Short Attention Span Theatre 2011!
What do you get when you take eleven actors, eight writers, seven directors, four comedians and two producers and put them in a theatre together? You get Short Attention Span Theatre 2011, that’s what. Producers Juliet Gray and Mike Marrero have teamed up with the Red Barn to create this exciting new event. The show is sponsored by Conch Color, opens on Tuesday, April 19th and runs through Saturday, May 21st at the Red Barn Theatre.
Short Attention Span Theatre 2011 runs April 19 – May 21. Shows are Wednesday- Saturday nights and tickets are $35 each except for opening night, which are $40 each and Thrifty Thursdays when they are two for $50! You must call the box office directly to get this special.
About the Show
Short Attention Span Theatre 2011 is just as it sounds: a high-octane evening of short plays and wondrous acts featuring talented local performers. Marrero and Gray spent months choosing the plays from submissions from writers around the country. “All together, these plays really make a complete evening,” says Gray. “Some are touching, some are just pure fun, some are disturbing… there is just something for everyone.” The main Short Attention Span Acting Company will play various roles in the short plays. “We chose actors who are versatile and have many different skills. You might find one shaking it as a back-up dancer in one scene and then seriously discussing why she is covered in blood in another. We are lucky to have found this great group of performers here in Key West,” says Gray. The acting company consists of: Shakti Assouline, Bob Bowersox, Pony Charvet, Carolyn Cooper, Mook J, Abigail Houff, Quincy Perkins, Erin McKenna, Chad Newman, Eli Pancamo and Joanie Sullivan. To complement the aforementioned cast, on opening week only (April 19-23), the producer of Key West Burlesque, Marky Pierson performs and directs the triumphant stage return of burlesque favorites Frankie and the statuesque starlet Cheeky Derriere. The remainder of the run (April 26-May 21), will open with an improv group. “In addition to real, raw emotions in some of the plays, we wanted to include an element of camp and fun for the audience,” says Marrero, “and adding the burlesque performers and improv comedians takes the evening that much further. You are getting all that entertainment plus eight plays for the price of one ticket.”
In addition to the opening acts, Short Attention Span Theatre 2011 features eight short plays and includes two premieres: I’ve and The Coyote Stratagem. I’ve was written by NYC director and playwright Jonathan Bernstein, whose latest work Give Me Up, was produced this past March by Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Baryshnikov Arts Center. The Coyote Stratagem was written by Texas State graduate student Lupe Flores and was just chosen by the Kennedy Center as one of the five national finalists out of more than 960 submissions for The Kennedy Center’s American College Theater Festival: Ten-Minute Play Festival.
Behind the Scenes
This year’s director lineup features: Brandon Beach, actor and director who has worked with the Neighborhood Playhouse and Greenwich Theatre in NYC, Hal Cosec, actor, director and CEO of Piscean Productions, Juliet Gray, author, producer and director at Broadway Theatre Project, Chad Newman, actor and Emmy award-winning co-owner of Digital Island Media, Mike Marrero, artist, director, filmmaker and award-winning photographer, Chris Shultz, author, entrepreneur, producer and filmmaker and Rebecca Tomlinson, artist, professor and director of last year’s smash hit Women Who Steal at the Red Barn Theatre. Costumes are by Star Grace and props are by Eli Pancamo. Set and lighting design by Gary McDonald. Jack McDonald is stage manager.
About Red Barn Theatre
Red Barn Theatre, located at 319 Duval Street, has spent the last thirty-one years committed to nurturing artistic excellence within the local and national arts community. Many well-known and very talented people are a part of the Red Barn’s story. Richard Wilbur, the former U.S. Poet Laureate, worked with the Red Barn to produce his Moliere translations and Shel Silverstein, the gifted children’s writer, gave the Red Barn Theatre carte blanche to produce many of his very grown-up plays. Jimmy Buffett, Terrence McNally, Jerry Herman, and Tennessee Williams have all made the Red Barn Theatre a part of their cultural experiences in Key West. Curtain for all shows in at 8 p.m. Opening night, Tuesday, April 19, tickets are $40. Every following night, tickets are $35 each, except for Thursday nights, when tickets are two for $50. You can purchase tickets by clicking the “Buy Tickets” button above or by calling or stopping by the box office at 319 Duval Street between 1 and 6 p.m. daily.