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Actors, artists, filmmakers and events in the news July 8-14, 2019


These are the actors, artists, filmmakers and events who are in the news in Southwest Florida this week:


Alliance announces ‘Uncontained’ top three and Juror’s Choices (07-14-19)

Uncontained: A Juried Exhibition opened at the Alliance for the Arts on July 5, but it wasn’t until the artists’ reception on July 12 that Alliance Executive Director Lydia Black and juror Dale Weber revealed the top three entrants, along with two Juror’s Choice award winners.

“It has truly been an inspirational experience to jury this exceptional exhibit,” said Weber. “We received a total of 107 submissions of which only 55 pieces were accepted.”

And from the 55 he juried into the show, Weber chose five award winners:

  • 1st Place: Katherine Boren for Switched On.
  • 2nd Place: Africa Valdez for Music Muse.
  • 3rd Place: Michael Delaney for Type A.
  • Juror’s Choice: Patricia Esposito for Tree Zero 2.
  • Juror’s Choice: Julie Markytan for Pendant Brass Rings.

“Although a small show it speaks with a loud voice,” Weber adds. “Uncontained draws a broad spectrum of creative possibilities in repurposing discarded materials. From the mathematically precise to the wildly imaginative, from the functional to the whimsical, this show truly has something for all tastes.”

Incorporating found objects into collage and other mixed media artworks gained acceptance in the previously high-brow world of art with dada and surrealist artist Marcel Duchamp’s readymade assemblages. But as he often was, Picasso also pioneered the discipline. Beginning in 1912, he began to incorporate newspapers and such things as matchboxes into his cubist collages. He also made many cubist constructions from various scavenged materials.

Extensive use of found objects was made by dada, surrealist and pop artists, and by later artists such as Carl Andre, Tony Cragg, Bill Woodrow, Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas and Michael Landy among many others. But one need venture no farther than Captiva and the Baker Museum of Art for local connections to artworks composed of found objects. Captiva, of course, was home to Robert Rauschenberg, and the Baker Museum holds one of Louise Nevelson’s most largest and most complex work, Dawn’s Forest, in which she recycled and re-collaged parts of her previous work.

By converging creativity with sustainability, the work included in Uncontained explores what it means to repurpose, reclaim, and redefine recycled materials. It also encourages viewers to reimagine the potential of discarded products.

“May it inspire us all to continue the search for beauty hidden within the refuse of our times,” Weber encourages.

The exhibition runs through August 3.



A look at the textural abstracts and found object assemblages of Katherine Boren (07-14-19)

Katherine Boren received first place honors in the Alliance for the Arts’ Uncontained juried exhibition. Her work always evolving, Katherine is now embracing the use of found objects more and more in her abstract work.  For example, in her piece Switched On, she employs a series of discarded electrical switch guards in her familiar geometric pattern, but has scattered a number of switches along the side and bottom of the composition to underscore that because they no longer work, they’ve been “tossed to the wayside” in much the same way that retired and disabled people often are.

Go here to read up on Katherine’s entire body of work.



‘Venus in Furs’ pairs Steven Coe, Maddy Hayes in cerebrally carnal erotic drama (07-11-19)

Coming to The Studio Players in Golden Gate August 23 is Venus in Fur directed by Anna Segreto.

The play stars Maddy Hayes and Steven Coe.

Desperate to find an actress to play the female lead in his adaptation of the classic tale of sadomasochism, Venus in Fur, a beleaguered playwright/director auditions a vulgar and equally desperate actress. Though utterly wrong for the sophisticated part, Vanda piques the playwright’s interest with her seductive talents and secretive manner. As the two work through the script, they blur the line between play and reality, entering into an increasingly serious game of submission and domination that only one of them can win.

Go here for the rest of this advance.



Spotlight on ‘Venus in Furs’ actor Steven Coe (07-11-19)

Coming to The Studio Players in Golden Gate August 23 is Venus in Fur directed by Anna Segreto. The play stars Maddy Hayes and Steven Coe.

Coe is one of Southwest Florida’s hardest working actors. He has a reputation for placing himself in challenging roles and situations that build confidence. For example, while he was playing The Boy in Veronica’s Room for Lab Theater, he was also on the Murder Mystery Dinner Train over at the Seminole Gulf Railway.

Go here for the rest of Steven’s profile.



Spotlight on ‘Venus in Furs’ actor Maddy Hayes (07-11-19)

Coming to The Studio Players in Golden Gate August 23 is Venus in Fur directed by Anna Segreto. The play stars Steven Coe and Maddy Hayes.

Madelaine “Maddy” Hayes is a local actor and director. Her acting credits include Forgive Me; I Put You in a Play, Boberg’s Timer and Dash in the Middle in Lab Theater’s inaugural Festival of Tens, Serenity in And the Winner Is, The Musical Comedy Murders of the 1940s and Stage Kiss, as well as a number of staged readings at the Laboratory Theater of Florida. Maddy has headed the Lab’s winter camp and co-directed the Lab’s summer camp shows, The Wolves and Evil Dead: The Musical. She also had the distinction of directing the Audience Choice winner in Lab Theater’s 2018 24-Hour Playwriting Challenge, Sunny with a Chance of Social Anxiety by Dave Matthew Chesebro.



‘Uncontained’ opening reception is July 12 at the Alliance (07-10-19)

Uncontained: A Juried Exhibition opened at the Alliance for the Arts on July 5, but the opening 5:00-7:00 p.m. reception takes place this Friday, July 12. By converging creativity with sustainability, the work included in this unconventional show explores what it means to repurpose, reclaim, and redefine recycled materials. It also encourages viewers to reimagine the potential of discarded products. The exhibition runs through August 3 and includes a conversational walk and talk with juror Dale Weber and participating artists at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 13 during the Alliance GreenMarket.



Spotlight on ‘Uncontained’ juror Dale Weber (07-10-19)

Dale Weber characterizes himself as an assemblage artist. He creates three-dimensional works made from objects he finds at Goodwill, on the side of the road or even in his own backyard. But he did not start out following in the footsteps of Captiva icon Robert Rauschenberg or any of the other artists who pioneered the field of found objects such as, for example, Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso or Damien Hirst.

