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By Megan Mostyn-Brown
Directed by Beth Marshall
Co- Production with Daytona State College & Beth Marshall Presents
Stage Manager: Blue Estrella, Gabriel Neil-Barnert

girl. is a non-traditional play in that it is constructed of a short scene and two monologues, which, when combined, create a compelling account of the female adolescent experience and what it is like to be a young woman in today’s society.

”Things You Can’t Tell Just By Looking At Her” (1f)
Hannah, a teenager talks about her sister, and ponders how her relationship with their mother was always clouded by her sister’s problems.

“We Did What We Could With What We Had” (2f, 1m)
Lucy, a teenage girl, her mother and her friend Isaac all speak directly to the audience about their relationships with each other. Lucy thinks Isaac loves her. Isaac really cares for Lucy, but is too restless to commit. Lucy’s mother is frightened that Lucy will end up making the same mistakes she did as a teenager.

“Lesson’s I’ve Learned” (1f)
Lydia, a recent college grad, tells the story of pregnancy and all that means.

Director’s Note

girl.is a necassary piece of theatre.
These are real challenges that young and (not so young) women face on a daily basis.
These are the secrets that we have that force us to live in shame and often aid to the ever growing concerns of mental health. These are hard stories to tell because they show the mess and do not smile-mask, apologize for their exsistence or wrap themselves up nicely in a bow at the end.
They are shared with the purpose of awareness and to get audiences to think and grow greater understanding and hopefully advocation for the female experience most especially in today’s world.
BMP and DSC recognize the need for these stories to be told. We wanted to choose strong material that platformed young women and that could executed in a manner that the show could easily tour to Fringe.
The acting and story are at the forefront.
Listen. Learn. Empathize.

GIRLS MATTER! #metoo

Dates: April 25th-27th at 7:30pm, April 27th & 28th at 2:30pm

Total Runtime: 90 Minutes

Content: Mature Themes, Language

Genre: Drama

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Cast:
Chloe Shaw (Hannah)
Alexa Carroll (Lucy)
Sierra Vennes (Mother)
Matthew Gray (Issac)
Rachel Comeau (Lydia)

Voice Over Cast:
Lizzie – Camryn Chiriboga
Hannah’s Mom – Beth Marshall
Hot Psych Doctor/Issac’s Dad – Gabe Hanners
Mrs. Jackson/Lydia’s Mom – Samantha Stern
Devon – Forrest Stringfellow
Lowerl – Jordan Gago

Alexa – Chloe Rusak

Team:
Blue Estrella (Production Stage Manager/Fringe SM)
Gabriel Neil Barnert (Stage Manager DSC/BMP Intern)
Madalyn Nave (Assistant Stage Manager)
Joshua Johnson (Set Design)
Amy Hadley (Light Design)
Jordan Laica (Assistant Light Design/BMP Intern)
Joshua Seyna (Sound Design)
Joshua Seyna/Beth Marshall/Ben Lowe (Projection Design)
Beth Marshall/Cast (Costume Design)
Samantha Stern (DSC Theatre Director)
Tracey Chiriboga (Marketing/Design)
Alan Ostrander/AEO Studio (Special Make-up Design)
Photography- Mike Kitiaf

 

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Meet the Cast!

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Alexa Carroll (Lucy) recently graduated with her AA from Daytona State College. This is her first production with Beth Marshall Presents, but you may have seen her in Daytona State’s production of Spring Awakening as Martha, and in Free To Be… You and Me. She is overjoyed to be working with Beth and her cast-mates to tell these important and relevant stories. She wants to say thank you to Beth for the opportunity, and to everyone, enjoy the show!

 

 

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Rachel Comeau (Lydia) proudly attended Rollins College in Winter Park under a prestigious Performance Scholarship. Since graduating she has commanded the stage in roles like Irina in Three Sisters and Mairead in The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Simultaneously, in front of the camera, she earned her first lead role in “Testament” (currently on the film festival circuit) while her most recent film, “Waves,” is in post-production. She is currently represented by Lock Talent and taking On Camera Classes at Class Act Studios.

 

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Matthew Gray (Issac) is a musical theatre student at Daytona State. This will be his first production with Beth Marshall Presents, but you might have seen him in Daytona State’s production of Avenue Q as ‘Nicky’. He’d like to thank Beth Marshall Presents and his fellow cast-mates for the opportunity to perform this amazingly meaningful piece, enjoy the show!

 

 

 

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Chloe Shaw (Hannah) is extremely excited and honored to be cast in such a meaningful and empowering play. Chloe is a student at Spruce Creek High school and has had a love for the performing arts since childhood. This is her first production with Beth Marshall Presents and she would like to express her gratitude to Beth for the opportunity and privilege to be a part of such a timely and meaningful play. She would also like to thank her parents and brother for encouraging her to follow her dreams and never give up on her passion.

