New Works Series

The first annual New Works Series features workshop playreadings from the winners of our playwriting contest, along with the playwriting winners from TOP TEENS 2017 and PIAD 2018. We had 173 submissions this season. A panel of 20 readers selected our winning plays.

*WORLD PREMIERES:

WILDS

By Lisa VillaMil

Director: Tara Kromer

Nationalism is on the rise, but tigers have been saved from extinction through domestication. Refugees are pouring in, but the Prime Minister is promising a crackdown at the border. He’s not lacking support.

Amidst it all, Phoebe is turning invisible.  Again.  And she has no idea why.  The fact that she’s pregnant only complicates matters. Meanwhile, Dinah is turning into a beast, becoming a ferocious manifestation of herself in pursuit of her lost son.  Refugees seeking asylum, they were separated when rushing the border to the City.

Marginalized, victimized and villainized, both women find that they have two choices in this world ruled by Men: to be tame, or to be wild.  And frankly, it’s not clear which is the better option.  Especially when Dinah takes her wildness to the streets, and begins attacking civilians.

Wilds is a surrealist play about intolerance, whose plot draws from social and political events of the past year, including Brexit, the United States’ election, Poland’s attempted total-ban on abortion, and the Syrian refugee crisis, particularly in relation to Hungary.  It is told in a series of short interwoven scenes of various plotlines.

Cast:

Dinah – Felichia Chivaughn

Phoebe – Rachel Comeau

Man 1 – Daniel Cooksley

Man 2 – Anthony Pyatt Jr

Boy – Mattingly Marrinacio

Performances:

Sat. Mar. 3rd at 4pm

Sun. Mar. 4th at 7pm

STUCK

By Paris Crayton lll

Director: Beth Marshall

From the writer of BMP’s HOODIES and Trayvon Martin Project’s: Worthless, comes Stuck. The story of thirty-something, Jacob who is struggling with the acceptance of his homosexuality later in life while at the same time discovering his girlfriend is pregnant. He seeks counsel from his therapist who is battling her own demons. When faced with what to do, Jacob’s life and mind are a whirlwind of poetry and overwhelm. How will he move forward?

Cast:

Jacob – Stelson Telfort

Whitney – Kate Murray

Patricia – Krystal Glover

Jessica – Shanel Sparr

Mike – Coletyn Hentz

Performances:

Sat. Mar. 3rd at 7pm

Sun. Mar. 4th at 4pm

 

Venue: ClassAct Studios

11561 Lake Underhill Road

Orlando, FL.  32825

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Meet the WILDS Team!

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Tara Kromer (Director) earned her MFA at the UCF in 2015, where her research was focused on Directing and Sound Design. She holds a BA in Theatre from the UNCGreensboro. Her work has taken her to venues including Orlando Shakes, Orlando Rep, Orlando Fringe, Seaside Music Theater, and the Hippodrome (in Florida), Steppenwolf, Congo Square, Chicago Shakes(in Chicago, IL), New York Stage and Film, Potsdam Music Theatre, and the Hangar (in New York). Favorite directing credits include: The Giver (Orlando Repertory Theatre), Driving Miss Daisy, Wait Until Dark, and Greater Tuna (Athens Theatre), Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Musical (Potsdam Music Theatre),  Eurydice (Daytona State College), and My Pal Bette (interACTionz, Orlando). She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Beth Marshall Productions! www.tarakromer.webs.com

 

 

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Felichia Chivaughn (Dinah) is excited to return to a Beth Marshall Presents production as Dinah. Regional credits include Memphis (Beale St. Dancer), Radio Golf (Mame Wilkes), The Piano Lesson (Berniece), HAIR (Dionne) and The Mountaintop (Camae). Other favorites include A Christmas Carol (Belle), For Colored Girls Who’ve Considered Suicide…(Lady in Green), AIDA (Nehebkah), Doubt: A Parable (Mrs. Muller) and others. Chivaughn studied theatre at the University of Central Florida and serves as Creative Arts Director at Great Faith Church in Sanford, FL. She would like to thank her family and friends for their support, her loving husband for believing in her and Beth Marshall Presents for exposing audiences to new works

 

