Previews: November 15th & 16th

Comedy tonight! Broadway’s greatest musical farce takes us back to Ancient Rome for a unique and unforgettable production featuring a gender-bent ensemble. Pseudolus, a devious slave, makes a deal to win his freedom by playing matchmaker for his lovesick master, Hero. Rife with pompous generals, domineering parents, and wiley courtesans, this hilarious Tony-winning musical is a non-stop laugh-fest with “something for everyone!”

Evening shows begin at 8:00 PM
Matinees begin at 3:00 PM.

$35 Preview Performances Nov. 15 & 16.

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Adante Carter
John Wascavage
Matthew Davies
Stephanie Pope
Julia Johanos
Michele Ragusa
Jason Simon
Marika Abe
Kristen Mengelkoch
Victor Caroli

DARREN KATZ (Director) Broadway: Resident Director of The Lion King and Associate Director of The 25 th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Recently: Leading Ladies at Gulfshore Playhouse and West Side Story with The Phoenix Symphony. Original shows include: Odd Squad Live!, a new musical by the creators of the Emmy Award winning PBS television show; You Say Tomato I Say Shut Up by Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn (produced by Orin Wolf); I Got Sick Then I Got Better written and performed by Jenny Allen and co-directed with James Lapine. Currently developing: Pub Crawl written and performed by Rory O’Malley; Squirrel Heart written and performed by Sarah Stiles; The Real True Story by Holly Gewandter; La Faranucci by David Chesky. www.darrenkatzdirector.com

 

ADAM CATES (choreographer) is happy to return to Gulfshore Playhouse after previously choreographing My Fair Lady. Adam is co-book writer and choreographer of The World According to Snoopy which premiered at Theatre Under the Stars, Theatre Aspen and Texas State University last year. Credits include: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (Playhouse on the Square; also director), Beauty & the Beast (Music Theatre Wichita), The Little Mermaid (Arkansas Rep), Big River (Sondheim Center; also director), Maria de Buenos Aires (Anchorage Opera; also director), The Magic Flute and Eugene Onegin (Juilliard Opera/Lincoln Center), Halka (Bard Music Festival), Gypsy (New London Barn Playhouse), and Chicas de Viaje (Telefe TV in Argentina). Associate/assistant choreographer credits on Broadway: Anastasia, A Gentleman’s Guide to L&M (Tony Award: Best Musical), Anything Goes (Tony Award: Best Revival); national tours: Doctor Dolittle with Tommy Tune, The Wizard of Oz, Gentleman’s Guide; and television episodes of 90210 (CW Network), Live from Lincoln Center (PBS). Adam teaches in NYC at Pace University and Broadway Dance Center, and is the author of the guidebook for performers The Business of Show. Proud SDC member. @adamcnyc, adamcates.com

 

JIMMY LAWLOR (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to return to Gulfshore Playhouse! At GSP: Informed Consent, An Enemy of the People, My Fair Lady, Do This, Merchant of Venice, Leading Ladies, The Price, Scapino, Miss Keller Has No 2nd Book, Mystery of Irma Vep, An Iliad. Jimmy is a Scorpio, new father, cat owner, and a music enthusiast, who enjoys scotch and bourbon. He only runs when chased.  Jimmy designs lighting for opera, theatre, dance, corporate clients, architecture, interiors, and more. New York work includes Broadway, Off Broadway, and beyond. Jimmy’s work has been seen internationally in Abu Dhabi, Sydney, Mexico, Canada, and Germany. MFA from NYU Tisch. Member of USA 829 & Wingspace Design Collective. www.lawlordesign.com

 

KRISTEN MARTINO (Scenic Designer) is thrilled to be returning to Gulfshore Playhouse after previously designing The Price, Leading Ladies, The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Christians. Kristen is a freelance Scenic Designer based in Chicago, IL. She is an Associate Scenic Designer for XL Scenic and Kevin Depinet Studios in Chicago where she has had the opportunity to assist with designs at theatres internationally. Kristen is a part of the team selected to design the USA’s Emerging Artist Exhibit for the 2019 Prague Quadrennial. She received her MFA in Scenic Design form Indiana University. www.kristenmartino.com

 

