8567 Coral Way #355
Miami, FL 33155
Cultural Arts Center
10950 SW 211 Street
Cutler Bay, FL 33189
by William Shakespeare
September 2 - 19, 2010
Thursday - Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 1 pm
Adapted and directed by John Manzelli
Scenic Designer: Elaine Bryan
Lighting Designer: Travis Neff
Sound Designer: Matt Corey
Costume Designer: K. Blair Brown
Choreographer: Patrice DeGraff-Arenas*
Production Stage Manager: Vanessa L. Thompson*
Sound Board Operators: Nathalie Barrueco, Christopher Vicchiollo*
Box Office & House Manager: Juan C. Sanchez
Literary Manager: Steven A. Chambers
Photography: Eileen Suarez*
(marketing & publicity)
Photography: Dr. Norman Gorback
Poster & Postcard Design: Ricky J. Martinez*
PROSPERO - Stephen Neal*
ARIEL - Patrice DeGraff-Arenas*
CALIBAN - Robert Strain
SEBASTIAN - Kevin Reilley
MIRANDA & ENSEMBLE - Alexandra Adomaitis**
FERDINAND - Andrew Wind**
ANTONIO - Ronald Mangravite*
GONZALO - Rusty Allison
TRINCULO - Sam Sherburne**
STEPHANO - Avi Hoffman*
ALONZO - Hugh M. Murphy*
ENSEMBLE - Lucy Nuñez**
* members of Actors' Equity Association
** members of the New Theatre Apprentice Program
Stranded on a deserted island with his daughter, a usurped duke is granted his chance at revenge. By invoking a storm, he shipwrecks the man who ruined him. Also among the passengers is the young man who awakens his daughter's first stirrings of love.
Time & Place
Turn of the Century
Stephen Neal (Prospero) 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 Baptista in The Taming of the Shrew (his sixth season of New Theatre Shakespeare). Other New Theatre 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.
Patrice DeGraff-Arenas (Ariel) is delighted to be returning to New Theatre in this production of The Tempest. A South Florida native, Educator, and Shakespeare enthusiast, Patrice is reprising the role of 'Ariel.' Other South Florida credits include: In Darfur, The Rant, and Regional credits include: Working, San Diego Repertory; Hair, L.A.; The Tempest, and Cymbeline, Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival. Thanks to God, in whom all is possible, my family, for their love, and creative friends, who challenge me to risk.
Robert Strain (Caliban) was last on the stage at New Theatre in the 2007 production of Cymbeline. It's great to be back! Most recently he appeared in Gablestage's 2009 production of Farragut North which won the Carbonell Award for Best Ensemble. Various other South Florida performances through the years have been at Mosaic Theatre, The Ring Theatre and Public Theatre of South Florida. Some of Robert's favorite roles include: Lucius in Tom Walker (New Theatre-Carbonell nomination for Best Supporting Actor), Kent in King Lear, and Adam in Someone Who'll Watch Over Me. Thanks Maria!
Kevin Reilley (Sebastian) last appeared at New Theatre in the premiere of For Better... with John Manzelli, this production's esteemed director. Other local appearances include Gablestage's November, A Bad Friend, Diary of Anne Frank, The Accomplices, Fahrenheit 451, and Actors' Playhouse's Young King Arthur. Broward audiences may remember Kevin from Stage Door Theatre's Come Blow Your Horn, Cantorial, Knish Alley, Over the River..., Visiting Mr. Green and Convertible Girl, among others, and Mosaic Theatre's The Elephant Man, Dirty Story, and the Carbonell winning ensemble of Glengarry Glen Ross. For Mad Cat Theatre's Portrait, he was honored with a Curtain Up Supporting Actor Award. He is delighted to be a member of this august company of players.
Alexandra Adomaitis (Miranda & Ensemble) was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and grew up in the suburbs of Boston studying dance as her main focus, but pursued music, theater, writing, and singing as well. Ms. Adomaitis' extensive dance training included studies in Classical Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Flamenco, and Ballroom. After graduating high school, she moved to New York City to study at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) on scholarship. In the summer of 2007 she studied Shakespeare abroad at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England. Ms. Adomaitis graduated from AADA with high marks in 2008. From New York City, she relocated to Miami, where she currently resides. Alexandra is very excited to be on the New Theatre stage for the first time with such a wonderful cast! Thank you to all!
