Parade Productions to Present THE LAST SCHWARTZ, 1/30-23

Parade Productions to Present THE LAST SCHWARTZ, 1/30-23

Parade Productions will present Deborah Zoe Laufer's The Last Schwartz from January 30th through February 23rd at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center's Studio Theatre.

Focusing on a family in flux gathered together on one fateful weekend, the play received unanimously glowing reviews when it debuted at Florida Stage in 2002.

"I'm thrilled to have Parade Productions give The Last Schwartz a production," says playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer. "It's a play that's very close to my heart. It's had a nice life -- it's had many productions, ran for over six months in LA, and had three options for commercial Off-Broadway productions (all of which fell through!). But it's been a while since anyone gave it a whirl. I hope everyone has a blast with it!"

Laufer has a deep fondness for South Florida and is very connected to its theatrical community. "The Last Schwartz was my first professional production," she explains. "I fell in love with Florida Stage - it became my professional home for the next ten years. They gave every new play of mine a reading, produced three of my premieres; commissioned me; we collaborated on getting grants. I was down here at least once a year, frequently much more.

"Maybe because of that, I think I've had more productions of my plays in Florida than anywhere else," she continues. "At least ten that I can think of - and several readings and short plays. I've also taught for the past two years at the Playwright Development Program through the Miami- Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. I was included in the One-Minute Play Festival as a Florida Playwright. It really is a second home (and my brother lives in Boca!)."

The Last Schwartz will be directed by Kim St. Leon, and will feature Ken Clement, Kim Ostrenko, Betsy Graver, Mark Della Ventura, Matt Stabile, and Candace Caplin.

The Last Schwartz will have one preview performance on January 30th, 2014. It will open on January 31st, and will run through February 23rd, with performances Thursday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. Ticket prices are $35 ($30 for groups of 15 or more).

Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased on line at:, or by calling 866-811-4111. For Group Sales please call: 561-291-9678.

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Carol Kassie Carol Kassie has had a deep and abiding love for the arts, particularly theatre, since she was a small child and her parents presented her with an original Broadway cast recording of "My Fair Lady". Armed with a degree in Theatre from Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University) in Montreal, Canada, she became …a librarian. She spent 30 years in Ottawa, Canada, raising two children with her husband, Ralph, working first as a librarian and then in the family's Army/Navy business, all the while actively participating in many of the Ottawa Community's cultural events. A move to South Florida in 2001 offered her an opportunity to return to her first love, theatre, and she jumped at the chance – she currently does freelance theatrical marketing, public relations, and audience growth and development for various local and national theatres, theatre companies, and cultural organizations, and serves on the board of directors of the South Florida Theatre League as chairman of the Marketing Committee .

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