Coming up this week (and next):

Your weekly dose of what’s happening in Orlando-area theater:

  • Macbeth, Mad Cow Theatre
  • Children of Eden, Breakthrough Theatre
  • Waiting for Godot, Relevant Theatrics Theatre Company
  • Fuddy Meers, Wanzie Presents
  • Jacqueline Jones, Winter Park Playhouse Spotlight Cabaret Series
  • Summer Shorts 2010: Summer Love, Playwrights’ Round Table
  • The Staff Room, John Baker
  • Good Seed Bad Seed, Project Genesis
  • The Nightingale, Patchwork Productions
  • The Wizard of Oz, Titusville Playhouse
  • Bedlam in Cabin B, Lake Wales Little Theatre

and extended:

  • Manuscript, I.D.10-t Productions

Details here:

Macbeth, Mad Cow Theatre:

Mad Cow Theatre presents ‘Chamber Macbeth’

Mad Cow Theatre is presenting a unique and innovative production of one of William Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies – Macbeth. Utilizing a small performance space in Mad Cow’s intimate Stage Right, and with a cast of only three actors, this ‘Chamber Macbeth’ brings the artistic vision of Mad Cow Theatre into sharp focus: the combination of dynamic language and compelling acting.

This dark tale of the lust for power and its consequences has been re-imagined by Artistic Director Alan Bruun with all its power intact. Says Bruun – “The concept began with the Three Witches that begin the play, and prophecy Macbeth’s rise to power. I started wondering ‘What if the Three Witches were to conjure the entire play, playing all the roles themselves?’ So it’s quite an experiment.”

Sophia Wise, Bobbie Bell, and Michael Sapp play every role in Macbeth, and actually share the title role throughout the play. Macbeth is the 100th production by Mad Cow Theatre, and is the concluding production of the 13th Season.

Macbeth runs from August 6 – August 29, 2010 at Mad Cow Theatre, 105 South Magnolia Avenue in Downtown Orlando. Tickets can be purchased through the Mad Cow Box Office at 407.297.8788 or online at madcowtheatre.com.

WHO: Mad Cow Theatre
WHAT: Macbeth, by William Shakespeare
WHEN: Friday August 6 –  Sunday August 29, 2010
WHERE: Mad Cow Theatre, 105 South Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801
TICKETS: $22 regular; $20 seniors/students
Special Preview Performances on August 4 and 5 at 8p, tickets $10
Special pay-what-you-wish performance on Wednesday, August 25th.
Tickets may be purchased by calling the Mad Cow Theatre Box Office at 407.297.8788 or online at http://www.madcowtheatre.com/.
Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more.

Children of Eden, Breakthrough Theatre:

The Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park will present the Stephen Schwartz musical Children of Eden from August 6-22 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. with a special Industry Night performance on Monday, August 16, at 8:00 p.m.

From Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell and Pippin) and John Caird of Les Miserables comes a joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith… not to mention centuries of unresolved family business!

Freely based on the story of Genesis, Children Of Eden is a frank, heartfelt and often humorous examination of the age-old conflict between parents and children. Adam, Eve, Noah and the “Father” who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children. The show ultimately delivers a bittersweet but inspiring message: that “the hardest part of love… is letting go.”

The Breakthrough Theatre is located at 419A W. Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park. Reservations can be made at 407-920-4034. The theater website is www.breakthroughtheatre.com.

Tickets:
$18 general admission
$15 senior citizens
$12 students

Cast:
Father: Wyatt Glover
Adam/Noah: Robb Ross
Eve/Mama Noah: Krystal Gillette
Cain/Japheth: John Gracey
Abel/Ham: Heath Boyer
Yonah: Erynn Hair
Shem: Rob Delmedico
Aysha: Kris Wiley
Aphra: Mackenzie Filson
Young Cain: Sean French
Young Abel: Jason Zavitz
Storytellers:
James Everett
Alberto Piedra
Hannah Roman
Leah Schult
Lucy Yarbrough
Joanne van Zyl

Director: Wade Hair
Musical Director: Robb Ross
Stage Manager: Clarissa Lopez
Lighting Designer: Daniel Boisrond
Tech Crew: Amy Cuccaro and Tanya Roller
Costumes: Josette Gillette

Waiting for Godot, Relevant Theatrics:

Relevant Theatrics Theatre Company is thrilled to announce the opening of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’

Relevant Theatrics brings Beckett’s classic absurdist drama to the stage August 6-15 at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center.

