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SAINT JOAN by George Bernard Shaw
Meshaun Labrone Arnold is overjoyed about being a part of the New Theatre family this summer! The Carbonell nominated actor has spent two years as company member at The Playground Theatre where has played in such shows as Arthur Miller's Creation of The World and Nilo Cruz's A Very Old Man with enormous wings. Meshaun has studied Shakespeare text in England with Stanley Wells and Andy Wade. And just recently produced his first show The Shadows of Richard which is an adaptation of Richard III.
Israel Garcia (Saint Joan) took a five year hiatus and returned to acting in Lincolnesque here at New Theatre. Before his time away, he appeared at New Theatre in several plays including The Waverly Gallery, One Flea Spare, Around the World in 80 Days, and Cloud Tectonics. Other plays in South Florida include The Rothschilds, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and A Christmas Carol. Izzy would like to thank Ricky and Eileen for the warm welcome back and for his three ladies at home for their support and patience.
Steve Gladstone was seen this past season in Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue, and in the Shakespeare Festival 2006 productions of The Winter's Tale and Much Ado About Nothing. He received the Hindman Award and a Carbonell nomination for the Blind Man in New Theatre's production of Blind Date. He has been acting professionally on stage since 1974. His motion picture credits include roles in Hot Stuff, The Island, and The Specialist. Featured roles in local and national commercials include a Clio award for the Miami Herald. Steve is president of the Florida branch of Screen Actors Guild and a member of Actors' Equity Association.
Clint Hooper (Saint Joan) is a theatre teacher at Southwest Miami High School. Clint is excited to be working at New Theatre during the summer months. Since his first appearance on the South Florida stage when he played Robbie Ross in Lord Alfred's Lover at the Shores Theatre, Clint has performed in numerous productions including A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lend Me a Tenor, Once Upon a Mattress, Lloyd's Prayer, Moliere's The Miser, and most recently as Francis in New Theatre's premiere of Lincolnesque.
Stephen Neal most recently appeared on our stage as the tyrant/father José Felipe in Sin Full Heaven. Other favorite roles include Tom in Tom Walker (New Theatre), Tom in A Town Like Irving (New Theatre), Ross in The Goat, (GableStage) and George in That Championship Season (Palm Beach Dramaworks.). All four of those productions were nominated for Best Ensemble Carbonell Awards. Stephen also appeared in our critically acclaimed (New Times Best Acting Ensemble in Miami) 2005 Shakespeare Project, where he played Capulet in Romeo and Juliet; Morocco, Aragon, Tubal and the Duke in The Merchant of Venice; and Banquo in Macbeth. Directing favorites include The Taming of the Shrew, The Mikado, Noises Off!, Oklahoma!, A Midsummer Night's Dream and (at New Theatre) Affluenza! Stephen is a member of the faculty at FIU Theatre, where he teaches Acting, Directing, Management and Theatre Appreciation.
Annemaria Rajala is thrilled to return to the stage here at New Theatre where audiences might remember her from The Diaries (Bill Hindman Award: Best Actress), Times Like These (Carbonell Nomination: Best Actress) and the previous three summers of the Shakespeare Festival. Annemaria is a native of Finland; she relocated to Miami to attend New World School of the Arts, where she earned a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance. Other recent South Florida credits include La Cage Aux Folles and White Christmas at Actors' Playhouse, Red Light Winter at Mosaic Theatre and Tongue of the Bird with The Women's Theatre Project. Annemaria is a proud member of the Actors' Equity Association.
James S. Randolph (Julius Caesar, Saint Joan) has appeared in over 100 plays, commercials and films, playing a wide variety of roles both classical and contemporary including Booth in TOP DOG/UNDERDOG at the Mosaic Theatre and the title role in King Lear at New Theatre. He is a Carbonell winner for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the dual roles of Mr. Lies/Belize in Tony Kushner's epic play, Angels in America. James currently teaches acting, directing and voice at New World School of the Arts.
