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THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
by William Shakespeare
Adapted by Roberto Prestigiacomo
August 27 - September 27, 2009
Thursday - Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 1 pm
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Directed by Roberto Prestigiacomo
Scenic Designer: Nicole Quintana
Lighting Designer: Travis Neff
Sound Designer: Matt Corey
Costume Designer: K. Blair Brown
Production Stage Manager: Dana Hesch*
Assistant Stage Manager: Vanessa Thompson*
Literary Manager: Steven Chambers
House Manager: Juan C. Sanchez
Photography: Eileen Suarez*
(marketing & publicity) and
Dr. Norman Gorback (lobby display)
New Theatre's 2009 Apprentice Program
Acting: Adriana Perez and Dawn A.A. Plummer
KATHARINA - Karen Garcia*
PETRUCHIO - Israel Garcia*
BIANCA & ENSEMBLE - Jackie Rivera
LUCENTIO & ENSEMBLE - Joshua Horn
BAPTISTA - Stephen Neal*
TRANIO & ENSEMBLE - Christopher Vicchiollo*
GREMIO & ENSEMBLE - Rusty Allison
HORTENSIO & VINCENTIO - Clint Hooper*
GRUMIO & ENSEMBLE - Dawn A.A. Plummer**
BIONDELLO & ENSEMBLE - Adriana Perez**
* members of Actors' Equity Association
** member of the New Theatre Apprentice Program
Special Thanks to Stephanie Rodriguez, Ray Breslin & Patrick Pecoraro, Thomas Vals, Andrew Rodriguez-Triana, Anibal "Debo" Herrera, Florida International University Theatre Department, Broward College Theatre Department and Ana Andreu & Charles Sothers at the Roxy Performing Arts Center.
Roberto Prestigiacomo (Director) is a theater-maker whose creative work includes the development of community-based theatre through improvisation and storytelling techniques, and the creation of original physical theater pieces (TransPerformance). Roberto, a produced playwright, was artistic director for Theater With Your Coffe, Potlatch Theater Lab. He has directed (representative): Julius Caesar, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, The Triumph of Love, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Marisol, How I Learned to Drive, One for the Road, Fat Pig, Guys and Dolls, Back of the Throat, Dog Sees God, The Forum Theater Project 08 "Facing San Antonio's Homeless", The Forum Theater Project 09 "Walls and Borders" as well as original works like pastiche, Sabbia and Guernika. Roberto is a member of Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSDC), American Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), and is a native of Rome, Italy.
Karen Garcia (Katharina) is thrilled to be making her New Theatre debut. Amongst her favorite roles: Conchita in Anna in the Tropics, Frida Kahlo in Casa Blue (Karen Co-wrote), Pascuala in Fuente Ovejuna and Kathy in Vanities. Karen has produced and co-directed the full-length feature-film, Blood Rogues, won the Best Actress Award at the Hollywood DV Film Festival for her lead role in Prism, was recently seen on Burn Notice and has continued her commercial career on both coasts, splitting her time between Los Angeles and Miami. She's blessed with a loving family and Pete Garcia's relentless encouragement and support.
Israel Garcia (Petruchio) 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 Mauritius, 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.
Jackie Rivera (Bianca & Ensemble) recently graduated with a BFA in Acting from New World School of The Arts, you may have caught her performance in Women Of Fire And Blood as Daphne and Iphigenia here at New Theatre this July. Favorite credits include: Collette in Four Dogs and A Bone, Nancy Blake in The Women, and Trafalgar Gower in Trelawney of The Wells. Make sure to check her out in Naked Stage's production of Macon City, a new play by Marco Ramirez, in November! She would like to thank Ricky, Eileen and YOU (Yes, you!) for supporting live theater!
Joshua Horn (Lucentio & Ensemble) is delighted to be making his Miami stage debut at the New Theatre. A graduate of the University of Central Florida's theater program, Joshua has appeared in numerous college and regional productions in the Orlando area. Having the opportunity to work with the incredible talent housed at 4120 Laguna Street, is an honor that Josh humbly regards with reverence and gratitude.
