Mad Cat Theatre Company Presents World Premiere Comedy 'The Preservation Society'

By: Jan. 20, 2011
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Mad Cat Theatre Company presents
MARCH 4, 2010
7:00 PM and 9:30 PM
General Admission Tickets $31 and VIP Tickets $67
The Backstage at the Fillmore (the Jackie Gleason Theatre)
Miami Beach, Florida

For the second year in a row, Miami's own Mad Cat Theatre Company will be returning to the South Beach Comedy Festival. This time the troupe is back with a dangerous cast of characters in The Preservation Society, a world premiere comedy, written and directed by Mad Cat's founder, Paul Tei.  (Paul Tei Is Pictured)

Leave it to Mad Cat to turn a wake into a comedy. Polly Chekhov, a comedy writer in Hollywood,
California comes back to Hollywood, Florida for the wake of her beloved grandmother Mary. It is left
to her to write her grandmother's eulogy; however, a peculiar set of distractions that include a
bassoonist, her eccentric family, and a chorus of Deconstructionist, keep Polly from finishing. In a
journey to encapsulate who her grandmother was, Polly must also wrestle with the meaning to her
own life as well as what it means to be a free thinking woman in society.

Featuring Mad Cat Company members and some of Miami's hot, hip and offbeat new talent with
Melissa Almaguer, Sofia Citarella * and Tiffany Hanan Madera as the three sisters with Anne Tei &
Pio Tei as their parents, along with Betsy Graver*, Troy Davidson* Margaret Prusner* and Ricky
* Mad Cat Company Members

Tickets are on sale now. General Admission Tickets are $31 and VIP Tickets are $67 with applicable
service charges, and may be purchased online at; southbeachcomedy; or or at the Fillmore Box Office located at 1700 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139. Fillmore's phone number is 305.673.7300 and is located one block north of Lincoln Road and adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center. Student tickets ($11) and Industry tickets ($17) with applicable services charges are available at the Fillmore box office with proper ID.

This night of live comedy is a Mad Cat benefit, thus Mad Cat extends special thanks to the South Beach Comedy Festival as well as the Theatre Authority, Inc. and Actors Equity Association for allowing Actors' Equity members, Melissa Almaguer, Ricky Waugh and Betsy Graver to perform.

Paul Tei was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Mad Cat Theatre Company. Having produced 28 shows in 10 years, mostly original works, written by himself and other company members, and 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, Mad Cat has become a staple part of the ever growing cultural entre that is Miami.

As an actor/director/designer/writer, Paul has worked all over South Florida's theatres ranging from
GableStage to Florida Stage, having appeared in about 50 productions and collecting a dozen
awards including 7 Carbonell Awards (South Florida's Tony Awards). He is a member of the Screen
Actors Guild and AFTRA and has appeared in several films, several national commercials and has
guest starred on the TV shows CSI Miami, CSI, Going to California, and most notably his recurring
roles on USA's Burn Notice as Barry the money launderer and 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. He currently resides in LA.



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