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Actors, artists, filmmakers and events in the news November 1-7-2018


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


Civil War soldier’s conservation now complete (11-07-18)

In less than a month, Chris-Tel Construction and Miami-based art conservators Rosa Lowinger & Associates have completed restoration of the Civil War Memorial in Centennial Park East. The USCT 2nd Regiment Monument is now ready to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its installation in style.

The fictional African-American soldier in the monument represents the 168 men from companies D & I who were stationed in Fort Myers during the last 18 months of the Civil War. That contingent was responsible for repelling an attack on February 20, 1865 initiated by Major William Footman and 275 members of the Florida Special Cavalry, 1st Battalion, popularly known as the “Cow Cavalry.” Footman and the Cow Cavalry had orders to burn Fort Myers to the ground. Had they succeeded, it’s likely that the settlers who arrived a year later would have gone elsewhere to build their homes. So in a very real sense, the town of Fort Myers owes its existence to the men of companies D & I of the USCT 2d Regiment.

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Screenwriter/actor Jamie Hufford draws on experience to review TGIM films (11-07-18)

Jamie Hufford is a writer and producer known for Baked! (2012) and Monster (2014). After a bit of a hiatus, she is back at work again, collaborating on scripts for a 10-episode TV series and compiling research for a true crime documentary she hopes to start filming in late 2019. She drew upon her extensive background and filmmaking experience last Monday night to offer her analysis and insights on the half dozen short films that hosts Eric Raddatz and Melissa DeHaven shared during TGIM.

You will find the rest of Jamie’s profile here.



Celebrity judge Heather Fitzenhagen talks film at November’s TGIM (11-07-18)

Every politician has traditions and superstitions that govern how and where they spend Election Eve. Not Heather Dawes Fitzenhagen, the Florida House District 78 incumbent who is running against Democratic challenger Parisima Taeb. Fitzenhagen was at last night’s TGIM indie film screenings at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, where she served along with Jamie Hufford and Doug Molloy as a celebrity judge.

Fitzenhagen claims no special expertise or knowledge about the art of filmmaking. But she knows what she likes.

“I look for something that speaks to me and to my life experience or someone else’s that I can relate to or even if I haven’t, that shows it to me in a way that gives me a better understanding of what they’ve gone through,” said Heather during intermission at last night’s screenings. “I want something to happen when I’m watching the film. I want to be moved or entertained or educated.”

The rest of this story is here.



Spotlight on Nov 2018 TGIM celebrity judge Doug Molloy (11-07-18)

Doug Molloy was on hand to share his sardonic insights into film and filmmaking last night with the cineastes who attended the November 2018 edition of TGIM. Doug chaired a celebrity judging panel that included District 78 State Representative Heather Fitzenhagan and filmmaker Jamie Hufford.

Molloy’s perspective as a keen-eyed, opinionated film critic is informed by a nearly 25-year career as a criminal prosecutor. As a long-haired, cowboy-booted hotshot Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, he encountered every conceivable type of crime and criminal defendant, from serial killers, scheming financiers and corrupt local politicians to high-profile cases involving prescription pill mills, sex traffickers and financial fraud. And during his time with the Office of Statewide Prosecution in South Florida, he prosecuted cops charged with murder, Colombian drug runners and other major cases.

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Scope out this season’s Southwest Florida art fairs and festivals (11-06-18)

Southwest Florida is home to more than 60 outdoor art fairs, festivals and other shows each season, which officially started on October 3 with the First Wednesday Studio & Gallery Tour in the Naples Art District. It’s never too soon to start marking on your calendar the art fairs, festivals and other shows you want to catch this season, and to assist you in this effort, Art Southwest Florida features a detailed month-by-month calendar for October, 2018 through April, 2019. So check it out here.



Naples Artcrafters return this Saturday to Cambier Park with art and craft show (11-06-18)

Saturday, November 10, the Naples Artcrafters Fine Art & Craft Show returns to Cambier Park. The Naples Artcrafters is an established fine art and craft organization with more than 45 years of history in Naples, Florida, and this Saturday art fair places a spotlight on a wide array of artistic genres, styles and media, including paintings (in oils, acrylics and watercolors), drawings (in pen and ink, pencil, and pastels), scissors art, multi-media and collage, photography, ceramics, jewelry (including metalsmithing, metal clays, lapidary and beading), sculpture, pottery, clay, stained glass and fused glass, wood turning and carving, and basket weaving. The show features work by 90 juried artists.



Visit Crayton Cove on Saturday night for latest edition of ‘Art After Dark’ (11-06-18)

Art After Dark New MapVisit Crayton Cove on Saturday, November 10 for Art After Dark, an Art-Walk-type evening that gives art enthusiasts and collectors an exceptional opportunity to combine fine art with fine dining alongside picturesque Naples Bay. Participating galleries include Phil Fisher Gallery & Studio, Guess-Fisher Gallery, Earth & Fire – Pottery Painted by You, Random Acts of Art,  and Vintage Charm – European Style Gallery, who band together from 6:00-9:00 p.m. to present an Phil Fisher Gallery 2013 Cevening of art receptions, refreshments and live music that serves as a companionable backdrop for viewing the newest works in the Crayton Cove galleries. Many art lovers complete their evening of art viewing with drinks, a sumptuous meal and dessert in one of Crayton Cove’s outstanding eateries – Bleu Provence, Chez Boez, or The Dock and Boathouse Restaurant overlooking picturesque Naples Bay.



Bonita Bay Invitational takes place at the Promenade November 17 & 18 (11-06-18)

The Bonita Bay Invitational at The Promenade will be held November 17 & 18 at the Promenade at Bonita Springs. Visitors to this Boulderbrook Productions event will stroll the pathways and sidewalks of the Promenade where dozens of artists from near and far will line the walkways displaying a variety of artworks. With some of the finest retail stores, unique boutiques, high-end salons, and delectable restaurants, The Promenade at Bonita Bay attracts both locals in Southwest Florida and visitors from around the world. This open-air shopping center is a shopping, dining, and entertainment destination!



3rd Saturday studio and gallery tour takes place in Naples Art District on Nov 17 (11-06-18)

Taking place on November 17 is 3rd Saturday Naples Art District Studio and Gallery Tours. This event features more than 40 artists, who will be showcasing their recent works of art and demonstrating their medium. The Naples Art District is located north of Pine Ridge Road and west of Airport Road. Participating galleries and studios are open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.



App deadline for 31st Annual Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts is Dec. 9 (11-06-18)

Crowd Shot 01 (4)The Naples Art Association is currently accepting applications for inclusion in two of its outstanding outdoor art festivals, Naples National Art Festival and The Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts. (The app deadline for The Downtown Naples New Year’s Weekend Art Fair is now closed.)