Weber began his artistic journey in the early 1970s pursuing the more traditional/conventional discipline of painting. As a painter, he evolved from oil to acrylic to pastel. But, inevitably, his journey of artistic expression led Weber to the world of mixed media collage and finally to found object assemblage, and he has traveled this path now for more than a dozen years, recycling a variety of discarded materials.

Here’s the rest of Dale’s profile.



‘Albatross’ being screened in conjunction with ‘Uncontained’ opening (07-10-19)

Uncontained: A Juried Exhibition challenges artists to turn trash into treasure by presenting art made entirely of recycled and found materials, and to encourage viewers to reimagine the potential of discarded products, the Alliance will also be screening Albatross following the 5:00-7:00 p.m. opening night reception on July 12. There will also be a talk-back following the screening.

Albatross is a powerful visual journey into the heart of a gut-wrenching environmental tragedy. On a tiny atoll in the center of the vast North Pacific, tens of thousands of albatross chicks lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic.

“The experience was devastating, not only for what it meant for the suffering of the birds, but also for what it reflected back to us about the destructive power of our culture of mass consumption, and humanity’s damaged relationship with the living world,” writes the filmmaker about his first visit to Midway Island.

Returning to the island over several years, Chris and his filming team witnessed cycles of birth, life, and death of these magnificent creatures as a multi-layered metaphor for our times.

“Through this journey, I held to a principle of emergence that served as the creative foundation for the project,” Chris amplifies. “I wanted to experience the birds on their terms, imposing as few human judgments or preconceptions on them as possible. With this intention, I avoided scripting any aspect of the film in advance. The trips were approached as open-ended creative explorations, with no story or agenda in mind.”

The 97-minute documentary walks us through the fire of horror and grief, facing the immensity of this tragedy — and our own complicity — head on. And in this process, we find an unexpected route to a deeply felt experience of beauty and love for the miracle of life on Earth. Stepping outside the stylistic templates of traditional environmental or documentary films, Albatross takes viewers on a lyrical guided tour into the depths of their own spirits, delivering a profound message of reverence and renewal that is already reaching an audience of millions of people around the world.

There is no charge to see the film. At the insistence of the filmmakers, Albatross is offered as a free public artwork in an effort to raise consciousness about the deleterious effect we are having on myriad species and the planet as a whole.

Although the film is free, RSVP is advisable as space in the Foulds Theatre is limited.



Spotlight on ‘Albatross’ filmmaker Chris Jordan (07-10-19)

Two-time director Chris Jordan is well-known for his photographic work that explores the collective shadow of contemporary mass culture. Edge-walking the line between beauty and horror, abstraction and representation, the near and the far, the visible and the invisible, Jordan’s work confronts the enormous power of humanity’s collective will. His work reaches an increasingly broad audience through his exhibitions, books, website, interviews on radio and television, and speaking engagements and school visits all over the world. More about CJ and his work:



‘The Eyes Have It’ during Alliance’s August members show (07-10-19)

The Alliance for the Arts has issued a call to artists for its August members show, The Eyes Have It. Harkening back to Henry David Thoreau, the show reminds us that “it’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Artists are asked to give voice to their mind and unique perspective by turning to brush, ink, paper, sculpture or photo for this year’s Members Exhibit: The Eyes Have It. The show will be on display August 9 – 31, 2019 . You may become a member to showcase. Memberships are available onsite, by calling 239-939-278 or visiting



‘Dia de los Muertos: A Juried Exhibit’ returning to Alliance in October (07-10-19)

Dia de los Muertos: A Juried Exhibit is returning to the Alliance for the Arts in October. It’s a show that will feature traditional Mexican sugar skulls in a variety of media ranging from painting in oil, acrylic, watercolor and collage to photography, prints, drawing and sculpture. Artists interesting in participating in the show may submit up to 3 artworks for consideration. To download the prospectus or submit artwork, please visit

What exactly is Day of the Dead? In many parts of Mexico, South America and the United States, Dia de los Muertos is a time to remember and celebrate the lives of family and friends. More about reveling in life than remembering death, this unique day encourages us to connect with loved ones while reflecting on the ties that bind the past to present.

“Community participation is a powerful part of this holiday,” says exhibitions coordinator Krista Johnson. “That’s why we’re calling on local artists to contribute to this lively and fun exhibit.”

The show’s opening reception is scheduled for 5:00-7:00 p.m. on October 5, with awards being announced at 6:00. There will be a $250 prize for Best in Show, $125 for 2nd place and $75 for 3rd place.

For more information about this exhibit, visit or call 239-939-2787.



Alliance announces dates for ‘Off the Wall’ holiday exhibit (07-10-19)

Each year, the Alliance for the Arts invites 100 members to submit two original 2D or 3D artworks for exhibition in the gallery beginning with the onset of the holiday shopping season. Called Off the Wall, this non-traditional art show features works in all mediums priced at $200 or less. All sales are “cash and carry,” meaning purchasers will get to take the piece with them when they buy it, rather than waiting until the end of the exhibit.

Make supporting local arts tops on your list this year by giving a gift that gives back. Make plans to do your Christmas shopping at the Alliance for the Arts this year. Betcha there’s 100 member-artists who would be delighted to have their art under your tree.

This year’s show runs from December 6 through December 28. The opening reception is scheduled for 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6. For more information, please visit or telephone 239-939-2787.



ArtFest Fort Myers now accepting applications for 20th anniversary show (07-09-19)

ArtFest Fort Myers is now accepting applications from professional artists for participation in its 2020 juried show which, coincidentally, is its 20th anniversary show as well! Featuring the work of 200 artists, ArtFest Fort Myers will bring 90,000 art lovers and collectors to the largest outdoor gallery in Southwest Florida on the first weekend in February.

Why do so many artists vie for inclusion in the show? It’s simple. Because ArtFest’s year-round friendly and professional staff places the focus on the artist and the art-selling experience. Targeting art buyers throughout Southwest Florida and beyond – from Marco Island to Sarasota and east to West Palm Beach – ArtFest’s promotional campaign includes all forms of media. Judging from each year’s turn-out, they’re clearly doing something right. No other art festival in Florida comes close to pulling in the number of people or the concentration of collectors that ArtFest does.

The organizers also understand the importance of providing great artist amenities over festival weekend to ensure that its exhibitors are stress free and ready to share their work with the festival’s dedicated and enthusiastic attendees.

How are festival artists chosen?

