8567 Coral Way #355
Miami, FL 33155
Cultural Arts Center
10950 SW 211 Street
Cutler Bay, FL 33189
by David Caudle
October 9 - November 8, 2009
Thursday - Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 1 pm
>> Photo Gallery
Directed by Ricky J. Martinez
Scenic Designer: Jesus Casimiro
Lighting Designer: Travis Neff
Sound Designer: Ozzie Quintana
Costume Designer: K. Blair Brown
Production Stage Manager: Dana Hesch*
Assistant Stage Manager Intern: Tracy McHugh
Literary Manager: Steven Chambers
House Manager: Juan C. Sanchez
Photography: Eileen Suarez* (marketing & publicity) and
Dr. Norman Gorback (lobby display)
Lobby Artist: Felipe Lagos
GIDEON FLYNN - Bill Schwartz*
NANDO - Ricardo Rodriguez
DONNA - Aubrey Shavonn*
JOSH/MARTIN - Mark Della Ventura
PATRICK - Skye Whitcomb*
* members of Actors' Equity Association
Special Thanks to Ruben Diaz, Stephanie Rodriguez, Peter Rubio, Rosendo & Emelia Suarez, Christopher Vicchiollo, Miami Light Project and Christopher Illa at Felix Varela Senior High School. The playwright would also like to give special thanks to Christina Pumariega and The Playground Theatre in New York for their early developmental reading of the play.
In this new dark comedy, sex, death and dramaturgy take the stage when renowned, aging playwright Gideon Flynn mentors a fresh crop of young hopefuls at a summer conference. The previous year, his feedback had dire consequences for a troubled student, and now lightning seems poised to strike twice.
WARNING: This play contains Adult Content & Full Frontal Nudity!
Notes from the Playwright
Lately, there has been a growing controversy about the proliferation of play development programs in this country. Where are the developed plays to go, with such limited opportunities? Where do the writers come from who are chosen to take part? How much development can one piece sustain without losing the voice of its author? Having experienced development in various and sundry forms, I felt compelled to add my voice to the dialogue that is rattling the American Theatre machine. It's a fickle machine through which we playwrights have to pass, body and soul, hoping to be spit out in shiny packaging, but more often crushed somewhere in the cogs. Why do we put ourselves through this? Who are we, that we'll risk so much to be heard? I swore I would never write a play about a writer in a world that misunderstands him, but this is a play about a world of writers misunderstanding one another. Anything that appears heightened in the play, isn't. This s**t happens wherever writers get together to craft stories for the audience we love and fear.
David Caudle (Playwright) is a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at New York's Primary Stages, where he has taught playwriting and developed several new works. He has been both a Walter E. Dakin Fellow and a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewane Writers' Conference. The Common Swallow opened last month at 45 Bleecker Street Theatre in New York, and is very soon to be published in the acclaimed online literary journal, Blackbird. The Second House, a Sky Cooper Award Finalist, had a reading at Primary Stages on October 2nd, directed by Primary Stages Associate Artistic Director Michelle Bossy. Damsel was read in the Bridge Theatre Company's new work series, as well as Visiting Hours, which was also a Finalist in the Premiere Stages New Play Festival and a Finalist for the Christopher Wolk Award at the Abingdon Theatre Company. After premiering at New Theatre '07 under the direction of Ricky J. Martinez, Likeness opened in New York at the Manhattan Theatre Source in January. The play had received full development at the New Harmony Project '06, and was an O'Neill Playwrights Conference Semi-Finalist. Two monologues from The Sunken Living Room will be published by Samuel French in an anthology of monologues after being published by Samuel French in 'O8. Sunken premiered at New Theatre as a co-production with Southern Rep in April '06, followed by a critically-acclaimed New Orleans production at Southern Rep in Jan. '07. Sunken was a Carbonell Award Nominee for Best New Work, Gold Medal Finalist for the Pinter Review Prize for Drama and Finalist at the Lark Theatre's Playwrights Week. He has been both a Walter E. Dakin Fellow and a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Earlier productions include Hell's Cuisinart, at the Samuel Beckett Theatre in New York, the TamarindTheatre in Los Angeles, and at Miami-Dade College, and Swing Low!, at Florida State University. The Short Fall was a Finalist at the Lark in 2002. His full-length screenplay, Love A Nurse was a Finalist at the New Harmony Project, and his one-act, Feet Of Clay, a finalist for the Heidemann Award at the Actors' Theatre of Louisville, won the Samuel French One-Act Competition, 2004 and is published by Samuel French in its 29th Edition of Festival Plays. The short film, Feet of Clay, directed by True Blood (HBO) actress Carrie Preston, made the rounds of festivals including Miami's Gay and Lesbian Film Festival '07.
