8567 Coral Way #355
Miami, FL 33155
Cultural Arts Center
10950 SW 211 Street
Cutler Bay, FL 33189
The Hour of the Tiger
by Sandra Riley
January 22 - February 14, 2010
Thursday - Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 1 pm
Directed by Ricky J. Martinez
Scenic Designer: Yamarys Salomon
Lighting Designer: Travis Neff
Sound Designer: Ozzie Quintana
Costume Designer: K. Blair Brown
Choreographer: Norma Roque
Japanese Consultant: Yoshiko Carlton
Production Stage Manager: Dana Hesch*
Assistant Stage Manager Interns: Nathalie Barrueco & Nthenya Ndunda
Set Construction: Gregory Contrera
Literary Manager: Steven Chambers
Box Office & House Manager: Juan C. Sanchez
Photography: Eileen Suarez* & Ricky J. Martinez*
(marketing & publicity)
and Dr. Norman Gorback (lobby display)
Lobby Artist: Jorgen Fernandez
ALEXA - Kim Ehly*
SANAGI - Gwendolyn Lai*
HIROSHI - Eric Miji
DAVID - Christopher Vicchiollo*
* members of Actors' Equity Association
The Hour of the Tiger is produced by special arrangement with the playwright.
Special Thanks to Ruben Diaz for his assistance with the postcard and Travis Neff for his overall assistance throughout the development and production of The Hour of the Tiger.
An American woman immersed in Japan's post Vietnam terrain is tangled between rescuing a geisha from her money hungry master and conquering her own fears.
Notes from the Playwright
The idea for the play came while I was teaching at a US Army Base in Japan in 1973. I fell in love with the country, its history and culture. I traveled the country for one year and for the next thirty-five years studied the ancient history of Japan's emperors and their imperial court of courtesans and samurai, as well as the Geisha World, filled with ritual and mystery. In 2005, I began the play. But, in reality, it has been a five-year journey to discover myself and a spiritual quest to live in the moment. The play is about the power of love to support personal and artistic freedom. In One Flash of Lightning, Stephanie Russell says, "Freedom, for the true Samurai, is unselfconsciousness in the presence of one's own truth. It is the discipline to end all disciplines, the love to begin all loves." I am beyond grateful to Ricky J. Martinez who caught me every time I stepped backwards during the past two years that the play has been in development. I am also thankful to the many friends who suffered through the early drafts and numerous rewrites. Arigato.
Kim Ehly (Alexa) is happy to be on stage again at New Theatre, after portraying Mary in Mauritius and Zissel in Gates of Choice last season. Her performance as Ana in Fill Our Mouths at New Theatre earned her Best Supporting Actress of '08 in Miami Sun Post and Best Ensemble in New Times. Kim is grateful to Ricky for his passionate direction and Sandy for her generosity. Other Florida credits include: My Name is Rachel Corrie, 4.48 Psychosis, Sister Cities, Julie Johnson, and Aunt Dan and Lemon. NYC Theatre: Steel Magnolias, Pains of Youth, Lysistrata. Film: Mona Lisa Smile, Stepford Wives. TV: Sex & the City, Law & Order SVU. Kim's 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. Kim, an Earth Rooster, dedicates Hour of the Tiger to the treasured Wood Snake in her life.
Gwendolyn Lai (Sanagi) is excited to be playing the part of Sanagi in this world premiere. Previous geisha experience was limited to commercial events and modeling! Gwen has played other characters in productions such as A Chorus Line, The King and I, and Sweet Charity. When you also consider the creatures or animals she has performed in ballets and special events, then you have an actress of great diversity! Gwen has performed in regional theatres and dinner theatres, as well as touring nationally. She juggles various acting and modeling jobs, while exploring culinary adventures for a major housewares company. You can view some of her work on her website, www.gwendolynlai.com. This performance marks Gwen's debut at New Theatre. Many thanks to Ricky, Sandra, and the New Theatre Staff for creating a magical, new play for us to bring to life!