Each October, ArtFest Fort Myers brings together a panel of professional artists who view submitted images and score each applying artist on a range of 1 – 7 points. The artists with the highest scores are then invited to participate in ArtFest.

“Our jury panel varies each year but always represents a broad base of expertise with regard to artistic mediums,” ArtFest points out in its press release announcing the opening of this year’s submission process. “Theirs is the difficult task of evaluating who is the ‘best-of–the-best’ from the hundreds of artists who wish to join ArtFest Fort Myers! Our jury process is open to artists and patrons – please contact us for more information.”

For Artist Application information, please contact ArtFest Fort Myers at 239-768-3602, email or visit




Boulderbrook accepting submissions for Southwest Florida art festivals (07-09-19)

Boulderbrook Productions hosts a number of boutique art festivals in Southwest Florida each season. It is currently accepting submissions for:

  • The Art Festival at Mercato (January 25 & 26, 2020); deadline: July 16;
  • Bonita Springs Invitational Art Festival (November 23 & 24); deadline: July 16;
  • Sanibel Masters Art Festival (Novembe 29 & 30); deadline: July 16;
  • Art Festival at the Sanibel Shops (December 7 & 8); deadline: September 7;
  • The Sanibel SCA Art Festival (January 17 & 18, 2020); deadline: October 4;
  • Sarasota Masters Art Festival (February 1 & 2, 2020); deadline September 21;
  • Bonita Springs Invitational at The Promenade (February 15 & 16, 2020); October 1;
  • Boca Grande Art Festival (March 7 & 8, 2020); deadline: October 14;
  • Peace River National Art Festival (March 21 & 22, 2020); deadline October 1; and
  • Bonita Springs Masters Art Festival (March 28 & 29, 20209); deadline October 14.

You must apply online at



Hot Works accepting applications for Estero Fine Art Show (07-09-19)

Hot Works LLC is now accepting submissions for the 23rd Estero Fine Art Show. It will take place on Saturday and Sunday, January 4 & 5, 2020 at JetBlue Park. The show features original work in a wide array of disciplines, including painting, clay, glass, fiber, sculpture, wood, photography, jewelry and more.

Voted a top 100 art show four years running, the Estero Fine Art show is recognized as one of America’s highest quality and most respected art shows in the country. One of the show’s highlights is a Youth Art Competition for grades K-8 or ages 5-13.

Winter home of the Boston Red Sox, JetBlue Park affords both exhibitors and attendees with numerous benefits, including a location that draws from and is easily accessible from everywhere in Southwest Florida, as well as plenty of convenient, on-site parking.

The application deadline is September 17, 2019. Applications can be found online at For more information, please contact Executive Director Patty Narozny at or 248-684-2613.



Naples Art now accepting applications for Naples New Year’s Art Show 2020 (07-09-19)

East Entry 02The Naples Art Association is currently accepting applications for inclusion in its three outstanding outdoor art festivals, The Naples New Year’s Art Show 2020, Naples National Art Festival and The Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts.

Start your new year off in sunny Florida. New opportunities await you at the 24th Annual Naples New Year’s Art Show. This fine art festival draws professional artists from around the country and was ranked #20 in the nation in 2018 by Sunshine Artist Magazine and is included by in its “BLUE CHIP 100” Fine Art Events for 2019.

If you are interested in exhibiting at this show, here’s what you will need to know:

  • Dates: Saturday and Sunday, January 4-5, 2020
  • Festival Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location: 5th Avenue South, Downtown Naples
  • Accept 250 artists max
  • Application fee: $35
  • Booth fee: $450 for 10×10
  • Cancellation refund policy: Full refund: 11/22/19; 50% refund: 12/06/19 (refunds subject to $25 processing fee)
  • Set up specifics: 4 a.m. early morning set up only: On street set up in quads; No electrical
  • Application deadline: 09/08/19
  • Jury Process begins: 09/13/19
  • Status Notification: 09/23/19
  • Booth Fee Due: 10/24/19
  • Artist Info Emailed: 11/25/19
  • Wait List Acceptance: 10/24/19
  • No Refund Deadline:  12/07/19
  • Application available online at ZAPP




Naples Art now accepting applications for Naples National Art Show (07-09-19)

Crowd Shot BestThe Naples Art Association is currently accepting applications for inclusion in its three outstanding outdoor art festivals, The Naples New Year’s Art Show 2020, Naples National Art Festival and The Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts.

Naples National is consistently voted among the top 25 art festivals in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine and was ranked #24 last year. As one of the oldest festivals in Collier County, Naples National is counted by the local community as among its premiere, must–see events, thanks to the high quality of art, the engaging personalities of the artists and the festive atmosphere. The show is held in scenic Cambier Park and along 8th Street South, one block from downtown Naples’ premier shopping and dining district.

If you are interested in exhibiting in the 41st Naples National Art Festival, here’s what you will need to know:

  • Dates: Saturday & Sunday, February 22-23, 2020
  • Festival Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Accept 194 artists max
  • Application fee: $35
  • Booth fee: $625 for 10×10
  • Cancellation refund policy: Full refund: 01/10/20; 50% refund: 01/31/20 (subject to $25 processing fee)
  • Set up specifics: Friday set up on 2/21,
  • Park and street setting
  • Application deadline: 10/28/19
  • Jury Process begins: 11/01/19
  • Status Notification: 11/25/19
  • Booth Fee Due: 12/16/19
  • Artist Info Emailed: 01/20/19
  • Wait List Acceptance: 12/16/19
  • Application available online at beginning June 1, 2019

To improve the quality of the show and to provide more sales opportunities for our artists, NAA has reduced the number of booths available from 270 to 194. “This will allow artists greater exposure and less competition,” states NAA in its prospectus for the show. “Additionally, the park layout, will consist of one loop making it easier for customers to view all artist’s booths. However, there is a corresponding increase in booth fees.”

This is the only Naples Art Association show that offers cash awards for Best of Show, Best 2D, Best 3D and Awards of Distinction in 2D and 3D. The amounts are:

  • Best of Show – $2,000
  • Best 2D – $500
  • Best 3D – $500
  • Awards of Distinction 2D – 5 awards at $200 each
  • Awards of Distinction 3D – 5 awards at $200 each

Awards will be presented at the band shell in Cambier Park at 3:00 pm on Saturday. NAA staff or volunteers will notify an artist if they need to be present at the awards ceremony on Saturday. Awards are given based on the same criteria used for the jury process. The winning artists are invited to participate in the following year’s show and receive jury exempt status but must still pay his/her booth fee.

