When the COVID-19 crisis started looming we had to make the decision to shutter The Studio’s doors. My team and I immediately went to work trying to find virtual ways we could connect with our audiences. One of my colleagues suggested using Zoom to have a live reading. I thought it was an amazing idea, so I began brainstorming scripts that would support our upcoming season. I immediately thought of Pygmalion as it shares the same themes as our first show of Season 5: Spike Heels by Theresa Rebeck. The title Pygmalion comes from Ovid’s Metamorphosis; a narrative poem written around 10AD. The character Pygmalion was a sculptor from Cypress who carved a statue of a woman out of ivory. He then found his creation so beautiful and lifelike that he fell in love with it. Pygmalion made offerings to Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love so that he would find the living likeness of his ivory woman. After he made the offerings, he kissed his statue and she immediately came to life. Aphrodite had granted his wish. Fast forward roughly 1900 years to 1912. George Bernard Shaw is living in England just before World War I, women do not yet have the right to vote, and the class system is creating an awful divide. It is believed that Shaw wrote Pygmalion to highlight the need for woman’s suffrage, and to expose the facade of the British Class system. In Shaw’s play the sculptor is phonetician Henry Higgins, and his ivory is Eliza Doolittle a cockney flower girl. Higgins believes he can pass her off as a duchess simply by teaching her to speak proper English. But what happens when this experiment is through? There is no doubt that Theresa Rebeck was very purposefully referencing Shaw’s masterpiece when she wrote Spike Heels in 1990. In this case Shaw’s Higgins is represented by Andrew a scholarly writer, and Doolittle is replaced by Georgie: a sexy, volatile young woman in heels. What ensues is a scandalous comedy that examines the power dynamic between men and women, and reveals issues that are as important today as they were in 1990, and by extension 1910. I hope that watching this reading of Pygmalion will inform your future viewing of Spike Heels and bring some lighthearted theatre into your living rooms. Enjoy The Show, Whitney Morse, Artistic Director
PYGMALION By George Bernard Shaw Producer Jason Goedken Artistic Director Whitney Morse Director Grace Zottig
Production Manager Danielle Paccione
Company Manager Ryan Loeckel
Henry Higgins Trevin Cooper
Eliza Doolittle Whitney Morse
Colonel Pickering Joe Llorens
Alfred Doolittle/ Sarcastic Bystander Bobbie Bell
Mrs. Higgins Heather Currie
Freddy Eynsford Hill Nathaniel Niemi
Clara Eynsford Hill Rachel Whittington
Mrs. Eynsford Hill/ Mrs. Pierce Alyson Johnson
Parlor Maid/Bystander Monica Titus
Stay tuned after the show for a talk back with the actors and director. You can ask questions about the play, its history and the performance!
PYGMALION The classic comedic play that inspired My Fair Lady The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol presents a virtual reading of George Bernard Shaw’s 1912 classic romantic comedy, Pygmalion. Eliza Doolittle, an ambitious flower girl, is picked up as a project by Henry Higgins, a world class phonetician. Professor Higgins makes a bet that he can transform Eliza from a street vendor to a high-class duchess through training in six months. But what happens when this experiment is through? Shaw’s play examines class, highlights objectification of women, and pokes fun at the drawing room niceties of the period. It was the winner of the 1925 Nobel Prize and has inspired many adaptations; most notably the musical My Fair Lady.
TRIFLES By Susan Glaspell Streaming: MAY 1 | 1PM The secret’s in the sewing box. An investigation begins after Mr. Wright is found murdered in his bed with a noose around his neck; the only suspect is his wife. The local sheriff and neighbor return to the Wright’s home with their wives to collect some of Mrs. Wright’s belongings; when the men go upstairs the true investigation begins. The women sort through seemingly mundane pieces of Mrs. Wright’s life finding clues in her sewing box, pantry, and kitchen. What will these women do with the insight they piece together in this not-so “cheerful” farmhouse? Trifles, an early twentieth century play by Pulitzer Prize winner Susan Glaspell, is frequently cited as one of the greatest works of American theatre. Glaspell is noted for the discovery of Eugene O’Neill and is recognized today as a pioneering feminist voice in the theatre.
LYSISTRATA By Aristophanes Streaming: MAY 8 | 1PM Wars are won in the bedroom. Lysistrata, the classic Grecian comedy written by Aristophanes explores what happens when women collectively say “get out, I’m not puttin’ out!” The women of ancient Greece have had enough of the Peloponnesian War. They want their men back at home and off the battlefields. Lysistrata gathers the ladies together to unfold a plan of action. The women from Sparta, Thebes, and Athens vow to deny their husbands carnal pleasures until they sign a peace treaty. This ancient Greek comedy explores gender roles and the power that comes with passion. Written in 411BC, this ancient Greek comedy still rings true today with laugh out loud relevance.
by William Finn
ELEGIES A SONG CYCLE By William Finn Preview: AUG 13 Opening: AUG 14 | Closing: AUG 22
“Elegies: A Song Cycle” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.
