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FILL OUR MOUTHS by Lauren Feldman
January 10 - February 10, 2008

Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 1 pm
Sunday 5:30 pm performance on January 20, 27 and February 3 only

FILL OUR MOUTHS by Lauren Feldman World Premiere

Directed by Gail Garrisan

With Caroline Edelen, Kim Ehly, Lela Elam, Brandon Morris and Katherine Michelle Tanner.

Set Design: Rob Eastman-Mullins
Costume Design: K. Blair Brown
Lighting Designer: Micheal Foster
Sound Designer: M. Anthony Reimer
ASL Coach: Steven Chambers
Production Stage Manager: Betsy Paull-Rick
Assistant Stage Manager: Vanessa Thompson
Asst. to the Set Designer: Yams Salomon
Set Construction: TLC Events Group

The Cast

Katherine Michelle Tanner*   -   Evan
Lela Elam*   -   Chap
Kim Ehly*   -   Ana
Brandon Morris*   -   Peter/Jacques
Caroline Edelen*   -   Voice

* members of Actors' Equity Association

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Evan and Chap are two young women who meet in the streets of Paris: one is hearing: the other is hard of hearing. Their relationship grows and starts to change everything they thought they knew – themselves, their language, their loved ones, and the world around them. Using spoken English and American Sign Language, Fill Our Mouths is a story of love and choice, deafness and hearing, the trials of communication, and the search for self when caught between two worlds.

Lauren Feldman Lauren Feldman (Playwright) Lauren Feldman's plays have been produced throughout the U.S. and at the Royal Court Theatre (London). She was one of two Americans in the RCT's EXPOSURE 2000: "Crossing the Borders" project, and one of four Americans in World Interplay 2004, the international festival of young playwrights, held in Australia every other year. She is a two-time Downstage Miami Playwriting Fellow, working with Arthur Kopit and Tina Howe. She has also taught several playwriting workshops and is the recipient of several arts grants. Her play FILL OUR MOUTHS was produced at the Yale School of Drama and will receive its professional world premiere this winter at New Theatre (Miami). Her one-act WHEN IT RAINS also performed at Yale, at a special performance at the Flea Theatre (New York), and it is published in a collection of one-acts entitled IN TIMES OF DISASTER by Broadway Play Publishing. Her newest play, GRACE AT 80 FT, will be produced in the Carlotta Festival (Yale) this spring. She performed her short solo work FUNNY STORY in the Yale Cabaret last spring, and it was performed in an evening of solo work called SPEAKING OUR MIND in last year's Carlotta Festival. Her ten-minute plays have been performed throughout the U.S. and abroad, and her short play ASTEROID BELT toured with City Theatre's SHORT CUTS TOUR to high schools and private and public functions throughout South Florida. She has worked extensively in theater in South Florida, predominantly as an actor (Curtain Up and Carbonell Award nominations), as well as a grantwriter, scriptreader, and as Literary and Educational Coordinator with City Theatre. She will graduate this spring with an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Yale, working under the mentorship of Richard Nelson. She is also studying American Sign Language and interned last summer at Deaf West Theater (Los Angeles). She holds a B.A. in English from Cornell University and studied at the British-American Drama Academy's Shakespeare Programme (London). She is an avid rock climber.FILL OUR MOUTHS by Lauren Feldman

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Katherine Michelle Tanner Katherine Michelle Tanner (Evan) was last seen as Jane in Jane Eyre at the Gorilla Theatre. At American Stage she was Catharine in Suddenly Last Summer, Catherine in Proof, which earned her the 2005 "Best Actress Award" from Creative Loafing, and Margot in Dial "M" for Murder. At Florida Studio Theatre, she was Myrrha in Metamorphoses and Alice in Sundew. At the Asolo Theatre Festival, some credits include The Diary of Anne Frank, The Crucible, The Blue Room, The Imaginary Invalid and her acclaimed one-woman show Idiot Servant. Other favorites include Helen in The Cripple of Inishmaan, Lisa in Collected Stories and Cinderella in Into The Woods. Some of Katherine's film credits include Lucky Irish, the award winning short film The File, and the Academy Award Nominated animation short film Respire, Mon Amie. She holds a B.A. triple major from St. Olaf College and an M.F.A. in Acting from The Asolo Theatre Conservatory.

