Ever Young Program

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Welcome to our Virtual Play Reading Series. I am excited to be able to share theatre with all of you in this new way. As you may know we announced our fifth season at The Studio recently, it will include: Spike Heels by Theresa Rebeck, Pipeline by Dominique Morriseau, 9 to 5 The Musical by Dolly Parton and Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson. We chose those stories to highlight seminal moments in herstory so we can celebrate how far women have come and keep an eye on how far women have yet to go. We have selected those stories around the theme: “Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History.” Now as we embark on this new chapter in our global history, I wanted to find a way to continue to bring theatre to our patrons in a way that will support the work we will be doing in the future. We started the series with George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, and now we will continue to bring you stories that highlight the struggles women have faced through out history. This week’s installment is Ever Young, a one-act play set in 1920’s Palm Beach, FL following the conversations of gossiping women about restricted diets, knitting needles, pearls, reset diamonds, and walking sticks. Enjoy The Show, Whitney Morse, Artistic Director

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EVER YOUNG By Alice Gerstenberg (1924)

Producer Jason Goedken Artistic Director Whitney Morse Director Grace Zottig

Production Manager Danielle Paccione

Company Manager Ryan Loeckel

Stage Manager Amber Sacks

Assistant Production Manager Layna Hoopfer

Assistant Production Manager Leslie Munson

Mrs. Phoebe Payne-Dexter Patti McGuire

Mrs. Agnes Dorchester Heather Currie

Mrs. William Blanchard B.T. Bauer

Mrs. Caroline Courtney-Paige Rebecca Morse

Stage Directions Alyson Johnson

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! TheStudioTheatre

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EVER YOUNG By Alice Gerstenberg (1924) Streaming: JUNE 12 | 1PM EDT Clutch your pearls and drop your cane. Ever Young, a one-act play set in 1920’s Palm Beach, FL, follows the conversations of gossiping women about restricted diets, knitting needles, pearls, reset diamonds, and walking sticks. Some of these women have lost their husbands by death, some by divorce; others are finding new romance and reminiscing on the bygone days of love and loss. Carrying a whiff of feminism, this funny play could be a precursor to the Golden Girls. Alice Gerstenberg’s play will tug at your heartstrings, make you laugh, and reveal the “truth of youth”.

ACCOMMODATION By Greg Burdick Streaming: JUNE 19 | 1PM EDT The apple doesn’t fall far from the teacher A concerned parent, whose son is in danger of failing one of his classes, schedules a conference with Celeste Dawkins, her son's high school science teacher. When accused of not honoring the state and federal-mandated modifications required for her son's different learning style, Dawkins loses her cool in an explosive tirade, provoking a high-stakes lawsuit against the school district. With her job on the line, Dawkins raises questions about the inherent risks of making special considerations for students claiming to have unique needs in her classroom, when the real world outside its walls doesn't seem to care. Accommodation was a finalist in the 2019 Scripts from Scratch staged readings at The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol. Join us now as we revisit this thought-provoking play using this new virtual platform.

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COMING SOON

THE SQUIRREL PLAYS By Mia McCullough Streaming: JUNE 26 | 1PM EDT Infestation, Compensation, and Eradication The Squirrel Plays is a trilogy of one-acts by Mia McCullough. It’s a metaphorical depiction of relevant social issues in America today. The plays broach many sensitive subjects including unwanted pregnancies, the use of public funds for termination, gun violence, and racism all under the guise of squirrels and the suburban community’s plans to control the small animals. These absurdist comedies about squirrel problems are a hilarious metaphor for social issues presented in a timely dark comedy about middle class liberal hypocrisy.

COMING SOON

TARTUFFE By Moliére Adapted by Bobbie Bell Streaming: JULY 3 | 1PM EDT A sap, a shyster, and a slew of sinful shenanigans Tartuffe is a classic comedy by Moliére adapted by The Studio favorite Bobbie Bell (Lysistrata) and is set in the roaring 20’s Jazz Era. This screwball comedy follows the influential Parnell family as the patriarch is duped by Tartuffe. Reverend Tartuffe is a sanctimonious scoundrel who, professing extreme piety, insinuates himself into the household and slowly strips the Parnell family of their wealth. With many of the men duped, the women of the house rebuff Tartuffe’s sexual advances and see through his guise. It’s up to the ladies to expose the Reverend’s hypocrisy and save the estate. Join us this week for this modern twist on a 17th century classic comedy. It sure to be the bee’s knees.

