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Miami, FL 33155
Cultural Arts Center
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Cutler Bay, FL 33189
Just a Kiss by Catherine Bush
November 16 to December 10, 2006
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Annie and Zee are two struggling actresses who get their break when they are cast in Robert Hoffman's next big production. There's only one catch: they must play a love scene featuring a kiss. Set in the fast-paced theatre world in the Big Apple, this American Farce is an hysterical romp about the ambiguity of show-biz people.
Cast of Characters
Caroline Edelen* - Zee Scott
Elise Girardin - Annie Howard
Euriamis "E.L." Losada* - Brian Clark
Lela Elam* - Janet Turner
Doug Williford - Robert Hoffman
* members of Actors' Equity Association
A few days ago I received an email from the Artistic Director of a theatre in the Midwest begging me to give him a good reason to produce Just A Kiss. It seems he really likes it; he's just not sure his older, more conservative audience will. What do you mean? I asked. It's a play about the theatre. It's a play about theatre people. Who doesn't like theatre people? Surely anyone who bothers to go to the theatre these days would have, at the very least, a passing interest in the men and women who make it happen... right? Right!
I have no idea whether I convinced him or not. All I know is that from the first moment I stepped on stage in my community theatre's production of Beth Henley's The Miss Firecracker Contest, I fell in love with theater and the people in it. I fell in love with the camaraderie that develops between actors performing together onstage and the friendships that develop between them off. And I witnessed what can happen when the lines between the fantasy life onstage and the reality off began to blur. There's not a green room in the country that has escaped it. So I wrote a play about it - with a little bit of a twist. I'm betting it's the "twist" that has some artistic directors concerned.
Thank God Ricky Martinez isn't one of them.
This is the world premiere of Just A Kiss. It's never been produced before. I've never even heard it read aloud before. So I'm just as curious as everyone else to see what kind of play I've written. Hopefully we'll all love it. Hopefully you'll all agree with me (and Irving Berlin) that, indeed, there's no people like show people.
CATHERINE BUSH was born in Michigan, raised in Kentucky and lives in New York. When she's not busy looking for a new, affordable apartment in Manhattan (it's easier to get a kidney donation!) she writes plays. Theatrically speaking, this year has been a good one. Besides Just A Kiss, Catherine's play unhinged was produced at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach and her musical I'll Never Be Hungry Again had a sold-out run at Barter Theatre in Virginia. Next year looks promising, too. Barter Theatre will be producing three new works: The Quiltmaker, dealing with the prescription drug crisis in eastern Kentucky, Tradin' Paint, which includes a staged stock car race and Wooden Snowflakes, a Christmas Play that pits Believer against Unbeliever. Catherine has also written a commissioned piece entitled A Jarful of Fireflies which will be produced at Pioneer Playhouse in Danville, KY for their Raintree County Festival. So, all in all, Life is pretty darn good! Now, if she could only find an apartment...
Caroline Edelen (Zee Scott) is a Miami native that spent years working regionally at various theatres in South Florida. Credits include 42nd Street, Sweet Charity, Company, Crazy For You, Retch and .Epar. She moved to NYC in 2003 and joined the national tour of Kiss Me Kate. She is now presently a company member of the Treehouse Shakers, a dance and theatre collective touring company that is NYC based. She is so grateful to everyone at New Theatre and excited for this amazing opportunity. Cheers!
Elise Girardin (Annie Howard) Miami theatre credits include: Sibyll Chase in Private Lives (Curtain Call Playhouse), Pearl Truce in House and Garden (Actors Playhouse), Teresa Salieri in Amadeus (Mosaic Theatre). And she is thrilled to now be making her New Theatre debut in Just A Kiss. Film and television credits include: Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge, Crash Palace [TEN] and The Projectionist [independent short]. Elise is also a professional dancer and choreographer, recent credits including Dancing The God, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, My Fair Lady, Beauty and The Beast, Camelot and Fiorello. Elise wishes to thank her husband Eric.
Euriamis "E.L." Losada (Brian Clark) Euriamis "E.L." Losada is humbled and elated by ability to get to work with such a talented and amazing group artists here, once again, in New Theatre, what he considers his artistic home. Past New Theatre credits: Twelfth Night, Othello (Bill Hindman Award For Best Supporting Actor), Long Day's Journey Into Night (Curtain Up Nomination For Best Supporting Actor), Beauty of The Father, King Lear, Midsummer Night's Dream, Barrio Hollywood, Romeo & Juliet (New Times Best Actor Of Miami Award), Merchant Of Venice, Macbeth, Lost Tango, Paradise, The Winter's Tale, and Much Ado About Nothing. Regional Credits include Zombie Prom, Bat Boy (Carbonell Award for best Actor in a Musical and Curtain Up Award for Best New Male Performer of the Year), It's A Fabulous Life (Curtain Up Nomination) and Jekyll & Hyde (Carbonell Award for Best Actor in a Musical).
Lela Elam (Janet Turner) is so excited to be back at New Theatre and to be finally working with Ricky J. Martinez! Previous work at New Theatre includes Touch for which she earned a Carbonell nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Last season she appeared in Intimate Apparel at GableStage and Ceremonies in Dark Old Men and Seven Guitars at The M Ensemble. Lela wishes to thank God, her parents, Dana, and H2o.
Doug Williford (Robert Hoffman) is honored to be making his New Theatre debut. Recently, Doug has been seen onstage in The Public Theatre of South Florida's productions of Barefoot Boy with Shoes On, The Normal Heart and Streamers. Other favorite roles have included Anything Goes (Purser) at Broward Stage Door; Blood Brothers (Mr. Lyons), Rocky Horror (ensemble), and Falsettos (Whizzer) at the Shores Performing Arts Center; Company in Concert featuring Polly Bergen (Bobby); and the glamorous Georgiana in Jon and Juan's Wedding. Doug would like to thank Ricky and Eileen for this opportunity and Howell for his constant support.
Betsy Paull-Rick (Production Stage Manager) is pleased to return to New Theatre after serving as PSM for over 20 consecutive productions at the Mosaic Theatre in Plantation. No stranger to the other side of the footlights, South Florida audiences may remember her as Judy in A Chorus Line, Jeanne in Hair, Tiny Tim in Scrooge, or Diane in 42nd Street, among others. Recent directing and choreography credits include Hair and Fanny & Sadie, both at the Tamarac Theatre. Betsy is the proud recipient of a Curtain Up Award nomination for Best Choreography for A New Brain, the Musical. Many thanks go to Ricky and Eileen, as well as to the rest of this incredible company. As always, much gratitude and love goes to Rob, Jon and Michael.