Mad Cat Theatre to Present Superbolt's CENTRALIA, 8/14-31

By: Jul. 17, 2014
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Mad Cat Theatre Company will present Centralia written by Superbolt Theatre. Mad Cat's Artistic Director, Paul Tei first became aware of Superbolt Theatre in the summer of 2012 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival when Mad Cat's production of Going Green the Wong Way, by Kristina Wong was also being presented.

About Centralia: In the 1960's an underground coal fire was sparked by an accident. 20 years later the fire was still burning and the inhabitants of Centralia were forced to relocate. Three people refused to leave. Inspired by this true story, Centralia sees the three remaining inhabitants travel the globe to tell the world their story. Using a mixture of comedy, cabaret, dance and music, this brave new play explores the relationships that can only be formed through this unique disaster.

The production and design team for Centralia consists of the co-sound design of Matt Corey and Elayne Bryan, with original music by Darin Gray, currently on tour with TWEEDY, lighting design by Melissa Santiago Keenan, costume design by Karelle Levy, and set design by Paul Tei.

This production is made possible by the Miami Theater Center, Delaplaine Champagne, WLRN and with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners.

Tickets are on sale now! Beginning August 14th thru August 31st, shows are Thursday thru Sunday at 8:00 pm and all general admission tickets are $30 with the exception of Opening Night on August 16th. Opening night tickets are $50 (with food & drink). Student tickets $15 with valid ID. Applicable service charges apply. Tickets may be purchased online at OR OR by calling OvationTix at 866.811.4111.

ABOUT SUPERBOLT THEATRE: Superbolt Theatre developed out of the Jacques Lecoq Theatre School in Paris where they all trained together. They are an international ensemble of theatre makers, based in London, who make work for people of any age and background. Their nationalities include British, Swiss, Ecuadorian and Norwegian. Their work tours internationally to both small and large scale venues and festivals.

All of their work is devised collaboratively, often through improvisation and drawing upon true sources. Laughter is key to the theatre they make. To date they have created three shows, all of which have toured internationally. 'Centralia' was their first show and was created in 2011.

To find out more about Superbolt Theatre and the shows they make, please visit their website

ABOUT THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR PAUL TEI: 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, THE HAMLET DOG AND PONY SHOW and GERALD FORD SUPERFREAK. He wrote multiple pieces for both Mixtape 1 and 2. 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 (Best Actress, Erin Joy Schmidt as Isabella Blow for Blow Me in 2013). Company member Erin Joy Schmidt also received Best Supporting Actress by the Miami New Times this year for her work in Mad Cat's Mixtape 2. 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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