Lela Elam Lela Elam (Chap) is so happy to be back at New Theatre working again with Gail Garrison and the New Theatre family. She was last seen in Gablestage's production of In The Continuum. Previous work at New Theatre includes Just A Kiss (Miami SunPost's Best Comedy Performance Female 2007) and Touch (Carbonell Award Nomination, Best Supporting Actress). Other South Florida credits include Intimate Apparel at Gablestage (Carbonell Award Nomination, Best Supporting Actress) as well as numerous productions for The Women's Theatre Project, under the direction of Genie Croft, and The M Ensemble, under the direction of John Pryor. Lela wishes to thank God, her parents John and Hallie Elam, John Tellis, Dr. and Mrs. Will H. Miller, Carey Hart and Stacey Rose.

Kim Ehly Kim Ehly (Ana) mission is to encourage, empower and inspire the awakening of the Human Spirit with the gift of her voice and the voice of her actions. She is grateful to Gail, Lauren, Ricky, and Steven for the opportunity to explore her voice through the beauty of sign language. Some of her favorite roles include...FL THEATRE: Sister Cities (Austin), Julie Johnson (Julie Johnson), Aunt Dan and Lemon (Lemon) NYC THEATRE: Steel Magnolias (Shelby), Pains of Youth (Desiree), Lysistrata (Lampito) NY/LA FILM: Mona Lisa Smile, The Stepford Wives, Angels in America and countless independent films. TV: Sex & the City, Law & Order SVU. Commercials and Voiceovers... "Enjoy where you are on the way to where you're going"...

Brandon Morris Brandon Morris (Peter/Jacques) is happy to be back at New Theatre. He was last seen here in A Day of Reckoning and before that, Touch. He has recently gotten back from West Virginia where he played Stanly Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Greenbrier Valley Theater. Other past favorites include: Fat Pig, Romance, This is how it Goes (Gablestage); The Boys Next Door (Palm Beach Dramaworks); The Food Chain (Mosaic Theater); Summer Shorts Festival 02'-05' (City Theater); and a world premiere of Lee Blessings' Black Sheep (Florida Stage). TV credits include: C.S.I. Miami, Dexter, Americas' Most Wanted, and a recurring role on USA's Burn Notice. Next you can see him at Florida Stage in Ward 57. Brandon is a proud member of Actor's Equity and would like to thank everyone here at the theater and also everyone in the audience for supporting live theater. "Adieu, adieu..."

Caroline Edelen Caroline Edelen (Voice) is excited to be back at New Theatre after performing last year in Just A Kiss. A native of Miami that spent years working regionally at various theatres in South Florida she is presently living in New York and resides as a company member of the Treehouse Shakers, a dance and theatre collective. She is so grateful to everyone at New Theatre for this wonderful opportunity. Cheers!

Gail Garrisan (Director) is a theater director, acting teacher and writer. For nine years she worked with City Theatre - Miami, which produces the acclaimed Summer Shorts Festival and was the Festival Artistic Director for 7 years. In addition to directing countless short plays for City Theatre, her work has been seen in many South Florida Theaters, including Coconut Grove Playhouse, Florida Stage, The Caldwell Theatre, New Theatre (Touch), and The Kravis Center. Ms. Garrisan has also directed numerous projects regionally and in NYC. While in New York, where she resided for 18 years, she specialized in working with em workshops on Audition Techniques, Breath and Body Exploration and Monologue Building have been presented nationwide. She is currently a faulty member of New World School of the Arts.

Betsy Paull-Rick Betsy Paull-Rick (Production Stage Manager) is pleased to return to New Theatre after serving as PSM for over 20 consecutive productions at the Mosaic Theatre in Plantation. No stranger to the other side of the footlights, South Florida audiences may remember her as Judy in A Chorus Line, Jeanne in Hair, Tiny Tim in Scrooge, or Diane in 42nd Street, among others. Recent directing and choreography credits include Hair and Fanny & Sadie, both at the Tamarac Theatre. Betsy is the proud recipient of a Curtain Up Award nomination for Best Choreography for A New Brain, the Musical. Many thanks go to Ricky and Eileen, as well as to the rest of this incredible company. As always, much gratitude and love goes to Rob, Jon and Michael.

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