Bill Schwartz (Gideon Flynn) was professionally active on stage in the 1970's, appearing in dinner theatre, at the Coconut Grove Playhouse and Vinette Carroll'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. Bill returned to the professional theatre in 2003. His credits include: The Value of Names, Words of Mass Deception (Hollywood Playhouse), Wait and See, Clarence Darrow's Last Trial, Madagasgar, Lincolnesque, Likeness, The Gates of Choice, Mauritius (New Theatre), Romance, Betrayed, Defiance (GableStage). Bill is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association. Thanks Ricky, Eileen and David!
Ricardo Rodriguez (Nando) is thrilled to be making his performance debut at New Theatre. His previous plays include: Paul Rudnick's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Terrence McNally's Some Men and Jean Genet's The Balcony (Florida Atlantic University). He holds a Bachelors of Music degree from FAU where he began his actor training. He has spent the last two summers studying acting in New York and Los Angeles and this year completed the conservatory program at The Acting School of South Florida. Special thanks to Ricky J. Martinez for this opportunity and to friends and family for their love and support
Mark Della Ventura (Josh/Martin) is thrilled to be back at New Theatre! He was recently seen in Cannibal! The Musical (Ute 1/Townsperson) at The Promethean Theatre and in "The New Ones" Festival here at New Theatre, where he debuted his new original one person show Small Membership. A recent BFA graduate from New World School of the Arts, his roles included: Titanic (Isidor Straus), Remote Destination [Original One Person Show], Bartholomew Fair (Zeal-of-the-Land Busy), Marat/Sade (Jacques Roux) and Parade (Aide/Ensemble). Other credits include: The Good Person of Szechwan (Wong), All About Al (Lenny) and Songs for a New World (Ensemble).
Aubrey Shavonn (Donna) is delighted to be back onstage at New Theatre and working with this wonderful cast and crew. Aubrey was previously seen at New Theatre in The Credeaux Canvas, Ladies And Not So Gentle Women, and Hamlet. She's also performed with GableStage, Mad Cat, Broward Stage Door, Westport Country Playhouse, NYC Playwrights and fondly remembers Juggerknot, Dreamers Theatre, and The Modern Stage Company. She's worked on all sides of stage and screen and is a member of AEA. Many thanks to Ricky, Eileen, and David for this opportunity and much love to her incredible husband Noah.
Skye Whitcomb (Patrick) is a career actor, director, and teacher, and a proud member of the Actors' Equity Association. Having received his training at the hands of Ron Harris, Will York, and Karma Ibsen, Skye now teaches at American Heritage School and serves as the Managing Director for the Alliance Theatre Lab. Favorite roles include Macbeth, De Carabas in Neverwhere, Pierce in The Clearing, James Tyrone in Moon for the Misbegotten, and Jerry in Zoo Story. Skye would like to thank Ricky and Eileen profusely for this opportunity to work with their company. And, as always, this performance is dedicated to the pillar of patience with the piercing green eyes, his wife, Jennipher.
Ricky J. Martinez (Director) is New Theatre's Artistic Director. New Theatre audiences witnessed Martinez's direction recently in 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 back for her second show with New Theatre. 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 for their support!