8567 Coral Way #355
Miami, FL 33155
Cultural Arts Center
10950 SW 211 Street
Cutler Bay, FL 33189
a collective project by Catherine Bush, Vanessa Garcia, David Caudle, James Carrey, Elly Rakowitz, Ruth Pleva, R. Kent Wilson, Peggy C. Hall and Ricky J. Martinez
September 1 - 16, 2012
Student Rush Tickets available!!!
$15 for students 25 and under
with valid ID, ½ hour before curtain
An evening all about - well, BREASTS! Voluptuous, petite, healthy or reconstructed, we give thanks for the "mammaries."
Directed by Steven A. Chambers & Ricky J. Martinez
With Melissa Almaguer, Francine Birns, Carey Brianna Hart, Desiree Mora,
Jessica Welch & Christina Perdomo-Fernandez
Production Stage Manager: Jerry Jensen
- Intro by Ricky J. Martinez
- A Thing of Beauty by Ruth Pleva & Elly Rakowitz
- Francine Birns
- A Tale of Two Breasts by Ruth Pleva & Elly Rakowitz
- Christina Perdomo-Fernandez & Desiree Mora
- Reconstruction by Vanessa Garcia
- Melissa Almaguer
- Going Shopping by R. Kent Wilson
- Francine Birns & Carey Brianna Hart
- Up in Arms - A Sestina Monologue by Peggy C. Hall
- Christina Perdomo-Fernandez
- Midpoint Segue by Ricky J. Martinez
- Motorboat by David Caudle
- Desiree Mora
- First Date by James Carrey
- Melissa Almaguer & Jessica Welch
- The Antiques Road Show by Catherine Bush
- Carey Brianna Hart
- Fruit by Vanessa Garcia
- Jessica Welch
- Closing by Ricky J. Martinez
Jessica Marion Welch (Woman 1) is so thrilled to be making her New Theatre debut and for such an important cause. She was most recently seen in Baby Girl at Empire Stage. Some of her past favorite credits include: Adlaide Guys and Dolls, Woman 2 Play, Gay Wellington You Can't Take it With You, and Rabbi Jules Feinman in the Off- Broadway production of The Boychick Affair. Jessica is so grateful to Steven and Ricky J. for such an incredible opportunity. She would also like to thank her wonderful husband for being so supportive. Always.
Christina Perdomo-Fernandez (Woman 2) is thrilled to be back on stage after her pregnancy and birth to her sweet, funny, and curious little Charlie now 8 months old. Just before getting knocked up, she played "Claire" in White Rose Miami's inaugural production of Proof. Prior credits include Nan and Lina in The Madman Experiment's Three Days of Rain, Blanche Du Bois in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Abigail Williams in The Crucible at FIU, where she earned her BFA in Acting. Christina would like to thank Ricky, Steven, and this group of strong, loving, and beautiful women for providing a nurturing environment within which to explore the life-altering trials, tribulations, and triumphs of breast cancer survivors.
Desiree Mora (Woman 3) is thrilled to be making her New Theatre debut! She captivated as Cheerleader 2 in Death for Sydney Black, and received rave reviews as Woman in Cleansed, beautiful act! Both produced by Thinking Cap Theatre, of which she is a proud Ensemble Member. She performed in South Florida's 1-Minute Play Festival last December. Ms Mora trained with Sebastian Ligarde and Anna Panaro, winning them over. See her next in The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret, and The Rover. She's honored to be a part of Keeping A-Breast; it's crazy. She thanks New Theatre, cast mates, and friends; they're amazing!
Melissa Almaguer (Woman 4) is very excited to be working with New Theatre gang. She was last seen in the newly imported Microtheatre concept in an original short play, Era of No Time. She is Co-founder and Creative Director of White Rose Miami. Recent credits include Polly Chekhov in So my grandmother died, blah blah blah, Catherine in Proof, and Lisa/Janice in An Evening of Art and Whimsy. She is currently in pre-production with White Rose Miami for their original short film, Low Tide.
Carey Hart (Woman 5) was last onstage with the Mad Cat Theatre Company's The Hamlet Dog and Pony Show. Past work includes the recent Miami 1-Act Festival here at New Theatre, Home at the M Ensemble, Eclipsed at the Women's Theatre Project, The Male/Female Thing at the African. Carey is a graduate of the New World School of the Arts and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chicago's DePaul University. Carey is a member of the Screen Actor's Guild and South Florida Theatre League.
Francine Birns (Woman 6) is honored to be part of the incredible cast of Keeping A-Breast in her debut with New Theatre. Originally from New York, Francine moved to South Florida five years ago with her two handsome sons, Ben and Blake. She has a Master's degree in Musical Theatre and Education. Francine taught elementary school in NY for nearly two decades. She now devotes herself to the theatre, which has been her lifelong passion. Some of her previous roles include Truvy in Steel Magnolias, Nurse Ratchett in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Dolly in Hello Dolly, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Rona in Spelling Bee, Sarah in Company, Bea in A View From The Bridge and Hannah/Beth in California Suite. Thank you Steven and Ricky for this wonderful and meaningful opportunity!
Catherine Bush (Playwright - The Antiques Road Show) lives in Abingdon, Virginia where she is Barter Theatre's Playwright-in-Residence. Her plays include: The Other Side of the Mountain, The Quiltmaker, Comin' Up A Storm, I'll Never Be Hungry Again (book and lyrics), Wooden Snowflakes, Tradin' Paint, The Controversial Rescue of Fatty the Pig, Where Trouble Sleeps, The Road to Appomattox, The Frankenstein Summer and unhINGEd. Another play, Just a Kiss (produced at New Theatre) was a finalist for the 2007 American Theatre Critics Association's Steinberg Award. www.catherinebushplays.com
James Carrey (Playwright - First Date) is writer, director, actor, and composer. He recently directed You're A Good Man Charlie Brown (MSP) and his play Battleships (Artistic Vibes). He will also be directing a performance of his play Shooting Gallery for Conundrum Stages at Empire Stage. As an actor, he has featured in Assassins, Bat Boy, Cannibal! The Musical, Proof, and Broadway Bound.