$15 Preview Performance | $25 Performances "The living was the prize, the ending's not the story" Goodbye lyrics from Elegies The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol presents their annual summer song cycle, Elegies by Tony Award-winning composer, William Finn. This 5-person show is inspired by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Elegies is a heartfelt collection of songs about the deaths of various people Finn has known, including some of his closest friends and family members. This work is a commentary on the rewards and woes of being part of a family, a group of friends, and a society in good times and bad. Although the show is all about death and dying, it's no sad trip down memory lane. Never morbid, Elegies is touching, funny, and ultimately buoyant; floating on the spirits of those who inhabit its songs.
ANNOUNCING SEASON 5 Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History Anne Richards once famously remarked, “Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.” This quote clearly illustrates the awkward balancing act women have been performing for years. Do I nurture my career or my children? Do I support my spouse or my own goals? Do I forego family life all together and focus on myself? This season at The Studio we are going to take a deep dive into the struggles women have faced finding their footing over the last two and a half centuries as homage to the centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage this year. Women no longer need to wear heels, or even be the partner that follows. Instead, we can take the lead in footwear of our own choosing! We chose these four stories to highlight seminal moments in herstory so we can celebrate how far women have come and keep an eye on how far we have yet to go. I am proud to present season five at The Studio: “Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History”
SPIKE SPIKE HEELS S HEEL
PIPELINE LINE PIPE
ADA & THE ENGINE
BY DOMINIQUE MORISSEAU
BY THERESA REBECK
BY LAUREN GUNDERSON MUSIC & LYRICS BY DOLLY PARTON
BOOK BY PATRICIA RESNICK
BASED ON THE 20TH CENTURY FOX PICTURE ORIGINALLY PRODUCED ON BROADWAY BY ROBERT GREENBLATT, APRIL 2009
“Spike Heels” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com
“Pipeline” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com
9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com
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BOBBIE BELL (Alfred Doolittle/Sarcastic Bystander) Although originally from the Midwest, Bobbie has worked for the past 35 years in Central Florida as a director, actor, composer, playwright, and professor. He directed Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune in The Studio Theatre’s Second Season, as well as the postponed Other Desert Cities. He has worked for many companies and colleges including Mad Cow Theatre, Theatre Downtown, Valencia College, New World Theatre, The Huron Playhouse, Tropical Theatre, and Kent State University. Recent directing credits include: Skylight, Marcus; Or The Secret of Sweet, The Brothers Size, Clybourne Park, The Merchant of Venice, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, August: Osage County, Titus Andronicus, The Pitmen Painters, Measure for Measure, The Caretaker, and A Delicate Balance. He twice won the Florida Playwrights Competition for his plays: Pascua De Flores and Of: A Play of Artemis. TREVIN COOPER (Henry Higgins) Previous acting credits include: Frankie and Johnny in the Claire De Lune, My Fair Lady, Equus, Man of La Mancha, among others. Trevin holds an M.F.A from The University of Central Florida, an M.A. from The University of Oklahoma, and a B.A. from Rollins College.
HEATHER CURRIE (Mrs. Higgins) is thrilled to work with The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol again after having recently played Sarah Jane Moore in Assassins. Ms. Currie’s artistic home is Lifeline Theatre in Chicago, where she has worked as an actor, director and playwright for the last twelve years. Favorite acting credits include: One Came Home, Duck for President, Mrs. Popper’s Penguins (Lifeline Theatre); Godspell (Circle Theatre); Nunsense (Foundation Theatre). Most recently, she played the Wicked Witch in WOZ: A Rock Cabaret featuring Andre De Shields (Victory Gardens Theater). Ms. Currie holds an M.F.A. in Acting from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and teaches in the department of Cinema and Television Arts at Columbia College Chicago.