The mission of the Naples Art Association is to expand cultural opportunities, broaden education and enrich SWF through the visual arts. Proceeds from the Naples National Art Show support educational programming at The Naples Art Association.



Naples Art now accepting applications for Naples Downtown Art Show (07-09-18)

Crowd Shot 01 (4)The Naples Art Association is currently accepting applications for inclusion in its three outstanding outdoor art festivals, The Naples New Year’s Art Show, Naples National Art Festival and The Naples Downtown Art Show.

The 31st Annual Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts is one of the last major art festivals of the winter season and a favorite festival for artists, art enthusiasts and collectors. This festival was rated #34 by Sunshine Artist’s Magazine 2018 ARTIST 200 Best Shows in America.

If you would like to exhibit in this show, here’s what you will need to know:

  • Dates: Saturday and Sunday, March 21-224, 2020
  • Festival Hours: Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location: 5th Avenue South, Downtown Naples
  • Accept 250 artists max
  • Application fee: $35
  • Booth fee: $450 for 10×10
  • Cancellation refund policy: Full refund: 02/07/20; 50% refund: 02/21/20 (subject to $25 processing fee)
  • Set up specifics: 4 a.m., early morning set up only;
  • On street set up in quads: No electrical
  • Application deadline: 12/08/19
  • Jury Process begins: 12/13/19
  • Status Notification: 12/27/19
  • Booth Fee Due: 01/18/20
  • Artist Info Emailed: 02/26/20
  • Wait List Acceptance: 01/18/20
  • Application available online at beginning June 1, 2018



Naples Art accepting submissions for next season’s Art in the Park (07-09-19)

Art in the Park LogoAre you ready for the 2019-2020 season of Art in the Park? The Naples Art Association (NAA) proudly connects artists with art shoppers in another terrific season of Art in the Park.

Since 1957, Art in the Park has showcased paintings in oil and acrylics, watercolors, mixed Art in the Park 01media, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass art, jewelry and wood-working created by members in good standing of the Naples Art Association. For art lovers, it’s a casual, fun-filled venue for meeting local artists and becoming acquainted with their work. It is believed to be the first outdoor art show held in Naples. And the tradition continues for the 2019-2020 art fair and festival season.

Art in the Park 04Art in the Park is held between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month from November through April. Because of its long tradition, prestige and the interest and number of people who routinely turn out for the show, many NAA members seek admission to the show. Applicants go through a jury process.

“Art in the Park is a membership opportunity, providing artists a venue to sell and market their Art in the Park 05work while broadening their customer base,” notes the Naples Art Association in its call to artists for the 2019-2020 season. “It also provides a setting for artists to interact with other artists sharing ideas, industry changes and the camaraderie of creative people. It is an opportunity for both artists and the public to engage in enlightening conversations about art.”

Make and Take Art 01The one-day fair takes place on Park Street adjacent to The Naples Art Association in the northwest corner of Cambier Park. Located just a block and a half from historic Fifth Avenue South, Art in the Park is within walking distance of trendy European boutiques, sidewalk cafes and iconic art galleries such as Sheldon Fine Art, Call of Africa’s Native Visions Gallery and Shaw Gallery of Fine Art Demo Booth 01Art. The show is also just three minutes by car from fabled Gallery Row and the Third Street South Gallery District. The January show is also held in conjunction with the Downtown Naples New Year’s Art Fair, which will be held next season on Saturday and Sunday, January 4 & 5, 2020.



Step into the enchanted world of Beauty and the Beast (07-08-19)

Step into the enchanted world of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. The classic “tale as old as time” tells of Belle, a young woman in a small town, and a Beast, who is really a young prince under a spell. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out and if the Beast doesn’t learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed forever. The spirited, headstrong Belle enters the Beast’s castle after he imprisons her father and with the help of his enchanted servants, Belle begins to draw the cold-hearted Beast out of his isolation.

Starring James Arthur Douglas as the Beast, Beauty and the Beast runs through August 10, 2019.



James Arthur Douglas is the Beast in Broadway Palm’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (07-08-19)

James Arthur Douglas is the Beast in Broadway Palm’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, on stage now through August 10. The NYC-based tenor most recently performed as Count Almaviva with The Atlanta Opera in a bilingual version of Rossini’s delightful and energetic The Barber of Seville. Created by stage director Kristine McIntyre, the 45-minute adaptation was performed in Spanish and English and is being presented to over 19,000 elementary-aged children.

James also performed with The Atlanta Opera in Verdi’s La Traviata as a member of the chorus, and earlier this year, he was awarded 2nd Prize at the 2019 Pro Mozart Society of Atlanta Scholarship Competition.

Joined by accompanist Julie Bearden Carver, James was kind enough to perform a tune from Beauty and the Beast at a benefit at Lab Theater on June 10th for theater student and performer Danica Murray, who is recovering from transplant surgery necessitated by her lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis.



‘Sex Please We’re Sixty’ on stage in Off Broadway Palm through July 21 (07-08-19)

On stage in Broadway Palm’s intimate Off-Broadway venue through July 21 is Six Please We’re Sixty. As the title suggests, the play is a farce that pokes fun at the libidos and trysts of men and women over a certain age. The script is chock full of naughty jokes, unseemly inferences, brazen bawdiness and unapologetic raunchiness that combine to produce a side-splitting afternoon or evening of entertainment.

The setting is the Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast in New England. Its owner, Mrs. Stancliffe, enjoys considerable repeat business, particularly among her female clientele. Stancliffe’s next-door neighbor, Bud, takes credit for the inn’s popularity among the cottage’s female guests, harboring the belief that they come year after year primarily to hook up with him. An unabashed lothario, Bud thinks he can literally charm the socks (and clothes) off any woman.

Stancliffe’s other neighbor, Henry, is a chemist who’s developed an untested pharmaceutical called Venusia that does for post-menopausal women what Viagra does for men. The hijinx start when Bud takes the wrong little blue pill, turning from Bud the Stud into Bud the Dud much to the delight of Rose Cottage’s current guests, Victoria Ambrose, Hillary Hudson, and Charmaine Beauregard, who turn the tables on Bud and Henry in a hysterical attempt to show the men who is the smarter sex.

