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OCTOBER 12, 2016
Everybody Drinks the Same Water
Miami Theater Center (MTC) presents the provocative, medieval murder mystery, Everybody Drinks the Same Water
EVERYBODY DRINKS THE SAME WATER
SUSPICION AND INTRIGUE GIVE RISE TO ROMANCE AND COLLABORATION IN THIS MEDIEVAL MURDER MYSTERY SET IN 13TH CENTURY SPAIN. THREE TEENAGERS OF DIFFERENT RELIGIONS SET OUT ON A JOURNEY TO DISCOVER WHO POISONED THEIR CITY’S WATER SUPPLY – AND CREATE UNITY AMONGST THEIR WARRING CULTURES.
CREATED BY STEPHANIE ANSIN AND FERNANDO CALZADILLA
Miami, FL (October 2016) – Miami Theater Center (MTC) presents the provocative, medieval murder mystery, Everybody Drinks the Same Water – a story of three teenagers of different religions and warring cultures that work together to discover who poisoned their city’s water supply. This production is back by popular demand – and one of several shows created by local team: writer-director Stephanie Ansin, writer- designer Fernando Calzadilla, composer-sound designer Luciano Stazzone, and choreographer Octavio Campos.
An all-local cast of veteran actors and rising talent bring this thought-provoking script to life. Elaborate set and costume design, evocative choreography, and an original score will transport 21st century audiences to 13th century Cordoba, Spain – where a climate of violence, intrigue, and suspicion among Christians, Jews, and Muslims unexpectedly brings forth romance and unity.
The action begins on June 21, 1236. Fernando III of Leon and Castille, a Christian king from northern Spain, has just taken power over Cordoba from a Muslim ruler, Abu Has-san, ending more than 500 years of Islamic rule. He has moved into the alcazar (castle) with his mother, Queen Berenguela, and his son, Prince Alfonso. The queen’s lady-in-waiting discovers that the alcazar has running water – a technology that has not yet reached northern Spain.
Berenguela excitedly offers the king a glass. He drinks it and immediately falls violently ill. Assuming that her son has been poisoned, the queen accuses the Muslim community of attempting to assassinate him. She begins to call on all her resources to help her discover the culprit, but the picture gets murkier as reports of Jews, Muslims, and other Christians also getting sick begin to surface. Evidently, the entire public water supply has been poisoned. Fear, anger, and suspicion infect the town.
Frustrated by their elders’ inability to see beyond the finger pointing, three teenagers of different faiths decide to work together to unravel the mystery. Add to the mix inter-religious flirtations with potentially fatal consequences, and you get an engaging look at a history that teaches powerful lessons about the present. “In Cordoba in the 13th
century, a multi-religious, multi-ethnic spirit of collaboration fueled advances in a multitude of fields, but concurrent conflicts ultimately led to the death of religious tolerance and freedom,” said MTC Artistic Director Stephanie Ansin. “With Water, my goal is to offer an opportunity for South Florida residents and visitors to look back at this period in time, ask important questions, and hopefully learn valuable lessons that can help us heal conflicts in today’s society,” says Ansin of this unique journey into the past.
Theater-goers will enjoy a top-quality, multicultural theatrical experience when they see this performance at MTC. The main set piece for Everybody Drinks the Same Water is a giant Islamic mosaic tile, set at a rake, and rotated by a custom-built, motorized turntable. Throughout the play, scene changes will be represented by the different positions of the decorative tile on which the actors will perform.
Everybody Drinks the Same Water premieres on the main stage at Miami Theater Center, October 26th, 2016. Show times are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30am; Wednesdays and Fridays at 10am; Saturdays at 7pm; and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets: $25 General Admission; $15 for Seniors, Students w/ valid I.D. & Children under 12.