David Perez Ribada is proud to return to New Theatre where audiences may remember him from Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams (Basilio); Hamlet (Laertes); Tom Walker (Various); and as the Lector in Anna in the Tropics. Coral Gables audiences may be familiar with David from his many appearances at The Actors' Playhouse in roles such as Lefou in Beauty and the Beast, or, most recently as Ralph Sheldrake in White Christmas, or even, from his appearance at GableStage in the multiple Carbonell winning production of The Pillowman as Mikal Katurian (Best Supporting Actor Nomination). Some of his favorites from the past include; Prince Paris in By Any Other Name . . . Romeo and Juliet with the Naked Stage; The Rise Of David Levinsky with Avi Hoffman (Chaikin); Red Light Winter at Mosaic (Davis); Kiss of the Spider Woman with Michael McKeever at the Public (Valentin); and the critically acclaimed production, Tracers which won two Best Ensemble Awards for the Juggerknot Theatre. David would like to thank Ricky and Eileen for welcoming him back to New Theatre. Much love to his little "monkey" for all her support.
Larry Robinson has worked professionally in theatre and film for over twenty years in both South Florida and NYC. He has toured African Folk Tales and his own show on African American Heroes throughout the U.S. His stage credits include Of Mice and Men and The Meeting at GableStage, Proposals at Actors' Playhouse and the musical "Neffertiti" at Parker Playhouse. Larry won the 2000 Curtain Up Award for Best Supporting Actor in the Hollywood Boulevard Theatre's Buffalo Soldier, where he also played Othello. He has appeared in principal roles in such films as Love and Fate, Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD and Night Orchid, and is delighted to be making his debut at New Theatre.
Frank Rodriguez is thrilled to be back at New Theatre after appearing this past season as Luis in Sinful Heaven. A native to South Florida, he graduated from Florida International University with a degree in History and a Masters in Business Administration. He also studied classical piano and linguistics while earning his degrees. As a pianist, he performed selected works of Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, and Mozart. He also traveled throughout the world learning how to speak French, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and German. His previous acting credits include roles in Nijinsky's Last Dance, and Burning Blue. He currently studies at the Acting School of South Florida with Michael Gioia.
Barbara Sloan is no stranger to New Theatre having performed in Mario Diament's The Book of Ruth, Blind Date and Lost Tango, Michael McKeever's A Town Like Irving, as well as Far East, Madame Melville, and Wit. She has performed in numerous productions across South Florida garnering five Carbonell Nominations. Three of those nominations were for her roles at New Theatre, as well as, two New Theatre Awards for Wit and The Diaries. Other favorite plays include 2.5 Minute Ride (Mosaic Theatre), Strange Snow, The Real Thing, and Burn This (GableStage) and The Disputation (Coconut Grove Playhouse).
Robert Strain (Cymbeline) last performed at New Theatre in The Summer Shakespeare Festival: 2006 as Leontes in The Winter's Tale and Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing. By day, Robert is a starving college professor who teaches at Florida Memorial University. By night, if he is lucky, he'll get to do a play. When he's really lucky, he gets to perform at New Theatre. Other New Theatre productions: Electra (2001); Tom Walker (2002-Carbonell Nomination for Best Supporting Actor); King Lear (2004); A Midsummer Night's Dream (2004). Other South Florida Performances: Someone Who'll Watch Over Me (Mosaic Theatre); The Boys Next Door (The Public Theatre), The Exonerated (The Ring Theatre). Robert dedicates this performance to his brother, Lt. Colonel William E. Strain (USAF).
Christopher Vicchiollo has been performing in South Florida since he got here from the cold North of Chicago 12 years ago. He is thrilled to make this his third performance with New Theatre having performed in Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue, The Winter's Tale and Much Ado About Nothing this past season. Previous performances include Six Degrees of Separation, Little Mary Sunshine, White Liars, Way of the World, The Apple Tree, a host of original plays by Edge's Jim Tomanney and participation in Hollywood Boulevard's Shakespeare Festival which led to 5 substantial roles (Petruchio, Oberon and Mac Duff, to name a few). Chris encourages all walks of life to pursue their own expression; because without it, we are mere animals.