Written by Michael and Susan Parker, Sex Please We’re Sixty was first produced on October 17, 2008 by Play With Your Food Productions in Hemet, California. English born and raised, the Parkers write plays that combine familiar British farce with standard American settings to produce stereotypical sex comedies with over-the-top nonsensical plotlines. Some of their other works include The Sensuous Senator, There’s a Burglar in My Bed and Whose Wives Are They Anyway?

The Off Broadway Palm is an intimate 100-seat theatre, located in the main lobby of Broadway Palm. Performances are Wednesday through Sunday evenings with selected matinees. Ticket prices range from $39 to $59 with group discounts available for parties of 20 or more. Tickets are now on sale and can be reserved by calling (239) 278-4422, visiting or in person at 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.



‘Just for Laughs’ line-up announced by Center for Performing Arts Bonita (07-08-19)

The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs has announced the line-up for the July 12 performance of JUST FOR LAUGHS comedy/variety show. Four comedians, two local “Audience Favorite” actors, accompanied by pianist Lin Hart.

Orlando comedian Carmen Vallone, of Comedy Night School and Last Comic Standing-fame, is the headliner. Vallone brought the house down at the May performance and is back by audience demand. He will be backed on this outing by fellow comedians Peter Beebe, Matt Heilman and “New York’s Most Lovable Teddy Bear in a Get-Off-My-Lawn-Kinda Way” Craig Schaefer.

Fresh from winning “Audience Favorite” at the Stage It! 10-Minute Play Festival, Melissa Hennig and Luis Pages will be special guests for the show. In addition to making other appearances throughout the evening, they will reprise their performance of Oded Gross’s brilliantly hilarious Stain.

Lin Hart returns on the piano and will share her vocals, along with her in-demand accompaniment.

Emcee for the evening will be the Center’s Theater and Film Director Frank Blocker, formerly of Stage Left Studio in Manhattan where two of his solo works ran for three years, combined.

JUST FOR LAUGHS performs July 12, Friday, at 7:30 p.m. at the Moe Auditorium and Film Center, Center for Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Beach, Florida.



Center for Performing Arts ‘Hates Hamlet’ in July (07-08-19)

I Hate Hamlet comes to the Center for Performing Arts in the Moe Auditorium for four performances between Thursday, July 18 and Sunday, July 21.

The play centers on Andrew Rally, a man who seems to have it all – celebrity and acclaim from his starring role in a hit television series; a rich, beautiful girlfriend; a glamorous, devoted agent; the perfect New York apartment; and the chance to play Hamlet in Central Park. There are, however, a couple of glitches in paradise. Andrew’s series has been canceled; his girlfriend is clinging to her virginity with unyielding conviction; and he has no desire to play Hamlet. When Andrew’s agent visits him, she reminisces about her brief romance with John Barrymore many years ago – in Andrew’s apartment. This prompts a seance to summon his ghost. From the moment Barrymore returns, dressed in high Shakespearean garb, Andrew’s life is no longer his own. Barrymore, fortified by champagne and ego, presses Andrew to accept the part and fulfill his actor’s destiny. The action becomes more hilarious with the entrance of Andrew’s deal-making friend from L.A., spouting the laid-back hype of the Coast and offering Andrew a fabulous new TV deal worth millions of dollars. The laughs are nonstop as Andrew wrestles with his conscience, Barrymore, his sword, and the fact that he fails as Hamlet in Central Park.

Performances are Thursday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, July 20 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. and a closing 2:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, July 21.

The Moe Auditorium is located at 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs FL 34135.



Cultural Affairs grant enables playwright to bring in artists/performers for ‘3’ (07-08-19)

James Brock has received a 2019-20 Individual Artist Grant from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs to have his new play 3 produced by Ghostbird Theatre Company. 3 will run August 1-10 at Koreshan State Park in Estero.

The matching $25,000 grant will be used to pay other contributing artists and performers and to offset some of the production costs. Ghostbird is hiring co-founder Brittney Brady (photo 2) to serve as guest resident director for the play. Brady has just completed her second year in the prestigious MFA in Directing Program at CalArts in Los Angeles. She was Ghostbird’s Producing Artistic Director for five years before leaving for the West Coast to pursue her MFA.

Go here for the rest of this advance.



Expanding on the theme of Jim Brock’s new play, ‘3’ (07-08-19)

Opening August 1 in Art Hall at Koreshan State Park is 3, a new play from Ghostbird co-founder Jim Brock that explores how three women contend with state punishment – a patriarchal ‘correction’ that is witnessed and supported by the community.

It’s a concept that is explored in depth by Cornell Professor of Philosophy Kate Manne in her controversial book Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny (Oxford Press, 2018). Manne defines the latter term as ingrained cultural hostility toward women who violate patriarchal norms and expectations because they are not serving male interests in the way society expects them to.

“There’s this sense that women are doing something wrong: that they’re morally objectionable or have a bad attitude or they’re abrasive or shrill or too pushy,” Manne explained in a 2018 interview with Sean Illing of Vox Magazine. “But women only appear that way because we expect them to be otherwise, to be passive.”

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Spotlight on ‘3’ playwright Jim Brock (07-08-19)

Jim Brock is a founding member and Producing Director of Ghostbird Theatre Company. He is an actor, playwright, poet and Professor of English at Florida Gulf Coast University. His new play, 3, will be performed by Ghostbird in Art Hall at Koreshan State Park August 1-10, 2019.

His acting credits include The Shadow Box for New Phoenix Theatre (2019), Everyone on this Train (2019), Windowstories (2018), Samuel Beckett’s Catastrophe (2018), Barry Cavin’s Beckett-inspired Ibb (2018), Dr. Cyrus Teed in ORBS! (2018) and The Perfect Island of Dr. Teed (2017), Father and Old Man in No. 27 (2017), Tereisias in Antigonick (2016), Meigs in The Guardsman (which he also translated (2015)), Father in Because Beauty Must Be Broken Daily (which he also wrote (2014)), Old Man in Fool for Love (2013), the Doctor in Woyzeck (2013), Henry in Mud (2012), Lucifer in Faustus Burns Brightly (2012), Venus in The Pumpkin Grower (which he also wrote (2012)), Old Man of Argos in Agamemnon (2011),  Mr. Scratch in Wooden Mouth (2010),  Nagg in Samuel Beckett’s Endgame and Kerch in Apocalypse: The Living Blog (2008).