Everybody Drinks the Same Water
October 26 – November 30, 2016
Suspicion and intrigue give rise to romance and collaboration in this medieval murder mystery. Three teenagers of different religions set out on a journey to discover who poisoned their city’s water supply – and create unity amongst their warring cultures.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30am
Wednesdays and Fridays 10am
Saturdays at 7pm
Sundays at 3pm
Recommended for ages 8+
Tickets: $25 General Admission; $15 Students with valid ID, Seniors & Children under 12
Miami Theater Center – MainStage
9806 NE 2nd Avenue Miami Shores, FL 33138
For tickets & information call: 305-751-9550
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
EVERYBODY DRINKS THE SAME WATER is an MTC production by the stellar, local creative team comprised of writer-director STEPHANIE ANSIN, writer-designer FERNANDO CALZADILLA, composer-sound designer LUCIANO STAZZONE, and choreographer OCTAVIO CAMPOS. They have become renowned for creating original productions that have earned MTC its status as a leader in producing sophisticated, visually stunning, innovative theatre with an international focus that is relevant to South Florida’s multicultural community. In 2012, the creative team astonished critics and audiences alike with their imaginative adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters (2012). They have also worked together to adapt Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2008) and to create the world premieres The Red Thread (2011) and Inanna and the Huluppu Tree (2009). MTC’s significant contributions to South Florida’s cultural legacy are evidenced by having received the 2013 Silver Palm Award for Outstanding Creative Staging and Production. Additionally, MTC received two “Best of Miami” awards from the Miami New Times, including the award for “Best New Theater” and “Best Production for a New Company” for its adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters.
A native of Miami, STEPHANIE ANSIN spent 14 years studying, acting, and directing in New York and Boston before returning to South Florida where she founded Miami Theater Center (formerly The PlayGround Theatre) in 2005. She has served as Assistant Director for three off-Broadway productions: The It Girl (The York Theatre); Hard Feelings (Women’s Theatre Project); and Creation of the World and Other Business (Stari Repertory Theatre). New York City directing credits include: The Seven Year Itch, Abingdon Square, and Twelfth Night (Columbia University); Taylor Mac’s Okay (Spring Theatreworks); and scripts by emerging writers at Fordham University. Ansin holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Brown University and an MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University.
Ansin’s professional career in South Florida began with directing Matterhorn for City Theatre’s Summer Shorts 1999 (Carbonell Award for Best Ensemble). Her credits at Miami Theater Center (2005-present) include: co-writer/director of Inanna and the Huluppu Tree and The Red Thread; adapter/director of The Love of Three Oranges; co-adapter/director of Hedda Gabler; The Seven Year Itch; Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; and Three Sisters (2013 Silver Palm Award for Outstanding Creative Staging and Production); and director of The Two-Character Play and A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, by Gabriel García Márquez, adapted by Nilo Cruz. In recognition of her impact on the arts in South Florida, Ansin was selected for The Miami Herald’s “20 Under 40” feature story in 2010, and she was chosen as one of nine finalists for the Miami New Times MasterMind Awards in 2014. Recently, she and her collaborator, Fernando Calzadilla, were finalists for the 2016 Ellen Stewart International Award. In 2016, Ansin spoke at TEDxCoconutGrove: Dreams. She is an alumna of Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, co-hosted by Radical Partners and AkermanIN, and is currently participating in Miami Dade County’s two-year Playwright Development Program.
MTC Resident Artist FERNANDO CALZADILLA (co-writer/costume, set, and lighting designer) has designed more than 100 opera, ballet, theater, and musical theater productions and has won 14 regional and national design awards in Venezuela, including Best Costume Design and Best Set Design. His MTC credits include co-writer/set, costume, and lighting designer of The Red Thread and Inanna and the Huluppu Tree; designer of The Two-Character Play; co-adapter/set, costume, and lighting designer of Hedda Gabler; The Seven Year Itch; Three Sisters; and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; and lighting designer of A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings and The Love of Three Oranges. He has taught classes and workshops at New York University, Florida International University, Miami-Dade College, and Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH). Calzadilla earned a BFA in Scenic Design and a MA/PhD in Performance Studies at New York University.
MTC Composer LUCIANO STAZZONE (composer-sound designer) has performed or recorded with some of music’s most illustrious stars, including Gloria Estefan, Shakira, Ludacris, and Christina Aguilera. A multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Luciano has produced music in a wide range of textures and styles, including dance, dub, reggae, pop, classical, and world beat. He is conductor of the Afro- Brazilian drumming-based band Mano Santa (MTC Awards 2005) and Creative Director and CEO of Urban Tribal Project Entertainment. His MTC credits as composer-sound designer include The Legend of the Pink Elephant, Three Sisters, Inanna and the Huluppu Tree, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, and The Love of Three Oranges.