Eric Miji (Hiroshi) is very grateful to be part of this original work, surrounded and supported by New Theatre's amazing and talented staff, playwright, cast & crew. He started performing at age 16 in hotel nightclubs/showrooms, theatres, industrials and on television. He attended U. of Oregon and U. of Hawaii receiving a BA in Drama/Dance. His credits include Disneyland, an international stock company of A Chorus Line, several NY regional productions of The King & I, off-off Broadway plays and the first NYC revival of Stephen Sondheim's Pacific Overtures. He has also performed with Ethel Merman and David Copperfield. Locally, he sang in Doo-Wop Boys Gone Wild and is a member of Miami Gay Men's Chorus where he has directed one and choreographed several shows for them since its inception in 1999. Chokoreto besitos to his family, friends & his partner Viti, for all their years of love and support.
Christopher Vicchiollo (David) is thrilled to be doing the World Premiere of Sandra Riley's The Hour of the Tiger. It has been 16 years for Chris in the South Florida theatre community; and three years since Chris began this grand journey with New Theatre that has led him here and continues to lead him down the path toward a brighter artistic future. Outside of the many Shakepeare summer productions in which he has performed at New Theatre (Julius Caesar, As You Like It and, most recently, Taming of the Shrew); he is most proud of the original productions which have helped to facilitate the development of his craft. 26 Miles, Elliot: A Soldier's Fugue, For Better and, although not original Glass Menagerie. Chris hopes, both, that you will enjoy this performance and that you continue to support the arts in any way you can. Because without the arts, not only the artist suffers; WE ALL DO!
Sandra Riley (Playwright) began her career fifty years ago as a drama teacher in Miami and director of plays at the Barn Theater in Miami Lakes, Player's Theater in Coconut Grove. In 1972, she worked on an Army Base in Japan teaching and directing at the Base Theater. After returning to South Florida she took a hiatus from theater to do historical research in the Bahamas. From this research she wrote three novels and Homeward Bound: A History of the Bahamas to 1850. An opportunity to return to theater came in 1990 when she created the first Theatre Arts curriculum for the International Baccalaureate program at Coral Gables Sr. High. In 2000, she began to write solo plays based on Bahamian historical figures. Miss Ruby, Matt Lowe and Mariah Brown are published in Bahamas Trilogy.
Ricky J. Martinez (Director) is New Theatre's Artistic Director. New Theatre audiences witnessed Martinez's direction recently in 26 Miles, In Development, Mauritius, The Glass Menagerie, Kissing, The Gates of Choice, The Rant, The Mission, A Nervous Smile, For Better... , and Likeness. He has also directed previous season's Melt, Sin Full Heaven, Just a Kiss, Elliot: A Soldier's Fugue, Lincolnesque, Madagascar, Paradise, Day of Reckoning and the three short plays for New Theatre's annual fundraiser event, Miami Stories. Some of his directorial credits in South Florida includes: Bump, Retch, One More Cloudy Day, Jack, the Bitter Tears of Petra van Kant, The Stronger, and he has staged some of his own multi-media productions such as Postlude 1, .EPAR, Concerning Phaedra, Snow and ED.L for Coral Castle. Younger audiences have seen his work as director & choreographer on Captain Nemo, Narnia, Scrooge, Anne of Green Gables, Ferdinand the Bull, The Secret Garden at Actor's Playhouse and Hollywood Playhouse, the latter of which he was the Artistic Director for Imagination Theatre's for Young Audiences. Other credits included on the Staff page.
Dana Hesch (Production Stage Manager) is excited to be continuing the season with New Theatre. A Miami native, Dana has worked in New York as an Assistant Stage Manager: Outside Inn (International Cultural Lab), R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Callies Tally and The Boy Who Heard Music (New York Stage & Film) and as a Production Intern for Aurora Productions (Shrek The Musical, God Of Carnage, Mary Stuart and Blithe Spirit). In South Florida Dana has worked with City Theatre's Summer Shorts and at Actors Playhouse (Narnia! The Musical). Dana received her BFA in Drama/Stage Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Thanks to her family and friends for their support!