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. If you would like to Tents 03exhibit in this show, here’s what you will need to know:

  • Dates: Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24, 2019
  • Festival Hours: Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location: 5th Avenue South, Downtown Naples
  • Premier Crowd Shot 01Accept 250 artists max
  • Application fee: $35
  • Booth fee: $450 for 10×10
  • Cancellation refund policy: Full refund: 02/04/18; 50% refund: 02/25/18
  • Set up specifics: 4 a.m., early morning set up only;
  • On street set up in quads: No electrical
  • Application deadline: 12/09/18
  • Jury Process begins: 12/14/18
  • Crowd Shot 11Status Notification: 12/28/18
  • Booth Fee Due: 01/18/19
  • Artist Info Sent: 02/26/19
  • Wait List Acceptance: 01/18/19
  • Application available online at beginning June 1, 2018

The Naples Downtown Art Show was voted one of the top five favorite events by local businesses and residents. It was also rated in the top 15 by Sunshine Artist’s survey of all artists in the country.



Hot Works’ Naples Fine Art Shows promise to be intimate, boutique affairs (11-06-18)

Hot Works LLC has announced that it will be holding two weekend art shows in Naples during the upcoming season. Both will be held at the Galleria Shoppes on Vanderbilt. The 1st Bi-Annual Naples Fine Art Show will take place on Saturday and Sunday, December 15 and 16, with the second returning to the Galleria Shoppes on Saturday and Sunday, March 30 and 31, 2019.

The shows will be organized and conducted as intimate, boutique affairs that feature original work by no more than 150 nationally and internationally acclaimed artists in painting (oil, acrylic and watercolor), drawing (pastels, colored pencil and pen-and-ink), photography, digital imagery, sculpture (metal and stone), clay, ceramics, wood working and carving, glass, fiber art (including batik and tapestry), art jewelry and more.

The size and arrangement of these shows encourages art lovers and collectors to engage the artists about their inspiration, process and what makes them unique within the highly-competitive realm of fine arts and fine crafts. But Executive Director Patty Narozny employs a number of other time-honored techniques to make Hot Works’ shows a positive experience both for participating artists and patrons.


First and foremost, she enlists a team of art professionals with more than 120 years of combined experience to judge the work of the hundreds of applicants who wish to participate in Hot Works’ shows. Narozny is choosey, and her interest goes well beyond digital images and paper applications. She visits many of her artists in their homes and studios to make sure that their work makes a contribution to the quality of her shows and a statement in the collections of the people who patronize them.

But Narozny also understands that most of the folks who come to her shows are far from experienced collectors. In fact, many are newbies – or have yet to take the plunge and buy their first artwork. They are still in the process of defining their tastes and have yet to figure out what they like and why is speaks to them. With that in mind, she builds variety into every Hot Works show.

Further, she and her team strive to ensure that the work presented covers a wide range of price points. There is art for every budget.

Last but not least, purchasers can buy with confidence. Because Narozny does her homework so meticulously, they know they’re not only getting an original work of art from a credentialed artist, they are getting value as well.

While the business side of the equation is serious work, attending a Hot Works show is a relaxing, casual experience. It’s like taking a leisurely stroll through a park filled with artwork. There’s no pressure to do anything more than look and envision what that great painting, photograph or sculpture might look like in your home or office. And if you need a little help in the latter category, all of the exhibiting artists are only too happy to bring one or more artworks to your house after hours so that you can see exactly what it looks like on your bookcase, floor or wall.

If you haven’t been to a Hot Works fine art show before, it’s a treat you deserve. For more information, please visit or email And don’t forget Hot Works’ other Southwest Florida fine art show at Jet Blue Park. The Estero Fine Art Show will take place on January 5 & 6, 2019.



Dozen local artists taking part in Alliance’s ‘Arts & End Holiday Sale’ (11-05-18)

Work by Jayne Baker (first photo), Dana JamJoum, Alexandra Jaramillo (2nd photo), Cicero McCarter (3rd photo), Susan Mills, Laura Moynahan (4th photo), Alicia Schmidt, Marta Sicajan, MiMi Stirn, Pamela Volz and Union Artist Studios will be featured by the Alliance for the Arts in its upcoming Arts & End Holiday Sale, which opens on Saturday, November 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Alliance campus at 10091 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33919. Coinciding with the onset of the holiday shopping season, this event encourages purchasers to consider buying local art when shopping for gifts. The art sale will also feature activities throughout the day, including interactive art projects, artist demos, and more.

The Arts & Ends Holiday Sale takes place during the Off the Wall Exhibit: 200 Pieces Under $200. 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, instead of waiting until the end of the exhibit. The exhibit runs through December 29. Guests can also shop works from over 75 local and regional artists in the gift shop.

“We hope that this event and exhibit inspires shoppers to consider buying from local artists this season,” said Krista Johnson, exhibitions coordinator at the Alliance for the Arts. “Purchasing local art is a gift that gives back to a thriving creative economy.”

For more information, call 239 – 939-2787 or visit



Alliance’s ‘Off the Wall’ holiday exhibit opens November 9 (11-05-18)

The Alliance’s Off the Wall holiday exhibition opens November 9 with a 5:00-7:00 p.m. reception.

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 of 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.

The show runs through December 29. For more information, please visit or telephone 239-939-2787.



Alliance accepting submissions for 33rd Annual All Florida Juried Exhibit (11-05-18)

The Alliance’s annual All Florida Juried Exhibition features pieces created by artists working in a wide variety of media from all over the 65,000 square miles that make up Florida. The juried entries come together for an award-winning and exciting exhibition representing today’s contemporary Florida artists. The Alliance is accepting submissions online now through Monday, January 28, 2019. The show will exhibit March 8-29, with an opening reception from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 8. A conversational walk and talk through the gallery with the artists and juror will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 9.

Please visit for a prospectus or telephone 239-939-2787 for more information.



Naples Art ‘Celebrating Light’ through December 1 (11-05-18)

Bright sunlight, multicolored carnival lights, chiaroscuro and control of lighting effects have produced some of the most spectacular images in art. With this in mind, the Naples Art Association is exhibiting Celebrating Light now through December 1, 2018. The exhibition features work by artists in a variety of media that explores and reveals how dramatic and other light effects impact the viewer.



Naples Art looking for artists for its immigration-themed 2019 show (11-05-18)

Immigration affects many areas such as work-force demographics, entitlement programs and finances. Artists have a lot to share on this important topic. And so the Naples Art Association is bringing Immigration: Does it Matter? to the Collier community January 12 – February 24, 2019. Artists who are interested in participating in this social-themed show should bring one exhibition ready artwork to Gallery 104 on January 3, 2019 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.



