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JANUARY 14, 2015

Miami Theater Center Announces a New Adaptation of the Broadway Hit Comedy “The Seven Year Itch”

A new adaptation of the Broadway hit comedy “The Seven Year Itch,” which Inspired the iconic Hollywood film, opens February 19 at Miami Theater Center

MEDIA CONTACT:

Mari Beth Bittan

(305) 751.9550 ext. 224

maribeth@mtcmiami.org

 

A NEW ADAPTATION OF

THE BROADWAY HIT COMEDY

“THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH,

WHICH INSPIRED THE ICONIC HOLLYWOOD FILM,

OPENS FEBRUARY 19 AT MIAMI THEATER CENTER

 

Miami Shores, FL January 12, 2015 – Miami Theater Center will offer South Florida audiences the opportunity to experience a new and unconventional interpretation of George Axelrod’s 1950s Broadway hit comedy “THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH, re-imagined by MTC Artistic Director STEPHANIE ANSIN and MTC Resident Artist FERNANDO CALZADILLA. Performances will take place February 19 through March 22, 2015 (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM) at Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE 2nd Avenue. In conjunction with the production, MTC will host a free panel discussion, entitled THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH – FACT AND FICTION, at Books & Books in Coral Gables on February 25 at 8:00 PM.

 

The play will be directed by ANSIN, withcostume, lighting, and set design by CALZADILLA, original music and sound design by MTC Resident Composer LUCIANO STAZZONE,and voice and movement direction by LUCKNER “LUCKY” BRUNO, JR. The cast will feature Socialmiami.com Publisher AARON GLICKMAN, in his South Florida acting debut, playing the lead role of Richard – a marketing executive of a New York publishing house – as well as DIANA GARLE (The Girl), JAMES HOWELL (Dr. Brubaker), BETSY GRAVER (Helen), CHAZ MENA (Tom MacKenzie), LINDA BERNHARD (Elaine), JESSICA FARR (Miss Morris and Understudy to Helen), SHIRA ABERGEL(Sally/Pat), ANARIDIA BURGOS (Marie and Understudy to Sally/Pat and Elaine), JOE FERRARELLI (Male Understudy), and CAITI WIGGINS (Understudy to The Girl, Miss Morris, and Marie).

 

The original play’s sexual innuendos and romantic fantasies will be brought to life along with a few irreverent surprises including an unexpected nod to a classic Marilyn Monroe moment. Ansin views this newest production as a continuation of a challenge she has embraced: to re-interpret theater classics for contemporary audiences.

 

“This season, I wanted to create new versions of Hedda Gabler and The Seven Year Itch because these two theater favorites share common, universal themes of isolation frustration, anxiety, and entrapment,” said MTC Artistic Director Stephanie Ansin. “Richard — the main character of The Seven Year Itch — is trying to escape from his perceived trap – the boredom, drudgery, and loneliness of being stuck working in the city while his family is spending the summer at the beach. Last fall, we opened our season with Hedda Gabler, a play whose title character is a womanwho feels trapped in a man’s world and goes to an extreme measure to escape from a stifling, loveless marriage and suffocating domesticity,” Ansin added. “MTC is excited to produce fresh interpretations of these timeless classics.”

 

“THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH”

A married man’s mid-life crisis comes to a head when his wife and child leave for their summer-long holiday at the seashore. While his family escapes New York City’s sweltering heat, 38-year old Richard Sherman stays behind in the city to toil. Soon, feelings of boredom, marital dissatisfaction, and entrapment begin to brew. Temptation arrives on his doorstep in the form of a charming 22-year-old actress who has moved in upstairs. Fantasy scenes ensue in Richard’s vivid imagination and contrast with the reality of his fears, merging into a hilarious comedy. MTC’s adaptation of George Axelrod’s “THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

 

PERFORMANCE DATES AND TICKET INFORMATION

Performances will take place February 19 through March 22, 2015 (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM). Tickets to the official Opening Night on February 21 are priced at $150 each and include access the post-performance reception with the show’s cast and creative team. Tickets for all other performances, including the February 19 and 20 Preview Nights, are $35 and may be purchased at www.mtcmiami.orgor by calling (305) 751-9550.

