(Playwright Stuart Meltzer Is Pictured)
Parade Productions, Boca Raton's newest theatre company, will follow up their wildly successful debut production of Donald Margulies Brooklyn Boy with a premiere reading of South Florida playwright Stuart Meltzer's comedy, Better Than Damn Good. The reading will take place on April 23rd, at 7:30 p.m., at the Studio at Mizner Park in Boca Raton.
Written in a sophisticated voice reminiscent of a young Woody Allen, Meltzer's tour de force comedy follows a group of Manhattanites through their complicated, too-funny, too-real dilemmas.
Director Kim St. Leon has assembled a top-notch cast, including Michael McKeever, Michael Gioia, Jacqueline Laggy, Kim Ostrenko, Nan Walter, Linda Ellis, Candace Caplin, Natasha Waisfeld, and Meltzer himself. All will participate in a talk back following the performance.
Although he is primarily recognized as one of South Florida's finest and busiest directors, Meltzer enjoys writing immensely: "It is an enormously fun and creative time for me when I get to put on the playwright's hat. I don't often get that opportunity but it is one that feels the most comfortable, oddly enough," he says.
"And I am thrilled to have my play read with the wonderful creative and producing team at Parade Productions," Meltzer continues. "Being a New Theatre Company in South Florida, it is wonderful to have another place where local playwrights can workshop material and hear it read. Kim St. Leon is an incredible director who understands my style and rhythms very well. She totally understands the characters and I feel very happy that she likes the play as much as she does."
STUART MELTZER is the Artistic Director and a founding member of Zoetic Stage. He directed The SantaLand Diaries, Michael McKeever's world premiere play Moscow, and the world premiere of Christopher Demos-Brown's Captiva for which he is currently nominated for a Carbonell Award for Best Director of a Play. In 2010, he directed Zoetic Stage's critically acclaimed inaugural production of South Beach Babylon. Previously, Stuart served as the Artistic Director of City Theatre in Miami, where he oversaw and expanded the Summer Shorts Festival. His New York credits include Romulus Linney's Gint, Harold Pinter's One for the Road, Aristophanes' Lysistrata, Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls... as well as Morzek's Striptease. South Florida directing credits include Kiss of the Spider Woman, Painted Alice, Barefoot Boy With Shoes On, Everything Will be Different, and Melt. He received his M.F.A. in Directing from The Actors Studio in 2002 and B.F.A. from New World School of the Arts in Miami, where he currently serves as part of their adjunct faculty.
Parade Productions is a not-for profit theatre company whose mission is "To produce high quality theatre experiences that entertain, enlighten, inform, uplift, and inspire audiences, sending them home with new thoughts, insights, questions, and ideas."
Tickets for Better Than Damn Good are $12.00 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at www.paradeproductions.org, or by calling 866-811-4111. For group sales, call: 561-291-9678.
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