect’s director Suzanne Dunn. “That’s why we’d encourage anyone who’s seen it before to come out and enjoy it again, because it has been updated with different songs and dialogue and will be a new experience. I’m thrilled to be working with the great team at the Delray Beach Playhouse (I first performed on stage there when I was in college at FAU, directed by Randy DelLago in See How They Run) and with this incredible group of actors.
“These very talented women, who are well-known throughout the theatre community, have been rehearsing under the strictest of COVID guidelines – singing and dancing with KN95 masks on every night!” she continues. “They have such a huge amount of enthusiasm and commitment, and audiences are going to have a blast taking this trip down memory lane with them.”
Dunn’s cast includes Kelley DiLorenzo, Spensyr Bach, Sara Hope Tripp, Amanda Gomes, Lissen Ellington, Rachel O’Hara, Jacynth (J.B.) Brown and Patricia Sotolongo.
Respect’s Music Director is Karen Nagy and the show’s Choreographer is Jeannie Krouch. Stage Manager is Michele Popken, Technical Director is Andre Lancaster, Set Design is by Cindi Taylor, Lighting is by Sonia Buchanan, and Props and Costumes are by Susan Rose.
Respect: A Musical Journey of Women will run from January 28 – February 13 at the Delray Beach Playhouse. Tickets are $38 and can be purchased online at delraybeachplayhouse.com/, or by phone at 561-272-1281.The Delray Beach Playhouse is located at 950 NW 9th Street, in Delray Beach (33444).
For more information about Respect: A Musical Journey of Women contact Carol Kassie at firstname.lastname@example.org / 561-445-9244.
Respect: A Musical Journey of Women By Dorothy MarcicJanuary 28 – February 13, 2022 Tickets: $38 Performances:Friday & Saturday at 8 pm Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm For tickets: https://tinyurl.com/2cywthjx Or call 561-272-1281 Delray Beach Playhouse 950 NW 9th Street Delray Beach, FL 33444
Who’s Who in Respect: A Musical Journey of Women:
Spensyr Bach (Eden) “One of the best things that ever happened to me is that I’m a woman. That is the way all females should feel.” – Marilyn Monroe. When she’s not performing, Spensyr is an attorney practicing entertainment and intellectual property law in Boca Raton, FL at The Lomnitzer Law Firm, P.A. Spensyr has a BA in Music from Rollins College, and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. Previous DBP credits: Annie Get Your Gun, The World Goes Round,1940’s Radio Hour, Showtune, See How They Run, and Take Me Back to Manhattan.
Jacynth Brown (Ensemble) This is Jacynth’s debut performance with the Delray Beach Playhouse and she is thrilled to join the cast of RESPECT. After many years as a “Theatre Mom” Jacynth has finally decided to step out from behind the scenes. Jacynth played Blanch Ethels Pracket in the short film “Walk On” and most recently performed with Torch and Trumpet Theatre Company in The Gospel According to Scrooge. A long-time resident of Palm Beach County, Jacynth is a mental health professional who enjoys volunteering, singing and actively serving in her local church.
Kelly DiLorenzo (Janet) Originally from Los Angeles, Kelly has enjoyed a 30+ year career in “the biz”. Roles she’s extremely proud of are Fantine in Les Miserables (Broadway National Tour), she originated the role of Princess Jasmine in Aladdin at Disneyland and went on to portray Belle in Beauty and the Beast and every other Princess imaginable! Other favorites include The Narrator (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Miss Hannigan (Annie), Mary Magdalene (JC Superstar) and Eva Peron (Evita). For almost a decade, she was the lead singer of South Florida’s popular band, The Fabulons. She’s entertained on cruise ships and on stages around the world in Canada, Europe and Southeast Asia. Love and gratitude to her husband Rick and two amazing kids, Austin and Bella. “Thank you for always being my cheerleaders”.
Lissen Ellington (Ensemble) Lissen is excited to be back at the Delray Beach Playhouse with RESPECT. Last season, Lissen made her DBPH debut in Take Me Back To Manhattan. She has been seen around the state performing in a variety shows including Into the Woods (Witch), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Drood), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Lin), A Funny…Forum (Gymnasia), Flora the Red Menace (Maggie), Spelling Bee (Rona), You Can’t Take It With You (Penny), Alice In Wonderland (Queen of Hearts), No, No, Nannette (Flora). Lissen is a proud EMC candidate. During the day you can find Lissen at Santaluces High School where she is the Director of Theatre Arts for the award-winning Tomahawk Theatre Company. When not performing, Lissen runs Disney marathons and volunteers with JLPB. Thank you, Suzanne for this opportunity! For my guardian angels Bubba and Matty!