Lab will ‘Read for Peace’ tomorrow night in response to Tree of Life shootings (11-04-18)

In response to the horrific mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, the Laboratory Theater of Florida is inviting the community to a Read for Peace event at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 5. Join local clergy, religious leaders, Holocaust survivors and other members of the community for an evening of healing and hope.

“Excerpts from selected poems, psalms, and other works will be read by a variety of religious leaders from the local community, sharing a wide array of both words and songs to help us connect to one another, no matter what our religious belief or worldview,” states The Lab in its press release announcing the event.

“Love is our only answer to blotting out the dark blots of hatred,” says Lab Theater board member and journalist Ella Nayor. “It is only through education and connection that we shall overcome. Hatred comes in many shapes, hues, and forms, but its basis is the same – fear and ignorance. According to an Anti-Defamation League’s audit, anti-Semitic incidents were up nearly 60 percent in 2017. Together, we in our small but mighty Southwest Florida community can come together and make a difference. We can start right here in theater. Let’s spread love like it is fire.”

There is no charge to attend. Attendees may choose to make donations, all of which will be sent to the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.



Lab’s popular 24-Hour Playwriting Challenge is November 17 (11-05-18)

The 24-hour Playwriting Project returns to Lab Theater at 8:00 p.m. on November 17. It’s the culmination of 1,440 minutes of highly-caffeinated fun-filled jeopardy as four playwrights spend the night in the theater producing typically-hilarious, always distinctive 15-minute one-act plays. After breakfast, a table read, and very little time for tweaks, the scripts go to the copy center. When they come back, the directors assigned to each playwright get the scripts and a cast of volunteer actors who are ready, willing and eager to learn and rehearse their lines in the seven or so hours remaining before the curtain goes up …..

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TGIM returns November 5 (11-04-18)

The Fort Myers Film Festival returns to the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center’s grand atrium for more Season 9 screenings on November 5.New to the term? Well, the acronym stands for “Thank God for Indie Mondays,” and it symbolizes the anticipation and excitement that area indie film lovers feel as the first Monday of the month draws near between August and February each season. That’s when hosts Eric Raddatz and Melissa DeHaven screen a number of the indie short (typically no longer than 15 minutes) and short short (as brief as just a minute or two) films that have been submitted for inclusion in the Fort Myers Film Festival. Some are good. Others are bad. But they’re all worth talking about.

Read here for the rest of this announcement.



Spotlight on November TGIM celeb judge Heather Dawes Fitzenhagen (11-04-18)

The Fort Myers Film Festival returns to the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center’s grand atrium for more Season 9 screenings on November 5. Heather Fitzenhagen will be one of the evening’s celebrity judges.Heather Dawes Fitzenhagen is a second term Florida State Representative for District 78 in Lee County. With deep roots in the Fort Myers community, she has been a District 78 resident for more than two decades and currently resides in Lee County with her husband, Richard DeBoest and their children, a son, Alexander Deboest, and daughter, Olivia Deboest. She is an experienced attorney, mediator, business owner, corporate manager, philanthropist, and community activist.

For the rest of this profile, read here.



Painter Jerry Rose joins Arsenault Studio & Banyan Gallery (11-03-18)

Artist Jerry Rose has obtained representation by Arsenault Studio & Banyan Arts Gallery. His Gifts from the Sea exhibit opens there on November 7 with a reception from 5:30-7:00 p.m. It features motifs from the Bahamas.

Jerry believes that great paintings are a product of love and respect for the subject. Drawn to coastal communities where people make their living from the sea and land, Jerry divides his painting time between coastal Maine and the Bahamas. He paints on site, which strengthens his understanding of the landscapes and people in these locations. His paintings cover a variety of techniques, which are done in watercolor, oil, acrylic and egg tempera.

Jerry received his formal training in fine arts from Ohio University and in graphic design from the University of Cincinnati, but his interest in realism came together 35 years ago when he felt it was important to paint a way of life that was quickly disappearing in the outlying islands of the Bahamas. That need created the search for methods of painting that would best describe the vanishing life before him and has helped him understand some of the old world techniques to which he subscribes.

Rose is a professional member of the International Society of Marine Painters and a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society. He has received numerous awards and has had many one-man gallery, museum and private exhibitions. Jerry maintains a studio and home in Sedgwick, Maine and is currently building a home and studio in Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahama.

Arsenault Studio & Banyan Arts Gallery is located at 1199 Third Street South in Naples. For more information or to RSVP for the reception, please telephone 239263-1214.



Painter Mark Brown places own spin on age-old genre of still life painting (11-03-18)

Mark Brown is a realist who specializes in staged still life paintings that incorporate fruit, flowers, myriad shells, glassware and blue-and-white china and ceramic ginger jars, vases and plates. What sets Brown’s compositions apart from other artists working in this thousand-year-old genre, Brown’s subjects are reflected on the glass tabletops on which he arranges his motifs. The mirror images convey circular, curved and serpentine kinetic energy which draws the eye to the center of the composition and holds it fast.

Edouard Manet once called still life “the touchstone of painting.” Characterized by an interest in the insentient, this genre of art has been popular across movements, cultures, and periods, with major figures like Paul Cézanne and Pablo Picasso sharing the Impressionist artist‘s view. Van Gogh’s sunflowers are perhaps the most notable examples of this genre of paining, which derives its name from the Dutch word stilleven, which gained prominence during the 16th century. While still life painting gained prominence during this time, it actually dates back in the annals of art history to funerary paintings made by ancient Egyptians in the 15th century BC.

Brown says his love for art manifested itself early in life. During his childhood, he spent many hours in his bedroom drawing cars, animals and things conjured by his active imagination.

Over the years he studied the paintings of the masters through books and visits to museums. He developed and held an abiding fascination for the realism of the Dutch masters. While enjoying a wide spectrum of styles and subject matter, Mark discovered that his temperament and passion took him in the direction of classical realism. In the pursuit of that goal he furthered his studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, in Philadelphia PA.

After his studies were complete, he and his wife, Elizabeth, moved to Carlisle PA where they now reside with their three children, Luke, Eliana and Aliya. Mark has been enjoying painting full time as an artist since 2000, as he and his family travel throughout the United States exhibiting in outdoor art shows, gallery and group shows.