MATT AUMENT (Music Supervisor) Matt Aument is a music director and orchestrator, returning to Gulfshore Playhouse after music directing My Fair Lady in 2016. New York: Sweeney Todd (Barrow Street Theater), Gigi (Broadway), Tamar of the River (Prospect). Other projects include The Waves (New York Stage & Film), Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella (Oregon Shakespeare), Yank! (Charing Cross Theater), Camelot (Drury Lane Theater), The Wizard of Oz (Paramount Theater, IL), and development of new musicals with Dan Fishback, Preston Allen, Molly Pope, and Tim Rosser / Charlie Sohne. Concert work outside of theater includes orchestrations for the Oakland Symphony and for Kristen Chenoweth at Carnegie Hall. Matt lives in New York City and holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University.

 

ADRIAN RIES (Music Director)  Adrian Ries is so excited to return to Gulfshore Playhouse! Off Broadway/Regional: Sweeney Todd (Barrow Street Theatre), Will Rogers Follies (Pioneer Theatre Co.), My Fair Lady (Gulfshore Playhouse), Merrily We Roll Along, Rock of Ages, Nice Work If You Can Get It (SRT), Billy Elliot, Sister Act (North Shore MT), Into the Woods, and Floyd Collins (Weathervane Theatre). He’s music directed and arranged for Norwegian Cruise Lines and is the current music director for the Randy Andys. Adrian is a happy SoDak native and lives in NYC. www.adrianries.com

 

JAMIE A. ECKHOLD (Production Stage Manager) has a BFA in Theatrical Design and Production from the University of Michigan.  She apprenticed at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, IL where she had the privilege to work on the original production of August: Osage County (2007), among other large productions at the regional level.  Upon arrival in Naples, Jamie served as the Resident Equity PSM for TheatreZone for 6 seasons, stage managing over twenty productions between 2008 through 2013. Jamie continued to SM at TheatreZone through 2017, and has also done several productions for Opera Naples, including Carmen (2009), Die Fledermuas (2015) and La Traviata (2016).  She is thrilled to return to Gulfshore Playhouse this season for STARCROSSED, Forum, In The Next Room, and Skylight. Previous GP credits include Miss Keller Has No Second Book (2018), My Fair Lady (2016), STARCROSSED (2018), and The Festival of New Works (2016, 2017). Jamie also enjoys being off the grid in the wilderness and group fitness, especially Barre and Buti Yoga.  She would like to thank her husband (aka Best Daddy Ever), for making it possible for her to continue to grow professionally in a field she loves.

 

ERIK T. LAWSON (Sound Design) is a sound designer and composer based in the New York area. Recent designs include The Effect (Barrow Street Theatre), Church and State, Stalking the Bogeyman (New World Stages), Sotto Voce (Theatre for the New City, Asolo Repertory Theatre), Tsunami (Miami Cultural Arts Center), Marjorie Prime (Dobama), The Love of the Nightingale (Brown – Trinity Rep.) and On The Other Side of the River (HERE). Additional design credits include productions at Miami Dade County Auditorium, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, Luna Stage, Shakespeare & Company, Premiere Stages, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Internationally, his designs and original compositions have been exhibited in the Czech Republic, at the Prague Quadrennial, and at World Stage Design in Cardiff, UK. He is a Lincoln Center Director’s Lab alumnus, received the 2013 Robert E. Cohen Sound Design Award, and is currently the Assistant Professor of Sound Design at University of Connecticut. MFA: Carnegie Mellon University, School of Drama. www.eriktlawson.com

 

DEVON PAINTER (Costume Designer)  New York: The Importance of Being Earnest (Roundabout Theatre, associate to Desmond Heeley, Tony Award Winner 2011); Theatre at St. Clements; Pearl Theater Company; Ensemble Studio Theatre; The Culture Project. Regional theatre:  Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Guthrie Theater; Geva Theatre Center; Indiana Repertory Theatre; Contemporary American Theatre Festival; Arden Theatre Company; American Players Theatre; Denver Center Theatre Company; Folger Theatre; Actors Theatre of Louisville; Kansas City Repertory Theatre; Virginia Stage Company; The Studio Theatre; Shakespeare Santa Cruz; Utah Shakespeare Festival; Westport Country Playhouse. Her costume designs were selected for the exhibit, Curtain Call; Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance. Professional affiliations: United Scenic Artists.  Awards: Connecticut Critic Circle Award nominee (I Do! I Do!, Westport Country Playhouse).  Education: MFA, University of Texas at Austin www.devonpainter.com

