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Hamilton Orr will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
A top Hollywood director, Hamilton comes up with a deadly scheme to gain control over a multi-million-dollar film. He just needs to persuade the movie’s screenwriter, Clark, to get onboard. And make sure that Barbara, his wife, plays her part. When his plot doesn’t go as planned, Hamilton comes face-to-face with the wily local sheriff, Leroy. Smoke & Mirrors keeps the audience guessing (and laughing) until the end.
Very, Very Funny
ALBERTO BONILLA Film/TV: The God Committee, Sleep Walk with Me, Cop Out, Pride and Glory, My Best Friend’s Girl, Wu-Tang: an American Saga, FBI, Russian Doll, Iron Fist, Gotham, Blue Bloods, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Person of Interest, The Sopranos. Broadway: (US) Dr.Wally/Bob, Roundabout Theatre Company’s Marvin’s Room. Other NYC theater: Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, The Cherry Orchard, The Laramie Project and Raft of the Medusa. The Hippodrome Theatre: Living on Love, My Favorite Husband, and The Blameless. MFA: Rutgers, AEA / SAG-AFTRA. albertobonilla.com
BEN CHERRY Broadway: Indecent, Fiddler on the Roof. National tour: Mary Poppins. Select regional: The Repertory Theatre of St Louis; The Guthrie; Pioneer Theatre Company; Arena Stage; Baltimore Center Stage; Kansas City Rep; Center Theatre Group; Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; The Arden; Utah Shakespeare Festival; Milwaukee Rep; and Delaware Theatre Company. Television: The Equalizer, The Following, Smash, and I Love You… But I Lied. Awards: MAC Award, Best Debut. Training: The University of Michigan, North Carolina School of the Arts. bencherry.com
JACK GERHARD is so happy to be returning to FST and Sarasota! He was previously seen on the FST stage in Friends in Low Places. Other credits include Guy in the national tour of Once and Almost Heaven at The REV Theatre Co. in upstate New York. His original music can be found at jackgerhard.com
JUSTIN NESS FST debut. Off-Broadway: Henry VI Part III (Classic Stage Company), Arias in the Key of Clown (Cherry Lane Theater). Regional: The Fantasticks, The Dazzle, Cripple of Inishmaan, The Foreigner, Much Ado About Nothing, Valparaiso, A Storm in the Barn, The Fisherman and His Soul with Great Lakes Theater, Cider Mill Playhouse, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise Contemporary Theater. Film: Searching for Bobby D, Making Sense, Six Dynamic Laws.
ALANNA SMITH FST debut! Recently originated a role in the world premiere of Nevermore - The Fantastic Terrors of Edgar Allan Poe before directing it at Gretna Theatre. Favorite Regional: Young Frankenstein, Noises Off, A Comedy of Tenors, A Funny Thing…Forum, The Importance of Being Earnest. TV/Film: Love Afloat, Chang Can Dunk, FBI: Most Wanted. BFA Ithaca College, and member of the TedXBroadway Young Professional Cohort ’22.
Director | Catherine Randazzo
Intimacy Director | Ellie Mooney
Scenic Design | Isabel & Moriah Curley-Clay
Costume Design | Erin Barnett
Lighting Design | Andrew Gray
Sound Design | Louis Vetter Torres
Stage Manager | Roy Johns*
Stage Management Intern | Rach Roach
Scenic Painter - Special Thanks to | Danika Noelle Yacik
* Denotes member Actors’ Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.