 

A PANEL DISCUSSION: THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH – FACT AND FICTION

February 25 at 8:00 PM, FREE, Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables

 

Panelists:

Stan DeHart, PhD, President, Theatre House

Stan DeHart has been in educational, professional and community theater for over fifty years as a teacher, director, actor and designer, and he has directed over 250 plays. In addition to his PhD in Theatre Arts from Florida State University, he studied at Actor’s Studio and New York University. He was the co-founder of the Florida Association of Theatre Educators (FATE) and is also responsible for starting the theater component of the Florida Community Colleges Activities Association (FCCAA) where he served as FCCAA President, Chair of Theater, and Distinguished Adjudicator. Dr. DeHart founded, and for eight years managed, the Playwright’s Conference in Tallahassee, Florida which resulted in sending several of the participants on to professional writing careers.  In addition to teaching, he has won many awards for both his directing and acting. After retiring from full-time teaching, he continues to operate Theatre House, his arts consulting firm.  In this capacity, he works as a guest lecturer, director and designer, and is currently presenting a series of Theater History lectures for selected schools.

 

Elsa Orlandini, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Elsa Orlandini has worked in the field of Psychology for the past 23 years. She earned her PsyD in Psychology and two Masters Degrees in Psychology from Carlos Albizu University in Miami, Florida. While earning her post-graduate degrees, Dr. Orlandini simultaneously worked in different clinical capacities in various mental health settings and earned the respect of her peers by virtue of her many significant achievements in a short amount of time. She has worked in private and public hospitals, private practice, outpatient treatment facilities, and as a public speaker, trainer and consultant. Dr. Orlandini is currently in private practice on Miami Beach, and her specialties include relationship counseling, infidelity, sex therapy, codependency, divorce, anxiety, bi-polar, and depression.

 

Panel Moderator:

Betsy Wise, Owner and Chief Creative Officer, Wise Branding Group

Betsy Wise’s professional path has been an unconventional one. She trained as an actor at Circle in the Square in New York, and later toured as a stand-up comedian for ten years after realizing she wasn’t passionate about her initial chosen profession as a commercial litigator. These experiences, coupled with the fact that she was raised by an adolescent psychiatrist and LCSW, PhD, will serve Betsy well as she and the panelists explore the complexities of relationships.  Additional career highlights include working as Vice President of Creative Services at Viacom and as Director of Brand Voice and Messaging at Interbrand as well as managing recruitment efforts for all of Verizon Communications’ businesses.  In 2013, Betsy moved back to her native Miami and launched her latest venture, Wise Branding Group.

 

ABOUT MTC’S CREATIVE TEAM

“THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH” is the ninth collaboration by MTC’s stellar, local creative team comprised of writer-director STEPHANIE ANSIN, writer-designer FERNANDO CALZADILLA, and composer-sound designer LUCIANO STAZZONE. They have become renowned for creating original productions that have earned MTC its status as a leader in producing sophisticated, visually stunning, innovative theater with an international focus that is relevant to South Florida’s multicultural community. The creative team astonished critics and audiences alike with their adaptations of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler (2014) and Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters (2012). They have also worked together to adapt Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2008) and Carlos Gozzi’s The Love of Three Oranges (2010), and to create the world premieres Everybody Drinks the Same Water (2014), The Red Thread (2011), and Inanna and the Huluppu Tree (2009). They also joined forces to stage Nilo Cruz’s adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Márquez’s A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (2012). MTC’s significant contributions to South Florida’s cultural legacy are evidenced by having received two highly competitive awards from the Miami New Times, including a “Best of Miami” Award in 2012, and “Best New Theater” and “Best Production for a New Company” for its adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters.

 

A native of Miami, STEPHANIE ANSIN (co-adapter and director) 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 ItchAbingdon 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, The Red Thread, and Everybody Drinks the Same Wateradapter/director of The Love of Three Oranges; co-adapter/director of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Three Sisters (2013 Silver Palm Award for Outstanding Creative Staging and Production), and Hedda Gabler (2014); and director of A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings. 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 2014 MasterMind Awards.In April 2014, Stephanie Ansin was featured as a Miami cultural leader by the Miami Design District Ambassador program.

 

MTC Resident Artist FERNANDO CALZADILLA (co-adapter/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, Inanna and the Huluppu Tree, and Everybody Drinks the Same Water; co-adapter/set, costume, and lighting designer of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Three Sisters, and Hedda Gabler; 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 Resident 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 Hedda Gabler, Everybody Drinks the Same Water, 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.