Performances Dates/Times:
August 6, 7 and 12-14: 8:00pm
August 9 (Monday industry night): 8:00pm
August 8 and 15: 2:00pm matinée

The cast features seasoned Orlando actors Alan Sincic, Brett Carson, Cory Boughton Kimberly Luffman and Toni Clair. The play is directed by Joshua Baggett.

“The story evolves around two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone -or something- named Godot. Vladimir and Estragon wait near a tree, inhabiting a drama spun of their own consciousness. The result is a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes, and nonsense, which has been interpreted as mankind’s inexhaustible search for meaning. Beckett’s language pioneered an expressionistic minimalism that captured the existential post- World War II Europe. His play remains one of the most magical and beautiful allegories of our time.” -Grove Press

Tickets are $18 (adults), $15 (students/seniors) and $12 (industry night)
To purchase tickets in advance, please visit www.redchairproject.com

Ticket reservations can be made by calling 407-809-5266. Cash only at the door.

Fuddy Meers, Wanzie Presents:

Peg O’Keef to head all-star cast in Fuddy Meers at PH

Veteran actor Peg O’Keef, who is perhaps Central Florida’s most critically acclaimed performer, will make her Footlight Theatre debut in the outrageously funny dark comedy Fuddy Meers which opens at the Parliament House Resort on Saturday evening, August 7th, 2010 at 7PM.

Michael Wanzie steps off the stage to direct an all-star cast in this Off Broadway hit by American playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. This legitimate two-act play, being presented in its entirety, marks a departure from the usual one-act format at the Footlight Theatre; thus curtain time has been adjusted from 8PM to 7PM to accommodate the full-length production (with one 10 minute intermission) with an end time that makes it possible to ready the venue for the 10PM Footlight Players Female Impersonation Show which takes place on the same stage and is included, free of charge, with the purchase of a ticket for the play.

Wanzie Presents Fuddy Meers

Written by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Michael Wanzie

Featuring
Lori McCaskill, Kevin Bee, Josh Paul, Boomer Pieta, Tony Deiterick, Monique Byrnes and Peg O’Keef

Saturdays August 7, 14 & 21 at 7 PM  (Please note early curtain time on these dates)

Industry night performance: Monday August 16 at 8PM

The Footlight Theatre
The Parliament House Resort
410 N. Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando Florida, 32819

Tickets:  $12 in advance available exclusively online at www.WANZIE.com/boxoffice
$14 at the door, if available – Cash only -1 hour prior to showtime

Persons 18 years of age are gladly admitted when accompanied by an adult, 21 years of age or over. 18 and over, always admitted. Those under 18 years of age, must exit the entertainment complex at the conclusion of the show.

Jacqueline Jones, Winter Park Playhouse:

Ms. Jacqueline Jones at Winter Park Playhouse in Spotlight Cabaret Series August 6 and 7, 2010

The incomparable Ms. Jacqueline Jones, with pianist Michael Kramer, will be showcasing her outstanding jazz vocal style in her cabaret, Hello Darlings, as part of the popular Winter Park Playhouse Spotlight Cabaret Series August 6 at 7:30pm and August 7, at 2:00 and 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 and include a drink from the bar.

Ms. Jones has performed across the country and abroad, but remains a wildly popular favorite in Orlando. Her spirited blend of Jazz, Rhythm and Blues and Contemporary music consistently delights her audiences whether she is performing in an intimate club or on the concert stage.