Andrew Wind (Ferdinand) is thrilled to be making his professional debut with New Theatre. He has just recently moved to Florida after earning his B.F.A in Theatre at Marietta College (OH) where he had the pleasure of playing such roles as Valentine in Two Gentleman of Verona, Calisto in The Illusion, and Jim in The Mineola Twins. Andrew would like to thank the New Theatre family for this wonderful opportunity, as well as his amazing girlfriend for her devotion and unwavering support.
Ronald Mangravite (Antonio) studied classical acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and interned with the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford. In the course of his career, he has performed in, directed, or assisted over forty productions of Shakespeare; twenty-six of the plays. Favorite roles include Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (Marin and New Jersey Shakespeare Festivals), Edmund in King Lear (Off Broadway) and the title role in Macbeth, (Boarshead Theatre, Michigan). Non-Shakespearean roles include Pale in Burn This in Detroit and Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses in Ashland, Oregon. This Tempest marks Ron's New Theatre (and Florida) debut.
Rusty Allison (Gonzalo) is thrilled to return to New Theatre as Gonzalo. Most recently he was seen at the Broward Center's Laffing Matterz, where he is soon to return. Rusty found out he was cast in this production while watching Henry IV as a groundling at Shakespeare's Globe in London (how cool!). Special thanks to Ricky and John for the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of talent. It's also a blast to share the stage with my first director in South Florida, Doctor Murphy. Much love to Robin for sharing this and everything. Hello to Jake and Jay. Enjoy the show!!
Sam Sherburne (Trinculo) relocated to South Florida two years ago to pursue his MFA at Florida Atlantic University, where he has appeared as Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Willis in Talking Pictures, Frank Keller in Red Herring, and Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, among others. He hails from Kentucky by way of Pennsylvania, where he received his BA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. This is his first show at New Theatre.
Avi Hoffman (Stephano) is very excited to make his New Theatre debut in a role he performed 30 years ago at University of Miami. He is best known for his award winning one man shows Too Jewish? and Too Jewish, Too! (Performer of the Year - NY Press Magazine; L.A. OVATION award - Best Actor in a Musical; NY Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award nominations). On TV, both of his shows are broadcast nationally on the PBS system. He was featured as 'Teddy Wayne' in the NBC series Law and Order, starred in the motion picture The Imported Bridegroom and has performed all over the world. He has numerous theater credits and multiple Carbonell nominations and Curtain Up awards. He is very proud to be a member of AEA, SAG and SDC.
Hugh M. Murphy (Alonzo) is delighted to be returning to New Theatre where he was last seen as Deeley in Old Times. Hugh has also been seen as Mayor/Grime in Naked Stage's Macon City. Hugh has appeared in over 100 productions at theatres all over South Florida, including Coconut Grove's production of Death of A Salesman (where he was privileged to share the stage with Hal Holbrook) and in Ruthless!, for which he received a Carbonell nomination. Hugh is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Barry University, and would like to thank John Manzelli for this terrific opportunity.
Lucy E. Nuñez (Ensemble) would like to thank Ricky, John, Vanessa, Eileen, Patrice and Alex for this her first New Theatre experience. Stage credits include Noises Off, Blithe Spirit and Midsummer Night's Dream.
John Manzelli (Director) is very proud to be directing this talented group of artists through The Tempest of New Theatre's Shakespeare Festival, where he has previously served as fight choreographer for King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Cymbeline and A Midsummer Night's Dream. As a founding member of The Naked Stage Company, John directed last year's critically acclaimed production of Macon City for which he also received the Carbonell Award for Best Lighting Designer. In October, John will be tackling the classic No Exit for the Naked Stage. John serves as Assistant Professor of Theatre at Barry University and has his MFA from Illinois State University. He is a member of Actor's Equity, The Screen Actor's Guild, and the Society of American Fight Directors.
Vanessa L. Thompson (Production Stage Manager) is happy to be back with her New Theatre family. She has been on New Theatre's stage in the World Premiere of David Caudle's Likeness and most recently in the critically acclaimed Equus this past season. She has also been an Assistant Stage Manager for several productions and worked at the Box Office in the past. She is thrilled to be our new Production Stage Manager and is looking forward to an amazing 25th Anniversary Season with New Theatre! Special thanks to her partner Stephanie and dear friends Eileen and Ricky!