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Meet ‘Putnam County Spelling Bee’ director Jason Parrish


Spelling Bee 01The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opens in the Historic Arcade Theatre on March 24, with four nearly-sold-out previews tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday (March 21-23). Known for its edgy humor, effortless wit, originality and heartfelt story, this riotous musical comedy features an all-star line-up of musical theatre talent drawn from New York and regional theatres across the country. Jason Parrish directs.

Now in his 11th season as an ensemble member and resident artist with Florida Rep, Jason Parish is and serves as the company’s Associate Director. With Florida Rep, Parrish was seen most recently in the regional theatre premiere of Mark Shanahan’s adaptation of Georges Feydeau’s The Dingdong. Other acting credits include Twelve Angry Men, Dividing the Spelling Bee 13Estate, Around the World in 80 Days, Clybourne Park, The Hound of the Baskervilles, 2014’s nationally acclaimed production of Arsenic and Old Lace, Miracle on South Division Street, Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor, Noises Off, The Big Bang, and David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries for six consecutive seasons. A member of Actors’ Equity Association, Parrish also serves at the literary manager and artistic director of Florida Rep’s annual PlayLab Festival of new works and emerging voices.

With Florida Rep, Parrish’s directing credits include A Christmas Story, The Fantasticks, Tru, [title of show] and The Shape of Things, as well as the world premiere of Journey to Oz, A Year Jason Comments 09with Frog and Toad, How I Became a Pirate, Schoolhouse Rock Live!, The Mischief Makers and The New Kid with Florida Rep’s Children’s Theatre Series. Other directing credits include Avenue Q with Ocean State Theatre Company, It Runs in the Family with the Strauss Theatre on Sanibel Island and the regional premiere of Forbidden Broadway with Prather Entertainment. His acting work with other theatres includes West Virginia’s Greenbrier Valley Theatre (Lucky Stiff), Miami’s Actors’ Playhouse (Married Alive), Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach (Greetings!) Jason Comments 10and Rhode Island’s Theatre by the Sea (The 39 Steps), as well as two special engagements with the New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concert Series at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.

[All photos courtesy of Summer Groh, Florida Repertory Theatre.]

March 20, 2017.


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