The Artistic Team
Kathi E. B. Ellis (Director: Cymbeline) is a member of the Lincoln Center and Chicago Directors' Labs and an associate member of SSDC. She has participated in the LaMama International Symposium for Directors, Italy. Kathi directs at theatres throughout the country, and her productions of West Side Story and Jekyll and Hyde received Carbonell nominations; last summer she directed The Winter's Tale for New Theatre. She is a member of the Southeastern Theatre Conference and serves on the editorial board of Southern Theatre. Kathi obtained her MFA as a director from the University of Louisville and subsequently interned with Livui Ciulei at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Most recently she was the assistant director for The As If Body Loop at the Humana Festival of New Plays at The Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Roberto Prestigiacomo (Director: Julius Caesar) has directed King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Marisol, How I Learned to Drive, One for the Road, Fat Pig and original works like pastiche, Sabbia and Guernika. Roberto teaches at Trinity University and is the producing artistic director of AtticRep, in San Antonio, TX. After Julius Caesar, Roberto will travel to Italy for a community-based project, direct Guys and Dolls for Trinity University and Back of the Throat for AtticRep. Roberto is a member of Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSDC) and is a native of Rome, Italy.
Patrick Flick (Director: Saint Joan) is a four-time Emmy Award winner and is Director of The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays - PlayFest, and Casting at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. At OST, he has directed Into the Woods, Twelfth Night, A Little Night Music, Private Lives and numerous readings for PlayFest. In San Francisco, Patrick worked as producer, motion-capture specialist, and talent for television network TechTV, and in 2001 his own half-hour animation special won the Northern California Emmy for Best New Entertainment Program. He has worked as a director and performer at regional theatres across the United States, including TheatreWorks, San Jose Stage, American Musical Theatre of San Jose, Sacramento Theatre Company, Marin and Wisconsin Shakespeare Festivals, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Alliance Theatre of Atlanta, Riverside Shakespeare and the Independent Theatre in New York. In Manhattan, Patrick worked for Andrew Lloyd Weber at the Really Useful Theatre Company during the London opening of Sunset Boulevard, and the Los Angeles opening of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. Patrick is thrilled to be the new guy at New Theatre!
Betsy Paull-Rick (Production Stage Manager) currently the PSM at New Theatre, is thrilled to return for her fourth Shakespeare Festival. Most recently she was PSM at the Mosaic Theatre working on over twenty consecutive productions. In addition to her work as a Stage Manager, she is an actor, singer, dancer, director and choreographer. She is the proud recipient of a Curtain Up Award nomination for Best Choreography for A New Brain, the Musical. Betsy is a graduate of Wayne State University and former member of the Detroit Dance Collective. Many thanks to Ricky, Eileen, and the amazing 2007 Shakespeare Festival company. Special words of gratitude to her husband Rob, as well as to Jon and Michael.
Michael Heitzler (Asst. Stage Manager) is thrilled to be returning to South Florida to work with such talented and dear friends and colleagues. His most recent work includes Theatrical Management Off-Broadway for The Last Word starring Emmy winner Daniel J. Travanti, Celia! The Musical, Boys Just Wanna Have Fun, and the national expansion of Respect, The Musical Journey of Women. Just prior to those ventures, Michael was the Asst. to the Exec./Artistic Director for the Mosaic Theatre Company. Thanks to Betsy for everything and to New Theatre for making it such a gratifying regional theatre experience.
Jeanette Louise Taylor is excited to be a part of the New Theatre's Shakespeare and Friends Festival. Jeanette has been the Company Manager and Production Stage Manager for The PlayGround Theatre since its inaugural season in 2005. Jeanette received a BFA in theatre at Florida International University and studied at New World School of the Arts. In addition to her work behind the scenes, Jeanette is an actor with performance highlights including Les Belles Soeurs, The Crucible, Marat/Sade, The Glass Menagerie, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Rimers of Eldridge, The Marriage Proposal, and Don't Dress for Dinner. Thank you to Eileen and Ricky for this opportunity.
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