Florida Rep Closes Season With THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP

Florida Rep Closes Season With THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP 

Florida Rep Closes Season with Wacky Melodramatic Spoof

Florida Repertory Theatre announced the opening of the final show in its 2011-2012 season, The Mystery of Irma Vep, a funny, and fast-paced spoof of classic melodrama. Running May 4-20, with three nearly sold out discounted previews on May 1, 2, and 3, The Mystery of Irma Vep is two parts The 39 Steps, one part Jane Eyre, and four parts witty.

"This is a play I have wanted to produce for a long time," said Producing Artistic Director, Robert Cacioppo, "it takes its inspiration from all the classic melodramas, like "Wuthering Heights" and "Jane Eyre", but then turns them on their heads so creatively and so hysterically, that I know audiences will be truly amazed. Do not miss this one if you love to laugh!"

The Mystery of Irma Vep brings a whole host of gothic melodramatic characters to wacky life onstage – from sympathetic werewolves to Egyptian mummy princesses. As Lord Edgar Hillcrest and Lady Enid try to solve the mystery of Irma Vep, they find that life is anything but normal in their spooky English manor house. This rollicking parody is a hilarious and quirky Off Broadway sensation that the New York Daily News called “Lunatic fun that keeps you in stitches!”

The production stars two of Florida Rep's comic all-stars, Mark Chambers and Brad DePlanche - both of whom are making their fourth appearance with Florida Rep this season. Both actors were seen in Florida Rep's season opener and smash hit, Rumors, and the holiday classic, It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. DePlanche also appeared in Bedroom Farce, and Mr. Chambers had a star turn as Truman Capote in Florida Rep's Studio Theatre Series production of Tru.

Associate Artistic Director, Chris Clavelli (The Santaland Diaries, Black Tie), directs the production, and is joined by an expert team of designers, including set designer Richard Crowell (Red), lighting designer Matthew McCarthy (Sylvia), costume supervisor Roberta Malcolm (Rumors), sound designer Kate Smith (God of Carnage), and production stage manager, Janine Wochna (Red).

The Mystery of Irma Vep by Charles Ludlam plays May 1-20, with preview performances on May 1, 2, and 3. Regular performances are Tues. - Sat. at 8pm, with matinees on Wed., Sun., and selected Saturdays at 2pm with a 7pm twilight performance on Sun., May 6.

Single tickets are now on sale through the box office at 239-332-4488, online at floridarep.org, and are $45/$40 and $25/$20 for discounted previews. Subscribe now for the 2012-2013 Season. Subscriptions offer the best savings, and packages start as low as $140.

Florida Repertory Theatre performs in the Historic Arcade Theatre on Bay St. between Jackson & Hendry with ample free parking in the Fort Myers River District.

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Beau Higgins Currently spending his time between New York and Florida, Beau was born to a theatrical family in Brooklyn. He studied drama at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and at HB Studios. He studied theater singing with Julia Sperratore and Helen Gallagher. Beau later taught drama at the Lincoln Center Square for the Arts. It was at this time Beau began working with the Theater Development Fund and helped found New York's famed HALF PRICE TICKET BOOTH. Early in his career, Beau was screen tested and contracted for Warner Brothers. He co-hosted, an early cable variety series on Manhattan's Teleprompter channel. At this time he directed the Johnny Specca musical, SEX IS..? at the Lincoln Center Library Theater. Beau has performed Off-Broadway in FAT FELL DOWN, The Comic Strip Theater's LITTLE LULU AND THE INVISIBLE INK and WILL THE REAL ZOOPERMAN PLEASE STAND UP. Around the country he has delighted audiences with his performances in ANYTHING GOES, THE APPLE TREE, GUYS & DOLLS, and HELLZAPOPPIN! He sang for New York audiences at such cabarets as The Duplex and Upstairs at the Downstairs. He has had numerous television appearances but is most proud to have been a winning contestant on the game shows JACKPOT and THE $20,000 PYRAMID.


 
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