Go here for the rest of Jim’s profile.



Ghostbird releases 2019-2020 production schedule (07-08-19)

Ghostbird Theatre Partners has released its schedule of productions for its 2019-2020 season. They include:

  • 3 by James Brock to be performed August 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10 in Art Hall at Koreshan State Park;
  • October House to be performed October 31 and November 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 at the historic Langford-Kingston Home;
  • Thistletoe Cabaret, a one-night performance scheduled for December 17 in the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center;
  • the 24-Hour Festival on March 1 in the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center; and
  • Ori by Barry Cavin in April of 2020 to be performed at the Calusa Nature Center Planetarium in Fort Myers.

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Looking back on the making and costuming of Miss Tracy Mills (07-08-19)

Lab Theater’s production of The Legend of Georgia McBride closed on Sunday, June 30. But it’s worth taking a trip back in time to revisit how Director Brett Marston and actor Clayton Brown built the character, the costumes and the legend that is Miss Tracy Mills.

Miss Tracy is an aging drag queen who comes to a shabby, rundown bar by the name of Cleo’s in the Florida Panhandle to help his cousin Eddie save his failing club. Following his arrival, he meets, recruits and mentors a former Elvis impersonator, converting him from a downhome, down-on-his-luck country boy into a local country drag sensation by the stage name of George McBride.

While Brown regularly performed in musicals when he was younger, his activities as a thriving muralist and make-up artist for Chanel has kept him off the boards for way too long. The Legend of Georgia McBride represented his first production in more than a decade, but he re-entered the local theater scene like a fist in a sequined glove! For the show, Brown not only lip synched a series of drag numbers, he chose – in tandem with Director Brett Marston – the songs his character performed and made each of the 16 costumes she wore over the course of the two hour and fifteen minute show.

During the play’s run, Clay took time out of his day to talk about the show, the music and the costumes. From a comfortable armchair at a local Panera Bread, the following is what he shared about the show, his character and the outfits she donned.

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And here’s the backstory and more about Miss Tracy Mills’ 16 spectacular outfits (07-08-19)

During the course of The Legend of Georgia McBride, Miss Tracy Mills wears one spectacular outfit after another, each marking the passage of time. Clayton Brown played the warmhearted drag queen and made her outfits, but it was (in his words) “a love-hate relationship.” That’s because he was required to do six costume changes in the first act and a whopping ten more in Act Two. For several, he had less than a minute (and as little as 35 seconds) to change costumes, which not only included the dress, but the matching shoes, jewelry, wig and more!

Read here for the backstory behind each costume and song choice, as well as the specifics of how he made the outfit and the challenges each one posed:


Clay refuses to pick the outfit he likes most, but clearly each is a work of art. But the one that’s perhaps the most interesting from a creative perspective is the Bob Mackie dress because for that one, Brown didn’t even use a pattern. That dress comes exclusively from his creative mind.



DeLappe’s ‘Wolves’ one of the hottest tickets in nation right now (07-08-19)

Between July 11 and 14, The Laboratory Theater of Florida Arts Education program will be offering a limited 5-performance engagement of Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves – a Pulitzer-nominated Times Critics Pick that’s simply one of the hottest tickets in the nation right now!

The play is set in an indoor soccer facility. Each scene depicts the nine teenage girls who make up the soccer team The Wolves as they are warming up before their weekly games. Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the players navigate big questions and wage tiny battles with the vim and vigor of a wolfpack of adolescent warriors. Besides an all-female cast, The Wolves features such true-to-life, overlapping dialogue that you’ll swear it was ripped from a reality TV show or hidden camera.

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Spotlight on ‘Wolves’ Director Madelaine Hayes (07-08-19)

Between July 11 and 14, The Laboratory Theater of Florida Arts Education program will be offering a limited 5-performance engagement of Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves – a Pulitzer-nominated Times Critics Pick that’s simply one of the hottest tickets in the nation right now! Directing the play is none other than Lab Theater’s instructor Madelaine Hayes, and she couldn’t be more excited to be tackling the show with a cast of ten young women who’ve been participating in the arts education program.

“Tired of shows with five dudes and two girls?” demands Maddy. “This show is a ten girl cast!”

“Tired of simple, platitude-laden, inoffensive shows that seem bland and overdone because they don’t want to make anyone clutch their pearls?” Hayes adds, “This show is fresh, rich, and meaningful in a way that’s hard to get into a high school.”

The Wolves is the perfect choice for Lab’s immersive summer theater camp, and Maddy Hayes is the perfect choice to teach the summer intensive camp and direct this show. For more on Maddy’s acting and directing credits, go here.



Lab’s August play is set in Fort Myers’ DMV (07-08-19)

Coming in August to the Laboratory Theater of Florida is the world premiere of Zalman Velvel’s DMV, a side-splitting comedy set in the Fort Myers Department of Motor Vehicles! Be among the first in the country to experience the hilarity that ensues on Bernice’s last day of work, the morning after her raucous retirement shindig. Bernice is scheduled to retire on a full pension after 30 years and she’s ready to move in with her daughter. But her last day at work takes a turn for the worse when she becomes locked in a battle of wills. DMV will open August 9 at 8:00 p.m.



Curtain rises on TNP’s 66th season with opening of ‘Mamma Mia!’ (07-08-19)

The Naples Players (TNP) has raised the curtain on its incredible 66th theater season with the ABBA Broadway musical hit Mamma Mia! The show runs through July 28, 2019. Produced by TNP in partnership with Mercedes Benz of Naples, Mamma Mia! is directed by Naples favorite Dawn Lebrecht Fornara with musical direction by Charles Fornara.

Over 60 million people worldwide have fallen in love with the characters, the story, and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show. ABBA’s music tells the uplifting tale of a young woman seeking the identity of her father for her wedding and brings the three potential men from her mother’s past back to the Grecian island they visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter, friendship, and sisterhood, creating an unforgettable show. Hit songs include: “Mamma Mia,” “Money, Money, Money,” “Dancing Queen,” and “Voulez-Vous” among others.