 

CAST BIOGRAPHIES

SHIRA ABERGEL(Sally/Pat). Also at MTC: Alice in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Doctor #2/Fata Morgana/Princess Ninetta in The Love of Three Oranges. Shirais a multi-disciplinary performing artist whose work in theater has been honored with nominations from the Carbonell Awards and a Silver Palm for her ensemble acting work in Savage in Limbo (Alliance Theatre Lab). Her regional theater credits include:  The Donkey Show (the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts), Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Broward Stage Door), Death for Sydney Black (Empire Stage/Thinking Cap Theatre), and her original one-person show Nictor/Nictoria (GableStage/Tower Theatre), and more. Shira’s work on film has been featured at the Borscht, Miami, Sundance and South by Southwest film festivals, and she has written, directed, and performed her own original shows with grants from Miami Light Project and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.  Recently, Shira was awarded a Knight Arts Challenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to create a traveling theater wagon that brings the performing arts South Florida in a unique and unconventional way.

LINDA BERNHARD (Elaine).Also at MTC: Understudy to Miss Tesman & Berta in Hedda Gabler; Anfisa in Three Sisters; Macaw/Cheshire Cat in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (original cast); Mother Ghost in Pluft the Little Ghost (original cast); Princess Clarice in The Love of Three Oranges. A multiple Carbonell nominee, she was also named Best Actress in a Comedy by Miami New Times for her performance in Hay Fever. She has performed in Florida theatres from Palm Beach to Key West, including The Women’s Theatre Project, Waterfront Playhouse, New Theatre, Actors’ Playhouse, GableStage, and The Caldwell Theatre.

ANARIDIA BURGOS (Marie and Understudy to Sally/Pat and Elaine).Anaridia graduated from the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. Most recently, she was cast as the understudy to Isla in the sold-out production Voices of the Island: A Caribbean Fantasy (MTC’s Sand Box Series). Additional theater credits include Kill It (Micro Theater Miami), Girl’s Liberation Front (New York International Fringe Festival), and Teatro La Tea in New York City, where she was featured in the critically-acclaimed production Black Latina: The Play. She has had the opportunity to be the Spanish recording artist for Disney’s Broadway production of Newsies. Anaridia has recorded TV and radio commercials for Staples’ Back-To-School campaign, McDonalds, and Amscot, and she was featured as the lead in Mortales, a television series that airs in the Dominican Republic.

 

JESSICA FARR (Miss Morris and Understudy to Helen). Also at MTC: Hedda Gabler in Hedda Gabler and Elvira and Understudy for Queen Berenguela of Castile in Everybody Drinks the Same Water. Additional acting credits include: Star Spangled Girl (Mad Cat Theatre Company), Baby Girl (New York International Fringe Festival), Mixtape 3 (Mad Cat Theatre Company), and Knowledge and Noise (MTC’s SandBox Series). An actress, playwright, and comedian, Jessica Farr graduated from New World School of the Arts and Fordham University, and she has studied at the Moscow Art Theatre (MXAT). Jessica is a company member of Mad Cat Theatre Company, and she is also a member of MTC’s Teaching Artist Ensemble.

 

JOE FERRARELLI(Male Understudy). Joe recently earned his BFA from New World School of the Arts and made his professional debut as George Gibbs in Our Town (Palm Beach Dramaworks). His theatrical credits at New World include: Cliff in Cabaret, Dakin in The History Boys, Tom in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, and Stockman in An Enemy of the People.

 

DIANA GARLE (The Girl). Also at MTC: Thea Elvsted in Hedda Gabler; Fatima in Everybody Drinks the Same Water; Ling Shih in The Red Thread; Inanna in Inanna and the Huluppu Tree; Clarice/Princess #2 in The Love of Three Oranges; Irinain 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:Don’t Take it Personally (MicroTheater Miami); 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.

 

AARON GLICKMAN (Richard). Also at MTC: A benefit reading of Sam Shepard’s True West in MTC’s SandBox. Prior to returning to his native Miami a decade ago, Aaron lived in Los Angeles where he studied acting while working in theatre and film. On stage, Aaron was a member for six seasons of the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, a classical repertory theater company in Topanga Canyon. He appeared in several independent feature films and worked behind the camera in various capacities. Aaron is a graduate of The Florida State University School of Theatre and has been publisher of SocialMiami.com for the past nine years where he has worked with many Miami brands and institutions.

