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New Pinecrest Rep Presents Albee/Mamet Double Bill

PINECREST REPERTORY THEATRE COMPANY, INC.

Presents: 'A Talk in the Park'-- two one-acts:

The Duck Variations

by David Mamet

And

The Zoo Story

by Edward Albee

Opens March 29st and will be performed on weekends in April & May

Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm*

Pinecrest Gardens Banyan Bowl

11000 Red Road, Pinecrest

A DOUBLE BILL OF FIRSTS

USHER ARRIVAL OF A NEW THEATER COMPANY

The Pinecrest Repertory Theatre Company is presenting two one-act plays from legendary dramatists, David Mamet and Edward Albee.

The afternoons will begin with Mamet's play, The Duck Variations. Taking place on a park bench, Variations opens with two elderly men having dialogue about mallards and their habits. They speak openly about other issues including life, friendship and death. All the while, the debates begin to fly along with the birds.

The second act is Albee's The Zoo Story. Also taking place on a park bench, Zoo focuses on two men, one a straight-laced executive, the other, an ostracized eccentric. Themes of loneliness and acceptance arise, taking their journey toward a dark dénouement.

Both plays are a first for Mamet and Albee, written when both men were only in their 20s, and also mark the inauguration of The Pinecrest Repertory Theatre Company (PRTC), a collective formed by accomplished theatre maven Max Pearl along with acclaimed performing arts impresarios Darrell Calvin and Aaron Morris. With decades of stage experience behind them, they hope that this new collaboration will revitalize the South Florida theater scene and create affordable live entertainment for both new audiences and longtime theatergoers as well.

Max Pearl earned his Bachelor of Science degree in film and theatre from the University of Miami and is a pioneer graduate of the New World School of the Arts. He studied acting under some of the best including: Uta Hagen, Larry Silverberg, and Ruth Newton. His stage acting credits include: In the Shadow of the Glen (Tramp), The Zoo Story (Peter), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (McMurphy), The Foreigner (Charlie), Doonesbury: The Musical (Uncle Duke), Mother Courage (Commander), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Robin Starveling). His film directing/ screenplay adaptation credits include The Swimmer and A Perfect Day for Bananafish for the University of Miami. In addition to writing screenplays, Pearl has also worked as production assistant for video production (Higher Authority Productions), and currently is on the promotions staff for WMXJ-Majic 102.7 FM. Pearl has also worked under such dignitaries as Emmy-award winning anchorman Jerry Levine and Academy-award winning director Steven Spielberg. His theatrical background includes associations with Art-Act Theatre Company, The Caravan Players and the Lighthouse Children's Theatre. Pearl is also a voiceover artist.

Darrell Calvin studied stage directing at Theatre Arts Club in London and at New York's Institute for Advanced Study in Theatre Arts. He studied film and television at New York University, and brings with him a commitment to excellence in theatre management and stage directing from his years of experience in the commercial industry. Calvin has been honored in working with the finest artists of the day: Zoe Caldwell, Jerry Herman, Carol Channing, John Houston and Howard Koch, plus many others. As a director, his New York City credits include: Heloise at Equity Theatre, He Ain't Done Right by Nell at the Provincetown Playhouse, Guys and Dolls,and Li'l Abner for the Isadora Strauss Theatre. Mr. Calvin moved to Miami in the 1980s to manage the historic Gusman Center for the Performing Arts. He hosted Burt Reynolds and Julie Andrews in the world premiere of A Man and a Woman for Big Brother/Big Sisters. For producer Zev Buffman, Calvin managed Julie Andrews in Concert, and Cats at the Jackie Gleason Theatre on Miami Beach. His management savvy brought The New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, and The Miami International Film Festival to the Gusman. For the past number of years, Calvin has focused his attentions on helping to nurture small, blossoming theatrical organizations with his years of expertise.

Aaron Morris, a Miami native, is Founder and Chairman of the Board of Creative Development Group (CDG), which he founded in 1986. CDG was established to address the growing demands of the culturally sophisticated and diverse South Florida arts community, filling a gap in the existing funding community by bringing a cohesive element to the Cultural Community of South Florida. Since 1970, he has worked as the third generation in the family business, Rex Artist Supplies. His ceaseless dedication and energy in the field of arts philanthropy has helped found these internationally renowned events: Miami Film Festival and Miami Book Fair, both of which he served as Executive Vice President and Logistical Coordinator. Morris was a member of the Players Theatre in the 1970s through its rebirth as the Players State Theatre at the Coconut Grove Playhouse. Aaron has also published a book of poetry, Random Feelings. Morris was educated at the University of Miami

The Pinecrest Repertory Theatre Company's mission is to stimulate, challenge and enhance the understanding of ourselves through the shared, sacred experience of theatre. PRTC will produce classic as well as new works that are marked by innovative interpretations reflecting the community and world in which we live.

The double bill of Mamet and Albee will be performed in the Banyan Bowl within the Pinecrest Gardens complex (formerly the Parrot Jungle.) The Banyan Bowl is a domed 550-seat facility that Pinecrest Rep can utilize for such ideal outdoor events as Shakespeare and other specialized performances; things that the company will plan in the future.

The show opens on Saturday, March 29st and will run on certain weekends in April & May, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm *.

The ticket prices are at a reasonable rate: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students with valid identification. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the website, www.pinecrestrep.org or call 305-720-0811.

THE PINECREST REPERTORY THEATRE COMPANY presents

THE DUCK VARIATIONS by David Mamet &

THE ZOO STORY by Edward Albee

Directed by Max Pearl

Featuring Joel Kolker, Brian McCormack, Steve Schlam & Skye Whitcomb

Dates: March 29th & 30th, April 12th & 13th

April 20th & 27th , May 3rd & 4th *

Times: 2pm (May 4th at 4pm*)

Ticket prices: $10 Adults, $8 Students, Seniors (65 and older) & Military w/ ID

Banyan Bowl at Pinecrest Gardens

11000 Red Road, Pinecrest

Phone: 305-720-0811

Website: www.pinecrestrep.org

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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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