The cast for the musical includes (in alphabetical order): Jacqueline Blanche as Lisa, Eric Bohus as Sam, Kristin Cassidy as Rosie, Adam Fasano as Sky, Jeremy Giovinazzo as Pepper, Debi Guthery as Tanya, Anthony Henerson as Eddie, James Little as Harry, John McKerrow as Bill, MaryAnne McKerrow as Donna, Erica Sample as Sophie and Lindsey Walsh as Ali. The musical ensemble includes Mackenzie Black, Elizabeth Marcantonio, Maggie Boswell, Sydney Mixon, Kelsey Browne, Tina Moroni, Jack Norkeliunas, Lawrence Cherestal, Thomas Richardson, Frankie Federico, Logan Szittai, Sawyer True, Mark Vanagas, Alexandra Igoe, Dominic Young, and Elyse Yun.

Tickets for Mamma Mia! are $45 and on sale now through the TNP Box Office at (239) 263-7990 or

Generously sponsored by Diane & Sid Davis, TNP’s 66th Season is filled with spectacular musicals including Mamma Mia!, She Loves Me, and Bye Bye Birdie – alongside heartfelt comedies Escanaba in Da Moonlight, Making God Laugh, and Becky’s New Car – as well as true stories of strong women in Silent Sky and Calendar Girls, and the romantic Jazz-era stage adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby.

Naples’ oldest and most venerable theater group, The Naples Players (TNP) Sugden Community Theatre is a vital part of the exciting experience of Downtown Naples. TNP offers a variety of plays and musicals in three intimate spaces, Blackburn Hall, the Tobye Studio Theatre and outside Baker Stage – all located in one building on Fifth Avenue South.



Sensory friendly performance of ‘Mamma Mia!’ on July 9 (07-08-19)

There is a special Sensory-Friendly performance of Mamma Mia! on Tuesday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m. Special pricing of $20 for adult tickets and $10 for student/educator tickets make sensory-friendly performances affordable for families.

As sensory-friendly screenings become more common in local movie theatres and even on Broadway, The Naples Players is proud to participate in this national shift towards making it possible for individuals with special needs and their families to experience the same quality theatre as everyone else. The Naples Players 2019-2020 series was so successful that they are including three sensory-friendly performances in the 66th Season: Mamma Mia! on July 9, 2019; She Loves Me on December 17, 2019; and Bye Bye Birdie on March 31, 2020.



Stage 2 Improv returning to TNP on July 13 (07-08-19)

The Naples Players and Stage2 Improv collaborate one weekend night each month for some of Southwest Florida’s best family-friendly comedy. Each show consists of improvisational comedy games and songs from topics suggested by the audience. Be as involved in the show as you’d like and come back each month for more and more laughs.

Frequently including special guest appearances by local celebrities, each month is an exciting new theme. It’s the 70s on Saturday, July 13. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20. Contact the TNP Box Office by phone at (239) 263-7990 or visit

Stage 2 will return for more improv on Saturday, August 17 for Superhero Theme Night and Saturday, September 14 for Trivia Theme Night.



TNP inviting playwrights to submit for Readers Theatre new play competition (07-08-19)

The Naples Players’ (TNP) Readers Theatre is now accepting original one-act scripts for its 16th Annual “An Evening of New Plays” contest for Southwest Florida playwrights. Winners will have the opportunity for their plays to be cast, directed, and staged at one of the most highly-rated theatres in the country.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for talented playwrights to get their work in front of an audience,” observes Jessica Walck, Associate Artistic Director.

In addition to having their play cast and performed at TNP’s “An Evening of New Plays” on Sunday, January 19, 2020, finalists will each receive a performance royalty, memorial plaque and tickets to TNP’s “An Evening of New Plays.”

Readers Theatre is devoted to developing playwrights, directors and actors through staged readings of original works as well as fresh and inventive one-acts. The Readers Theatre program allows The Naples Players to test new plays before producing them and provides critical feedback to playwrights, along with access to performance and directing opportunities through flexible and shortened rehearsal processes and augmented performance demands. Both veteran and novice actors, directors, and playwrights can call Readers Theatre home, and this flexibility helps Readers Theatre remain as one of the foundational programs of The Naples Players.

Only non-musical one-acts are accepted. Only one play per writer can be submitted. Each play must:

  • be the writer’s own original work, not an adaptation;
  • not commercially published or produced, though it may have been work-shopped or presented in staged readings;
  • should not exceed 20 minutes in length;
  • may have been entered in an earlier contest, so long as it was not an earlier finalist.

Once the play is submitted, no script changes can be made for purposes of this competition.

To submit a play, playwrights must submit three copies of their script in standard stage play format to: “An Evening of New Plays 2018,” The Naples Players, 701 5th Avenue South, Naples, FL 34102. Plays may also be submitted electronically to:

A title page with the name of the play, synopsis, and list of characters must be attached to each script. Include a separate page, unattached to the script, with the name of the play, playwright and contact information. This is to help assure anonymity during the judging process. For scripts to be returned, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

The judging panel may recommend up to four finalists to the Readers Theatre Committee for review and final approval by Associate Artistic Director Jessica Walck. Authors retain all rights and give performance rights to The Naples Players for “An Evening of New Plays” and limited readings in other venues, including possible outreach and electronic media.

Deadline for submission is July 31, 2019 and winnerswill be notified by October 31, 2019.

Readers Theatre is The Naples Players’ affiliate theatre group, led by TNP’s Associate Artistic Director Jessica Walck. Performances are held throughout the year in the intimate 100-seat Tobye Studio Theatre at the Sugden Community Theatre in the center of 5th Avenue South, Naples. Readers Theatre perform a series of one-act plays and full-length works with scripts in hand and without props or costumes. Readers Theatre performances focus on the written word.

The Naples Players (TNP) Sugden Community Theatre is Naples’ oldest and premier theatre group and a vital part of the exciting experience of Downtown Naples. Celebrating its 66th season, and as one of the top theatres in the country, they offer a variety of plays and musicals in three intimate spaces, Blackburn Hall, the Tobye Studio Theatre and outside BakerStage – all located in one building on Fifth Avenue South.



TNP audition notice for ‘Great Gatsby’ and ‘Escanaba in Da Moonlight (07-08-19)

The Naples Players will be holding auditions for The Great Gatsby and Escanaba in Da Moonlight on Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at The Sugden Community Theatre located at 5th Avenue South, Naples, FL 34102. Both shows are auditioning on the same day and you may audition for one show or both. Auditions are free and walk-ins are always welcome.