 

MUSICIANS:

DANIEL DORRANCE (Reed/Woodwinds) received his musical education at The Mannes College of Music in New York City. Daniel has toured extensively throughout South America and South East Asia and Europe with several musical and Broadway shows including George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Phantom of the Opera and recently, solo saxophonist with the world renowned dance spectacular, Riverdance. Daniel has been a principle woodwind player in many orchestras and Broadway Shows in the USA, Mexico and South America and is a multi-instrumentalist with The Lion King, Tarzan, Addams Family, Ghost and First Date, Amélie, and most recently The Prince of Broadway. Daniel resides in NYC.

 

MELL CSICSILA (Drums/Percussion) is a Cleveland based drummer/percussionist seeing the USA in his Chevrolet.  Recent engagements include the national tours of Wicked, Beautiful, Newsies, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and The Sound of Music, Jane Eyre (Cleveland Musical Theater), The Last Ship (Pioneer), Next to Normal (Porthouse), and An Evening with Johnny Mathis (Playhouse Square). www.strikingthings.com/@strikingthings

 

ALEX KESNER (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to join the Gulfshore Playhouse family. Alex is a graduate of the University of Memphis where she received her BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Stage Management. She spent last year at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, FL as the season Production Assistant. Selected ASM Credits Include: Weston Playhouse- Million Dollar Quartet, Once, Tenderly, Buyer & Cellar,  Riverside Theatre- Gypsy, Mamma Mia, Million Dollar Quartet, Lost Highway. Alex is delighted to now be a member of Actors Equity Association.

Tickets begin at $42    Box Office: 1-866-811-4111

Evening shows begin at 8:00 PM; Matinees begin at 3:00 PM.

All performances at The Norris Center
755 8th Avenue South, Naples, Florida 34102

Office:  239-261-PLAY (7529)

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ADMISSION IS FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, except as noted.
Show Attendance Not Required.

Actor & Director Talk-Back

Members will be able to join the cast after the show for a Q&A about the process, the show, or even just to learn what it’s like to be an actor. Actor & Director Talk-Backs will take place the second Thursday of each production following the evening performance.

November 29th

Pre-Show Discussions
Delve into the themes and topics of a performance before you see it by engaging in a group discussion with a member of the Gulfshore Playhouse artistic staff! Pre-show discussions begin 45 minutes prior to the show on their specified date.
November 18th, 21st December 9th, 16th and 19th
Script Club

Learn how theatre artists translate what’s on the page to the stage! Through a unique partnership with the Collier County Public Libraries, Script Club will consist of book club-style discussions surrounding the scripts for Gulfshore Playhouse’s 2018-2019 productions, diving into the themes and topics of each text as well as teaching the art of script reading and interpretation. With meetings at South Regional Library, this free program is accessible and open to all in our community!

November 27

Curtain Conversations

After the curtain falls, join us for a post-show conversation, moderated by a member of the Gulfshore Playhouse staff, to have a discussion with your fellow audience members about the themes and ideas of the play. Curtain Conversations may feature special guests from the region or the production to further enhance the discussion.

November 25th

Please contact us for Group Rates. Office: 239-261-PLAY (7529)

or email Becca Borchardt at: bborchardt@gulfshoreplayhouse.org

Special Thanks To

Season Benefactors: Steve and Jane Akin, Jay and Patty Baker
Corporate Partners: Cohen and Grigsby Law Firm
Executive Producers: Christine and Terrance Flynn, Susan Regenstein and Barry Frank, Tom and Nancy Gallagher, Valerie and Nizar Ghoussaini, Mosey and Don Gunther, Bob and Linda Harden, Christine Paddock, Dottie and John Remondi
Show Sponsors: Jerry Coury, Lois and Bruce Selfon

Star Sponsor:  

Chocolate Sponsor: Norman Love
Dining Deal: 
The Claw Bar