Amanda Gomes (Rosa) Amanda is making her Professional Debut as Rosa in Respect. Amanda is a recent graduate of FAU. She is well-versed in several areas of Theatre from singing and acting, to directing, writing, stage managing, wardrobe, and theatrical makeup. Some previous performance credits include Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, and Charlotte in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. She’d like to thank her friends, family, and the Cast & Crew of Respect for all their support.
Tricia Sotolongo Mundarain(Ensemble) Tricia is a Palm Beach County native and lifelong music lover. She began singing as a toddler and later in her middle and high school choirs. She is the proud mother of two vocally gifted daughters who inspired her to pursue her passion again in 2018 when she performed the role of the haughty ballet company headmistress in Flashdance at the Lake Worth Playhouse. Respect: A Musical Journey of Women is only her second foray into musical theater and her first for the Delray Beach Playhouse. She is inspired by her female cast, crew, and director and hopes to continue to entertain in the future.
Rachel O’Hara (Ensemble\Dance Captain) Rachel is thrilled to be back on stage at the Delray Beach Playhouse after two years away from the theater due to the pandemic. Since moving back to her hometown in 2017, Rachel has performed in two other shows at Delray Beach Playhouse; Annie Get Your Gun in 2017 and 1940’s Radio Hour in 2019, and as Blue Girl in Maplewood Playhouse’s SHOUT! The Mod Musical. She is the Communications Associate at Gulf Stream School and a freelance photojournalist for The Coastal Star. She would like to thank all her friends and family for being so supportive of her love of theater and she hopes everyone enjoys the show!
Sara Tripp (Samantha) Sara Hope Tripp is happy to return to the Delray Beach Playhouse, where she last performed in A Doll’s House Part 2 and Take Me Back to Manhattan. A native New Yorker, she’s performed as Anna in the King and I and Maria in the Sound of Music at Dicapo Opera Theatre; Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Vertical Players Repertory; the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, Charlotte Malcom in A Little Night Music, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, and most recently Mrs. Anderssen in A Little Night Music at the Manhattan School of Music, where she earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in vocal performance.
Suzanne Dunn (Director) Suzanne made her professional acting debut in Eleemosynary at the Theatre Club of the Palm Beaches for which she was nominated for a Carbonell Award. Other roles include: Blythe Spirit (Edith), Proof (Catherine), Steel Magnolias (Annelle), See How They Run (Ida), Mama Drama (Morgan), Chicago (Mona/Go-to-Hell Kitty/undst. Velma), Foxfire (Holly), Bananas (House of Blue Leaves), and The Cover of Life (Weetsie). Directing credits include The Bachelorette, Death by Design, Church and State. Suzanne was last seen on the Delray Beach Playhouse stage as Nora in A Doll’s House Part 2, and recently completed the role of Anita in the independent film The Pool, directed by Anna Hozian. She was a founding member of the all-female comedy improv troupe, Big Purse…and Matching Shoes with screenwriter Kim Turner as well as a founding member of the Comedy Squad with Upright Citizen Brigade members Michael Delaney and Billy Merritt. Suzanne holds a BFA from Florida Atlantic University where she studied with J. Robert Dietz, Zoe Caldwell, and Hume Cronyn, and attended Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, obtaining certificates in British Society and 20th Century Literature, Theatre, and Poetry. Suzanne would like to thank this absolutely amazing cast of talented women – Kelly, Sara, Spensyr, Amanda, Lissen, Rachel, Jacynth, and Trish – as well as her talented friend Jeannie, Randy, Andre, Karen, Sonia, Cindi, Michelle, Susan, the band, and the Playhouse crew and staff. All the love to her family and friends, especially Mr. Pie, Mom & Dad, and Ronan.