Mark has received numerous awards at outdoor shows, including three best-in-shows, several 1st place in oils and numerous other awards. He has also been selected as a finalist in the Artists Magazine annual contest during two different years. He was pleased to be included in the 2009 Oil Painters of America National Competition, with his painting of “The Chocolate Pot.” Mark’s painting “Bananas” was included in the 2011 National Oil Painters of America competition, being one of just 168 paintings chosen from 2,100 submissions.

Sheldon Fine Art at 460 Fifth Avenue South has a number of his works on exhibit. For more information, please telephone 239.649.6255 or email SheldonFineArts@aol.



FGCU alum Megan Kissinger focuses on conservation at ‘Tropical Reunion’ (11-03-18)

Megan Kissinger is an FGCU Class of 2004 alumnus. She also works as Museum Conservator and Exhibit Designer for the Edison Ford Winter Estates and is one of two artists being featured through November 8 in the ArtLab in Library East on the Florida Gulf Coast University campus.

As an artist, Megan’s medium in acrylics. A realist, her motifs express her overarching concern with conservation. Toward that end, she depicts animals and scenes from throughout the Southeastern United States in all their glory in order to show viewers the beautiful natural world that is disappearing before our very eyes.

“In my work as a museum conservator, I am constantly aware of the ravages of time, both natural and man-made,” states Megan in her Artist Statement accompanying her exhibited ArtLab works. “As I go about my duties, my work keeps me examining everything: how it works, what condition it’s in, what factors affect its stability and what repairs I can make that won’t do more damage than just leaving it alone?”

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Sanibel’s Watson MacRae Gallery hosting Hollis Jeffcoat retrospective (11-03-18)

Hollis Garland Jeffcoat devoted the major part of her adult life sharing with viewers her visceral experience and unique perception of the beauty of the natural environment in which she lived. When she died on April 28 in Fort Myers at the age of 65, Hollis left behind a trove of elegant, gestural, color-saturated paintings that attest to her genius, and to fulfill Jeffcoat’s wish that she be remembered for her work, her long-time friend and partner Maureen Watson is curating a retrospective at Sanibel’s Watson MacRae Gallery in November that will celebrate her life and accomplishments.

Hollis Jeffcoat: My Life in Paint will begin with her first painting as a professional in France in 1976 and end with her last painting in Sanibel Island in 2017,” posts Maureen Watson in the gallery’s online newsletter. “Paintings, drawings and prints from her major series will fill the gallery.”

Read here for an expose on Hollis’ work.

“Please join us for this wonderful exhibit, as we remember our beloved Hollis Jeffcoat,” invites Maureen Watson. The opening reception for Hollis Jeffcoat: My Life in Paint takes place from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 15.

Watson MacRae Gallery is located in Suite B3 at 2340 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957. For more information, please visit or telephone 239-472-3386.



Next Fort Myers Art Walk comes to River District tonight and tomorrow (11-02-18)

The River District will come alive on tonight (November 2), when Art Walk returns to downtown Fort Myers. Now a two-day event, Art Walk will continue Saturday, November 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. With exciting new exhibits and live art demonstrations, rain or shine, this is a “must attend event.”

New exhibits include exceptional art in a variety of mediums done by a bevy of local artists and some national and international artists as well.  You can meet the artists and talk art at the self-guided Friday night event, which brings together art enthusiasts, collectors and community friends who celebrate the arts each month. The Friday night Art Walk sees First Street closed to traffic. Local artists set up in the street selling their art, and face painting is offered at several locations along First Street. And at the Broadway and First Street intersection, the Fort Myers Art League will be hosting a “Make It/Take It” table for children of all ages.

Saturday Art Walk is a quieter affair with most of the galleries open for examining the art at more leisurely pace. This new and improved version of Art Walk includes 14 galleries and art stops, including:

  • American Legion Veterans Gallery showing Art done by Veterans
  • Art League of Fort Myers – new exhibits each month
  • Arts for ACT Gallery – features three or more art exhibits every month plus co-op members art
  • Bootlegger Alley Gallery – outdoor gallery open only during Art Walk in The Patio de Leon
  • Grand Illusion Gallery – art, tee shirts and more
  • Marc Harris Wildlife Photography – on Jackson Street
  • Miville Art Gallery – art and photography in the Franklin Shops
  • Ollie Mack Gentry Photography – photography  at 2180 West First Street
  • Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center – Main Gallery Exhibit and Capitol Exhibit on the 3rd Floor
  • The Barrel Room – Jazz art – on Bay Street
  • Timeless Gallery – gallery and gift shop featuring steampunk art and more
  • Two Newts Gallery – co-op gallery located off West First Street at 2064 Bayside Parkway
  • Unit A – urban contemporary gallery of internationally-acclaimed artist Marcus Jansen located in Gardener’s Park

As this survey of participating galleries reveals, Fort Myers Art Walk spans the core of downtown Fort Myers and includes the Gardener’s Park area and West First Street. Most of the action is located on First Street, but you can obtain a Fort Myers Art Walk map at any of the galleries that will lead you to all the art venues and Art Walk partners.  “Enjoy cultural venues, restaurants, bars and businesses, plus live music,” touts the River District Alliance. “Watch live art demos on First Street, eat amazing food, shop the unique local boutiques or just enjoy the atmosphere.”

So whether you prefer the energy of night or the calm of day, there’s something for everyone during this new-and-improved weekend of art that Fort Myers still calls Art Walk. There is free street parking and $5.00 at any of the parking garages.  In season ride the free River District Trolley. Fort Myers Art Walk is a Pet and Family Friendly free event! Fort Myers Art Walk is hosted by The River District Alliance, a non-profit organization. For more information, please visit



Art in the Park kicks off new season on November 3 (11-02-18)

On Saturday,  November 3, Art in the Park returns to downtown Naples. Now celebrating 60 years as Naples’ oldest art fair, Art in the Park features Naples Art Association members showcasing a variety of original paintings, photographs, unique décor, wearables, collectibles and gifts. Nestled on the Park Street side of the Naples Art Association, this juried art fair is held the first Saturday of the month November through April.



1st Wednesday Studio & Gallery Tour returns November 7 to Naples Art District (11-02-18)

On Wednesday, November 7, the 1st Wednesday Studio & Gallery Tour returns to the Naples Art District with its full complement of galleries and artist studios for a 5-8 p.m. drive-and-park event that affords casual, curious art lovers and serious art collectors alike an unparalleled opportunity to not only visit some of Southwest Florida’s most interesting galleries, but immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and smells of the studios of more than 60 emerging and mid-career artists working in a broad cross-section of genres and media.



Al Razza retrospective opens at Sweet Art Gallery on November 7 (11-02-18)

A retrospective of work by Al Razza is being exhibited by Sweet Art Gallery in the Naples Art District.

