Mad Cat Theatre to Present MIXTAPE 2: UMMAGUMMA FORZA ZUMA!, 1/3-19

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After the contagious success of Blow Me by Jessica Farr at our new home at the Miami Theater Center, Mad Cat Theatre Company is pleased to present MIXTAPE 2: UMMAGUMMA FORZA ZUMA! a collection of new works by various local artists and familiar faces.

In 2008, Mad Cat released its first MIXTAPE featuring a mix of new plays and films steeped in nostalgia. Now, six years later, Mad Cat is back with a new mix of plays and films, MIXTAPE 2: UMMAGUMMA FORZA ZUMA!, a theatrical stew that is very much embedded in the present.

MIXTAPE 2: UMMAGUMMA FORZA ZUMA! is about having the right mixture of mojo needed to make it through a metamorphosis. This collection of new works features pieces by Jessica Farr, Elena Maria Garcia, Theo Reyna, Deborah L. Sherman, Andres Solorzano, Paul Tei, and Kristina Wong as well as new films by Molly Gandour, George Schiavone and Matt Corey, Karelle Levy and Michael Landsberg, Wet Sock Ensemble (Erik Fabregat, Ralph de la Portilla and Ted Chambers), and Darin Gray of the band On Fillmore.

The ensemble features all Mad Cat company members Sofia Citarella, TRoy Davidson, Jessica Farr, Joe Kimble, Noah Levine and Erin Joy Schmidt. The production and design team for MIXTAPE 2 includes the sound design and original music of Matt Corey (company member), lighting design by Melissa Santiago Keenan (company member), costume design by Karelle Levy, guest direction by Leland Patton, and set design and direction by Mad Cat's founder Paul Tei.

Tickets are on sale now! Preview Night January 3rd - $30, Opening Night January 4th - $50 (with food & drink); thereafter General Admission Tickets $30 and Student $15 (with valid ID). Applicable service charges apply. Tickets may be purchased online at www.madcattheatre.org OR https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/929859 OR by calling OvationTix at 866.811.4111.

ABOUT THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: Paul Tei is the founder and Artistic Director of Mad Cat Theatre Company. Since its humble origins in the fall of 2000, Mad Cat has been providing South Florida audiences with an opportunity to engage in the type of low budget/high value theatre usually associated with Chicago, L.A.'s theatre row, and off off Broadway. He has directed almost 100 productions and his work has been seen from Miami to Scotland, LA to New York. He wrote the plays SO MY GRANDMOTHER DIED, BLAH BLAH BLAH, RPM, ARTFUL DODGERS, COPE and he is the co-author of HELLUVA HALLOWEEN, SHEPHERD'S PIE, HERE IN MY CAR, TERMINAL BAGGAGE and THE HAMLET DOG AND PONY SHOW. A member of the Screen Actors Guild/AFTRA Paul has appeared in several films, several national commercials and has guest starred on the TV shows CSI Miami, CSI, Going to California, Franklin & Bash, American Horror Story and most notably his recurring role in USA's Burn Notice as Barry the money launderer and on Disney's Zeke & Luther as Eddie Coletti. Paul received his MFA in directing at The Theatre School at De Paul University and his BA in Theatre from Barry University.

ABOUT MAD CAT THEATRE COMPANY: Born in 2000, Mad Cat is the brainchild of actor/director/writer/designer Paul Tei. A veteran company that continually aims to foster new and exciting local talent, Mad Cat Theatre Company, has set out a mission to provide theatre that provokes its audience to re-imagine its surrounding world. To promote debate by creating work that illuminates the darker regions of our mental and emotional landscape. To sniff out and ultimately create brazen stories which explore the hypermodernity of society. Mad Cat Theatre Company is committed to deconstructing itself and its environment through original works, adaptations, multi-media, live music, dance, puppetry and poetry. For thirteen years and counting, Mad Cat's core group of designers, actors, and writers have been clawing their way into the cultural consciousness of the citizens of Miami. A history of diversified original works such as "Helluva Halloween" "Shepherd's Pie", "Here in my Car", "Tin Box Boomerang", "Artful Dodgers", "COPE", "Broadsword", "Trembling Hands", Fell In Love With A Girl", SHOOT", "Terminal Baggage", "Mixtape", "Viva Bourgeois", "Going Green the Wong Way", "So My Grandmother Died, Blah Blah Blah" "Charming Acts of Misery", "The Hamlet Dog and Pony Show" and "Blow Me" mixed with their renditions of previous produced play such as "70 Scenes of Halloween", "Matt & Ben", "Mr. Marmalade", "Animals & Plants", "Some Girls(s)", "Macbeth and the Monster" and "Cat Lady". Mad Cat brings originality, vitality and bite to everything they do. They've received oodles of praise and have been decorated with accolades such as best new works, best productions, best theatre company, best fringe theatre, best ensembles, best actors, best designers, best director from the Miami Herald, the Sun Sentinel, the Miami New Times (most recently in 2013 for Best Theatre Company), the Sun Post (most recently in 2013 for Best Theatre Company), and the Carbonell Awards and Silver Palm Awards (most recent being Best Actress, Erin Joy Schmidt as Isabella Blow for Blow Me in 2013). However much praise Mad Cat has acquired, it's the respect and return engagement of its fan base that makes Mad Cat continue to purr.



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