Stephen Neal (Baptista) is a proud member of Actors Equity Association. He has directed, designed and/or performed in over a hundred plays. Favorites: Jose Felipe Sin Full Heaven; the Stage Manager Our Town; Ross The Goat; Tom Tom Walker and Malvolio Twelfth Night. Last summer he played Duke Senior in As You Like It his fifth season of New Theatre Shakespeare. Other NT Shakespeares: Belarius Cymbeline; Cassius Julius Caesar; The Earl of Warwick in Saint Joan. Directing favorites include The Taming of the Shrew, The Mikado, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Affluenza! and Steve Martin's The Underpants.
Christopher Vicchiollo (Tranio & Ensemble) This is Chris' fourth season in the Summer Shakespeare at New Theatre. Previous roles at New Theatre include Mark Antony in Julius Caesar, Jim (Gentleman Caller) in The Glass Menagerie and Pops in Elliott: A Soldier's Fugue. Chris studied theatre at Northern Illinois University, outside Chicago. He moved to sunny South Florida 15 years ago, where he continues to follow his passion. He would like to thank his partner for his undying support. He would also like to thank all the theatre patrons for "keeping the dream alive." Please support your local theatre.
Rusty Allison (Gremio & Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of this show. Most recently seen at Laffing Matterz in Ft Lauderdale, Rusty has been in shows all over South Florida since relocating here from NYC in 2000. A graduate of AMDA in Manhattan, favorite roles include Judge Wilson in 1776 at Actor's Playhouse and Morris in No Way to Treat a Lady at Stage Door, as well as best friend and costar to Robin in our crazy lives. Thanks to Ricky, Eileen, and Roberto for this wonderful opportunity to delve back into the Bard's work and for making me feel so welcome. ENJOY!
Clint Hooper (Hortensio & Vincentio) is proud to be a member of Actor's Equity, and excited to be back on the stage at New Theatre. Clint last appeared as Jaques in the 2008-2009 season's production of As You Like It, but audiences may also remember him as Brian in A Nervous Smile, La Tremouille in Saint Joan, and as Frances in Lincolnesque. Clint also enjoys the technical side of theatre and has worked as Stage Manager for numerous productions including last season's The Glass Menagerie, for which he also served as Set Designer. In his spare time, he teaches theatre at Southwest High.
Dawn A.A. Plummer (Grumio & Ensemble) is excited to be working with the talented director, cast, and crew of Taming of the Shrew. Originally raised in Miami; Dawn moved to Illinois and later to Seattle, WA, and performed with the Illinois Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre, and Taproot Theatre Company. She is now back and pleased to make her New Theatre debut with this production. Dawn is a graduate of Florida International University (BFA), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne (MFA); and her favorite color is red.
Adriana Perez (Biondello & Ensemble) is excited to be joining New Theatre and it's excellent ensemble and production team. She was previously seen in Mainstreet Theatre's productions of Much Ado About Nothing and The Laramie Project. When she is not performing on stage in the theater she is on stage in the classroom as a first grade teacher. Adriana thanks God for this extraordinary artistic opportunity. She extends a warm thank you to her husband, family and friends for their support. Adriana wants to dedicate this performance to her comical, talented and loving father - now her guardian angel.
Dana Hesch (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be joining the New Theatre family. A Miami native, Dana has worked in New York as an Assistant Stage Manager: Outside Inn (International Cultural Lab), R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Callies Tally and The Boy Who Heard Music (New York Stage & Film) and as a Production Intern for Aurora Productions (Shrek The Musical, God Of Carnage, Mary Stuart and Blithe Spirit). In South Florida Dana has worked with City Theatre's Summer Shorts and at Actors Playhouse (Narnia The Musical). Dana received her BFA in Drama/Stage Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Thanks to her family and friends their support!