Shear MadnessBy Paul Pörtner
There’s been a murder in a local hair salon, and it’s up to the audience to solve the crime! Everyone’s a suspect when the old lady living above Shear Madness salon is mysteriously “offed.” Join two police officers to piece together the clues behind this strange, scissor-stabbing homicide. Chock full of up-to-the minute spontaneous humor, Shear Madness has slayed the hearts of audiences around the world. Now it’s up to Sarasota audiences to outwit the suspects and catch the killer in this interactive comedy whodunit.
Also Coming to the Summer Mainstage
Luis E. Rivera
Danny Bernardy joins FST’s “salon” directly from Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center. Prior F.S.T. shows include Alabama Story (Handy Nomination) & Spamalot… Off Broadway: Cougar the Musical (St Luke’s), Clue (original development, Playwright’s Horizons) PEMDAS (59e59, Edinburgh Stage Award for Acting), others… Select Regional: Higgins in critically acclaimed My Fair Lady at Olney, Moon Over Buffalo (w/Gary Beach), Maple and Vine (A.C.T.), others… Recent TV: Maxwell on CBS’ Magnum P.I. Carnegie Mellon, BFA. Danny is a FEMA responder. @dannybernardy
GIL BRADY This is Gil's twelfth production with FST and his sixth with the illustrious Bruce Jordan! You might recognize him from The Play That Goes Wrong, Outside Mullingar, Spamalot... Off-Broadway: Sideways (Theatre at St. Clements), Shear Madness (Davenport Theatre), and National Pastime (Playwrights Horizons). National Tours: White Christmas, Annie. Selected Regional: Baskerville (Syracuse Stage); Mamma Mia (Capital Rep -Berkshire Theatre Award Nomination); Sound of Music (Alabama Shakespeare). TV: My Sordid Affair... (Lifetime Movie Network), Law and Order: SVU. www.Gil-Brady.com
LISA MCMILLAN is delighted to return to FST! Her Broadway and Off- B'way credits include Moose Murders (w/Eve Arden, Holland Taylor), La Cage Aux Folles, Ruthless, and Shear Madness. Among her numerous regional credits: Mame (Walnut Street, Barrymore Award nominee), A Delicate Balance (Two River), August: Osage County (American Stage, Norton Award), A Moon For the Misbegotten (Coconut Grove, Carbonell Award), Gypsy (w/ Rita Moreno), and Alabama and Utah Shakespeare Festival productions. She has appeared in feature films, commercials, and soaps. Directing credits include the Ordway and Galveston Musical Theatres. Lisa is a graduate of Juilliard.
SHAUN MEMMEL is super excited to be reprising the role of Mikey and to be making his debut at Florida Studio Theatre! He has been acting on stage since the 7th grade and his previous roles have included Liam in Bad Jews, Stanley in Brighton Beach Memoirs, George in All My Sons, and Mikey in Shear Madness at the Straz.
GINA MILO is thrilled to make her FST debut! Broadway/Tours: Les Miserables, Annie, and Best Little Whorehouse. Regionally: Kinky Boots (Nicola) at PCLO, Spitfire Grill (Shelby) at the VTC, Gentleman’s Guide... (Sibella), Mamma Mia! (Tanya) at MSW; Little Shop… (Audrey) at PCS and Cincinnati Playhouse; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Muriel); The Producers (Ulla); Plaza Suite (Muriel) at the Engeman Theater; White Christmas (Betty), Xanadu (Kira); and Spamalot (Lady of the Lake) at Drury Lane.
LUIS E. RIVERA is a Latino performer who is trained in genres such as opera, musical theatre, and film/stage acting. Credits: Frankie (Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings), Michael (Tick…Tick…Boom!), Kevin Rosario (In the Heights), Grant in the film The Connection: Severed. Luis has trained with actors Lee Perkins, Andi Matheny, and Harry Lennix. Luis is returning to the stage and breaking into the film screen after having a career as a teacher and firefighter in Tampa, FL. IG:@Luis_Rivera_actor.
Director | Bruce Jordan
Assistant Director | Gil Brady
Scenic Designers | Isabel A. Curley Clay & Moriah Curley-Clay
Lighting Designer | Andrew Gray
Sound Designer | Thom Korp
Costume Designer | Mari Taylor Floyd
Costume Coordinator | Suzie Sajec
Stage Manager | Roy Johns*
Stage Management Intern | Emilia Ciotti Hernández
* Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
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