Karen Nagy (Music Director) Karen Nagy is thrilled to be working at DBPH with such a talented cast and crew! She has worked in professional theater in south Florida for over 30 years, as a singer, actor, music director, band member, stage manager, and in all areas of tech. She and two colleagues developed and oversaw the longest-running play reading series in south Florida, Theatre With Your Coffee, introducing works of local playwright Michael McKeever and others. She is a longtime adjunct professor of music at Miami-Dade College, also having taught at NSU and New World School of the Arts. She proudly holds membership in Actors’ Equity; NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and NSAI (Nashville Songwriters). That said, her favorite job for the past 24 years is playing 2nd keyboard in theatres from Jupiter to Coral Gables. Favorite shows include: “Violet,” “1776,” “Ragtime,” and “Memphis,” (Actors’ Playhouse); “Avenue Q,” (MNM at the Rinker); and anything rock or pop, including “Tommy,” (Entr’acte) and “Footloose” (Lake Worth and Actors’ Playhouses). Karen is also proud to be a published author. Her book Girlfriend of Bill (Hazelden) has helped many in the recovery community, and she is currently finishing her second book, Finding Home: The Journey to My Happy Place. Many thanks to Suzanne, Randy, Andre, Michele and this great group of people!
Jeannie Krouch (choreographer) Jeannie is thrilled to join the Delray Beach Playhouse family. Jeannie has performed all over South Florida. Her favorite roles include: Leisl (The Sound of Music) Louise (Carousel) Snoopy (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown) Spider (James & the Giant Peach) Joan (Dames at Sea) and Dolly (The ThreePenny Opera) Her most fulfilling role is “mom” to Zach (16) and Sydney (14) Jeannie has choreographed many shows for American Heritage School and Coral Springs Centre for the Arts including Chicago, Legally Blonde, Young Frankenstein and Into the Woods. She would like to thank her husband, Rob for his support, Suzanne for the opportunity to dance again and last, but not least the amazing RESPECT cast and crew who have worked so hard to make this show a success. Enjoy!
Michele Popken (Stage Manager) – Michele is excited to be stage managing this all-female cast. Michele has stage managed several plays at the Delray Beach Playhouse. Some of the recent plays have been the Playwright Festival, Steel Magnolias, Lost in Yonkers, 1940’s Radio Hour. Thanks to the wonderful women in the play, Suzanne for her great directing. All the love to her family and friends, especially her husband, Dave for all of his support.
DELRAY BEACH, FL: The Delray Beach Playhouse will present actor/comedian Peter Fogel’s multi-media solo show, ‘Til Death Do Us Part… You First, for one performance only, on Wednesday, February 23 at 12:30 pm, as part of the theatre’s popular “Lunch & Laffs” Cabaret Series.
Fogel will also bring his show to the brand-new Charlotte J. Burrie Civic Center in Pompano Beach on Wednesday, March 2nd at 7:30 pm.
Eternal Bachelor Peter Fogel has significant commitment issues as the love of his life has just broken up with him on Valentine’s Day. Sensing his own mortality, he is visited by a Special Guest who mentors him on how he can end all his romantic disasters and reconnect with the one woman who can change his life!
Directed by Academy Award nominee and three-time Emmy Award-winner Chazz Palminteri (A Bronx Tale), Fogel employs his signature wit to bring to life such relatable characters as Iranian Ex-Girlfriend Elena, Magician & Ex-Fiancé Jamie, High Maintenance Marla, his college roommate “Uncle” Harold, plus his Demented Father and Evil Step-Mom Eva. They all have one goal – to continue to stress him out about his unfilled love life! “The longest relationship I’ve had in my entire life is with Amazon’s Alexa!” Fogel laments.
Just as Robert DeNiro discovered Chazz Palminteri in his one-man show A Bronx Tale, director Palminteri discovered Peter’s one-man show during a South Florida run. Excited about the play’s potential – Palminteri immediately offered to direct it.
“Now, more than ever, audiences want to get back to laughing and enjoying live theater…” Fogel says., “And ‘Til Death Do Us Part… is the perfect post-Valentine’s Day show for single, divorced, and devoted couples!”
“A funny show about marriage and relationships. Go see it!” Ray Romano (“Everybody Loves Raymond”)
Tickets for Peter Fogel’s ‘Til Death Do Us Part…You First are on sale now and can be purchased online at delraybeachplayhouse.com or by phone at 561-272-1281. Tickets are $44 and include lunch. Tickets for the Burrie Civic Center performance are also on sale and can be purchased online at https://tinyurl.com/45fy7wzt or by calling 954-786-5566.
