8567 Coral Way #355
Miami, FL 33155
Cultural Arts Center
10950 SW 211 Street
Cutler Bay, FL 33189
World premiere of a play by Michael McKeever.
Set design: Brenden Mccune
Costume design: Keena Blair Brown
Lighting design: Patrick Tennent
Production stage manager: Margaret Ledford
Directed by Ricky J. Martinez.
John Felix* - Isaac Chasen
Sheaun McKinney* - Jackson Thomas
Stuart Meltzer - Leo Chasen
Javier Siut - Luis Ribada
Marta Velasco* - Marta Ribada
Tara Vodihn* - Adelle Thomas
* Members of American Actors Equity
"a truly fine, endlessly watchable cast, under Ricky J. Martinez's fluid direction." - Christine Dolen, Miami Herald
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"McKeever's acute instinct for comic juxtaposition allows him to sprinkle the play with unexpected humorous outbursts, while Martinez's direction gives it the heart it seeks." - Jack Zink, Sun-Sentinel
As a new skyline forms over the city of Miami, histories, traditions and heritage are slowly being lost. And perhaps, new ones are being created. Three families - one Cuban, one African American and one Jewish - collide, intermingle and eventually blend into one as Michael McKeever's provocative new play unfolds its intricately woven tapestry of family, history and hope.
Melt is commissioned and World Premiered with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, Mel and Nancy Morgenstern and The Manny & Ruthy Cohen Foundation, The Dramatists Guild Fund and Dr. Jules Oaklander.
Michael McKeever (Playwright) is thrilled to have one of his plays World-Premiered at New Theatre for the sixth time. He is equally pleased to be working with Mr.Martinez and this splendid cast. He has written fourteen plays (including The Impressionists, Hand of God, Wait and See, Charlie Cox Runs with Scissors, Open Season, 37 Postcards, Sexy & Miggs and The Garden of Hannah List). All of which - he is proud to say - have received their World-Premiere productions in South Florida. His plays have been produced Off-Broadway, as well as throughout America and Europe. Citations and awards include: 2 South Florida Critics' Association Carbonell Awards (The Garden of Hannah List, Charlie Cox Runs with Scissors, Best New Work); 3 Curtain Up Awards (Charlie Cox Runs with Scissors, Sexy & Miggs, Open Season, Best New Work); The Anna Sosenko Assist Trust; The Hartt School (University of Hartford) New Play Festival Fellowship; and 2 Florida Individual Artist Fellowships. He has been a finalist several times at both the Key West Theatre Festival and the Sarasota Festival of New Plays. He is also an award-winning actor and designer. He resides in South Florida and is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Actors' Equity.
John Felix (Isaac Chasen) has appeared at New Theatre as James Tyrone in Long Day's Journey into Night and as Clarence Darrow in Clarence Darrow's Last Trial. Recent stage credits: Phil Gorski, Greetings!; George Hay, Moon Over Buffalo; Jane Twisden, Lord Edgar, etc., The Mystery of Irma Vep; Dr. Bradman, Blithe Spirit; Spettigue, Where's Charley?; Braun, The Good German; Charlie, Seascape; and featured declaimer of poetry in An Evening with Walt Whitman and the Mystic Trumpeters. John is a Carbonell and Curtain Up award recipient and a proud member of the stage professionals' union, Actors' Equity Association.
Sheaun McKinney (Jackson Thomas) is a founding member of Ground Up & Rising the young, fresh, trailblazing company taking Miami by storm. The proof is in the performance, watch out for their upcoming productions of Indian Wants the Bronx and The Dutchman. Sheaun is proud to be making his New Theatre debut and to be working with such a great cast in such a great project. Sheaun has performed in such shows as Sept. 10th, Topdog/Underdog, Blue Orange, Streamers, Jesus Hopped the A-train and most recently at Florida Stage in A House With No Walls. Sheaun also has a Carbonell nomination for Best Actor for his role in A Lesson Before Dying at Joe Adlers' GableStage. Sheaun dedicates his performance to his family, friends, Ground Up crew, and the theatre dept. at MDC Kendall. RIP Antwan McKinney. God Bless.
Stuart Meltzer (Leo Chasen) is thrilled to be working at New Theatre. Though South Florida audiences may know Stuart more as a director, favorite moments as an actor include, Some Things You Should Know..., The Philanthropist and The Big Funk. As a director, some of Stuart's recent favorites are Kiss of the Spider Woman, Painted Alice, Barefoot Boy With Shoes On, and the last three years with the directing ensemble for City Theatre's Summer Shorts. He is back there this summer. Stuart teaches at New World School of the Arts and just finished working on Angels in America. His play Better than Damn Good will appear at the Lavender Footlights Festival in April. He lives in Davie, with a playwright and three spoiled fish.
Javier Siut (Luis Ribada) has spent the last decade of his life on the stage. Although still young, he is already familiar with all aspects of the theatre; acting, directing, designing, producing and writing. Javier was a pillar of Prometeo, at Miami-Dade College, under the direction of his teacher and mentor, Teresa María Rojas. He feels honored with this opportunity to work at New Theatre and play the role of Luis Ribada.
Marta Velasco (Eugeñia Anon) arrived in New York from Cuba in 1961. While in New York, she studied with Uta Hagen and Alice Spivak at the Herbert Bergoff Studio, and with Osvaldo Riofrancos, a pioneer of the Hispanic theatre movement, at the New York School of Arts. She was working in a Riofrancos' production when Joseph Papp, the legendary Broadway producer saw her perform and invited her and the company to become the Spanish component of the New York Shakespeare Festival, a partnership that last four years, where Marta co-starred with Raul Julia and Ignacio Lopez-Tarso and other personalities of theatre and film. She moved to Miami in 1972 and after a hiatus that lasted five years, she returned to the theatre in 1977. Since then, her career has been in a constant rise, having been a recipient of numerous awards. For seven years she starred in Sabado Gigante, the most popular Hispanic T.V. program at Univision- Channel 23, and co-starred in Marielena, the most popular Hispanic soap opera of the decade. In 1992, she became part of Telemundo-Channel 51 and was seen on the dynamic program Club Telemundo. Marta also co-starred in the soap opera Morelia at Univision Channel 23 and appeared in the films The Bodyguard, The Substitute and others. New Theatre audiences may recognize her as Eugeñia in Sin Full Heaven, Hortensia in Nilo Cruz' World Premiere Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams, and Ama in Elaine Romero's World Premiere Barrio Hollywood.
Tara Vodihn (Adelle Thomas) just can't seem to stay away from New Theatre... She was just seen 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.
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. She is a graduate of Wayne State
University, a former member of the Detroit Dance Collective, and has also worked locally for Hollywood Playhouse, The Public Theatre of South Florida, Theatre Illuminata,
and Broadway Arts Productions.