 

 

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Rachel Comeau (Phoebe) is stoked to return to BethMarshallPresents. She was last seen as Ellie in The Whale and Mairead in The Lieutenant of Inishmore. She earned her B.A. in Theatre Arts from Rollins College in 2016. Other credits include Irina in Three Sisters (Mad Cow Theatre), Miranda in Expecting Isabel (Rollins College), The Young Woman in Machinal (Rollins College), and Jen in Minneapolis/St. Paul (Orlando Playfest 2016). Rachel can also be spotted in local films like Testament and Manifest Destiny. When she is not acting she enjoys yoga, playing her ukulele, and writing poetry.

 

 

 

image_6483441Daniel Cooksley (Man 1) is crazy excited, not only because he and Vera have moved back to Orlando from Raleigh, NC. but because also is teaming up with Mrs. Beth Marshal/ BMP with the New Works Series.  Daniel has previously assisted in BMP’s “The Glass Menagerie”, “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, “Alice, Lost in Wonderland”, and “”33 Variations” as a lead carpenter along side the wonderfully talented and  beautiful spirit, Tommy Mangerie.  Past productions as lead carpenter, also along side Tommy boy include “Heathers” at DPAC, “Boieng,  Boieng” and “La Cage”. Both at Winter Garden Theatre.

 

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Anthony Pyatt Jr (Man 2) is so grateful to help bring this powerful new work to life. Last seen as Jack Kelly in the South-Eastern Premiere of NEWSIES at The Orlando REP, he perpetually pursuesTV/film with Level Talent Group & The Hurt Agency. Previous credits with BMP: Elder Thomas in THE WHALE, Tom Wingfield in THE GLASS MENAGERIE, Actor (3yrs)/ Director (1) at the PLAY-IN-A-DAY fundraiser event.

 

 

Meet the STUCK team!

 

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Stelson Telfort (Jacob) is delighted to be returning to BMP in Stuck as Jacob. He is currently pursuing his BFA in Acting via UCF. Stelson’s recent credits include: Cory in Fences & Oshoosi Size in The Brothers Size (Mad Cow), Enobarbus in Antony & Cleopatra (Orlando Shakespeare), Fortune in Ruined (Valencia College), and Demetrius Williams in Hoodies (Beth Marshall Presents) which premiered at the Orlando-Fringe. He is grateful for this opportunity that he holds.

 

 

 

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Kate Murray (Whitney) is a podcast host, entrepreneur, educator, performer, community upstart, #queminist, and all-around life explorer. Recently, she was seen in the Rocky Horror Pole Show at Orlando Fringe and in PRT’s Launch 2017, after returning from several years training with her troupe-away-from-home Burlesque Moulin Paris.

 

 

 

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Krystal Glover (Patricia) is a graduate of the Truthful Acting Studios Conservatory Program. Her most recent credits include A Raisin in the Sun, The Wedding Singer, and The Diary of Anne Frank. When she is not acting she enjoys exploring the City Beautiful with her family and friends.

 

 

 

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Shanel Sparr (Jessica) is a graduate from the University of Central Florida’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Program. She has acted, directed, and stage managed in the two years since she has graduated from her alma mater. Her most recent performance credits include Jane in The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Lucy in Dracula, and Maggie in Lend Me a Tenor. This summer she performed at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse in New Hampshire for their professional summerstock shows including roles such as Hallie in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and Annie in Round and Round the Garden. Shanel would like to thank Beth Marshall for this opportunity and her castmate’s for their amazing work.

 

 

 

 

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Coletyn P. Hentz (Mike) – This is Coletyn’s second show with Beth Marshall Presents, and is proud to be working with BMP once again! Recent credits include: Skylar/Dreaming Man (The Flick), Loner/Dylan Klebold (Columbinus), and Leaf ConeyBear (25th Annual Spelling Bee). Coletyn is a wearer of many “hats” including; Puppetry, Pantomime, Juggling, and Tap dancing. Coletyn is also a freelance producer/director/writer in which he’s currently working on his One-Man show “BlackJack or Bust”. Coletyn wants to thank his Family, God, and Truthful Acting for making him a better actor/person that he is today!