~ ‘Til Death Do Us Part…You First! Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 12:30 pm By Peter Fogel Directed by Chazz Palminteri Tickets: $44 (includes lunch) For tickets: delraybeachplayhouse.com or Call 561-272-1281, Ext.5 Direct ticketing link: https://tinyurl.com/ejhdpryd The performance will take place at The Delray Beach Playhouse 950 NW 9th Street Delray Beach, FL 33444
‘Til Death Do Us Part… You First! Wednesday March 2 at 7:30pm By Peter Fogel Directed by Chazz Palminteri Tickets: $15 For tickets: https://tinyurl.com/45fy7wzt or Call 954-786-5566 The performance will take place at Burrie Center 2669 N Federal Hwy Pompano Beach, FL 33064
DELRAY BEACH, FL: Devin Tupler, MNM Theatre Company’s Director of Education and Outreach Program, will helm the world premiere of Treasure Island, by South playwright Luis Roberto Herrera. The production will run from January 10th through 13that the Delray Beach Playhouse.
This version of the beloved Robert Louis Stevenson classic by playwright Luis Roberto Herrera is a swashbuckling, heart-stopping pirate adventure suitable for the entire family.
“The play is a fun 90-minute rollicking good time,” Tupler says. The playwright managed to roll a stunt show, a comedy, and a heartfelt look into what makes people truly “good” all into an hour and a half – plus he found time for MUSIC!”
Luis Roberto Herrera is a New York City based playwright with a bachelor’s degree in acting from the University of Florida. He is currently completing his M.F.A. in playwriting at The New School. He was a resident playwright in the Greenhouse Residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm and has had work produced at the Fort Lauderdale Fringe Festival and the New York Summer Theatre Festival. His full-length plays include Pale Blue Dot, Bang Bang, Poolside Glow, and Grandma’s Armchair. Poolside Glow was chosen for the New Year New Works reading series at Fantasy Theatre Factory in January 2019 and was part of the Greenhouse Development Residency 2019 program at FIU. Herrera was part of the 2019 Athena Writes fellowship at Athena Theatre Company and had a reading of Grandma’s Armchair through Zoetic Stage.
Director Tupler has assembled a multi-talented cast, several of whom will take on multiple roles in the production. James Skiba will play Billy Bones/Long John Silver, along with Eliot Mahon as Jim Hawkins, Sara Grant as Jim’s Mother/Tom/ Ben Gun, Manuel Zaldivar as Black Dog/Israel Hands/ Christian Cooper as Dr. Livesey, Doriyan Caty as Squire Trewlaney, Om Jaye as Captain Smollet, Franz Joseph as Joeb, and Blaine Deberry as Gray.
Martyna Reczka is the production’s Stage Manager, Andre Lancaster is the Technical Director, and Sonia Buchanan is handling the lights.
Treasure Island will run from Monday, January 10th through Thursday, January 13th at the Delray Beach Playhouse. All performances are at 6 pm. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors and/or children under 10, and $15 for groups of 6 or more, and can be purchased online at delraybeachplayhouse.com or by phone at 561-272-1281.
Masks covering the nose, mouth, and chin must be worn in order to attend.
The Delray Beach Playhouse is located at 950 NW 9th Street, in Delray Beach (33444).
For more information about Treasure Island, please contact Carol Kassie at email@example.com / 561-445-9244.
MNM Theatre Company presents Treasure Island By Luis Roberto Herrera January 10 – 13, 2022 Directed by Devin Tupler Tickets: $25 $20 for seniors and children under 10 $15 for groups of 6 or more For tickets: delraybeachplayhouse.com Direct ticketing link: https://tinyurl.com/2wawu5xx Or call 561-272-1281 All performances at 6 pm All performances to take place at The Delray Beach Playhouse 950 NW 9th Street Delray Beach, FL 33444
BOCA RATON & DELRAY BEACH, FL: In Italian Bred – The Theatrical Comedy, actress/singer/storyteller Candice Guardino effortlessly slips in and out of multiple family characters as she reminisces about her childhood. The show, which has received rave reviews wherever it has played, will have its Florida premiere performances at the Mizner Park Cultural Center on February 24th, and at the Delray Beach Playhouse on February 25th and 26th.
