8567 Coral Way #355
Miami, FL 33155
Cultural Arts Center
10950 SW 211 Street
Cutler Bay, FL 33189
Twain And Shaw Do Lunch
Performances are Thursday - Saturday at 8 pm
by Chambers Stevens
December 2 - 18, 2011
and Sunday at 1 pm
Additional Sunday 5:30 pm performance
on Dec. 11 & 18.
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Directed by Steven A. Chambers
Scenic Designer: Andrew Rodriguez-Triana
Lighting Designer: Ricky J. Martinez
Sound Designer: Ozzie Quintana
Costume Designer: Chuck Roeder
Production Stage Manager: Jerry Jensen*
Assistant Stage Manager: Ruben Diaz
Literary Manager: Steven A. Chambers
Box Office & House Manager: Juan C. Sanchez
Photography (marketing & publicity),
Program Design: Eileen Suarez*
Poster & Postcard Design: Ruben Diaz
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW - Stephen Neal*
* members of Actors' Equity Association
CHARLOTTE SHAW - Pilar Uribe*
MARK TWAIN - Bill Schwartz*
This witty and based-on-truth play is set in 1907 when the world's two greatest living writers, Mark Twain & George Bernard Shaw, had lunch together. This, their first meeting, was monumental. It would be Mrs. Shaw's job to make sure they didn't destroy each other.
Time & Place
Front room at Shaw's house at 10 Adelphi Terrace,
About the Playwright
Chambers Stevens www.chambersstevens.com Emmy Nominee Chambers Stevens has 10 books in print. His Hollywood 101 series is published by Sandcastle Publishing. In the last eight years, Chambers has toured the country, doing workshops for over 100,000 actors in forty states.
When at home, Chambers is one of Los Angeles' top acting coaches. Actors he has coached have appeared on Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, CBS, NBC, ABC, The Cartoon Network, plus countless films, theatre productions including Broadway shows, commercials, and videogames. Chambers is a graduate of The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University and the founder of The Nashville Shakespeare Festival now in its twenty-third year.
As a television actor, Chambers has appeared in over fifty commercials including Pepsi, Coke, and General Motors and many television shows. He has also starred in The Steve Spots, which received six Emmy's, and a George Peabody Award, Funnybones, which received an Emmy for "Outstanding Children's Program," and GeoScout for which he received a personal Emmy nomination as "Outstanding Actor in a Children's Series."
As a theatre actor, Chambers has performed in over a 100 theatre productions (including Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Biloxi Blues, and Brighton Beach Memoirs). He is the recipient of the Geoffrey Award for "Best Actor" for his portrayal of Drew in Eastern Standard. He also received the prestigious Backstage Garland Award for his one-man show Desperate for Magic.
As a playwright, he has won both The Ingram Fellowship and the Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Award. His play Mother of Pearl is published by I.E. Clark Publishing. Desperate for Magic is published by Elderidge Publishing. Biff and Charlie is published by Samuel French. Travels With Jack Lemmon's Dog premiered at the North Star Theatre in New Orleans. And Bing Bang Boom debuted at the University of Florida and has since been performed in colleges around the country. Twain and Shaw Do Lunch is receiving it's world premiere at the New Theatre in Miami, FL. T & S has already won numerous national awards including the Long Beach Playhouse Award for Best New Play, as well as Best Comedy from The Palm Spring International Playwriting Contest. He is currently working on the play The Ho who got a bad review and tracked down the John to kick his ass play.
Currently, Chambers lives in Hollywood. He's married to film and theatre producer Betsy Sullenger. They have a four year old son, Twain.
Stephen Neal (George Bernard Shaw) is a veteran South Florida actor/director and valued member of the New Theatre family. An integral player in our Shakespeare series, Stephen has been featured in 18 of the Bard's best roles over eight seasons, including Cassius Julius Caesar; Gloucester King Lear; Baptista Shrew; Malvolio Twelfth Night; and Prospero in The Tempest. Some "Non-Bard" assignments: Tom Tom Walker; Jose Felipe Sin Full Heaven; The Earl of Warwick Saint Joan; Paymaster, Wilbois, Kelvin & Oleffsen in the world première of The Radiant (New Theatre); The Stage Manager Our Town (Shores Theatre); George That Championship Season (Palm Beach Dramaworks); and Ross The Goat (GableStage). Directing favorites: Taming of the Shrew, Mikado, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Affluenza! and Steve Martin's The Underpants. Stephen teaches acting, directing and other theatre classes at FIU and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild.
Bill Schwartz (Mark Twain) was professionally active on stage in the 1970's, appearing in dinner theatre, at the Coconut Grove Playhouse and Vinette Carol'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. In 1979 Bill started playing the real life role of a police officer. Lt. Bill Schwartz retired from the Miami Police Department as commander of its Public Information Office in 2008. Now back in the professional theatre, Bill has proudly worked at New Theatre, GableStage, Florida Stage and Zoetic Stage. Bill is also a busy artist model, active in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Pilar Uribe (Charlotte Shaw): The Rant (New Theatre), Women Drivers, Sunday on the Rocks, Speaking Elephant (Women's Theatre Project), Bombshells (Actors Playhouse), Some Girl(s) (Mad Cat Theatre), The Little Dog Laughed (Gablestage), In Darfur and 9 Parts of Desire (Mosaic Theatre--Carbonell Nomination, Broward New Times Best of 2008, Best Actress), The Constant Wife (Coconut Grove Playhouse, Walnut Street Theatre). New York: Welcome to My Life (McGinn-Cazale Theatre), She First Met her Parents on the Subway (Pearl Theatre), A Chorus Line (Fantasy Playhouse). Colombian telenovelas: Yo Soy Betty La Fea, Pobre Pablo, Eternamente Manuela, Copas Amargas, La Madre, Guajira, El Cartel. Thank you, Steven.
Steven A. Chambers (Director) is Literary Manager at THE NEW, where he previously directed Jack Goes Boating and appeared in Fill Our Mouths, Equus and A Streetcar Named Desire. Earlier this year, he adapted and directed a portion of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream which THE NEW produced in partnership with the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center as part of the All Kids Included Festival. Locally, Steven has worked with Broward Stage Door, Footlights, Inc., Sol Theatre Project and Key West Fringe, among others, and the Public Theatre of South Florida, where he was the Associate Artistic Director. Other directing credits include The Sum of Us, California Suite, An Ideal Husband, Mother's Gift, Suddenly Last Summer, On Golden Pond and The Normal Heart. He is a member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America.
Jerry Jensen (Production Stage Manager) has been enjoying the challenging assignment of stage managing the final two shows at Laguna Street, Henry V and Edith Can Shoot Things... and Hit Them, and now the inaugural New Theatre show at The Roxy. A man of many theatrical stripes, he has directed several South Florida shows: The Lion in Winter, A Thousand Clowns, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Biloxi Blues, All The Great Books (Abridged), Say You Love Satan, 2 Boys in a Bed..., The Cocktail Hour, The Dining Room, and Rumors. As Executive Director of the Wichita Center for the Arts, Jerry oversaw the Midwest Premiers of Stephen Schwartz's Rags and Children of Eden and the World Premiere of the eventual Broadway musical, Jane Eyre. As an actor, Jerry's appeared in over 60 shows, most recently: 1776 and Footloose (Actors' Playhouse), Doubt (Main Street), The Normal Heart (Public), Bent and The Sisters Rosensweig (Rising Action), Abie's Irish Rose (Tamarac), and Zoo Story (Edge).