OCTAVIO CAMPOS (choreographer) is a Miami-born devised theater artist who has contributed creatively to some of the world’s most iconic performance projects with such legendary artists as Robert Wilson, Birgitta Trommler, and Philip Glass. He is a 2013-14 Resident Artist at The Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York, where he is currently developing his new one-man show, TRPL Quince. For more than 30 years, Campos has been provoking audiences as a performer, arts activist, educator, and choreographer in dance, theater, opera, circus, cabaret, television, film, and the visual arts. His MTC credits include choreographer of Three Sisters, The Red Thread, Inanna and the Huluppu Tree, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, and Creation of the World and Other Business and voice and movement coach for The Love of Three Oranges. He earned a BFA in Dance and Composition at the State University of New York at Purchase and completed advanced studies at the Martha Graham School, Folkwang Schule of Pina Bausch, and Lincoln Center Director’s Lab.
CAST BIOGRAPHIES (* denotes Member of Actors’ Equity Association)
HANNAH BENITEZ (Leah) – Hannah just closed The Pirates of Penzance at freeFall Theater, which garnered her a nomination for “Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical” (Theater Tampa Bay Awards). Other freeFall Theater credits: Mr. Burns- A Post-Electric Play, A Fiddler on the Roof, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Regional: The Golem of Havana (Miami New Drama at The Colony); Dogfight (Slowburn Theater Co.); Tribes and The Dead (Mad Cow Theater); New Jerusalem (GableStage); Ragtime (Actors’ Playhouse); Twelfth Night (Thin Air Shakes Co.); Othello and Loves Labor’s Lost (Montana Shakespeare Co.); Full (Job-Side Productions); Godspell (Off Square Theater); Robin Hood and A Christmas Carol (Hippodrome State Theater).
TROY DAVIDSON* (Prince Alfonso) – Also at MTC: Guàiren in The Red Thread; Ningizzida in Inanna and the Huluppu Tree; Truffaldino in The Love of Three Oranges; Tuzenbach in Three Sisters; and Mad Hatter, Mock Turtle and Pat the Gardener in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Troy is a graduate of The Acting School of South Florida and a member of Mad Cat Theatre, Big Apple Circus Clown Care, and The 3000 Brigade Comedy Troupe.
HOWARD ELFMAN (The Doctor) – Also at MTC: Chebutykin in Three Sisters. Regional stage credits include Tuesdays with Morrie (Boca Raton Theatre Guild); Secret Order and After The Fall (Caldwell Theater); Casa Valentina, A Roundheeled Woman with Sharon Gless, Brooklyn Boy, The Accomplices, and The Diary Of Anne Frank (Gablestage); Boys Next Door, Rainbow Bar and Grill and Driving Miss Daisy (Palm Beach Dramaworks); Managing Maxine and Bluish (Alliance Theatre); The Chosen (Hippodrome); One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Actor’s Playhouse); Hedda Gabler (Banyan Theatre); Deathtrap (Maltz-Jupiter); and Grapes of Wrath (Steppenwolf Theatre). Film and TV credits include Magic City, Burn Notice, Sobe Real, Recount, and Safe Harbor. Howard is a proud member of Actors Equity Association an SAG-AFTRA.
DIANA GARLE (Fatima) – Also at MTC: The Girl in The Seven Year Itch; Thea Elvsted in Hedda Gabler; Sing Shih in The Red Thread; Inanna in Inanna and the Huluppu Tree; Clarice/Princess #2 in The Love of Three Oranges; Irina in Three Sisters; Mariner Puppet/ Féfé in A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings; Female Understudy in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Red Thread; and Ensemble in Love Stories (MTC’s SandBox). Other stage credits include: Juliet Among The Changelings (Lost Girls Theatre); Sound Bite: South Beach, Hip Hop Won’t Save You (the Project [theatre]); Short Cuts Tour (City Theatre); Bastardos (Miami Acting Studio); and The Plough and The Stars (Abbey Theater, Dublin). Recent film, TV, and commercial credits include: For Family’s Sake (short film); Future 86 (feature film); Taco Bell (commercial); House of Pigs (short film); Something Normal (TV series); Generation Blackberry (commercial); Te Voy a Contar (TV series); and several television series for Latin American audiences. She is a member of MTC’s Teaching Artist Ensemble. Diana was featured in the January 2016 edition of American Theatre Magazine as one of the 7 Theatre Workers You Should Know.
