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LIKENESS by David Caudle
September 27 -October 28, 2007

LIKENESS by David Caudle World Premiere

Directed by Ricky J. Martinez*

Set Designer: Jesse Dreikosen
Costume Designer: Lynn Bowling
Wig Master: Lazaro Arencibia
Sound Designer: Rob Rick
Lighting Designer: Eric Nelson
Stage Manager: Betsy Paull-Rick*
Assistant Stage Manager: Ashley Fernandez
Set Construction: TLC Events Group

Cast of Characters

Matthew Leddy*   -   Edmund Farraday
Scott McKinsey*   -   Marcus
Bill Schwartz*   -   Mr. Westerley
Vanessa Thompson   -   Miss Westerley
Tara Vodihn*   -   Miss Preston
Sally Bondi   -   Mrs. Mapes

* members of Actors' Equity Association

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Time and place:
A barn on a wealthy estate on the outskirts of Colonial Boston. Early August, 1765

Set in Colonial Boston, an idealistic young painter must create an idealized portrait of a tyrannical Loyalist's daughter. Though loathe to tell a lie with his brush, he desperately needs the gig. His subject, meanwhile, believes herself beyond improvement. Within that rectangle of canvas, an artist struggles to define his identity, and a girl struggles to protect hers, as the earliest rumblings of revolution rattle the studio walls.

"A minor masterwork" - Brandon K. Thorp, New Times

"astute direction of Ricky J. Martinez and an engaging ensemble cast, Caudle's words come to life" - Ron Levitt, Entertainment News and Views

"Playwright David Caudle has written a credible play that feels authentic." - Mary Damiano, The Sun-Sentinel

David Caudle David Caudle (Playwright) A Miami native now living in New York, David Caudle is thrilled to have his work premiere once again on the New Theatre stage after last year's THE SUNKEN LIVING ROOM. (Carbonell Nominee for Best New Work; Winner, Southern New Plays Festival '05; Gold Medal Finalist-Pinter Review Prize for Drama '04, Finalist at the Lark's Playwrights Week '05; named Best Drama of '06 by the Miami Sun-Post.) The co-production with Southern Rep was remounted in January for a highly praised production in New Orleans. VISITING OURS was developed in the Downstage Miami playwriting workshop and will have a reading October 1 at Primary Stages in New York. David's one-act, FEET OF CLAY (Samuel French Winner, Heidemann Award Finalist) is published by Samuel French in its 29th Edition of Festival Plays. The short film version, directed by Carrie Preston, is currently making festival rounds. With an MFA in Scenic Design from the University of Connecticut, David has painted scenery on and Off-Broadway, and painted costumes for several productions at Lincoln Center, where he works with the hugely talented Lynn Bowling. He is delighted that Lynn and Lazaro could take part in this production.

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Sally Bondi Sally Bondi (Mrs. Mapes) has been in the entertainment industry for over 40 years and has performed coast to coast both on stage and on film. In South Florida for over 5 years, you may have seen her in The Normal Heart (Public Theatre), The Klemperers' New Clothes and Madeline's Christmas (Actor's Playhouse), Southern Baptist Sissies (Rising Action), Defining Code Red (Magnetic Theatricals), and Memory House and Shiloh Rules (The Women's Theatre Project). Before she moved here she toured for 9 years with musicals and her one woman show Dreams Of Martha Stewart. Seems her karma is to work on world premieres, as this is about her 10th! She is so grateful to be able to work at this exciting theatre company, with such abundantly talented people. Sally and her partner own a home care company - Comfort Keepers in Broward County. She has 3 grown sons and 2 half grown grandsons. Thank you Kelly for your support and love- consistently.

Matthew Leddy Matthew Leddy (Edmund Farraday) attended New World School of the Arts high school and graduated last May from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Music degree in musical theater and a minor in motion pictures. He has also studied at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford. This summer, he was an acting intern in New Theatre's Shakespeare and Friends Festival where he played numerous roles in Cymbeline, Julius Caesar, and Saint Joan. Matthew thanks his parents, family and friends, and gives a very special thanks to New Theatre for welcoming him into its little happy family!

Scott McKinsey Scott McKinsey (Marcus) is excited to be kicking off the season with New Theatre in this extraordinary new play. Scott is an Illinois native whose cross-country roving recently landed him in South Florida, where he has appeared as Todd Grossman in Grandma Sylvia's Funeral (Broward Center) and Will in the South Florida premiere of Leftovers (Hollywood Playhouse). All my love and gratitude goes out to my mother, father, grandmother, Merin, Baxter and everyone who has helped me make my theatrical dreams a reality.

Bill Schwartz Bill Schwartz* (Mr. Westerley) was professionally active in the 1970s on stage, appearing in dinner theatre, at the Coconut Grove Playhouse and Vinette Carroll's Theatre in New York City. He also performed with Sarasota's Asolo Touring Theatre in a nine-month run which included the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Since returning to professional theatre in 2003, Bill has appeared in The Value of Names and Words of Mass Deception (Hollywood Playhouse), Wait and See, Clarance Darrow's Last Trial, Madagascar and Lincolnesque (New Theatre) and Romance (GableStage). Bill also tours South Florida Schools and appears on television with his one-person/six-puppet traveling ventriloquist show, Laugh and Learn.

Vanessa Thompson Vanessa Thompson (Miss Westerley) is thrilled to be making her New Theatre debut! She has been with New Theatre since 2005 and began as Assistant Stage Manager for their production of Paradise. You may recognize her from New Theatre's box office where she has been House/Box Office Manager for almost two years. She would like to give special thanks to her parents Rick and Monica for all their love and support, and to Ricky and Eileen for being the best friends, teachers, and coworkers anyone could ask for.

Tara Vodihn Tara Vodihn* (Miss Preston) just can't seem to stay away from New Theatre. She was just seen last seen as Adelle in the World Premiere of Melt by Michael McKeever and as Juliette in I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda, by Sonja Linden. The folks from up north may have also seen her at Florida Stage, reading Dr. Adjata in City Of Ghosts by Steve Dietz, as part of the First Stage Festival. She continues to be blessed to have such a wonderful artistic home, and the most supportive husband in the known universe.

Ricky J. Martinez Ricky J. Martinez (Director) is New Theatre's Artistic Director. He is a Miami-born Cuban-American proudly residing and working in South Florida. Schooled at the New World School for the Arts, he studied with Jorge C. Guerra, Richard Armstrong, Lee Michael Cohen, Richard Janaro, Carol Cadby, Clay James, and Kimberly Daniel.

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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