 

BETSY GRAVER (Helen). Betsy was recently seen in Detroit (Zoetic Stage) at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theater as well as The Last Schwartz (Parade Productions) in Boca Raton for which she received the Broward New Times Best Supporting Actress, 2014).  Additional South Florida credits include: Lungs (The Theatre at Arts Garage – Carbonell Nomination for Best Actress in a Play, 2013); Venus in Fur, Motherf***er With the Hat, Time Stands Still, Faragut North, and Blasted (GableStage); Of Mice and Men and The Pitmen Painters (Palm Beach Dramaworks); All New People (Zoetic Stage); The Glass Menagerie (Stage Door); The Fox on the Fairway (Actors’ Playhouse); and Six Years (The Caldwell Theatre). Regional theater credits include: The 39 Steps, Death of a Salesman, and Taking Steps (The Greenbrier Theatre, West Virginia). Her TV credits include: Magic City (STARZ), Charlie’s Angel’s (ABC), and Bloodline, an upcoming Original Netflix Series in March 2015.

 

JAMES HOWELL (Dr. Brubaker). James has been a professional actor for the past 30 years. While attending Iowa State University of Architecture, he participated in both college and community theater productions. Upon graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his passion for acting. In Los Angeles, James appeared on several televisions shows such as The Young and the Restless, Mad Men, Cold Case Criminal Minds, X-Files, and Charmed. His film credits include: Forrest Gump, Centurion Force, Jailbreakers, Under the Rug and Road of No Return, and he has also been featured in several television commercials. His West Coast theater credits include playing lead roles such as Cliff in The Woolgatherer, Eddie in Fool For Love, George in Of Mice and Men, and Greg in Silvia. James recently moved to Miami, and The Seven Year Itch will be his first South Florida production.

 

CHAZ MENA(Tom MacKenzie). Chaz is an accomplished actor with an array of off-Broadway, film, TV, and regional theater credits. Highlights of his New York acting career include productions at the The American Place Theatre, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, The Flea Theatre, The New Georges Theatre, Young Playwrights, and The Cherry Lane Theatre. He has been featured in numerous South Florida productions, including Detroit and Assasins  (Zoetic Stage) at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theater, as well as Superior Donuts and The Quarrel (GableStage). Additional regional credits include The Laguna Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cleveland Playhouse, and Arena Stage in Washington D.C., just to name a few. Chaz is a Carbonell Award winner and has been nominated for ACE, ALMA, and Pennsylvania Critics Awards for his theatrical work. He is the recipient of the 2013 Freedom Foundation’s Award for  his one-person play “Yo Solo…” a PBS production, and he is co-starring in Bloodline, an Original Netflix Series set to air in March 2015.

 

CAITI WIGGINS (Understudy to The Girl, Miss Morris, and Marie). Caiti makes her Miami Theater Center debut with The Seven Year Itch. Before coming to Miami, she performed in theaters in and around Jacksonville, FL. Some of her favorite and most notable roles include: Sabrinain Sabrina Fair,Alicein You Cant Take it With You,The Mutein The Fantasticks,Jo,Bee,and Alexin The Lookalikes (Chinamen), and Octavius Caesarin Antony and Cleopatra. Her South Florida acting credits include: Annein In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play and Beautyin Sleeping Beauty at Florida International University. She also appeared in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest (What if Works Productions).

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

 

“THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH”

by George Axelrod

Adapted by Stephanie Ansin & Fernando Calzadilla

Voice and Movement Director Luckner “Lucky” Bruno, Jr.

Original Music and Sound Design by Luciano Stazzone

Set, Costume & Lighting Design by Fernando Calzadilla

Directed by Stephanie Ansin

Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

 

Loneliness. Temptation. Lust. Feel the summer heat aggravate the anxiety and desire of one man’s mid-life crisis in this irreverent interpretation of the 1950’’s stage comedy that inspired the iconic Hollywood film.

 

February 19 – March 22,2015 (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM)

Preview Nights: February 19 and 20

Opening Night: February 21

Tickets: $35* (Opening Night tickets, priced at $150 each, include access the post-performance reception with the show’s cast and creative team.)

Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE 2nd Avenue

Miami Shores, FL 33138

 

For ticket reservations, visit www.mtcmiami.org or call the box office at (305) 751-9550.

 

*All programs, artists, ticket prices, availability, dates, and times are subject to change without notice. Visit www.mtcmiami.org for up-to-date information for details and schedules.

 

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About Miami Theater Center: 

Led by our Founder and Artistic Director Stephanie Ansin, the team at Miami Theater Center produces thought-provoking contemporary works and newly-imagined adaptations of classics that bring the transformational power of theater to audiences of all ages and abilities. Our programs include: MTCperformance  innovative new works and fresh adaptations; MTCeducation – learning opportunities for students, professionals, and the general public; and MTCfilm – a partnership with O Cinema that screens the best in independent cinema at MTC several nights a week.  To learn more, visit www.mtcmiami.org.