Although best known as a singer, she is no stranger to the dramatic stage, having appeared in productions of The King and I, South Pacific, For Color’d Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, Ain’t Misbehavin, Godspell, Tintypes and Tommy. Captivating audiences at The Winter Park Playhouse with her voice, wit and showmanship will come naturally for the dynamic Ms. Jacqueline Jones!

Seating is limited to 50, so advance reservations are strongly recommended.

To buy tickets call The Winter Park Playhouse box office at 407-645-0145 or visit www.winterparkplayhouse.org.

The Winter Park Playhouse is located at 711-C Orange Avenue Winter Park, FL 32789.

Summer Love, Playwrights’ Round Table:

Playwrights’ Round Table prepares for summer love

Playwrights’ Round Table continues its mission as a haven for original theater work as Summer Shorts 2010: Summer Love prepares to take the stage in August at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center’s Studio B.

The production features 7 all-new premiere plays from its member playwrights, 5 of which are local and 2 from opposite coasts (New York and Oregon). The overall theme is love in all its forms — lost, found, accidental and occasionally psychopathic. There is plenty of comedy and drama to go around, with a great variety of stories to be told.

The plays include local favorite Stephen Miller’s 7 Translations, (directed by Scott Hodges) a touching retelling of the final night together of a couple of well-known Shakespearean teenagers; Stephen Baily’s serio-comic A Dozen Roses, (directed by Paul Castaneda) in which a couple receives a visit from a most unusual suitor; Turning the Tide by Nick Civitello (directed by Tara Corless), featuring two self-admittedly “messed-up people” who try to connect with one another; the fishy tale of A Troubling Issue by David Strauss (co-directed by Erik Morris and Tara Corless), where a couple meet a stranger from outside their comfortable existence; New York writer Penny Jackson’s tale of Bitten, (directed by Heather Lam) where an old woman and her grandson connect over the pain of loves and lives lost; Turn Me On Dead Man by Nicole Antonia Carson (directed by Jamie Cline), whose protagonist has an, er, unusual reaction to news of celebrity deaths; and Alex Carroll’s The Specialist, (directed by Kimberly Luffman) involving what could be the original gangster of love.

The show’s co-producers, Chuck Dent and Barbara Solomon, look forward to seeing this production on its feet, particularly in their NEW season-long home in Studio B. “Being at the Shakespeare Center has opened a wealth of opportunities for us. One great advantage is knowing what the space is going to be like for each of our productions over a given year, whereas before it was different almost every production,” according to Mr. Dent. “Plus, the studio environment gives us a stage that is just the right fit for our plays — very intimate, allowing a greater connection with the words of our playwrights and the performances of our actors. We are very excited to be there.”

Summer Shorts 2010: Summer Love premieres on August 5th with a special “Preview with talkback” performance, where the audience is encouraged to participate in a talkback session immediately after the show with several of the writers, directors and performers. The full run is scheduled August 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15, with all performances starting at 8pm, except for the 15th, which is a 2pm matinée.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for seniors, students, and PRT members. Performances on the 5th (Preview) and 11th (Industry Night) are $10 across the board. All ticket sales are cash only at the door. Reservations may be made by calling (407) 522-6284.

The Staff Room, John Baker:

The Staff Room is a new comedy by John Baker, featuring an incredible cast of Central Florida actors.

The play takes place in real time, during the first staff meeting of a new term at Wilson High School, a first class (albeit fictitious) school in the North of England.

The meeting is populated by the heads of department for each school subject and the school’s long suffering headmistress, Anne Davies. Anne institutes outrageous new policies, making enemies among her staff, whose jobs and lives are in jeopardy after she announces that the school’s budget has been drastically cut.

The meeting spirals out of control in a series of hilarious tangential discussions, debates and arguments – secrets are revealed, cross words are exchanged and in the heat of the moment, tempers flare as Anne tries to maintain order, and keep a tight grip on the meeting.