David Caudle (Playwright - Motorboat) is a Miami native now living in New York. His Miami-set play, Visiting Hours, developed in Downstage Miami, was a Weissberger Nominee and Premiere Stages Finalist. Visiting Hours recently premiered to critical acclaim in New Orleans. ("powerful" and "immensely engaging" Times-Picayune.) Mr. Caudle is an alum of the New American Writers Group at Primary Stages where he also taught playwriting. New Theatre has premiered three of his plays, including multiple award-winning The Sunken Living Room (Samuel French). He recently wrote the screenplay adaptation of the memoir, Major Conflict, One Gay Man's Life in the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Military, by Major Jeffrey McGowan, US Army retired. www.davidcaudle.org
Vanessa Garcia (Playwright - Reconstructed & Fruit) is a playwright and multi-media artist as well as a freelance journalist (www.vanessagarcia.org). She is also the Founding Artistic Director of The Krane, a Miami-born theatre/arts company (www.thekrane.com). She's currently completing a PhD from the University of California Irvine, and has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami. Perhaps all of this means she's a great big nerd...yes, perhaps. Her shorts and longer theatre pieces have appeared in theatres around the world from Amsterdam and Edinburgh, to New York's 59E59, Los Angeles, and Miami. One thing she knows for sure is she's thrilled to be working with New Theatre, towards more curtain calls and moments of Catharsis.
Peggy C. Hall (Playwright- Up in Arms) is a Miami-based, published and award-winning poet. After retiring as a local English teacher, she became a board member of the Crystal Parrot Players, presenting new work with local artists. In 2007, CPP produced a selection of Peggy's poems for the stage with Techno Poetry: Seasonal Amnesia and in 2008 with Techno Poetry Unplugged: Not Always What It Seems; a book of both collections is published (www.rileyhall.com). Peggy is thrilled to be a part of this program with New Theatre and is pleased to see her work returning to the live stage.
Ruth Pleva & Elly Rakowitz (Playwrights - A Thing of Beauty & A Tale of Two Breasts) have collaborated on several projects, including the 1-Act God Knows, recently produced by New Theatre in its Miami 1-Act Festival, plus A Thing of Beauty and A Tale of Two Breasts in New Theatre's current Boomfrog! Series: Keeping A-Breast. They collaborated on You Be The Doctor!, a musical adaptation of Moliere's The Physician In Spite of Himself and an original musical, You Wanna Hear Luck? which had a New York Equity Showcase production and is now seeking a home for its updated edition. Both musicals won 1st and 2nd place awards from a Rhode Island University School of Drama national contest.
R. Kent Wilson (Playwright - Going Shopping) has varied theatrical experience. In Atlanta, he was president of the Southeastern Arts, Media, and Education (SAME) Project producing plays and film. He also workes as a freelance theater reviewer, assistant director for The Women, and stage manager for such productions as The Philadelphia Story, The Lisbon Traviata, and The Miracle Worker. His acting included roles in Ain't Misbehavin', A Little Night Music, The Pirates of Penzance, and Romeo and Juliet. In South Florida his work includes dramaturgy for An Ideal Husband and Private Lives, sound design for Suddenly Last Summer and performing in Sweet Charity and The Little Foxes.
Steven A. Chambers (Co-Director) is Literary Manager at THE NEW, where he previously directed A Bicycle Country, Twain & Shaw Do Lunch, Jack Goes Boating and appeared in Fill Our Mouths, Equus and A Streetcar Named Desire. Last year, he adapted and directed a portion of Shakespeare's A MidsummerNight's Dream which THE NEW produced in partnership with the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center as part of the All Kids Included Festival. Locally, Steven has worked with Broward Stage Door, Footlights, Inc., Sol Theatre Project and Key West Fringe, among others, and the Public Theatre of South Florida, where he was the Associate Artistic Director.
Ricky J. Martinez (Playwright - KEEPING A-BREAST Intro, Midpoint Segue & Closing and Co-Director) is New Theatre's Artistic Director. New Theatre audiences witnessed Martinez's direction recently in Property Line, Winter, Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, The Radiant, High Dive, Fizz, Raised in Captivity, Equus, The Hour of the Tiger, 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, SinFull 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. He recently returned from New Mexico where he directed the World Premiere of La Fea by Riti Sachdeva. Some of his directorial credits in South Florida include: 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 in 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.
Jerry Jensen (Production Stage Manager) is happy to be back for his 2nd season, after stage managing Henry V, Edith Can Shoot Things...and Hit Them, Twain and Shaw Do Lunch, Winter, Property Line and A Bicycle Country. A man of many theatrical stripes, Jerry has himself directed South Florida shows: The Lion in Winter, A Thousand Clowns, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Biloxi Blues, All The Great Books (Abridged), Say You Love Satan, 2 Boys in a Bed..., The Cocktail Hour, The Dining Room, Private Lives and Rumors. As Executive Director of the Wichita Center for the Arts, he oversaw the Midwest Premieres of Stephen Schwartz's Rags and Children of Eden and the World Premiere of the eventual Broadway musical, Jane Eyre. As an actor, Jerry's appeared in over 60 shows, most recently: 1776 and Footloose (Actors' Playhouse), Doubt (Main Street), The Normal Heart (Public), Bent (Rising Action), The Houseboy (Empire Stage), and The One Minute Play Festival.