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COMING SOON

EAT YOUR HEART OUT By Nicole Zimmerer Streaming: JULY 10 | 1PM EDT Thirsty for blood, hungry for love In a world where mythological creatures and humans try to coexist in society, Eat Your Heart Out is a play about three sexy siren sisters. After a young man mysteriously goes missing, they flee to Virginia. They try to pass as humans to evade the detective who has hunted them for years. Ilione, the youngest of the sisters, suffered a horrific attack and now uses a wheelchair. Upon their arrival she bonds with their neighbor, Ty. The illusion ends when Ty discovers their secret. Stuck between two worlds, Ilione must choose between the boy she’s fallen for and her sisters. Will Illione find true love or will there be deadly consequences?

ElegAieSosng Cycle

by William Finn

ON SALE NOW 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.

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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. We are 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

“Pipeline” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

“Spike Heels” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

9/22/20-10/24/20

11/17/20-12/19/20

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

1/26/21-3/13/21

4/6/21-5/8/21

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS ON SALE NOW

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B.T. BAUER (Mrs. William Blanchard) is thrilled to return to The Studio Theatre where she debuted in It Shoulda Been You (Judy Steinburg). Other professional stage credits include: Applause (Margo Channing - AEA guest artist Osceola Arts) and Sugar Babies (Prima Donna) Mark II Dinner Theatre. Favorite stage roles include: Follies (Phyliss Rogers Stone) Sarasota Players & Cats (Grizzabella) Osceola Arts. B.T. was the original Mae West at Universal Orlando & Capone’s Dinner & Shows (Miss Jewel). Feature films credits include: Nearly Departed, a feature film with Robert Carradine and Scream Test. When she isn’t performing, she can be found with her Great Pyrenees Mabel, a certified therapy dog, spreading the love. HEATHER CURRIE (Mrs. Agnes Dorchester) 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 (Stage Directions) 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.

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PATTI MCGUIRE (Mrs. Phoebe Payne-Dexter) first appearance with The Studio Theatre was in A Doll’s House playing the role of Anne-Marie. Patti moved to Orlando when cast as the original Iowa Housewife in Menopause, The Musical. She has appeared in Central Florida productions with Mad Cow, Orlando Repertory Theatre, Winter Park Playhouse, SeaWorld, and Fringe Festival. Before moving to Florida, Patti appeared in many productions in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, and South Dakota. Patti earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She recently retired from teaching and enjoys having more time to act, travel, and ride her Harleys. REBECCA MORSE (Mrs. Caroline Courtney-Paige) is no stranger to the entertainment scene. She began her career as a singing cocktail waitress, a Honeybee, at the original Brownwood restaurant in Northern Michigan in 1978. She performed with The Time Pilots on Disney’s Pleasure Island, with the show band Carousel in the old blue and white tent in Orange Blossom Gardens, and at Teo’s in LaPlaza Grande in the 80’s. After semi-retiring from singing, she formed her own DJ business, Regal Entertainment, emceeing events in the Tri-county area for 10 years. Since it’s opening in 2015, Rebecca has served as the House Manager for The Sharon, she is very excited to have the opportunity to participate in the Virtual Script Reading Series! 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​, premiered 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 is today.

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CAST Mrs. Phoebe Payne-Dexter...........................................................Patti McGuire Mrs. Agnes Dorchester............................................................... Heather Currie Mrs. William Blanchard.................................................................... B.T. Bauer Mrs. Caroline Courtney-Paige.....................................................Rebecca Morse Stage Directions.........................................................................Alyson Johnson

PRODUCTION TEAM Director......................................................................................... Grace Zottig Stage Manager................................................................................ Amber Sacks Production Manager............................................................... Danielle Paccione Assistant Production Manager.....................................................Layna Hoopfer Assistant Production Manager..................................................... Leslie Munson Company Manager/Editor............................................................ Ryan Loeckel Reading Graphics..................................................................... Kenny Constant Sound Design...............................................................................Nick Erickson

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