Smoke & Mirrors
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.
Smoke and Mirrors by Will Osborne and Anthony Herrera will play beginning August 3-August 28, 2022 in FST's Gompertz Theatre.
Run Time: 2 hour and 10 minutes with a 15-minute intermission
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
“Smoke and Mirrors (Osborne/Herrera)” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com
Director | Catherine Randazzo
Intimacy Director | Ellie Mooney
Scenic Design | Isabel A. Curley-Clay & 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
Clark | Alberto Bonilla
Hamilton | Ben Cherry
Derek | Jack Gerhard
Sheriff Leroy | Justin Ness
Barbara | Alanna Smith
Alberto Bonilla (Clark) 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 (Hamilton) 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 (Derek) 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 (Sheriff Leroy) 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 (Barbara) 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.
SMOKE & MIRRORS IN THE NEWS
Sarasota Herald-Tribune I July 31, 2022 I Florida Studio Theatre uses 'Smoke and Mirrors" to craft a comic mystery
"Very, very funny"
"Tickles your funny bone"
Our Town Sarasota
“The perfect cocktail. A measure of comedy and a shot of mystery, mixed with a slice of murder and a twist.”
“Be prepared to laugh”
“It has all the components to effortlessly keep your attention.”
"This puzzle piece asks the audience to play along"
"It's...about having some fun guessing who really did what to whom"
"Gets a good audience reaction"
"Gives the actors a chance to shine"
"A talented cast of characters"
"Humor on steroids"
"A great tour-de-force"
ARTICLES BY FST
You may not think that comedies and murder mysteries go together well, but after watching one of the films on this list, like Clue, you might change your mind. | READ MORE
Learn about the Pennsylvania premiere of Smoke & Mirrors | READ MORE
Read more about FST’s hit 2000 production of Smoke & Mirrors via Playbill | READ MORE
Smoke & Mirrors was created by two theatre artists in the 1990s. Learn more about one of the creators, Will Osborne, who also writes children’s books | LEARN MORE
FST's Gompertz Theatre is located on the corner of First Street and Cocoanut Avenue inside FST's Hegner Theatre Wing. For GPS purposes, use the address of 1265 First Street, Sarasota, FL 34236. For a map of FST buildings and venues, please see below. For more information, please call the FST Box Office at 941.366.9000.