8567 Coral Way #355
Miami, FL 33155
Cultural Arts Center
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MAURITIUS by Theresa Rebeck
April 16 - May 24, 2009
Thursday - Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 1 pm and Sunday at 5:30 pm on May 3 & 10
Extended by Popular Demand!
Sponsored in part by Carol & Judge Robin Faber through United Way of Miami-Dade,
David Evensky and also in part by the Dramatists Guild Fund.
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Directed by Ricky J. Martinez*
Scenic Designer: Jesus Casimiro
Lighting Designer: Kyle A. Thomas
Sound Designer: Ozzie Quintana
Costume Designer: K. Blair Brown
Fight Director: John Manzelli*
Production Stage Manager: Clint Hooper*
Sound Board Operator: Christopher Vicchiollo*
Literary Manager: Steven Chambers
House Manager: Juan C. Sanchez
Photography: Eileen Suarez* (marketing/publicity) and
Dr. Norman Gorback (lobby display)
JACKIE - Michaela Cronan*
PHILIP - Michael McKeever*
DENNIS - Israel Garcia*
STERLING - Bill Schwartz*
MARY - Kim Ehly*
* members of Actors' Equity Association
A Broadway Hit making its Southeastern Premiere
This sharp, funny, and engaging work straight from its Broadway premiere by Pulitzer Prize nominated Theresa Rebeck keeps us at the edge of our seats hinged on each plot twist. Jackie and Mary are half-sisters whose mother's death leaves them in possession of a rare stamp collection, while battling over who owns the stamps three dealers have designs of their own. Who is friend and who is foe?
"A gifted writer with an expansive mind, willing to explore old terrain to find new paths."
- The New York Times
"Unsurprisingly for a writer with extensive experience in TV police procedurals like NYPD Blue and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, one of Rebeck's strengths is her skill at stitching tension into every exchange. The five characters in Mauritius pair up and face off in shifting configurations, the emotionally fraught edges of their twisty encounters made all the more intriguing by the fact that items as apparently innocuous as postage stamps fuel the friction." - Variety
"One wouldn't think that the subject of rare stamps would make for gripping, entertaining theater, but Theresa Rebeck's Mauritius, being given its Broadway premiere by the Manhattan Theatre Club, proves otherwise... The sort of well-made, engrossing and unpretentious play rarely encountered on Broadway these days, Mauritius is a welcome introduction to the fall season." - The Hollywood Reporter
WARNING: The show contains strong language, violence and cigarette smoking!
About the Playwright
Theresa Rebeck is a widely produced playwright throughout the United States and abroad. Past New York productions of her work include Mauritius at the Biltmore Theatre on Broadway; The Scene, The Water's Edge, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann and Spike Heels at Second Stage; Bad Dates and The Butterfly Collection at Playwrights Horizons; and View of the Dome at New York Theatre Workshop. Omnium Gatherum (co-written, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2003) was featured at the Humana Festival, and had a commercial run at the Variety Arts Theatre. Her play Our House, recently premiered at the Denver Center Theatre and will have its New York debut at Playwrights Horizons this season. Williamstown Theatre Festival produced her new play, The Understudy in summer 2008. She is currently working on a commission for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.
All of Ms. Rebeck's past produced plays are published by Smith and Kraus as Theresa Rebeck: Complete Plays, Volumes I, II and III and in acting editions available from Samuel French. Ms. Rebeck's other publications are Free Fire Zone, a book of comedic essays about writing and show business. She has written for American Theatre Magazine and has had excerpts of her plays published in the Harvard Review. Ms. Rebeck's first novel, Three Girls and Their Brother, was published by Random House/Shaye Areheart Books in April 2008.
In television, Ms. Rebeck has written for Dream On, Brooklyn Bridge, L.A. Law, American Dreamer, Maximum Bob, First Wave, and Third Watch. She has been a writer/producer for Canterbury's Law, Smith, Law and Order: Criminal Intent and NYPD Blue. Her produced feature films include Harriet the Spy, Gossip, and the independent feature Sunday on the Rocks. Awards include the Mystery Writer's of America's Edgar Award, the Writer's Guild of America award for Episodic Drama, the Hispanic Images Imagen Award, and the Peabody, all for her work on NYPD Blue. She has won the National Theatre Conference Award (for The Family of Mann), and was awarded the William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award in 2003 for The Bells. Mauritius was originally produced at Boston's Huntington Theatre, where it received the 2007 IRNE Award for Best New Play as well as the Eliot Norton Award.
Ms. Rebeck is originally from Cincinnati and holds an MFA in Playwrighting and a PhD. in Victorian Melodrama, both from Brandeis University. She is a proud board member of the Dramatists Guild and has taught at Brandeis University and Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Jess Lynn and two children, Cooper and Cleo.
Michaela Cronan (Jackie) is so happy to be making her New Theatre debut. On stage, she was last seen in End Days at Florida Stage (ATCA/ Steinberg citation). Other shows in town: By Any Other Name... Romeo & Juliet (The Naked Stage), Cyrano, & Buck Fever (The Promethean Theatre), Shoot, Cope, Fell in Love With a Girl, Trembling Hands, Action & Painted Alice (Mad Cat), and What the Rabbi Saw (Broward Stage Door). In film, she was last seen as Phyllis in The Square Root of 2, which is slated for release in '09. She is a proud member of Actors' Equity. Michaela would like to thank her family for their undying love and support and mostly Adam for being her constant. ONE LOVE.
Kim Ehly (Mary) is thrilled to be on stage again at New Theatre, after having portrayed Zissel in Gates of Choice earlier this 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 the opportunity to work under his insightful and passionate direction once again. Other Florida credits include: 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.
Israel Garcia (Dennis) is very happy to return to New Theatre, his "artistic sanctuary" for the last 10 years (Artistic Sanctuary? Is he full of it or what?) He has performed in several plays at New Theatre in the past including Lincolnesque, The Waverly Gallery, One Flea Spare, Around the World in 80 Days, and Cloud Tectonics. Other plays in SoFla include The Rothschilds, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and A Christmas Carol. Izzy would like to thank Ricky and Eileen for the warm welcome back and for his three ladies at home for their support and patience.
Michael McKeever (Philip) is delighted to return to New Theatre, and to be working with Ricky, Eileen and this splendid cast. Recent stage appearances include: Suite Surrender at Caldwell Theatre Company; A Moon for the Misbegotten and Seascape at Palm Beach DramaWorks; I'm Not Rappaport and The Sunshine Boys at New Vista Theatre Company; Kiss of the Spider Woman and The Normal Heart (Carbonell Nomination, Best Actor) at the Public Theatre, and Affluenza! (Curtain Up Award, Best Supporting Actor here at New Theatre. This summer, he will reprise his role in Suite Surrender at the Blowing Rock Stage Company in North Carolina. Michael is also an award-winning playwright and scenic designer. He is a proud member of Actors' Equity. Please visit www.michaelmckeeverplays.com
Bill Schwartz (Sterling) was professionally active on the stage in the 1970's, 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 the professional theatre in 2003, Bill has appeared in The Value of Names and Words of Mass Deception (Hollywood Playhouse), Wait and See, Clarence Darrow's Last Trial, Madagascar, Lincolnesque, Likeness and The Gates of Truth (New Theatre) and Romance, Betrayed and Defiance (GableStage). Bill is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association. Thanks Ricky!