8567 Coral Way #355
Miami, FL 33155
Cultural Arts Center
10950 SW 211 Street
Cutler Bay, FL 33189
by Peter Shaffer
March 5 - April 4, 2010
Thursday - Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 1 pm
and additional Sunday at 5:30 pm on March 14, 21 & 28
Directed by Ricky J. Martinez
Scenic Designer: Nicole Quintana
Lighting Designer: Jesus Casimiro
Sound Designer: Ozzie Quintana
Costume Designer: K. Blair Brown
Production Stage Manager: Dana Hesch*
Assistant Stage Manager Intern: Nathalie Barrueco
Set Construction: Gregory Contrera
Literary Manager: Steven A. Chambers
Box Office & House Manager: Juan C. Sanchez
Photography: Eileen Suarez* & Ricky J. Martinez*
(marketing & publicity)
MARTIN DYSART - James Samuel Randolph*
ALAN STRANG - David Hemphill
FRANK STRANG & ENSEMBLE - Josh Foldy*
DORA STRANG & ENSEMBLE - Laura Turnbull*
HESTHER SALOMON & ENSEMBLE - Linda Bernhard*
JILL MASON & ENSEMBLE - Mélissa Smith
HARRY DALTON & ENSEMBLE - Steven A. Chambers
HORSEMAN & NUGGET - Ricardo Rodriguez
NURSE & ENSEMBLE - Vanessa Thompson
* members of Actors' Equity Association
Equus is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
Special Thanks to Nathalie Barrueco, Rey Bode, Steven Chambers, Guillermo J. Estrada, Clint Hooper, Nora Onate, Ozzie Quintana, The Roxy Theatre Group, Charlie Adams and Miami Dade College, Broward College, Jerry Waxman, and Douglas Grinn for their assistance with this production.
EQUUS by Tony Award winning playwright Peter Shaffer comes to us after its 2008 Broadway run. The primal and electric story about a 17 year old
stable boy and the psychiatrist who seeks to understand the sexual and religious mystery which led the boy to commit an unspeakable and unbelievable act.
The play contains cigarette smoking, adult content and nudity!
A strobe light effect is used in this production!
About the Playwright
Sir Peter (Levin) Shaffer was born on May 15, 1926 in London, England and was educated at St. Paul's and Trinity College, Cambridge. Shaffer first worked for a music publisher and then as a book reviewer. His first play, Five-Finger Exercise (1960), is a tautly constructed domestic drama that almost overnight established his reputation as a playwright. It was followed by The Private Ear, The Public Eye and The Royal Hunt of the Sun, and Black Comedy. In 1973, Equus opened in London and later transferred to Broadway where it won the Tony Award in 1975. In 2007, Equus was revived in London and once again transferred to Broadway to great acclaim. Amadeus, produced in 1979, was later later adapted to film in 1984. Later plays include the biblical epic Yonadab (1985), Lettice and Lovage (1987), and The Gift of the Gorgon (1992). Shaffer was knighted in 2001.
James Samuel Randolph (Martin Dysart) has appeared in over 100 plays, commercials television shows and feature films. He has won the Carbonell Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the dual roles of Mr. Lies/Belize in Tony Kushner's epic play, Angels in America at New Theatre. He has appeared in several shows at New Theatre including the title roles in Shakespeare's Othello and King Lear, Brutus in Julius Caesar. He appeared as Booth in Top Dog Underdog at the Mosaic Theatre. He serves as a Professor of Acting and Voice for the New World School of the Arts.
David Hemphill (Alan Strang) is so happy to share this play with you in his New Theatre debut. A graduate of New World School of the Arts, he studied with Jim Randolph (Dr. Dysart) long before ever acting with him. He was last seen in GableStage's Farragut North as Ben. Some other roles include The Glass Menagerie (Tom Wingfield) at Broward Stage Door, Macon City (Frankie) at Naked Stage, and 2 seasons of City Theatre's Summer Shorts. He recently founded The State
Theatre Project and will be directing Dying City at GableStage in May. He also recently made his feature film debut as Cole in Loving the Bad Man. He would like to thank Ricky, Eileen, Dana and this fabulous cast for their undying support and comfort. Enjoy!
Josh Foldy (Frank Strang & Ensemble) makes his New Theatre debut. His other South Florida credit is Doubt at the Caldwell. NY: Urban Stages and The Drilling Company. Regional: Yale Repertory Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Virginia Stage Company, Triad Stage, Perseverance Theatre, Players Theatre of Columbus, Phoenix Theatre, Idaho Repertory, The Playwrights Center. TV: As the World Turns. Josh is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. This summer Josh will be the co-director of the University of Miami's Summer Theatre Academy for grades 1-11. www.as.miami.edu/sta.
