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J's Cultural Arts Theatre Presents BROKEN SNOW

J's Cultural Arts Theatre (JCAT) in association with Aaron Grant Theatrical & Kodesh Congregation, Inc is proud to announce the World Premier Production of Ben Andron's new intellectual thriller, BROKEN SNOW, in Miami, Florida.

BROKEN SNOW stars Carbonell Award Winners Avi Hoffman* & Nicholas Richberg* with Daniel Llaca. BROKEN SNOW will be produced under an Actors' Equity Association Guest Artist Agreement.

In BROKEN SNOW, two strangers (Richberg & Llaca) are brought together by the mystery & memories of an enigmatic man (Hoffman) that will make them question everything about who they are.

Directed in the round by Michael Andron, BROKEN SNOW will be the first JCAT professional (Equity) production. This 60th JCAT production closes their 10th Anniversary Season.

BROKEN SNOW continues a longstanding artistic collaboration between New York based producer Aaron Grant & LA based playwright Ben Andron. In fact, BROKEN SNOW will premiere in the same city where this collaboration began - Miami.

In the spring of 1991, a 4th grader (Aaron Grant) & a 9th grader (Ben Andron) were in a production of Peter Pan, directed by Ben's father, Michael, who started a youth theatre/community theatre at the Hillel Community Day School, a private school that the boys attended. Michael had retired from doing theatre before Ben was born, but started the Hillel Community Theatre because Ben wanted to "be in a show." In 2007, fifty shows later, the boys long grown up, Michael & his wife Lillian, created JCAT at the Michael Ann Russell JCC on the adjacent campus, opening the youth program to students from over 30 schools. Ben & Aaron remained friends, always keeping in touch & in 2010, Ben wrote White Lies, which opened in New York City at New World Stages & starring Tony Award-winner Betty Buckley & Peter Scolari, with Aaron Grant as producer & General Manager.

Today, Aaron remains a Producer & General Manager in NYC & Ben is an award-winning producer of film trailers, heading the marketing firm Bond Inc. in LA & a playwright. Ben's newest play, BROKEN SNOW, has its World Premiere on May 3, 2017, in an Equity production at JCAT, directed by Producing Artistic Director Michael Andron. This is a first for Michael, directing a professional production of one of his son's plays & producing with Aaron. Ben & Aaron recently opened a production of Brave New World, The Musical, at NC Stages in Asheville last summer, with book by Ben & General Management by Aaron.

Avi Hoffman* (Kris) was recently inducted into the Bronx Jewish Hall of Fame, was nominated for a NY Drama Desk Award for his Yiddish language portrayal of Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman & was invited to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis. He is known for his award winning PBS one-man shows Too Jewish, Too Jewish, Too! & Still Jewish After All These Years (Performer of the Year '95 - NY Press Magazine; LA OVATION Award - Best Actor In a Musical 2001; NY Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Award nominations). On TV, he was featured as Sid Raskin in the Starz TV series "Magic City," as well as on Netflix' "Bloodline," A&E's "The Glades" & on the NBC series "Law & Order." He starred in the motion picture - The Imported Bridegroom & was seen in the PBS documentary They Came for Good: A History of the Jews in the US. Avi has performed all over the world, has numerous acting & directing credits & has received multiple awards & nominations.

NICHOLAS RICHBERG* (Steven) is the recipient of the Carbonell Award for Best Actor in a Play for Peter & the Starcatcher (Black Stache; Best Actor Miami NewTimes) at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Nicholas serves as Managing Director of Zoetic Stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami. He appeared most recently there as Aston in the critically acclaimed production of Harold Pinter's The Caretaker. Also at Zoetic Stage: Passion (Giorgio; Silver Palm Award, Carbonell Award Nom.), Betrayal (Jerry; Silver Palm Award) Trust (Harry), Assassins (John Wilkes Booth; Carbonell Award Nom.), The Great God Pan (Jamie), Zach Braff's All New People (Charlie; Carbonell Award & Miami New Times Award for Best Ensemble) & the world premiere of Captiva (Luke). Richberg also received a Silver Palm Award & a Carbonell Award nomination for his work in Mike Bartlett's Cock (M) at GableStage & appeared in last season's 1776 (Richard Henry Lee/Dickinson; Silver Palm Award) at Palm Beach Dramaworks, where he will star later this year as Tennessee Williams in the world premiere of Billy & Me by Terry Teachout. On television, he played the recurring role of Collier Weiss on "The Glades" (A&E) & has been the face & voice of various products.

