Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Zoetic Stage's First Fundraiser

http://zoeticstage.com/images/logo_home.jpgSouth Florida’s newest professional theatre company, Zoetic Stage, will kick off a summer of fund-raising events with an evening of the best of Michael McKeever’s short plays entitled McKeever’s Briefs. Presented as a staged reading, the collection of comedic short plays will be directed by Zoetic Stage Producing Artistic Director Stuart Meltzer and performed by Zoetic Stage company members Irene Adjan, Stephen G. Anthony, Elena Maria Garcia, Margery Lowe, Barry Tarallo and Tom Wahl.

The fundraiser will take place at the Count de Hoernle Theatre (Caldwell Theatre Company) on Monday, July 26, 2010 at 7:00 PM. A $15 suggested donation is appreciated. There will be a talk back with McKeever, Meltzer and the cast after the performance, followed by a reception in the lobby.

Michael McKeever is South Florida’s most produced and prolific playwright. His plays have premiered in many of South Florida’s top theatres including Florida Stage, New Theatre, Actors Playhouse, Caldwell Theatre Company, Palm Beach DramaWorks & City Theatre. McKeever’s plays are produced throughout the United States and Europe. His play South Beach Babylon will open the inaugural season for Zoetic Stage. A press release about South Beach Babylon will be released soon.

McKeever’s Briefs is a compilation of the best short plays from Michael McKeever. Meltzer says about McKeever’s Briefs, “This evening is truly a ‘greatest hits’ collection for the Elvis Presley of South Florida theatre. Audiences have laughed, loved and applauded these gems in ten-minute play festivals throughout the country. They are constantly in demand.
Three of these plays are Heideman Finalists, which is the highest honor for a ten-minute play presented through the Actors Theatre of Louisville.”

Plays included in McKeever’s Briefs are:
American Gothic
You know the painting. The man, the woman, the pitchfork. Well, the woman . . . she wants out.

Craven Tutweiler(The Real Life Story of)
(Heideman Finalist)
Three very different women discuss the remarkable rogue who changed their lives. With oddly graphic details.

Tina Thompson Tries the Tuba
Tina is trying the tuba ... and, apparently, Tommy Turner. Don't tell her boyfriend Terry Tarlitz. A terribly ticklish tale of taking chances and trying new trades.

Laura Keene Goes On
(Heideman Finalists)
It's April 1865, and legendary actress Laura Keene is not going to let a little thing like an assassination stop her from going on. Look out!

Peter, Paul, Mom & Mary
Peter is in for a real shock when he is called home for an emergency- his mother has a special visitor destined to shake up the neighborhood.

Move on, or Sondheim at Studio 54
Nick is your average married guy, typical in every way. Then he sees a Sondheim show. A funny, insightful show about the power of a single song.

(Heideman Finalists)
Dorothy has just skipped off down the Yellow Brick Road.  Leaving the inhabitants of Munchkin Land to deal with her shattered house and the apparently dead witch under it. They're not happy. A morality tale with Munchkins.

Meltzer was the Artistic Director of City Theatre in Miami for two years, where he oversaw and expanded the Summer Shorts Festival, introducing the company’s wildly successful adult-themed undershorts. His New York and South Florida directing credits are extensive. A Miami native, Meltzer has worked as Head of Theatre at Gulliver Preparatory, and full time faculty at NewWorld School of the Arts. He received his M.F.A. in Directing from the Actors Studio in 2002 and B.F.A. from the New World School of the Arts in Miami.

For more information about McKeever’s Briefs or to make a reservation please contact Producing Artistic Director, Stuart Meltzer, at (954) 235-6208 or zoeticstage.com.

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