How to Use a Knife
In the chaotic hustle and bustle of a Wall Street restaurant, Chef George gets a fresh start when he takes over this melting pot of a kitchen.
Two rowdy Guatemalan line cooks, a wet-behind-the-ears busboy and a reserved African dishwasher serve up drama nightly. The heat really turns up when the authorities arrive, looking for a wanted man. Fast paced and gritty, How to Use a Knife explores both the personal and moral questions that arise when the ugliness of the past boils over.
A 90-minute Thrill Ride
Alfredo de Quesada*
ALFREDO DE QUESADA is thrilled to be at FST! Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he got his BA in Theatre Arts from Boston College and continued his studies with Terry Schreiber at the T. Schreiber Studio. Off B-way: De La Guarda, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (American Globe Theatre) and countless shows with the Spanish Repertory Theatre. Tour: The Barber of Seville (Figaro). Regional: The Glass Menagerie (Tom); and The Temperamentals (Bob Hull). TV/Film: Fragmentos de Amor, Che Part I: The Argentine, The Blacklist: Redemption (NBC), The Knick (Cinemax), Orange is the New Black (Netflix), and Law & Order (NBC).
OMAR PELAEZ is a Peruvian actor who began his career in his home city of Lima. He has been working in NYC since he graduated from the NY Film Academy Acting Conservatory in May 2016. He is a multifaceted actor who works in theatre, movies, TV/web series, and TV commercials. He recently worked on 5 Hijas Feas, which won the HOLA award for Best Drama Production; and Las Sirvientas, for which he received an ACE Awards’ Special Distinction. Omar is working on a movie, an action web series, and is continuously developing his craft, training with acting coach Anthony Abeson.
CEDRIC CANNON Credits: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Arrow Rock Lyceum), Sweetee (Signature Theater), In Dahomey (Henry Street Settlement), Cats (Hamburg), Goddess (O’Neill Theater Center), Mikado (NYGAS), Carmen Jones (European Tour), Three Willies (The Kitchen), Man of LaMancha (Nat’l tour), The Pirates of Penzance (NYGAS), Camelot (Nat’l tour), Porgy and Bess (Nat’I Tour). Regional: Houston Grand Opera, Metropolitan Opera, NYC Opera, Frankfurt Opera, New Orleans Opera, Atlanta Opera, Edmonton Opera, Opera Carolina. Concert: Carnegie Hall, Israel Kibbutz Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Pushkin Festival, Polish Radio Orchestra, Filarmonica De Montevideo Pittsburgh Symphony, and Reykjavik Symphomy. TV/film: Blind, The Slap, Good Funk, Right of Way, Moon and Sun, Seven Lovers, Old 37 Know Your Logic, Raw Nerve, Cosby, Oz, All My Children, As the World Turns, Jon Benjamin has a Van, and Porgy and Me.
MICHAEL FRASER is an Ohio University graduate and Acting Apprentice at Florida Studio Theatre. His favorite past roles include, Jason in Occupation: Dad; Williamson in Glengarry Glen Ross; and FST’s Children’s Theatre series. He is a proud cast member of FST Improv and performs here in Bowne’s Lab on Saturday nights. He could not be more grateful to collaborate with such a talented group of artists on a show like this.
CHRIS TIPP is thrilled to be making his Florida Studio Theatre debut in How to Use a Knife. He will also be seen in Constellations. From New York City, he is a member of the New Circle Theatre Company where he works closely with playwrights in the development of their work. He has worked regionally in 4000 Miles as Leo (New Jewish Theatre), Sex With Strangers as Ethan, and in Hamlet as Laertes (Rebel and Misfits Productions). Chris was also seen at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in A Christmas Carol, STAGES Saint Louis’ productions of Alice In Wonderland as The March Hare, and South Pacific as Professor, and played the title role in The Who’s Tommy at the Springer Opera House. A proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, Chris received his MFA in Acting from Western Illinois University.
SAM MOSSLER first stumbled through FST’s doors at 9-years-old. Though his artistic journey has taken him to more brutal and inclement markets, he is always happiest to find himself at home. New York: The Owl and The Pussycat (Creative Space); The Sexes: According to Dorothy Parker (NY Comedy Club). Regional: The Philadelphia Story (New Harmony Theatre); Twelfth Night (Shakespeare on the Hudson); The Threepenny Opera (Connecticut Grand Opera). As a writer, Sam’s plays have been produced in New York and Los Angeles, and his screenplays have received honors from the Austin Film Festival and the International Screenwriters Association. He is most proud of his work as a Teaching Artist in FST’s Education program. www.sammossler.com
ALEXIS HYATT is thrilled to be making her debut at Florida Studio Theatre, and will be seen in Constellations later this season. Regional Theater: Boeing Boeing, The Liar, All My Sons, The Game’s Afoot (Gulfshore Playhouse); To Kill a Mockingbird (Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey); Blithe Spirit, The Importance of Being Earnest, No Sex, We’re British, M.Butterfly (Northern Stage); Dulcy (Dorset Theater Festival); and many others. TV/Film: Orange is the New Black; Only Way Out; Yass Queens. BFA University of the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Director | Jason Cannon
Scenic Designer | Bruce Price
Costume Designer | Adrienne Webber
Lighting Designer | Bryce Benson
Sound Designer | Thomas Korp
Stage Manager | Jynelly Rosario*
* Denotes member Actors’ Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.