Laura Turnbull (Dora Strang & Ensemble) Laura Turnbull is thrilled to return to New Theatre in such a thought provoking piece. This past year she appeared at the Caldwell Theatre, the Mosaic (Rock and Roll), and in City Theatre's Summer Shorts. She's also worked at Actor's Playhouse, Florida Stage, GableStage, Hollywood Playhouse, New Vista Theatre, Palmbeach Dramaworks, Shores Performing Arts , and Women's Theatre Project; as well as on Broadway, Off Broadway, regionally and nationally. Laura has been nominated numerous times for, and has won, three Carbonell Awards. She is proud to be a member of Actor's Equity, and even more proud of her two incredible daughters.
Linda Bernhard (Hesther Salomon & Ensemble) has appeared in Florida theatres from Palm Beach to Key West including Actors Playhouse, Caldwell Theatre, Mosaic Theatre, Playground Theatre, The Women's Theatre Project, Waterfront Playhouse, and others. She is honored to be making her New Theatre debut in this remarkable production. She has been awarded "Best Actress in a Comedy" (Miami New Times) for Hay Fever and been honored with two Carbonell nominations. In New York, Linda appeared off-Broadway, at Carnegie Hall, at Lincoln Center Library and was a member of LAByrinth Theatre Company and The Actors Gym. She is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.
Mélissa Smith (Jill Mason) makes her New Theatre debut. In 2007 she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a minor in English and an undeclared minor in Dance. Mélissa also does work as a mime and clown and is a former member of the West Palm Beach based improv comedy troupe Cheese and Crackers! She's thrilled to be part of telling this story. Some other favorite stories she's helped tell: HAIR (Supremes Trio/ Tribe), A Raisin In The Sun (Beneatha), Jump At De Sun (Zora Neal Hurston), The Tempest (Stefano). Grateful to her Creator for this opportunity. Thank you sisters and close friends for your support! www.melismith.com
Steven A. Chambers (Harry Dalton & Ensemble) is excited to be a part of New Theatre's production of Equus and to work with this group of very talented actors. Recently he appeared at Broward Stage Door in The Odd Couple (Speed) and Knish Alley (Yoseph Green). Other South Florida performances include Chapter Two (Leo), The Little Foxes (Oscar Hubbard), An Ideal Husband (Lord Goring) and Victor/Victoria (LaBisse). Favorite roles: Brian (The Shadow Box), Ken Talley (Fifth of July), Elyot Chase (Private Lives). Steven is also a director and stage manager, and is Literary Manager here at New Theatre.
Ricardo Rodriguez (Horseman & Nugget) is delighted to return to New Theatre, having recently performed in this season's In Development. Other plays include: Paul Rudnick's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Terrence McNally's Some Men and Jean Genet's The Balcony. He holds a Bachelors of Music degree from Florida Atlantic University. He has spent the last two summers studying acting in New York and Los Angeles and is a recent graduate of the conservatory program at The Acting School of South Florida. Special thanks to Ricky J. Martinez for this opportunity. Working with such a talented cast is a rewarding and humbling experience!
Vanessa Thompson (Nurse & Ensemble) is no stranger to New Theatre. She began as an intern, later moved on to work the box office and then had her professional debut in Likeness by David Caudle. You may remember her most recent performance in this year's Miami Stories Fundraiser. She is thrilled to be back on the New Theatre stage! She would like to thank Ricky J. and Eileen for being amazing friends and mentors. And last but surely not least, a huge thank you to her father Rickie and her partner Stephanie for their unconditional love and support.
Ricky J. Martinez (Director) is New Theatre's Artistic Director. New Theatre audiences witnessed Martinez's direction recently in The Hour of the Tiger, 26 Miles, In Development, Mauritius, The Glass Menagerie, Kissing, The Gates of Choice, The Rant, The Mission, A Nervous Smile, For Better... , and Likeness. He has also directed previous season's Melt, Sin Full Heaven, Just a Kiss, Elliot: A Soldier's Fugue, Lincolnesque, Madagascar, Paradise, Day of Reckoning and the three short plays for New Theatre's annual fundraiser event, Miami Stories. Some of his directorial credits in South Florida includes: Bump, Retch, One More Cloudy Day, Jack, the Bitter Tears of Petra van Kant, The Stronger, and he has staged some of his own multi-media productions such as Postlude 1, .EPAR, Concerning Phaedra, Snow and ED.L for Coral Castle. Younger audiences have seen his work as director & choreographer on Captain Nemo, Narnia, Scrooge, Anne of Green Gables, Ferdinand the Bull, The Secret Garden at Actor's Playhouse and Hollywood Playhouse, the latter of which he was the Artistic Director for Imagination Theatre's for Young Audiences. Other credits included on the Staff page.
Dana Hesch (Production Stage Manager) is excited to be continuing the season with New Theatre. A Miami native, Dana has worked in New York as Assistant Stage Manager for 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 OfCarnage, 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 for their support!