New Theatre Presents 6th Annual MIAMI STORIES

New Theatre Presents 6th Annual MIAMI STORIES 
6thAnnual Miami Stories
 
 
A chic evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, raffles and plays by
J. RICKY ARRIOLA, JAMES R. KAUFMAN and ERIC R. SISSER.
Featuring Miami Marlins President DAVID SAMSON
as Master of Ceremonies
 
New Theatre  announced its 6th Annual Miami Stories taking place on Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm at New Theatre's new home at The Roxy Performing Arts Center, 1645 SW 107 Avenue in Miami.
 
Miami Stories is New Theatre's signature annual fundraising event. A night of great food, drinks, music and raffle prizes, the event includes three World Premiere short plays penned by local celebrities. This year's celebrities and their plays:
 
J. Ricky Arriola is the President and CEO of Inktel Direct Corporation, a marketing and advertising firm that was named by Florida Trend Magazine as "Best Place to Work in Florida (Large Company) 2009", "Best Place to Work 2007-2010" by the South Florida Business Journal and "Top Workplaces 2011" by the Chicago Tribune. Mr. Arriola serves as a member of the Board of Directors for American Teleservices Association and is a member of the Board of Trustees for Miami Art Museum, and was a past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. In addition to serving in his local community, Mr. Arriola is a Board Member of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. J. Ricky Arriola's Miami Stories play entitled Save the Swanford tells the story of an emcee at a fundraiser who takes the podium drunk, continues to get drunker and reveals secrets creating hysteria.
 
James R. Kaufman is the founding and managing principal of Kaufman, Rossin & Co. which was named 'Best Place to Work' in South Florida in 2012. Mr. Kaufman is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting, and is a member of the University Hall of Fame. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed with the State of Florida and is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and is frequently a lecturer. His firm has helped raise funds for such charities as P.E.O. which provides women with educational opportunities, LifeNet4Families which provides assistance to families who live in poverty, and the Jacob Isaac Rappoport Foundation, which helps families affected by Spinal Muscular Atrophy. His firm has also created an innovative way to have its staff be philanthropic as well--one day a month has been designated "Jeans Day." On this day, staff members make a donation which is collected and then donated to a different designated non-profit each month. James R. Kaufman's Miami Stories play entitled Pilgrimage on Rye is about three college guys who make a pilgrimage to the Rascal House.
 
Eric R. Sisser is the President and CEO of Eric R. Sisser, Inc. Mr. Sisser is a lobbyist, and a past Chairman of the Miami Dade County Cultural Affairs Council and the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Business & Industry Division. Throughout the years, Mr. Sisser has served as a member of the Board of Directors for many organizations, such as the Performing Art Center Trust, New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, Arts for Learning, and the Jewish Museum. In 2008, New Times named him "Best Local Boy Made Good". Mr. Sisser hosted a luncheon benefiting Miami-Dade's "Friends of Drug Court" and helped raise over $10,000 for the program. He has also held fund-raisers to re-elect Miami Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle and Democratic US Representative Ron Klein. Mr. Sisser currently serves as a Trustee for United Way and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and serves as a member of the Mayor's Marketing Council. Eric R. Sisser's Miami Stories play, as yet untitled, recounts the story of his 30 year drug addiction and how he is one of the lucky ones.
 
Returning to Miami Stories this year as Master of Ceremonies is David Samson, President of the Miami Marlins. Mr. Samson enters his 13th season in Major League Baseball and 11th as President of the Miami Marlins. He is one of only seven current Presidents in Major League Baseball who has presided over a World Series champion. Mr. Samson, among many other leadership roles, serves as member of the Board of Directors for CAF, and Miami Children's Museum, member of the Board of Governors of the Miami Foundation, and is the President of the Miami Marlins Community Foundation, which focuses its efforts on baseball, arts and educational needs of the South Florida community. On April 27, 2012, Samson will run 50 miles from Pompano Beach to Marlins Park to raise over $500,000 for 10 "Charities of Choice" to honor the construction workers who made Marlins Park a reality.
 
Miami Stories 2012
May 12, 2012
7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
$100
New Theatre is located at the Roxy Performing Arts Center, 1645 SW 107th Avenue, Miami, FL 33165. Conveniently located off of the Florida Turnpike, across from the Florida International University campus.
 
For tickets, call (305) 443-5909
 
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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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