 

 

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Sierra Vennes (Mother) could not be more grateful to be filling such disheartened soles, worn and broken, yet still with wear left in them. She is a graduate of Coker College with Bachelor’s degrees in both musical theatre and history. Sierra could most recently be seen believing in the magic of Christmas on the Polar Express Train Ride in Fort Lauderdale. Some of Sierra’s favorite performance credits include: Lizzie Curry (the Rainmaker), Andromache (the Trojan Women), Dorothy Gibson (Titanic: the Artifact Exhibition), and Martha (Spring Awakening). Sierra would like to thank Beth for giving her this opportunity. She would like to dedicate this role to her Momma, who has always been and will always be there, even in the darkest corners and the brightest sunshine of life. “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” —Desmond Tutu

 

 

Meet the Team!

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Beth Marshall (Director) is an award-winning actor, director, producer, acting coach, casting director and arts advocate. Her credits span over 3 decades and run the spectrum of stage and screen with a variety of work on both sides of the camera and in all aspects of theatre. Through her 11 year old production company, Beth Marshall Presents, she has cast and produced over 100 plays locally, nationally and internationally. Prior to that, Beth served as Producing Artistic Director of Orlando Fringe, Vice President of The Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals as well as an Ambassador of The National New Play Network. In Central Florida, she has worked in some capacity with most theatres and is grateful for her current partnership with Daytona State Theatre directing the Regional Premiere of girl. We are looking forward to touring next to Orlando Fringe in May.
For the past 18 years, she has produced Play-In-A-Day Orlando.
Favorite directing credits include: The Glass Menagerie, Doubt, Vinegar Tom and any World Premiere or New Works piece that involves theatre for social change.
Beth was also voted one of Central Florida’s Top 5 Most Fasinating People in 2017 and Bank of America Award Local Hero for her work with the arts and humanitarian causes.
She would like to extend special thanks to Sam Stern and Joshua Johnson for making her partnership with DSC come to fruition, the entire production team of girl, and her hubby.

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Gabriel Neil Barnert (Stage Manager) is a currently a freshman at Daytona State College. He is so excited and honored to be working with the other interns and members of BMP this year. Gabriel plans on majoring in Theatre while obtaining a minor in Education, and wants to teach high school theater in Central Florida. At Daytona State, Gabriel is a Stage Manager. Gabriel is the proud recipient of the 2017 Beth Marshall Presents Wild Card Scholarship and the 2018 Technical Theatre Scholarship from Florida State Thespians. He was the Assistant Producer for Play-In-A-Day 2018 and the Producer Of Top Teens 2018.

 

 

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Amy Hadley (Lighting Designer) is an independent Lighting Designer and Production Manager who works with many of the local theatres and festivals throughout Central Florida.  She is a graduate of The University of Central Florida’s Theatre Program.  She is very proud to have been a part of the Beth Marshall Presents team since the beginning.  Her list of shows with this company include My Illustrious Wasteland, Our Town, Driving Miss Daisy, Crimes of the Heart, A Christmas Carol, Diviners, Prop 8 On Trail, Biloxi Blues, Children of a Lesser God, 33 Variations, Alice Lost in Wonderland, Doubt, Glass Menagerie, The Putnam County Spelling Bee, Whale and The Lieutenant of Inishmore.  She would like to thank her better half for life, Haui B., for his continuous support and her daughter, the sassy Miss Ella, for her unconditional love and infectious joy.

 

 

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Jordan Laica (Assistant Lighting Designer) is very excited to be an intern working with Beth Marshall Presents this season. He worked with Ms. Marshall during my four years at Lake Howell High School. He graduated from Lake Howell High School in May of 2017. During his four years at Lake Howell he was a Thespian in Troup 4937.  He was the lead in their technical programming. Some of his proudest accomplishments include 4800 theatre hours logged, from main stage productions to small rental venues including Orlando Fringe Festival; being the recipient of 2017 District 3 Michelle Backel Technical Theatre Scholarship; and being a Technical Director, Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, Master Electrician, Lighting Board Operator, Sound Board Operator and Stage Hand. In addition to his work with Thespian Troup 4937, he was the Lake Howell High School Audio Video Tech President where he assisted the school’s IT Network Specialist with multiple issues. He is currently enrolled in the Theatre Program at Seminole State College where he was awarded a Theatre Scholarship. Jordan hopes to obtain his associate degree and certificate in Technical Theatre. After achieving his associate degree, He plans on continuing his education to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Technical Theatre. In August, he will be attend Seminole State College on a Technical Theatre Scholarship and the District 3 Michelle Backel Technical Theatre Scholarship.

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Joshua Seyna (Projection and Sound Designer) – Since graduating from a ARTI in 2008, Josh has worked on a number of BMP shows in varying capacity including Alice lost in Wonderland, 33 Variations, Doubt, and The Glass Menagerie. He loves working in theater as every show presents a different set of challenges and it keeps him from getting bored. When not hanging lights or chopping up sounds for a show he can usually be found chasing after his two daughters.

 

 

 

 

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