Based on true life events and told through the eyes of a little girl growing up Italian on Staten Island – from learning to make meatballs to learning to drive – Guardino shares heartfelt and hilarious memories of her childhood with humor and skill. And from her matter-of-fact father to her outspoken, chain-smoking grandmother, she impersonates all the members of her sitcom-worthy family, while sharing the stage with virtual cameo appearances of Emmy Award-winner Steve Schirripa (“Blue Bloods”), Mario Cantone (“Sex & the City”), Leslie Jordan (“Will and Grace”), and Vic DiBitetto (“Mall Cop 2”).
Candice Guardino was born in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, was raised on Staten Island, and now splits her time between Los Angeles and New York City. She made a name for herself on the New York theatre scene with her outrageously revealing one-woman show, “S.O.S.” which ran at Stage 72 and The Laurie Beechman. Candice has also written several sitcoms, stage plays, screenplays, and shorts. She has studied with UCB, Second City, The Pit Improv and has a BA in Theatre. www.candiceguardino.com
DELRAY BEACH, FL: The Delray Beach Playhouse will open their season with a classic mystery. Dame Agatha Christie’s A Spider’s Web, a unique blend of suspense and humor, will open at the Playhouse on December 3rd, and run through December 19th.
Agatha Christie famously wrote the longest-running play in the history of the English-speaking theatre – The Mousetrap, now in its 69th year in London’s West End. Her second longest-running success is an intricately plotted mystery with comedic overtones which involves discovering a hidden treasure of unsuspected value, a young girl’s fascination with witchcraft and a hostess who must keep a murder from interfering with an important diplomatic conference.
After Clarissa Brown convinces her husband, a Foreign Office diplomat, and his two colleagues to help her hide a murdered body, the conference begins. But it is soon interrupted by the arrival of the police, who have been summoned by a mysterious call. To her chagrin, when Clarissa tries to lead the police to the body, it has disappeared. Usually adept at spinning tales of adventure to amuse her husband’s colleagues, Clarissa learns that facts can be far more terrifying than fiction.
A conscious parody of the detective thriller, Christie delivers a unique blend of suspense and humor. There is tension and laughter in equal parts in an intricate plot of murder, police, drug addicts, invisible ink, hidden doorways and secret drawers.
A Spider’s Web will be directed by Randolph (Randy) DelLago, and features Marci Hall as Clarissa Hailsham-Brown, Ken Vianale as Henry Hailsham-Brown, Mark Liebert as Sir Rowland Delahaye, Neal Evangelista as Hugo Birch, Marissa Shala as Pippa Hailsham-Brown, Tom Gregory as Jeremy Warrender, Colin Elias as Oliver Costello, Tom Turner as Elgin, Michael Beecher as Inspector Lord, and Dean Christopoul as Constable Jones.
A Spider’s Web‘s Stage Manager is Doug Moore, and the show’s Technical Director is Andre Lancaster. Scenic Design is by Ann Cadaret and Cindi Taylor, and Scenic Art is by Cindi Taylor. Lighting is by Sonia Buchanan, Properties by Susan Rose, and the production’s Master Carpenter is Jeff Davis.
A Spider’s Web will run from December 3 – 19 at the Delray Beach Playhouse. Tickets are $38 and can be purchased online at delraybeachplayhouse.com/, or by phone at 561-272-1281.The Delray Beach Playhouse is located at 950 NW 9th Street, in Delray Beach (33444).
BOCA RATON/DELRAY BEACH, FL: Comedian/writer/raconteur Joe DeVito will bring his unique comedic talents to the Mizner Park Cultural Center on November 5th and the Delray Beach Playhouse on November 6th.
Whether taking on relationships, his Italian-American family, or current events, Joe DeVito’s dead-on timing, unexpected twists and sheer flights of lunacy make him a favorite at clubs and colleges throughout the United States, and at the top venues in New York City.
After spending a decade as a journalist and advertising writer, Joe gave into his coworker’s demands to try performing so he could find fame, while they finally got some work done! Since then, he has appeared on television more than 150 times, including Comedy Central, The Late
Late Show (CBS), Last Comic Standing (NBC), AXS-tv’s Gotham Comedy Live, Comics Unleashed, E! Network, CNN, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, and more. He has been a regular panelist on FOX News Channel’s Red Eye and Kennedy discussing current events with a satirical bent. He has also appeared on FOX’s The Greg Gutfield where he serves as the show’s lead comedy writer.