DANIEL LLACA (James) is a South Florida native, who's thrilled to be a part of this exciting time with the JCAT. Some of his favorite theatre credits include A Streetcar Named Desire (Mitch), Betrayal (Waiter), Some Girl(s) (Guy) & You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (Linus). He recently graduated, earning a BFA for acting from New World School of the Arts.

Ben Andron (Playwright) had his first play, White's Lies, produced Off-Broadway in 2010. His other plays include Brave New World: The Musical (book & lyrics) & Breaking Bobby Stone. Ben worked closely with Disney TV Animation developing the animated series "Hunachi" for Jetix/ABC Family & wrote numerous episodes for the BBC animated series "Friends & Heroes." As a writer/producer of motion picture marketing, Ben has been creatively involved in the releases of major Hollywood films, including Batman v Superman, Inherent Vice (named Best Trailer of 2014), the Harry Potter films & recently won two Clio Grand Key Awards for his work on Black Mass & The Lego Movie.

MICHAEL ANDRON (Director) Michael is the Founding Artistic Director of JCAT. A true renaissance man, Michael is an ordained Mohel, a Tai Chi Grand Master & 7th Degree Black Belt, yoga adept & a researcher/practitioner in holistic medicine. He is director of Kodesh Center, a non-profit foundation for personal growth, Body-Mind-Energy Development & Jewish Mindfulness Training. He is co-author - with his son Ben - of The Essential Guide to Energy Healing from Penguin/Alpha Books, which is available at all book outlets & as an eBook. He appeared in the long running, off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks.

J'S CULTURAL ARTS THEATRE (JCAT) (Producer) is celebrating its 10th Anniversary Season & has a reputation as a top-notch Youth & Community theatre. Michael & Lillian Andron (Artistic Producers) have received the South Florida Theatre League's REMY Award for outstanding contribution to community theatre. BROKEN SNOW by Ben Andron, a World Premiere, is the final production of the 2016-2017 season at JCAT, The J's Cultural Arts Theatre at the Michael Ann Russell JCC in North Miami Beach.

Aaron Grant (Aaron Grant Theatrical) (Producer) is an independent General Manager & Producer who has been active in the theatre for over a decade. Favorite projects include 2010's White's Lies at New World Stages (which finished a successful run in Michigan in 2013), 2014's critically acclaimed off-Broadway production of The Anthem, the national tour of Almost Heaven: Songs of Jon Denver, The Screwtape Letters, Grumpy Old Men: The Musical, Minimum Wage, Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Musical & Elizabeth Swados' Rachel & Leah. Aaron is also the General Manager for the Ensemble for the Romantic Century. Projects in development include Brave New World: The Musical, Breaking Bobby Stone & BULLDOZER: The Robert Moses Musical.

DATES: Wednesday, May, 3 - Sunday, May 21

Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday @ 7pm,

Saturday @ 10pm & Sunday Matinee @ 2pm

LOCATION: JCAT Space @ the Michael Ann Russell JCC

18900 NE 25th Avenue, North Miami Beach, FL

(mature themes & language - PG 13

TICKETS: $25 - $35

RESERVATIONS: (866)-811-4111 https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/28215

INFORMATION: www.jcctheatre.com

305-932-4200, ext. 150

*DENOTES MEMBER AEA


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