Razza has enjoyed a career as a contemporary fine artist that spans more than 40 years. Winner of the South Florida Consortium Fellowship awarded for artistic excellence, his work is exhibited in museums and galleries, and is collected throughout the world. A resident of Coral Springs, Razza explores many styles including abstract, color field and minimalism. He is known for developing the paint skin process. Simply stated, paint skin is just dried acrylic paint. The paint is processed into sheets of color and then applied into the construction of each artwork. Some artworks use shredded pieces to accentuate the surface. These are added to each work at various stages of development. Still others use paint skin to build up a heavy surface with corrugated layers that swirl across the surface in a very robust fashion.

Opening November 7 with a 5:00-8:00 p.m. reception that is coextensive with the Naples Art District’s 1st Wednesday Art Studio & Gallery Tour, A Survey of Artwork will present the artist’s lifetime of creativity, dedication, experimentation and accomplishment. Moving through a sense of realism to abstraction, the exhibition showcases Razza’s versatility and skill as well as an eagerness to attempt and master something new.

The Sweet Art Gallery is located at 2100-A Trade Center Way, Naples 34109. For more information, please telephone 239-597-2110 or visit



’42nd Street’ on Broadway Palm main stage through November 17 (11-01-18)

The musical extravaganza 42nd Street is on stage at the Broadway Palm now through November 17.

Here’s the storyline: Aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer heads to New York City and quickly lands her first big gig in the ensemble of a glitzy new Broadway show. Just before opening night, the leading lady breaks her ankle, and her misfortune just might provide Peggy with her own big break – a chance to step in and become a star!

42nd Street sparkles with some of the greatest songs in musical theatre history including We’re In The Money, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off To Buffalo, Dames, I Only Have Eyes For You and the title song 42nd Street. During its Broadway run, 42nd Street received eight Tony Award nominations and was the winner of Best Musical in 1981.

Performances are Tuesday through Sunday evenings with selected matinees. Tickets are $45 to $70 with group and children’s prices available. 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.



Legarreta, Endrizzi, Pankow headline ‘Don’t Dress for Dinner’ Off-Broadway cast (11-01-18)

Kelly Legarreta, Rachael Endrizzi, Michael H. Heath, John Keckeisen, Katie Pankow and Ken Quiricone are appearing now through November 10 in the Off Broadway Palm Theatre’s production of Don’t Dress For Dinner. Written by Marc Camoletti, the wildly funny comedy was nominated for two Tony Awards and was a long running hit in London.

Here’s the plot: When Bernard’s wife decides to visit her mother for a few days, he makes plans to spend a romantic weekend with his chic, new, Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse. He invites his friend Robert as an alibi, but when his wife finds out Robert will be in town, she changes her plans for a surprise tryst of her own. Throw in a cook with the same name as the mistress and an evening of sidesplitting confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed.

Off Broadway Palm’s Artistic Director Paul Bernier directs. Bernier’s directing credits include the hits Unnecessary Farce, The Savannah Sipping Society, The Dixie Swim Club and The Odd Couple, among many more.

The Off Broadway Palm is an intimate 100-seat theater located off 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.


  1. Don’t Dress For Dinner Bernard and Robert: John Keckeisen as Bernard and Ken Quiricone as Robert.
  2. Don’t Dress For Dinner Robert, Suzanne, Bernard and Jacqueline: Ken Quiricone as Robert, Rachael Endrizzi as Suzanne, John Keckeisen as Bernard and Katie Pankow as Jacqueline.
  3. Don’t Dress For Dinner Suzette, George, Robert and Bernard: Kelly Legarreta as Suzette, Michael Heath as George, Ken Quiricone as Robert and John Keckeisen as Bernard.



Last day of CFABS Youth Players’ auditions for ‘Legally Blonde Jr.’ musical (11-01-18)

The CFABS Youth Players is holding auditions from 5:00-7:00 p.m. this evening for Legally Blonde the Musical JR. All actors should be prepared to sing, dance, and act. Actors must bring in 16 bars of a prepared song. CD accompaniment is allowed without lyrics or you can sing without music. Actors will be grouped with other actors and asked to read from the script. No advance monologue preparation is required. Actors will learn a short dance routine with a group taught by the choreographer. Actors can expect their audition to last about an hour. Actors must be 12 or older.

Rehearsals will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays starting November 5 through February 8, as well as from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday the week of the show, vis: February 11-14.

Performances will be at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019; at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 16 and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 17, 2019.

Legally Blonde JR. follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. When Elle’s boyfriend, Warner, dumps her and heads to Harvard, claiming she’s not “serious” enough, Elle takes matters into her own hands, crafting a showy song-and-dance personal essay and charming her way into law school. Befriending classmate, Emmett, and spunky hairdresser, Paulette, along the way, Elle finds that books and looks aren’t mutually exclusive. As Elle begins outsmarting her peers, she realizes that law may be her natural calling after all.

Based on the award-winning Broadway musical and the smash hit motion picture, Legally Blonde The Musical JR. is a fabulously fun journey of self-empowerment and expanding horizons. The show’s instantly recognizable songs are filled with humor, wit and sass – leaving cast members and audiences alike seeing pink!

You must call 239-495-8989 to reserve your audition spot.



‘Adventures of Stuart Little’ up next for CFABS Youth Players (11-01-18)

The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Youth Players will present four performances of The Adventures of Stuart Little in the Moe Auditorium this November 16, 17 & 18. Based on the award-winning book by E.B. White and adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette, Stuart Little is a charming tale about an adventuresome boy from New York City who is normal in every way – except that he is only four inches high and looks exactly like a mouse. Tickets to this classic allegory about “a modest mouse” who finds himself facing the dangers of the great big world are $20 for reserved seating and $15 for general admission, with a 10% discount for current CFABS members. Shows are Friday & Saturday, November 16 & 17, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. and at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday & Sunday, November 17 & 18. The Moe Auditorium is located 10150 Bonita Beach Road.



Submissions for ‘Stage It!’ 3 now open (11-01-18)

The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs is now accepting submissions for its next STAGE IT! 10-MINUTE PLAYS challenge. The deadline for submission is January 20, 2019. Interested playwrights may submit up to three 10-minute plays. The submission fee for the first entry is $15 and $10 for each additional entry up to three. Plays should be in generally-accepted script format and must be emailed to or mailed to the Center for Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135, c/o: STAGE IT.

Submissions will be reviewed by at least two theatre professionals on a blind jury basis (so do not place your name on the script itself). The judges’ critique forms will be available to the playwrights after the competition, by request.

