Return to Boleros for the Disenchanted
Jose Rivera (Playwright) his plays have been translated into six languages. His plays include Marisol (Obie Award winner for Best Play), References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (Obie Award), Cloud Tectonics, Each Day Dies with Sleep, The Promise, The House of Ramon Iglesia, Giants Have Us In Their Books, Sueno, The Street of the Sun, Sonnets for an Old Century, Brainpeople, and Adoration of the Old Woman. He studied with Gabriel García Marquez at the Sundance Institute and was writer-in-residence at the Royal Court Theatre, London, on a Fulbright Arts Fellowship in Playwriting. Mr. Rivera's television work includes the critically lauded NBC series Eerie, Indiana, which he co-created and produced. He has also written teleplays, among them an adaptation of his own The House of Ramon Iglesia for PBS, as well as feature screenplays, including The Motorcycle Diaries. The native Puerto Rican also serves on the boards of The Sundance Institute and the Independent Feature Project.
Richard Hopkins (Director) Artistic Director of Florida Studio Theatre since 1980, Richard Hopkins has guided the company from a small touring group to a professional regional theatre. Mr. Hopkins began his professional theatre career as a resident actor with Asolo State Theatre in Sarasota, Florida. In 1974 he founded the Palisades Theatre Company in Washington, DC, which subsequently moved to St. Petersburg to become American Stage. He served as its Producing Director from 1974-1980. Additional experiences include: President of the Florida Professional Theatres Association (1983-1985), Panelist for Theatre Program of Florida Arts Council, and Director/Instructor for Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus’ Clown College (1981). His many directing credits include: Metamorphoses, The Bully Pulpit, God’s Man in Texas, Hysteria, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, 2: Goering at Nuremberg, Six Degrees of Separation, Execution of Justice, Death by Misadventure, Hi-Hat-Hattie, Invictus, Agnes of God, Beyond Therapy, True West, La Ronde, Betrayal, and numerous other plays and Cabaret projects including Sophie Tucker, Inspired Lunacy, Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits, Over the Rainbow, Permanent Collection and Laughing Matters…Too. This season he will also be directing Laughing Matters 2009.
Damian Buzzerio * - (Don Fermin/Older Eusebio) Regional credits: Vinnie in The Odd Couple, Claudius in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Gremio/Vincentio in Taming of the Shrew, File in The Rainmaker, Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing, Pap Finn in Big River, Antonio in Twelfth Night, Lord Montague in Romeo & Juliet, Rivers in Richard III, Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors, Herr Shultz in Cabaret, Fredrik in A Little Night Music, Alonso in The Tempest, Ismay in Titanic, Arthur in Camelot. NYC credits: Prospero in The Tempest, Stuart in Beyond Therapy, Pandarus/Ulysses in Troilus & Cressida, Proteus in Apple Cart, Prince Sergius in Redemption, Michael in Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, and the Inspector in Irma La Douce.
Rainbow Dickerson * (Flora/Eve) This marks Ms. Dickerson’s Florida Studio Theatre debut! Broadway: August: Osage County. New York: Sonnets for an Old Century (HERE Arts Center), Stray Dog Hearts (Midtown International Theatre Festival), Much Ado About Nothing (Manhattan Rep), Theatre is Dead and So Are You (Connelly Theatre), The Accidental Patriot (Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center), Midsummer Night’s Dream & La Ronde (Circle in the Square). Other favorite performances include: The Buddha Prince (Minneapolis, MN & NYC), Sherlock Holmes (River Rep, CT), Blue Jacket (First Frontier, OH). Training: East 15/University of Essex, London, England; and Circle in the Square Professional Program, New York. www.rainbowdickerson.net
Stacie Lents * (Petra/Monica) Credits include: Bread and Butter, Recklessness (New York’s Provincetown Playhouse); Between the Lines (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Ikke, Ikke, Nye, Nye Nye (Ohio Theatre); As Bees in Honey Drown (Hangar Theatre); Gary Grinkle (Long Wharf Theatre); Beau Jest and The Last Night of Ballyhoo (What Exit? Theatre Co.) Stacie originated the one-woman play Six Hands by Eric H. Weinberger at Luna Stage Company and other venues. She appears in the film 7 to the Palace, currently in post-production. Stacie is also a playwright; her musical Daisy in Disguise ran this fall off-Broadway. Stacie received her MFA in Acting from Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts and her B.A. in Theatre from Yale University. She teaches at Rutgers. Stacie is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild.
David Perez-Ribada * (Manuelo/Priest/Priest) A proud member of AEA and SAG, David Perez-Ribada is thrilled to be back at FST after last season’s The Miamians. A South Florida based, award-winning actor, he has been a part of more than 40 productions over his short but exciting professional career. Favorite roles include the world premiere of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Anna in the Tropics; Lefou in Beauty and the Beast; Robby the Stockfish in Urinetown; Valentin in Kiss of the Spider Woman; Davis in Red Light Winter; Michal in The Pillowman (Carbonell Nomination, Best Supporting Actor); the Professor in Tracers (Carbonell Best Ensemble); and the world premiere of Suite Surrender. www.DPRibada.com
Marina Re *(Dona Milla/Older Flora) is thrilled to return to FST, having performed Marta in last year’s The Miamians. She spent seven seasons at Israel Horovitz’s Gloucester Stage where her performances were cited “Best in Boston” for The Price, View from the Bridge, North Shore Fish, and Marriage Fool. New York Theatre: HB Studio Theatre, The Flea Theatre, Pulse Ensemble, West End Theatre, and The Kraine. Regional Theatre: USA tour with National Theatre of the Deaf, five years with Shear Madness at the Charles Playhouse, Merrimack Rep, Two River Theatre, Connecticut Rep, Center Stage, Becton Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Seven Angels Theatre, Public Theatre, Lyric Stage, Jewish Theatre of New England, Foothills, Vineyard Playhouse, City Stage, and Boston Shakespeare Company. Film/TV: The Women, Urban Relics, Duck Love, New Amsterdam, and Millers Court. Marina is a magna cum laude of Brooklyn College.
Carlos Alberto Valencia * (Eusebio/Oskar) Born in Colombia, raised in NYC. Studied with Catherine Gaffigan and William Esper. Recipient of Latin ACE and HOLA Awards for his performances in Blanco (Iati Theater) and Nowhere on the Border (Spanish Repertory). Stage credits: Boxcar, Blood Wedding (Spanish Repertory), 365 Days/365 Plays (The Public), God’s Creatures, I Just Love Andy Gibb, Tiembla (Pregones), Night Of The Iguana (The Guthrie), Dweller, Drawn and Quartered, A to B (Intar). Film/Television credits: In The Blood (Logo), Amores Locos, Animus (Independent), Law And Order: Criminal Intent (USA), As The World Turns, Guiding Light, Dellaventura (CBS), Lenny Rose (ABC).
*Denotes member Actors' Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Production Manager...........................................Bruce Price
Company Manager.............................................Rob Thomas
Production Stage Manager.................................Dean Curosmith*
Costume Design.................................................Marcella Beckwith
Scenic Design....................................................Nayna Ramey
Lighting Designer...............................................Mike Foster