As a writer, Joe has contributed to Maxim Magazine, MTV, and the award-winning film “Super Size Me”. In 2006, he was invited to the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Canada, where the Montreal Gazette rated his performance “9.5 out of 10.”
Joe’s debut album “First Date with Joe DeVito” is in regular rotation on Spotify and Sirius XM satellite radio.
DELRAY BEACH, FL: The 2021 edition of what has become a popular vehicle for South Florida playwrights to showcase their work, the Playhouse Playwrights’ Project, (“P3”) will take place on October 23rd and 24th at the Delray Beach Playhouse. This year’s event will feature nine brand new one-act plays.
In 2019, director Marianne Regan and art historian Dan Bellante approached the Delray Beach Playhouse with the idea of starting a local playwright’s festival.
“We called it the Playhouse Playwright’s Project and we had over 30 submissions that first year,” Regan explains. “We chose eight brand new, locally written plays to perform on the Playhouse’s Cabaret stage.”
The event was a huge success. The plays were warmly received and thoroughly enjoyed by sell-out audiences.
“Dan and I realized we had hit a nerve in the community and while 2020 put us in COVID-limbo, we are thrilled with the interest and excitement generated by this year’s submissions,” Regan continues. “So, this is officially our Second Annual Playhouse Playwright’s Project Festival of New Plays, written and performed by a community of talented playwrights and actors.”
The call for scripts went out in March, with a May 31st deadline. Criteria are well specified: Submissions must be 20 minute one-act plays and should not have had any previous productions. They must contain at least two, and not more than seven characters, and are judged on concept, dramatic action, and characterization.
The committee chose the plays in June (once again there were over 30 submissions) and everyone is encouraged to audition – actors with and without experience. “These are just readings,” Regan says, “there is no blocking, no sets, minimal props, and best of all, no memorizing!
“We hold a “mixer” with the playwrights and the actors to meet one another and then we start rehearsals,” she continues. We usually have 2 two-hour rehearsals before our final dress-tech rehearsal and then we’re ready to perform. Playwrights are invited to attend all the rehearsals because it is so valuable to them to hear their creation come to life. And it also gives them the opportunity to polish their writing because of the collaboration with the actors.”
Nine plays were chosen for this year’s Festival. Five plays will be produced on Saturday evening, and four will be produced on Sunday afternoon. (The list of plays and playwrights is below.)
The Playhouse Playwrights’ Project will take place on Saturday, October 23rd at 8 pm and on Sunday, October 24th at 2 pm at the Delray Beach Playhouse Tickets for each of the performances are $12 and can be purchased online at https://delraybeachplayhouse.com. A $20 Festival Pass covering both days is also available.
Masks must be worn in order to attend.
The Delray Beach Playhouse is located at 950 NW 9th Street, in Delray Beach (33444).
For more information about the Playhouse Playwrights’ Project, please contact Carol Kassie at firstname.lastname@example.org / 561-445-9244.
Playhouse Playwrights’ Project list of Plays and Playwrights:
TODD CASTER: INTO WISHIN’ Todd Caster is a local playwright and has an extensive catalog of short plays. His regional full-length productions include Broken Angels, Riddle Of Three, Surfing The Rubicon, Little Piggies, Stranded On The Isle Of Few, and Approaching The Speed Of Life. Todd was a finalist in the Delray Beach Playhouse’s 2019 Playwrights Festival of New Plays with The Burden Of Truth.
ANNE DICHELE: MEETMARKET.COM Anne Dichele has been involved in many aspects of the theater including acting, play writing and production. Her short plays have been part of play readings produced by the South Florida Theatre League Summer Short Play Festival, Boca Raton Theatre Guild, and the Looking Glass Theatre in Manhattan. Her full length play Piano Man won an Honorable Mention in the California Stage Three Festival of New Plays and was a Semi-Finalist in the McClaren Play Writing Contest. She is a past president of the Boca Raton Theatre Guild, where her production credits included A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Jerry’s Girls, She Loves Me, Lend Me a Tenor, Goodbye Charlie, and Squabbles. She is thrilled to have her plays included in the 2019 Festival (Debbie Squared) and now in the 2021 Playhouses Playwrights’ Festival.
JUDY MARILYN GOLDSTEIN: STRANGERS AT THE BAR Judy Marilyn Goldstein is a published poet and playwright. She began writing plays in the summer of 2018 and many of her plays have since been produced on stage and Zoom. She also enjoys acting and writing short fictional stories. Judy appreciates the opportunities that the Delray Beach Playhouse Playwrights Project has provided to local playwrights.