Ten plays will be selected for live performances at the Moe Auditorium and Film Center on the campus of the Center for the Performing Arts, and will be published by the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs in their third collection of STAGE IT! Ten-Minute Plays. The Center will most likely invite more plays for publication in the book as well as future performances in its Funny Shorts LIVE! shows that are featured three times a year. Set, lighting and sound requirements should be minimal as the Center for Performing Arts does not have a limitless production budget and will cut for cost.

An “Audience Favorite” will be named following the performances, with the winner receiving a $100 cash prize.

For additional information, please email or call 239-495-8989.

For information on last year’s Stage It! Ten-Minute Play Festival and Book Release, read here.



Cultural Park’s ‘Don’t Drink the Water’ closes this weekend (11-01-18)

Cultural Park’s production of Don’t Drink the Water closes this weekend. Performances are November 2 and 3 at 8:00 p.m. and November 4 at 3:00 p.m. Cultural Park Theatre is located at 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33990. For more information, please telephone 239-772-5862.



‘Steel Magnolias’ on stage at Florida Rep through November 7 (11-01-18)

Playing now through November 7 in the historic Arcade Theatre at Florida Repertory Theatre is Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias. The show stars Rachel Burttram as Truvy Jones, Betsy Helmer as Annelle, Sara Morsey as Ouiser Boudreaux, Alison Campbell as Shelby Eatenton, Patricia Idlette as Clairee Belcher and Amy Tribbey as M’Lynn Eatenton.

Every Southern woman knows there are few institutions more important than the town beauty parlor. At Truvy’s salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, six women gather to swap stories, share gossip and, of course, have their hair done. But when tragedy strikes, the women prove they can weather any storm as long as they’re there to lift one another up.

Join Truvy, M’Lynn, Shelby, Annelle, Clairee, and Oiuser for the stage-play that inspired the 1989 film classic – and which proves there is nothing more beautiful or more durable than the bonds of female friendship.




Spotlight on ‘Steel Magnolias’ actor Rachel Burttram (11-01-18)

Playing now through November 7 in the historic Arcade Theatre at Florida Repertory Theatre is Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias. The show stars Rachel Burttram as Truvy Jones, Betsy Helmer as Annelle, Sara Morsey as Ouiser Boudreaux, Alison Campbell as Shelby Eatenton, Patricia Idlette as Clairee Belcher and Amy Tribbey as M’Lynn Eatenton. Read here for more on Rachel Burttram.



Spotlight on ‘Steel Magnolias’ actor Patricia Idlette (11-01-18)

Playing now through November 7 in the historic Arcade Theatre at Florida Repertory Theatre is Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias. The show stars Rachel Burttram as Truvy Jones, Betsy Helmer as Annelle, Sara Morsey as Ouiser Boudreaux, Alison Campbell as Shelby Eatenton, Patricia Idlette as Clairee Belcher and Amy Tribbey as M’Lynn Eatenton. Read here for more on Patricia Idlette.



The Southeastern premiere of ‘Damascus’ opens Nov. 6 at Florida Rep (11-01-18)

Damascus by Bennett Fisher opens at Florida Rep on November 6. It stars Jeremiah Clapp as Lloyd, Darian Dauchan as Hassan and Laura Shatkus playing multiple roles. The play is an electrifying psychological thriller that challenges conventional stereotypes while investigating the fine line between caution and paranoia. The action takes place late one night at the Minneapolis airport when a stranded teenager pleads with a Somali-American shuttle driver to rush him to Chicago. Chosen from Florida Rep’s 2017 PlayLab, Damascus runs in the ArtStage Studio Theatre through December 9.



Terry Tincher and Dr. Scott Michael joining cast for Ghostbird’s next show (11-01-18)

Cultural dynamo Terry Tincher and FGCU virologist Dr. Scott Michael are joining the cast for Ghostbird Theatre Partners’ next production, Boxes Are for What We Keep. FGCU theater major Gabrielle Lansden and FGCU alum Daniel De La Rosa will also be joining company members Jim Brock, Katelyn Gravel and Stella Ruiz for the show, which was written by Barry Cavin and will be staged on November 10 & 11 and 17 & 18 at the Happehatchee Center in Estero.

“With each production, we are on the constant lookout for new flockmates to play with us,” explains Brock, who is a founding member of the company. “Somehow, we have been able to sweet talk Fort Myers impresario Terry Tincher to perform with us, and we have been graced by his kindness, good humor, and dedication.”

Dr. Scott Michael is Professor of Biological Sciences at Florida Gulf Coast University. A long-time patron of the arts, Michael spent time on the boards in both high school and college.

“We are pretty sure we are the only theatre company in the United States to have an actor who is a nationally-recognized expert in virology,” Brock quips. “He can answer your questions about certain Wolbachia strains and how that, once populated in mosquito cells, they can inhibit, even block, the replication of Zika virus – which can disrupt the transmission of this disease. Oh, and don’t get him started talking about Dengue Fever!”


Unlike Tincher and Dr. Michael, Daniel De La Rosa has some history with Ghostbird. He performed in Wooden Mouth ten years ago. That was the show that originally inspired Brittney Brady, Philip Heubeck, Katelyn Gravel and Jim Brock to start a theater company of their own.

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Spotlight on ‘Boxes Are for What We Keep’ actor Jim Brock (11-01-18)

Ghostbird Theatre Company’s next production comes to the Happehatchee Center in Estero on November 10 & 11 and 17 & 18. It introduces Terry Tincher, Dr. Scott Michael and FGCU theater major Gabrielle Lansden and welcomes back FGCU alum Daniel De La Rosa. But it stars Ghostbird co-founders Jim Brock and Katelyn Gravel as well as Ghostbird mainstay Stella Ruiz. For more about Jim Brock, read here.



Spotlight on ‘Boxes Are for What We Keep’ actor Katelyn Gravel (11-01-18)

Ghostbird Theatre Company’s next production comes to the Happehatchee Center in Estero on November 10 & 11 and 17 & 18. It introduces Terry Tincher, Dr. Scott Michael and FGCU theater major Gabrielle Lansden and welcomes back FGCU alum Daniel De La Rosa. But it stars Ghostbird co-founders Jim Brock and Katelyn Gravel as well as Ghostbird mainstay Stella Ruiz. For more on Katelyn Gravel, read here.



Spotlight on ‘Boxes Are for What We Keep’ actor Stella Ruiz (11-01-18)

Ghostbird Theatre Company’s next production comes to the Happehatchee Center in Estero on November 10 & 11 and 17 & 18. It introduces Terry Tincher, Dr. Scott Michael and FGCU theater major Gabrielle Lansden and welcomes back FGCU alum Daniel De La Rosa. But it stars Ghostbird co-founders Jim Brock and Katelyn Gravel as well as Ghostbird mainstay Stella Ruiz. For more on Stella Ruiz, read here.



