The Next MarilynBy Lynne Kaufman
Terry Allen is a red-hot young movie star, so compelling in her voluptuous roles that critics have compared her to Marilyn Monroe. But Allen wants to be viewed as a serious actress, not just as a sexpot.
So she agrees to make her stage debut as Desdemona in a production of Othello that her extremely controlling boyfriend is directing. That production becomes a life-altering experience for all concerned in The Next Marilyn, a drama by Lynn Kaufman.
Robert D. Mowry
Vicki Van Tassel*
MIKE COLTER hails from South Carolina and comes to us by way of New York. He’s just returned from L.A. where he resided and was featured on such shows as Spin City, The Parkers and E.R. He loves the theatre and hopes to be on Broadway someday. Some of his favorite roles include Malcolm X, King Henry and the Creature in Frankenstein.
BETH DUDA has appeared in several productions at Florida Studio Theatre, including: Larry Parr’s Invasion of Privacy; The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe; Charlotte’s Web; James and the Giant Peach; Season of Peace; and Talking With, as well as numerous staged readings in the National and Florida Playwright’s Festivals. Ms. Duda is the Associate Director of Youth Education at FST. In this capacity, she teaches acting and Musical Theatre classes at the theatre and playwriting workshops in many area schools. Ms. Duda also appears frequently at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre, most recently in Nunsense and Nunsense II. Ms. Duda has also had the privilege of touring the Far East with two productions of The Sound of Music.
ROBERT D. MOWRY returns to FST after appearing most recently in The Chosen. Other FST appearances include 37 Postcards, Side by Side by Sondheim, Invasion of Privacy, Veronica’s Position, The Play’s the Thing, Execution of Justice, and Invictus. Bob recently made his singing debut at The Players in Memories of Sinatra.
VICKI VAN TASSEL Recently performed New York readings of Elaine May’s Adult Entertainment with Gerry Stiller and Swimming with Sharks, directed by Martin Chanin. Regionally, she was Billy Dawn in Born Yesterday, Molly in Smell of the Kill. Enter the Guardsman (The Old Globe). Lucy in Off-Broadway’s If It Was Easy. Zeigfeld’s Favorite in the First National Tour of Will Rogers’ Follies with Keith Carradine. Anytime Annie in the First European Tour of 42nd Street. She has been a principle in several sitcom pilots. She continues doing her one-woman show and stand-up comedy at Caroline’s and other clubs all over New York.
Director | Thomas Caruso
Stage Manager | Bruce Price*
Costume Designer | Marcella Beckwith
Scenic/Lighting Designer | Tim Baumgartner
* Denotes Member of Actors' Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.