ED KESSLER: DINNER PLANS Ed is a frustrated comic who performed for 3 years at New York City’s “Catch a Rising Star” and “The Improv.” He moved to Florida with his wife Melody in 2009. They reside at Villaggio, a 55 and over community, in Lake Worth. Ed is the President of the Villaggio Softball Team. This is the only way they will let him play. He is also a member of the Villaggio Players. It’s a theater group that performs two shows a year for the community. He has written short plays for the group and has acted in many shows. Ed is thrilled that Delray Beach Playhouse selected his play to be read at the theater.
PAMELA MEEK: FAMILY SECRETS, FAMILY REMAINS Pamela Meek is a retired psychologist who wrote and performed her one-woman show in 2015 titled “How to Be a Good Mom…When You’ve Got a Schizophrenic Mother for a Role Model” in NYC, DC and Maryland. She’s been writing plays ever since. Her 10-minute play Undecided about a teenager born with both sexes has been produced by TAP Productions at Standing Ovations Performing Arts in Lake Worth Beach and Love Fest 2021 in South Florida. She is currently working on a play about the forgotten existence and benefits of matriarchies.
DORIS OBERSTEIN: WOW! IT WORKED Doris is the author of two novels, RIPTIDE and THE SHOE TREE. She taught elementary education for twenty-six years while earning two Masters of Education Degrees, and trained student teachers for four universities in Connecticut. She was listed in the 1975 edition of “Outstanding Elementary Teachers Of America”. As a retiree, she became an Adjunct Professor in the University of Nevada Las Vegas College of Education training student teachers and facilitated “Literature: The Short Story” in the University of Nevada College of Continuing Education. Recently, she gave lectures, “Amusing Tales In Greek Mythology” in many local venues. She is honored to have her play read at the Delray Beach Playhouse.
LAURA RATTO: BEASTS IN BALL GOWNS Laura Ratto is a writer and playwright. Her debut play, All In The Family Tree, was produced last year at Theatre Nova, in Ann Arbor, MI. Laura participated as a reader/actor in the 2019 Delray Beach Playhouse Playwrights’ Festival, a wonderful experience which inspired her to submit a play for this year’s project. She is beyond thrilled that BEASTS IN BALL GOWNS was selected and grateful to Marianne Regan and the talented actors who are bringing her “fabulous ladies” to life.
PHYLLIS SPEAR: MY MOTHER’S SABBATH CANDLES Phyllis is delighted to have been chosen for the Playhouse Playwrights’ Festival of New Plays. A long time Florida resident, she spent the bulk of her working life as a mother, business executive, and doing acting in the evening. When she retired ten years ago she decided to “live her dream” and has been an actress and director since then. She always had an interest in playwriting, and with the onset of the pandemic picked up a script she had started working on several years before. This play is her first playwriting effort and is dedicated to her Jewish mother.
PATRICIA WAKELY WOLF: MEMORIES IN STORAGE Patricia Wakely Wolf began at an early age writing poetry, short stories and had her own column in her high school newspaper. She won the Writer’s Digest award for her first full-length play, Closed Casket. Recently, her full-length play, Stung & Wounded, was selected for The South Florida Theatre League’s Summer Theatre Fest 2015 and a staged reading was performed at Main Street Playhouse in Miami Lakes. Patricia’s 10-minute plays have been produced at The South Florida Theatre League’s Summer Reading Series, Group Repertory Theatre in North Hollywood, CA, Playwrights’ Slam at The Kennedy Center and Pinky Swear Productions, Washington, DC. Her short play about Mary Cassatt was published by 365 Women A Year – A Playwriting Project. Her One-Minute-Plays have been produced at Anarchist Jurisdiction, Collaboration between the Dramatists Guild and #1MPF, South Florida One-Minute Play Festival in Miami, Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City and at Theatre J in Washington, DC. Patricia participated in several spoken word evenings that included her original work at Spark Off Rose in Los Angeles. Patricia is an actor/model in South and Central Florida and has also worked in commercials, theatre and independent film in Los Angeles and New York. Member: The Dramatists Guild, Stage 32, and The Writer’s Group/LA. Board Member: Shakespeare Troupe, Inc.