ALYSON JOHNSON (Mrs. Eynsford Hill/Mrs. Pierce) has performed for nearly 20 years in Central Florida regional and community theatres. Favorites at The Studio include Neighbors: A Fair Trade Agreement, A Doll's House, It Shoulda Been You, Stop Kiss, and Next to Normal. Graduate of University of Central Florida, 2001 and 2019. She has spent this time of uncertainty mostly homeschooling and staring at books, and is eternally grateful to everyone at The Studio for giving her and the community some art and comfort right now. JOE LLORENS (Colonel Pickering) is thrilled to be back with The Studio! His previous credits include Stop Kiss at The Studio (Detective Cole), Picasso at the Lapin Agile at Mad Cow Theatre (Freddy), Destiny of Desire at Garden Theatre (Dr Mendoza), and El Wiz with Paul Castaneda (Leon). He’s been a performer for close to 20 years and created the improv group Let’s Get Real. Joe would like to thank the wonderful people at The Studio for casting him. He would also like to express his gratitude and love for his wife and children, who provide him with a daily source of love and grace. WHITNEY MORSE (Eliza Doolittle) kicked off The Studio Theatre's Inaugural season in Next To Normal, The Last Five Years, Proof, and Songs for a New World. For her performance in Proof she won Broadway World's Best Supporting Actress. Since the first season she has starred in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Company and A Doll’s House at The Studio. She accomplished a once-in-a-lifetime acting experience performing in White Rabbit Red Rabbit. She has starred in Summer Song Cycle's Tell Me On a Sunday and Now. Here. This. Her Central Florida Theatre credits include The Secret Garden, 1776 and Big River (Mad Cow Theatre). Chicago: Next To Normal (Skokie Theatre), Other Desert Cities (Citadel Theatre), The Children's Hour (Pride Films and Plays), Spike Heels (Brown Paper Box), Down Range (Genesis Theatricals), Trafford Tanzi and I Carry Your Heart (Prologue Theatre Company), Accomplice (Jedlicka Performing Arts Center), The Turn of the Screw, Jeeves at Sea, Unnecessary Farce and The Merchant of Venice (First Folio Theater). Whitney is the Artistic Director of The Sharon and The Studio Theatre. MFA Acting Columbia University School of the Arts. www.whitneymorse.com
NATHANIEL NIEMIÂ (Freddy Eynsford Hill) is thrilled to join the Pygmalion team! Recent credits include Sparkle at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Hawaii: Thumbelina, Ouch!, Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play (Honolulu Theatre for Youth), Noodle Doodle Box (Hawaii Theatre). Chicago: How to Survive a Fairy Tale, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Musical, Dooby Dooby Moo, Duck for President, Click Clack Boo (Lifeline Theatre), The Baker's Wife (Circle Theatre), Into the Woods (Quest), Hey Dancin'! Hey Musical! (Factory Theatre). TV: "Hawaii 5-O". Nathaniel holds an MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences from the University of Hawaii at MÄ noa and is a recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Directing Award. Nathaniel is currently the Resident Director at The Studio Theatre and the Director of Education at The Sharon. MONICA TITUS (Stage Directions/Bystander/Parlor Maid) is an Orlando based performer and designer most recently seen onstage at The Studio as Rebecca in It Should Have Been You, and as Jenny in Company. She was also the costume designer for The Story of My Life, Stop Kiss, Neighbors: A Fair Trade Agreement, and most recently, Assassins. She is especially proud of her costume design for Wild Party (Theater West End), which was nominated for a 2019 Broadway World Regional Award for Best Costume Design. Local Performance Credits: Honky Tonk Angels, Some Enchanted Evening (Winter Park Playhouse), Bridges of Madison County (Theater West End), A Christmas Story the Musical, James and the Giant Peach, Lend Me a Tenor (Athens Theatre), Sunday in the Park with George, Death of a Salesman (Mad Cow Theater). Thank you to The Studio team for creating this lovely little pocket of creativity and storytelling during this strange time. RACHEL WHITTINGTON (Clara Eynsford Hill) an Elon University graduate, is thrilled to back at The Studio! In 2012, she performed with multi-platinum singer/songwriter Ben Folds and the North Carolina Symphony in Raleigh, NC. Previously at The Studio: Neighbors, Company, Stop Kiss, Bad Jews. Favorite Central Florida credits: Gypsy, Guys and Dolls, A Christmas Carol (Athens Theatre), James Joyce's The Dead, The All-Female 1776, A Philadelphia Story (Mad Cow Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Insomniac Theatre), Into the Woods (CFCArts), Equus (a Jeremy Seghers Production). Other Credits: A Little Night Music, The Music Man, Don Giovanni, Gianni Schicchi. Rachel would like to thank her family, friends, and everyone who chooses live theatre for making her dream job a reality! www.rachelewhit.com
GRACE ZOTTIG (Director) Resident Stage Manager for The Studio Theatre can typically be found in the audio/visual booth in the space. She has been with the team since August 2018, with her first production being Stop Kiss. Some other titles she has staged managed are: Assassins, Neighbors: A Fair Trade Agreement, It Shoulda Been You, and Now. Here. This. She is stoked to switch gears and direct the live stream table read series. Grace's directing debut, Silent Sky, could be seen at the Fred Stone Theatre, 2017. A special thanks to her friends, family, teammates at The Studio, and Noah. Without y'alls love and support, she wouldn't be the young professional she would be today.
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CAST Stage Directions/Bystander/Parlor Maid...................Monica Titus Clara Eynsford Hill....................................... Rachel Whittington Mrs. Eynsford Hill/Mrs. Pierce............................. Alyson Johnson Freddy Eynsford Hill.......................................... Nathaniel Niemi Eliza Doolittle...................................................... Whitney Morse Henry Higgins.......................................................Trevin Cooper Colonel Pickering........................................................ Joe Llorens Alfred Doolittle/Sarcastic Bystander........................... Bobbie Bell Mrs. Higgins.........................................................Heather Currie
PRODUCTION TEAM Director....................................................................Grace Zottig Production Manager..........................................Danielle Paccione Company Manager...................................................Ryan Loeckel Reading Graphics................................................Kenny Constant Sound Design...........................................................Nick Erikson
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