Final Casting Calls will be made starting Wednesday, August 14.

The Great Gatsby is casting 4 Women (20’s-60’s), 5 Men (20’s-60’s), with additional ensemble roles available. It will be directed by TNP Executive Artistic Director Bryce Alexander and sponsored by Lake Michigan Credit Union. The Great Gatsby is a contemporary stage adaptation of the classic Jazz-Era American novel penned by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Adapted for the stage by Simon Levy, the play was first presented at the Guthrie Theatre in 2006. It features much of Fitzgerald’s language with the decadence of the 1920s. Rehearsal begins August 19 @ 7:00 p.m. Performances will be Wednesdays-Sundays, October 3–27 in Blackburn Hall.

Escanaba In Da Moonlight is casting 1 Woman (1 30’s) and 5 Men (2 30’s, 1 40’s, 1 60’s, 1 ageless). Associate Artistic Director Jessica Walck directs. It is a hunting story to beat all hunting stories. Written by Tony-nominated actor Jeff Daniels, this zany comedy follows the Soady family tale of the opening day of deer season at the family’s Upper Peninsula camp. Rehearsal begins September 9 @ 7:00 p.m. Performances will take place Wednesdays-Sundays, October 23–November 17 (possible extension from November 20th–24th).

To register to audition and for audition sides, a full list of rehearsals, techs, and performances, please visit For further questions or inquiries, please contact Cole Butcher, TNP Production Stage Manager, at (239) 434-7340 ext. 125 or



‘Don’t Talk to the Actors’ on stage at The Studio Players in Naples (07-08-19)

Don’t Talk to the Actors opened at The Studio Players in Naples on July 5. The production runs through July 21.

Fledgling playwright Jerry Przpezniak and his fiancee are a couple of Buffalo greenhorns suddenly swept up in the whirlwind of New York’s theater scene when Jerry’s play is optioned for the big-money ego-driven world of Broadway. It’s a young playwright’s dream, but the crazy characters and dilemmas they encounter are the things theatrical nightmares are made of and best laid plans go awry when the cast and crew of the Broadway-bound play resort to manipulation, diva-like behavior and chaotic abandon to get what they want.

The cast includes:

  • Jerry – Daniel Cancio
  • Arlene -Jenny Valiente
  • Luis – Reed Foster
  • Mike – Tom Rex
  • Beatrice -Danielle Channell
  • Curt – Keith Gahagan.

Remaining performances are:

  • Friday, July 12 – 8pm
  • Saturday, July 13 – 8pm
  • Sunday, July 14 – 3pm
  • Friday, July 19 – 8pm
  • Saturday, July 20 – 8pm
  • Sunday, July 21 – 3pm

The Studio Players perform in the Joan Jenks Auditorium at 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples 43116. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by calling 239-398-9192.



Spotlight on ‘Don’t Talk to Actors’ cast member Danielle Channell (07-08-19)

Stage actor Danielle Channell plays Beatrice in The Studio Players’ upcoming production of Don’t Talk to the Actors. Danielle is a talented comedic actor living and working in Naples, Florida. Past credits include Lab Theater’s production of Mitch Albom’s And the Winner Is …, the role of producer Julia Budder in It’s Only a Play, Broadway producer Elsa Von Grossenkneuten in The Musical Comedy Murders of the 1940s and the beautiful, charming and talented Meg McGrath in Beth Henley’s Southern Gothic tragi-comedy, Crimes of the Heart.



Spotlight on ‘Don’t Talk to the Actors’ cast member Daniel Cancio (07-08-19)

Daniel Cancio plays the role of Jerry in The Studio Players’ upcoming production of Don’t Talk to the Actors. An FGCU theatre grad, Daniel is an emerging talent in the local theater scene. While at FGCU, he appeared in productions of The Tempest, Mr. Perfect, 12 Angry Men and The Zoo. His credits also include Bear in Ghostbird Theatre Company’s production of Orbs! and Laboratory Theater of Florida’s 2016 production of Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews. He additionally took part in a staged reading of Robert Caisley’s The Open Hand. 



Spotlight on ‘Don’t Talk to the Actors’ cast member Keith Gahagan (07-08-19)

Keith Gahagan plays Curt in The Studio Players’ upcoming production of Don’t Talk to the Actors. Keith Gahagan has performed in local community theater since 2007. Among his stage credits are Eddie the bar owner in The Legend of Georgia McBride and A Clockwork Orange a decade ago. Most recently, Keith took part in Stage It Playwrights Festival in Bonita Springs, which followed his performance in  the Waverly Gallery at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita.

Gahagan is also a film actor after having made his debut in Tilly, a short film that was awarded runner-up Best Overall in the inaugural Bonita Springs Film Festival.



Spotlight on ‘Don’t Talk to the Actors’ cast member Jenny Valiente (07-08-29)

Jennifer Valiente plays Arlene Wyniarski in The Studio Players’ impending production of Don’t Talk to the Actors. Jenny feels blessed to have been grabbed by Producing Artistic Director Scott Lilly after Diane Davis’ showcase at TNP. Her acting credits include The Naples Players’ production this past winter of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena and Mustardseed) and Speed Dating by Nedra Pezold Roberts in the Center of Performing Arts Bonita Springs’ production of Funny Shorts LIVE! earlier this month. Jenny is a certified personal trainer and theater lover



Spotlight on ‘Don’t Talk to the Actors’ cast member Tom Rex (07-08-19)

Tom Rex plays the role of Mike Policzek in Studio Players’ production of Don’t Talk to the Actors. Tom and his wife and her family all relocated to Naples in 2012 from Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Inspired by his nephew Max, Tom started working with The Naples Players in the fall of 2018. He has worked backstage on multiple TNP shows and has trained with TNPs Diane Davis and Jessica Walck. He most recently played Willard in Upper West Side Story for TNPs Readers Theatre. Don’t Talk to the Actors marks Tom’s very first full-length play.



Spotlight on ‘Don’t Talk to the Actors’ cast member Reed Foster (07-08-19)


Reed Foster plays Luis Shaw in The Studio Players’ upcoming production of Don’t Talk to the Actors. Reed is an actor from Naples, and this is his first performance with The Studio Players. He attends the University of Virginia.

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