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Miami, FL 33155

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Cultural Arts Center
10950 SW 211 Street
Cutler Bay, FL 33189

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THE MISSION by Jules Tasca
April 3 - May 4, 2008

THE MISSION by Jules Tasca World Premiere

Set Designer: Nicole Quintana
Lighting Designer: Michael Foster
Production Stage Manager: Betsy Paull-Rick
Assistant Stage Manager: Vanessa Thompson
Set Construction: Geordan Gottlieb, TLC Events Group Inc.
Box Office/House Manager: Juan Sanchez
Apprentices: Jessa Thomas & Teresa Ronquillo
Photography: Eileen Suarez*

The Cast

William Gressman*
Ricky Waugh*

The Characters

Joseph (Joe) Conte
Father James Corcorran

* members of Actors' Equity Association

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The Mission had a reading at the Lavenders Footlights Festival 2007 produced by Creative Arts Enterprises.

The Mission by Jules Tasca is presented through special arrangement with the playwright.

In what will be a unique and not to be missed theatrical feat, the actors will exchange roles every other night displaying their talent and versatility.

Come see the show a second time for only $10.

Thursday through Saturdays at 8 pm
Sunday at 1 pm.
Additional Sunday 5:30 pm
on April 13, 20 and 27.

Within the confines of a penitentiary a trusting Christian priest is drawn closer to the heart of darkness of a prisoner; the results are a double tragedy. The Mission is a tempestuous two-character play where secrets and gender can drive the human condition to make life altering decisions.

» Notes from the Playwright
» Q & A with the Playwright

Jules TascaJules Tasca (Playwright) Through I.U.P Jules Tasca has taught playwriting at Oxford University in England and he has performed with a commedia dell'-arte group in central Italy. He is the author of 120 (16 full-length, 104 one-act) published plays that have been produced nationally and worldwide. He has won national and international playwrighting contests, including the prestigious Barrymore Award for his play, The Balkan Women. His latest published plays are: The Jew of Bologna and Live Drawing: A Portrait of the Mona Lisa. Currently, he is working on a play based on the life of John Brown and the Harper's Ferry incident that is believed to have triggered the Civil War. Jules is a member of the Dramatist's Guild.

William GressmanWilliam Gressman is honored to be a new member of the New Theatre family and is also a newly proud member of the Actors' Equity Association. Born and raised in Miami, FL, where his family still resides, he received his B.A. from the University of Michigan. In his last year there, his performances included Amadeus (off-Broadway), The Curse of the Starving Class, Ajax, Philoctetes, Uncle Vania, Angels in America, The Tempest, Love's Labor's Lost, and Blood Wedding. He was also able to perform lead roles in world premiere works by University of Michigan playwrights such as The Struggle for Existence: Darwin's Dreams and Persephone: Queen of the Underworld. William is thrilled be a part of this world premiere and thanks all who were involved to make it a reality.

Ricky WaughRicky Waugh is a proud member of Actors' Equity and he is thrilled to be returning to New Theatre. You may have seen him on this stage last summer as part of the Shakespeare & Friends Festival; performing feature roles in the Tragedy of Cymbeline, Julius Caeser, and Saint Joan. Ricky made his South Florida debut in the Vietnam War drama Medal of Honor Rag at The M Ensemble Theatre Company in North Miami. Since 2005, Ricky has been a permanent company member of The PlayGround Theatre for Young Audiences in Miami Shores; performing in shows such as Pluft the Little Ghost, Brooklyn Bridge, The Love of Three Oranges, The Beast, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Arthur Miller's Creation of the World and Other Business, and A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings. Most recently he appeared at The Promethean Theatre in Nilo Cruz's Two Sisters and a Piano. Ricky would especially like to thank Jeanette for her unending love and support.

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, 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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