Spotlight on ‘Boxes Are for What We Keep’ newcomer Terry Tincher (11-01-18)

Ghostbird Theatre Company’s next production comes to the Happehatchee Center in Estero on November 10 & 11 and 17 & 18. It introduces Terry Tincher, Dr. Scott Michael and FGCU theater major Gabrielle Lansden and welcomes back FGCU alum Daniel De La Rosa. But it stars Ghostbird co-founders Jim Brock and Katelyn Gravel as well as Ghostbird mainstay Stella Ruiz. For more on Terry Tincher, read here.



Final weekend of Lab Theater’s irreverent, raw, sexy ‘Hand to God’ (11-01-18)

You might not think that a play which features a Satanic hand puppet by the name of Tyrone would contain serious, life-altering themes. But Robert Askins’ dark comedy Hand to God contains all the meaty message inveterate theater-goers could ask – along with command performances by two of Southwest Florida’s most talented actors, Steven Coe and Shelley Rae Sanders. But while Lab’s production boasts all that makes theatre theater, it’s chock full of humor, laughs and outrageous comedy. So if you haven’t been to a performance, there’s still time. The show closes Sunday with a 2:00 p.m. matinee.

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Spotlight on ‘Hand to God’ actor Shelley Sanders (11-01-18)

On stage now through November 3 at Lab Theater is Off-Broadway Alliance’s 2014 Best New Play winner Hand to God. Chock full of sex, seduction, adult language, blood and puppet love, the play stars Shelley Sanders, Steven Coe, Kenneth Bradley Johnson, T.J. Albertson and Sofia Weymouth, with inspired direction by Lab co-founder Nykkie Rizley. For more on Shelley Sanders, read here.



From Brother Boy to Pastor Greg, ‘Hand to God’ actor Ken Johnson rocks (11-01-18)

On stage now through November 3 at Lab Theater is Off-Broadway Alliance’s 2014 Best New Play winner Hand to God. Chock full of sex, seduction, adult language, blood and puppet love, the play stars Shelley Sanders, Steven Coe, Kenneth Bradley Johnson, T.J. Albertson and Sofia Weymouth, with inspired direction by Lab co-founder Nykkie Rizley. For more on Kenneth Bradley Johnson, read here.



Spotlight on ‘Hand to God’ actor Steven Coe (11-01-18)

On stage now through November 3 at Lab Theater is Off-Broadway Alliance’s 2014 Best New Play winner Hand to God. Chock full of sex, seduction, adult language, blood and puppet love, the play stars Shelley Sanders, Steven Coe, Kenneth Bradley Johnson, T.J. Albertson and Sofia Weymouth, with inspired direction by Lab co-founder Nykkie Rizley. For more on Steven Coe, read here.



New Phoenix Theatre holding auditions of ‘Marvin’s Room’ on November 3 (11-01-18)

New Phoenix Theatre is holding auditions for Marvin’s Room by Scott McPherson at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3 at De LaSalle Academy, which is located at 6401 Techster Boulevard in Fort Myers 33966. (Come to Door 6.)

The play revolves around a 40-something woman by the name of Bessie, who is caring for her pain-ridden aunt and ailing bed-ridden father in Florida. When Bessie is diagnosed with leukemia, she’s constrained to contact her long-estranged sister, Lee, to see if their bone marrow is compatible for a transplant. Lee reluctantly makes the trip from Ohio to Florida, bringing along her two sons. The sisters’ reunion is uneasy, with long buried recriminations coming to the surface even as love slowly overwhelms Lee’s veneer of selfishness and glib denial. Beloved for its mordant humor and unflinching wisdom, Scott McPherson’s dark comedy allows us a moving view of one woman’s commitment to family and response to despair.

These are the characters New Phoenix is casting:

  • Bessie (40 year-old)
  • Lee, Bessie’s Sister, (late 30’s)
  • Hank, Lee’s 17-year-old son
  • Charlie, Hank’s younger brother
  • Ruth, Bessie’s Aunt (over 70 years old)
  • Doctor Wally
  • Bob, Dr. Wally’s brother and receptionist
  • Doctor Charlotte
  • Retirement Home Director
  • Marvin, Bessie’s Father

Marvin’s Room will be performed January 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 at 8:00 p.m. and on January 13, 20 and 27 at 2:00 p.m.



Theatre Conspiracy’s 20th Annual New Play Contest is Saturday night (11-01-18)

Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts will hold its 20th Annual New Play Contest on Saturday, November 3. This year, Theatre Conspiracy received in excess of 500 entries. The New Play Contest provides the opportunity for audiences to get involved with the production process itself, rather than the end result.

The evening begins at 7:00 p.m. with a reception in the gallery with food, wine and drink. At 8:00, Theatre Conspiracy will conduct readings from its top three finalists. Following the last reading, the audience will choose the winner. That play will receive the Janet & Bruce Bunch New Play Contest Award and be produced during the company’s 2019-2020 season.

These are the finalists:

Flying by Sheila Cowley (St. Petersburg, FL)

The background of this play is drawn from oral histories and memoirs of women who served in the WASP program in World War II. It explores the aftermath of war and the quiet, daily acts of heroism that never earn a medal.

Susan flew military planes in WW II, so men could go and fight. She’s been sent home to her normal life, but life in her hometown is anything but normal as folks wait for her hero husband to return home. Susan uses Bob’s legend to keep his family airfield going, so when his wounded gunner shows up looking for a job, she’s forced to hire him. Fisher struggles with an artificial leg and an airfield run by women, as the stories of the town reveal Susan through what they leave out. Flying looks at life propelled by stories, as the town tells glory tales of Bob and Susan tries to put away her memories of flying.

Engagement Rules, mostly a comedy by Rich Orloff (New York, NY)

A four-character comedy with bite, Engagement Rules follows the intertwined lives of two couples who advise and support each other on challenges of love, sex and the soul. The younger couple (early 30’s) is recently engaged, and the older (in their 70’s) has been married over fifty years.

Both couples face problems caused by sex, complicated by spiritual differences, forcing everyone to face seemingly irreconcilable differences and answer questions that none of them can answer easily. Engagement Rules is a play that strives to avoid old arguments and pat answers as it explores with compassion and humor the challenge of love and commitment.

