Welcome to Beth Marshall Presents!
Beth Marshall Presents is an independent production company based out of Orlando Florida, producing theatre, dance, music, multi-media performance art and all things creative in arts & entertainment with a special focus on original works and touring festival circuits. Established 2008.
ANNOUNCING OUR 2014-15 SEASON
Beth Marshall Presents is proud to announce our 7th season! Our 2014-15 season offers a mix of our well-known annual events, our off-the wall unique performances, a handful of world premieres, original and socio-political year-long collaborations, our main-stage published dramas, a hopeful return to the Fringe touring circuit and yes, even a surprise musical cabaret. As we happily remain a nomadic theatre company, please take notice that our plays and events take place in a variety of venues across Central Florida. We are thrilled to be adding new partnerships and collaborations to our season with Valencia College and DiDonna Productions, while growing our ongoing relationship with Penguin Point Productions, Lake Howell High School, The Venue, Orlando Fringe and of course our 11th production in partnership with The Garden Theatre.
OUR 2014-15 SEASON
PLAY-IN-A-DAY 2014 (Sept. 6th)
Once again we kick-off our BMP season with our annual event and silent auction: Play-In-A-Day, featuring over 50 of Central Florida’s emerging young artists working alongside some of our most veteran talents. Writers, directors, actors and production team, work under the pressure of a 24hr. deadline while creating fully produced short plays, all within the same theme. For the 3rd consecutive year, the event will take place at Lake Howell High School (4200 Dike Road, Winter Park, Fl.) with partial proceeds once again going to the Beth Marshall Presents District 3 Thespian Scholarship.
THE TRAYVON MARTIN PROJECT : Part 1 A Tribute (Oct. 3rd-5th 2014)
This year long socio-political theatrical collaboration and exploration in partnership with Penguin Point Productions, and Valencia College East begins with the World Premiere of 6 short plays and a poem inspired by the tragic loss of Trayvon Martin. The works carefully explore race relations and equality issues within our culture and specifically within the Central Florida community. Playwrights include: Dennis Neal, Rob Winn Anderson, Janine Klein, James Brendlinger, Paris Crayton lll, Steve Schneider, and poet Rob Gee. Directed by Beth Marshall, Paul Castaneda, and John DiDonna. Each performance will hold a post-show talkback with the audience. Performances will take place at Valencia College Black Box Theatre (701 North Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando, Fl). Partial proceeds from this event benefit The Travyon Martin Foundation.
This production will be presented at Valencia College East Campus as part of their build up to the world premiere of their own original devised play centering around the inciting incidents of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, the 17 year old killed in a Jacksonville gas station parking lot. Researched and created by a class led by John DiDonna, this event will premier in Valencia College Theater’s February 2015 slot.
BEATNIK SQUARED (Nov. 7th, 2014)
Join us for our 2nd installment of our unique, audience interactive speak-easy 60’s theme ONE-NITE ONLY event. Whether attending for the first time or returning for seconds, all audience members will get into the groove of enjoying a flashback of the 60’s. Many of our usual beats, poets, freaks, geeks and artisans of every kind will be returning along with some new acts and surprises. This event is once again in partnership with Blue Star and VarieTEASE and will take place at The Venue (511 Virginia Dr., Orlando, Fl)
JANINE KLEIN THE MUTHA’ F’ING MUSICAL: A Jew Doing A Christmas Cabaret (Dec.9th)
This ONE-NITE ONLY MUSICAL will feature Orlando’s very own Diva Gay Bar Star Ms. Janine Klein doing her own version of a Hanukkah/Christmas/Kwanza/Solstice Cabaret celebrating The Holiday Season Musical Style. Expect an evening of holiday cheer served up Janine Klein style. Written, Directed and Starring JANINE KLEIN with Musical Direction by the award-winning and critically acclaimed Julian Bond (The amazing pianist/Musical Director from 33 Variations). The show takes place at The Venue (511Virginia Dr., Orlando)
DOUBT: A Parable (Feb.6th-22nd)
Written by John Patrick Shanley and directed by Beth Marshall this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-Wining drama is an eloquent investigation of truth and consequences. The play takes place in a private Catholic school in the mid-sixties. “It’s a gripping story of suspicion cast on a priest’s behavior that is less about scandal and more about fascinatingly nuanced questions of moral certainty.”-Variety –
Doubt marks the 11th BMP production in partnership with Garden Theatre. (160 W. Plant Street, Winter Garden, Fl)
THE TRAYVON MARTIN PROJECT : PART 2: An Exploration (Feb. 2015)
Valencia College Theater’s devised play project developed by Program Chair John DiDonna with students to explore the waves and repercussions from the Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis incidents.
THE TRAYVON MARTIN PROJECT: Part 3: Hoodies
The World Premiere of this 50-minute play will be the final installment of our year-long Trayvon Martin Project and will be co-produced in partnership with Penguin Point Productions for the 2015 Orlando Fringe in May (lottery pending). In the event the lottery gods are not on our side, the play will be produced at The Venue in June 2015. Writer/Director- TBD.
Written by Clay Mcleod Chapman (Director TBD) BMP and Penguin Point Productions team up to produce this powerful drama deeply exploring the lives of three women (the mother of the shooter, the mother of the victim, and the victim) struggling with the grim aftermath of a tragic high school shooting. “Commencement looks into the heart of tragedy and stabs it.”-Nytheatre.com.
This 40 minute one-woman show stars Beth Marshall and will take place in May at Orlando Fringe (lottery pending) or in June at The Venue before once again hitting the national and international Fringe touring circuits.
We will begin taking audition appointments by email for our 2014-15 season, beginning on May 2nd, 2014. Auditions will take place June 9th and 10th 2014 with specific callbacks on June 11th and 16th from 6-11pm at The Garden Theatre. (160 West Plant Street, Winter Garden, Fl. )
By May 2nd, 2014 all casting breakdowns, specifics and FAQ’s regarding scheduling an appointment for auditions will be posted there.
Tickets for the season will go on sale online on May 2, 2014.
We look forward to sharing another season of theatre with you!
Orlando Sentinel Review of 33 Variations
“…this play is for everybody. And if I had my way, everybody would see it.”
“It’s beautifully theatrical, as are the striking video projections, married perfectly with Amy Hadley’s lighting and John Valines’ sound.”
“By any means possible, see 33 Variations. And when you have, don’t thank me. Thank the folks at the Garden Theatre and Beth Marshall Presents, the cast and crew, for this utterly entrancing, pitch-perfect production.”
-Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel
Read the whole review here!
Orlando Weekly Review of 33 Variations
“In lesser hands, Kaufman’s blend of musically inspired medical melodrama and magical realism could easily crash and burn, but director Aradhana Tiwari strikes a sensitive balance between the parallel storylines, finding deeply human truths in the somewhat underwritten characters with the aid of some exceptional performances.”
“Musical director Julian Bond plays the titular pieces live on stage with virtuosity worthy of a stand-alone concert.”
“The plot and characters of 33 Variations are compelling, but I was even more intrigued by the larger implication of its theme.”
“Producer Beth Marshall has brought a new, edgier energy to the [Garden] theater with envelope-pushing productions like this and Alice Lost in Wonderland.“
-Seth Kubersky, Orlando Weekly
Read the whole review here!