The play reading will feature 11 of Orlando’s finest actors: Jodi Chase, Michael Colavolpe, John Connon, Sarah Lee Dobbs, Laura Hodos, Elizabeth Judith, Janine Klein, Jeff Lindberg, Meghan Moroney, T. Robert Pigott and Timothy Williams.

John Baker wrote the play in December 2009, having returned to Orlando from two years in New York City. He has been workshopping the piece since January with the help of many local actors over a course of several table readings. What exists now is a leaner, tighter script, thanks to the combined efforts of the many Orlando actors who gave their time to help develop the project.

It is a remarkable example of a wonderful collaboration, and must not be missed!

Staged Reading Of ‘The Staff Room’
Suggested Donation: $10
Monday, August 9 at 7:30pm
John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center
Goldman Theater
812 E. Rollins Street
Orlando, Florida, 32803
No advance sales / reservations

Good Seed Bad Seed, Genesis Productions:

Good Seed Bad Seed
Ambassador Theatre, 2921 South Orlando Drive (17-92), Sanford, Fl 32773

Producer – Project Genesis
Director – Birdella Walker-Hall

Adults – $20
Children-$12 (12 and under)
*Age 2 and under free

To purchase a ticket email javay4395@smartcity.us

Saturday August 7 (3 pm – Matinee, 7pm – Evening Show)
Sunday August 8 (6 pm )

This is a fast-moving Drama/Suspense Play. The Play centers around two young teenagers: Gregory Santos and Marcus Johnson who makes a foolish decision ending in a tragedy and the loss of two lives.

Gregory’s decision to flirt with danger, leads him on a collision course of destruction. He is intrigued with the excitement of the streets and drawn by the powers of crime. His rebellious nature pulls him deeper and deeper into this world of darkness.

The influence Gregory has over his godbrother, Marcus causes him to begin pulling away from his Christian beliefs and the foundation laid in his home. His struggle to be good ended with his choice to sneak out of the house at night while his mother is at work, leaving his responsibility of babysitting his younger sister.

Marcus now begins his journey into this unknown world of excitement and danger as the taste of alcohol and drugs whet his palate. Neither Gregory nor Marcus has been in trouble with the law before, yet their days are numbered as they continue to allow the streets to govern their lives.

Their foolish decision, results in the lives of two people being killed. The Johnson and Santos families are torn apart. One of the mothers finds the strength and faith to cope with her loss as she comes to the aid of the other family also suffering from this loss.

The Nightingale, Patchwork Productions:

Come join us at The Melon Patch Playhouse, 311 N 13th St., Leesburg, FL, on Thursday @ 10:00 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. to see Patchwork Productions’ The Nightingale. $5.00 General admission.

The Wizard of Oz, Titusville Playhouse:

Titusville Playhouse, Inc. Announces its Opening Act for the 2010-2011 Season
The Wizard of Oz
Based on the book by L. Frank Baum
Presented by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.

For over a century, The Wizard of Oz has given faithful service to the young at heart, and time has been powerless to put its kindly philosophy out of fashion.  We pay tribute to this classic musical tale of friendship, bravery, and triumph of good over evil.

Come join us as we explore the ties that bind, and discover why there really is, No place like home!

14-year-old Annalisa DiBernardo as Dorothy Gale, 1½ year old Lulu (owned by Samantha O’Brien) as Toto, Isaac Kierstead as the Scarecrow, Ryan Hieronymus as the Tinman,  J.J. James as the Cowardly Lion, The Wicked Witch by Peg Roberts, Glinda by Jamie Mogle and The Wizard by Jesse Huffman

Directed by Wendy Hoffman and Donovan
Show dates and times: Aug 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 at 8 p.m.
Aug 8, 15, 22 at 2 p.m.
Ticket Prices are:  Orchestra $18 and Balcony $16
$2 Discount for Seniors over 60, Active Military and Students

The Titusville Playhouse at the Historic Emma Parrish Theatre is open:
Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Address: 301 Julia Street, Titusville, Fl. 32796
Titusville Playhouse Phone Number: 321-268-1125
www.TitusvillePlayhouse.com

Bedlam in Cabin B, Lake Wales Little Theatre:

Bedlam in Cabin B Aug 6 and 7

As a school project and fundraiser for the Lake Wales Little Theatre several young members of our group are doing a very special 2 night only event. This dinner theatre presentation of Bedlam in Cabin B will take place at Festival Steak and Seafood on August 6th and 7th. Seating is limited to 45 seats per night. Tickets can be ordered by email only.