America’s Sexiest Couple, a comedy by Ken Levine (Los Angeles, CA)

Two actors who were “America’s Sexiest Couple” on a popular ‘80s sitcom reunite for the first time in 30 years. They face a lifetime of unresolved issues, longings, resentments, and regrets. Plus, the network wants to reboot the show. Career and personal aspirations collide. Professionally and personally, where do they go from here?

Past winners include Repossessed by Greg Lam, which was performed earlier this season, and Noli Timeri by Jared Michael Delaney, which Theatre Conspiracy produced in May of 2017.



Thomas Marsh undertaking challenging role of ‘Elephant Man’ Joe Merrick (11-01-18)

Local actor Tom Marsh is undertaking his most challenging role to date. He’ll be portraying Joseph Merrick in Theatre Conspiracy’s upcoming production of Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man. Rick Sebastian directs, with Scott Carpenter, Joann Haley, Stephen Hooper, Rob Green, David Pimentel, Anna Grilli and Scott Thomson rounding out the cast.

The play could not be more timely, as it underscores the pitfalls of judging people on their outward appearance and the emotional damage inflicted on people who don’t measure up to our Hollywood-Madison-Avenue-imposed concept of beauty, ability and intelligence.

It’s no secret that slim, good-looking men and women have a decided advantage over more-qualified but less attractive candidates when it comes to job applications, promotions and political office. Shaming people over their weight or appearance is commonplace.

We would all like to believe that we’ve evolved in temperament and tolerance over the past 100 years, when opponents of women’s suffrage reviled suffragettes as snaggle-tooth hags too ugly to land husbands. But after the women’s march on the day after President Trump’s inauguration in 2016, one federal judge posted on Facebook that “after just one day in office, Trump managed to achieve something that no one else has been able to do: he got a million fat women out walking,” with a Nebraska state senator retweeting an image of three participants holding signs that objected to the President’s Accent Hollywood remarks along with the words, “Ladies, I think you’re safe.”

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Scott Carpenter tackling role of Dr. Frederick Teves in ‘The Elephant Man’ (11-01-18)

Scott Carpenter’s next role will be that of Dr. Frederick Teves in Theatre Conspiracy’s upcoming production of The Elephant Man. You can read about Scott’s prior theater appearances here. Carpenter was recently honored with the Cape Coral Community Foundation ENPY award for “2018 Nonprofit Volunteer of the Year Award” for his work with Lab Theater.



Spotlight on ‘Elephant Man’ actor Stephen Hooper (11-01-18)

One of the members of the cast of Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance’s upcoming production of The Elephant Man is local actor, director and playwright Stephen Hooper. For more on his resume, please read here.



Spotlight on ‘Elephant Man’ actor Joann Haley (11-01-18)

One of the members of the cast of Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance’s upcoming production of The Elephant Man is local actor Joann Haley, who was just on stage in the Foulds Theatre in Repossessed. For more on her resume, please read here.



TNP’s ‘June & Jason’s Survival Guide to Divorce’ on stage through Nov. 18 (11-01-18)

June & Jason’s Survival Guide to Divorce opens October 24 in Tobye Studio at The Naples Players Sugden Theatre. The dystopian comedy runs through November 18.

Reminiscent of great sitcom humor, this quick-witted farce introduces an unforgettable collection of zany neighbors and friends who try to save June and Jason from a looming divorce. In a clever combination of The Dick Van Dyke Show meets Friends meets Will and Grace, this fresh and modern comedy places marriage and its trials and tribulations front and center with a fun and modern twist.

June & Jason’s Survival Guide to Divorce was written by Naples playwright Laura Lorusso and is directed by Naples Players Associate Artistic Director Jessica Walck. Walck also directed a staged reading of the play last November at the Laboratory Theater of Florida.


Cole Butcher stars as Jason Cooney and Caitlynn Crawford plays June. Local audiences may recall her from TNP’s sold-out run of Love, Loss and What I Wore.

Ellen Cooper stars as Josephine Rossi, the classic Italian grandmother, who inspired the playwright from her portrayal of Momma Nonna in Joey & Maria’s Comedy Italian Wedding. Alexandra Holmes is a newcomer to the TNP stage and plays the always-ready-to-party Lacy Brock.

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Erica Sample making transition from Roxie Hart to Judy Haynes (11-01-18)

The Naples Players (TNP) has announced the cast for their upcoming classic musical production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, and Erica Sample is making the transition from Chicago’s Roxie Hart to Judy Haynes. Tina Maroni will portray Judy’s devoted sister Betty Haynes, with fan favorite James Littleplays as Bob Wallace and newcomer Jimmy Flannery as Phil Davis.

The musical is based on the beloved and timeless film of the same name, and features the Irving Berlin classics White Christmas and Blue Skies. The story revolves around two WWII buddies with a successful song-and-dance act who follow two beautiful singing sisters en route to a Christmas gig in a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by their former army commander.

Stage veteran Paul Graffy plays General Waverly, Alyssia Pellegrini is his daughter, Susan, and Naples favorite Debi Guthery plays Martha Watson. Amanda Telebrco and Lisa Kuchinski play the Oxydol girls, Rita and Rhonda.

Scott Davis plays Ralph Sheldrake and last season’s favorite Jerry Rannow is Ezekiel/Mr. Snoring. The ensemble includes KidzAct graduates Gaby Biagi, Abby Ciabaton, Frankie Federico, Elizabeth Fincher, Jeremy Giovinazzo, Weifta Jean, Jack Norkeliunas, Lila Prince, Hunter Reum, Eileen Reynolds, Thomas Richardson, Brooke Rosenbluth, Megan Ruhl and Eifta Jean.

Sample received rave reviews for her portrayal of Roxie Hart in The Naples Players production of Chicago this summer.

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Stage vet Paul Graffy to play General Thomas Waverly in TNP’s ‘White Christmas’ (11-01-18)

Stage veteran Paul Graffy has been cast in the role of Major General Thomas Waverly in The Naples Players’ upcoming production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Dean Jagger played the general in the eponymous movie starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. If you’re not familiar with Graffy’s stage work here in Southwest Florida, then read here to see the impressive resume of this Naples thespian.



Lisa Kuchinski to play Oxidol girl Rhonda in TNP’s ‘White Christmas” (11-01-18)

Cultural Park Theater Marquee Outstanding Featured Actress Lisa Kuchinski will be taking on the role of Oxidol girl Rhonda in The Naples Players’ upcoming production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. The perky Cape Coral actor couldn’t be more perfect for the part. But don’t expect Lisa to have an answer when Doris asks Ms. Rhonda, “Well how do you like that? Not so much as a ‘kiss my foot’ or ‘have an apple.’” She’s still finding her place in Southwest Florida’s active community theater. For more on Lisa, read here.


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