STEVE GLADSTONE* (Qadi) – Also at MTC: King Silvio, The Love of Three Oranges and Ferapont, Three Sisters. A grad from the University of Florida, Steve is a character actor who has appeared on MTV (“Runaway Love”); in a Clio Award-winning TV commercial for The Miami Herald; and in feature films alongside Michael Caine, Dom DeLuise, and James Woods. His stage roles range from Shakespeare to musical comedy – his favorites include Shylock in The Merchant of Venice; the Blind Man in Blind Date; and the Narrator in The Rocky Horror Show. Steve is a member of Actors’ Equity and president of Miami Local SAG-AFTRA. He is a poet, essayist, playwright, music critic for Miamiartzine.com and blogs at Insightfortheblind.org.
MALIA NICOLINI (Elvira/Berenguela Understudy) – Also at MTC: Henry Morton Stanley in The Legend of the Pink Elephant; Knowledge in Everyman; and Queen of Hearts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Malia is a teaching artist, actress, and choreographer based in South Florida. She graduated as Salutatorian from New World School of the Arts with a BFA in Music Theater. Other Credits: Helena in Midsummer Night’s Dream (Creatively Independent); Diana in I Love You Because (Punchline Theater Company); and Izel in The Legend of Tex (Artspot Educational Theater, South America tour). Malia also performed her original oneoman show, My Lips Are Sealed, Off-Broadway in the Woman At Work Festival 2014.
MARQUISE ROGERS (Rodrigo/Alfonso Understudy) – Also at MTC: Jackie in Them Beaux by Joshua Jean Baptiste in the 2015-16 SandBox Series. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Marquise is the Co-CEO of BlackHeart Visions and the Artistic Director of his theatre company Leave Your Heart On the Stage. He began acting his senior year of high school and he believes in following his dreams. He graduated from Barry University with a BFA in acting.
BARBARA SLOAN* (Queen Berenguela of Castile) – Barbara has performed in a variety of productions, commercials, and independent films. Theatrical highlights include: Strange Snow and Burn This (GableStage); Wit, The Book of Ruth, and the one-woman show High Dive (New Theatre); the world premiere of Nilo Cruz’s The Color of Desire (Actors’ Playhouse); Death Defying Acts and 2.5 Minute Ride (Mosaic Theatre), Bee-Luther-Hatchee (Florida Stage); The Disputation (Coconut Grove Playhouse); and Summer Shorts (City Theatre).
CLIFF BURGESS (Doctor/Qadi/Rodrigo Understudy) – A South Florida based actor and playwright, Cliff was last seen as Jack in The Tin Woman at Actors’ Playhouse. Other South Florida credits include: Why Not? with Richard Nixon (Mad Cat Theatre); Casa Valentina (GableStage); Unnecessary Farce (Actors’ Playhouse) and The Glass Menagerie; As You Like It (New Theatre); Clybourne Park; The Voysey Inheritance (Caldwell Theatre Company); Lungs (Arts Garage); The History Boys, Buried Child, The Lion in Winter, Of Mice and Men, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Fantasticks, Proof, All My Sons, Candida, and Private Lives (Palm Beach Dramaworks); Glengarry Glen Ross; Other Desert Cities (Maltz Jupiter Theatre); and When the Sun Shone Brighter at Florida Stage where he earned his Actors’ Equity Card. Cliff received his Master of Fine Arts degree in theatre from Florida Atlantic University.
ELAINE FLORES (Fatima/Leah/Elvira Understudy) – Elaine is a Cuban-American from the sunny shores of Miami Beach, FL. She is a proud graduate of New World School of the Arts/University of Florida. Performing has always been a part of her life, having made her first stage debut in a tutu at the age of 5. She has performed for many South Florida theatre companies, but her biggest adventure has been ArtSpot Educational Theatre. Within the past 4 years, Elaine has traveled to nearly 20 countries with ArtSpot teaching English through theatre to students all over the world! Most recently, she returned from living in South Korea for one year as a producer/performer of classic fairytale stories.
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Led by Miami native and Artistic Director Stephanie Ansin, Miami Theater Center creates, develops, and produces stimulating, inspiring, and thought-provoking productions for audiences of all ages and abilities. We are committed to providing the very best in cultural value to our community, and to ensuring that everyone who enters our theater or engages with our organization feels the warmth of our welcome, and the transformational power of the performing arts.
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