There are no box office tickets for this event. If you’d like to reserve tickets by email ONLY Please email one of the following:

Lyndsey’s email address: lyndsdkay92@aol.com
Kaley’s email address: kaleyk2011@yahoo.com

Bring your investigative adroitness, a handsome appetite, and be prepared to enjoy a full night of mystery! As soon as you step into the dining room, consider yourself aboard the Solaris Cruise ship. You will be entertained by a seven-member crew and will dine among them as the
night’s events unfold. Ship to set sail at 6:00pm on August 6 & 7. The cost per passenger is $35, and the money raised from this event will go to benefit the Lake Wales Little Theater. To reserve seating, as life jackets are limited, please contact Kaley Keen or Lyndsey Kay. Upon reservation, you will choose from three entrée options and payment details will be given. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you there!🙂

This Special Night will take place at Festival Steak and Seafood Restaurant, 251 East Stuart Avenue, Lake Wales, FL

The dinner served will include:

  • Beverage: choice of coffee, decaf, iced tea, lemonade, or Coca-Cola brand soft drinks; cash bar will be available
  • Salad Course: A freshly tossed garden salad served with fresh-baked bread
  • Entrée Choices: (please choose one):
  • Grilled Breast of Chicken Dinner – served with fresh seasonal vegetables and potatoes
  • Eggplant Parmesan Dinner – served with al dente pasta and homemade marinara sauce
  • Grilled Pork Chop Dinner – served with roasted fresh seasonal vegetables and potatoes
  • Dessert: Homemade gourmet cake with filling

Manuscript, I.D.10-t Productions:

I.D.10-t Productions extending production of Manuscript, by Paul Grellong

I.D.10-t Productions, winner of 2007 and 2008 Sold Out Awards at the Orlando International Fringe Festival is extending its successful run of Paul Grellong’s fascinating thriller Manuscript, for one more performance this Saturday August 7 at 8:30 pm. Manuscript is a story of suspense, betrayal, literary ambitions and the lengths people will go to make it in the ruthless world of publishing. It’s winter break; the parents are out of town and in the bedroom of a Brooklyn Heights brownstone, plans for an eventful night are about to unfold.  David, an aspiring novelist, and his best friend Chris await the arrival of Chris’ new college girlfriend, Elizabeth. She is a famous new author, fresh out of high school with a new book. As the anticipation builds, it is evident that this night will be far from ordinary. Little is what it seems, and no one can be trusted as plot twists pile up, and the play hurtles towards a surprise ending.

The play stars Derek Angell, Daniel Baldock and Danielle Alagna and is directed by David Meneses.

One novel, three friends, a bottle of scotch and a few skeletons in the closet. Manuscript extended performance is Saturday August 7 at 8:30 PM at Art’s Sake Studios located at 680 Clay Street, Winter Park, FL. For tickets email reservations@id10tproductions.com or call (407) 408-3794.

Photos: Top, Bobbie Bell, Michael Sapp and Sophia Wise in Macbeth. Photo by Tom Hurst/Mad Cow Theatre.

Alan Sincic and Brett Carson in Waiting for Godot, courtesy of Relevant Theatrics Theatre Company.


2 responses to “Coming up this week (and next):

  1. Jean Siegfried

    Amazing, during the ‘dog days’ of summer, to have such choices! I don’t EVER want to hear that Central Florida is a ‘cultural wasteland’ as I’ve heard in the past. This selection is FABULOUS!

  2. Joseph Hayes

    Michael, Bobby and especially the very scary Sophia are astounding in Macbeth.