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YOU LOVE THEATER. WE LOVE THEATER.

The goal of Island City Stage is to create quality theatrical experiences that focus on the LGBTQ community, but have a heart and soul that is truly universal.

The LGBT community is rich with history, with characters, with stories. And, at Island City Stage, it has found a place where a strong and vibrant voice is being given to those stories—ones of love and loss, of struggle and humor, of fear and courage.

Island City Stage was created by members of the Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT community who saw a need for a local, professional theater that explored all aspects of the LGBT experience—accurately, creatively, and compassionately. And it was also important that the plays presented spoke to both LGBT individuals and heterosexuals. Plays that fostered interaction, understanding and acceptance of every individual’s unique perspective.

Founded in 2012, Island City Stage has gained the reputation of being a multi-award winning professional theater that provides stellar performances for those in the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Wilton Manors/Oakland Park communities. We specialize in developing new work in addition to featuring the works of playwrights who expose audiences to different voices and experiences. These works are brought to life on stage through the talents of professional artists, both union and non-union, whose credits include Broadway, Off Broadway, National Tours, major regional theatres, film and television.

Island City Stage is a place where you will laugh and cry and cheer. It’s a place to call our own—with plays to call our own. We look forward to seeing you when the curtain goes up!

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT

Angel Burgos

VICE PRESIDENT

Scott Clearwater

TREASURER

Tim Hart

SECRETARY

James Walker

BOARD MEMBERS

Lawrence Ferber

Andy Fischman

Mark Fox

Rick Karlin

Peter Lovello

Lorenzo Robertson

Andy Rogow

Harvey Shapiro

Sue Wilder

TIMOTHY S. HART, CPA (TREASURER)

Mr. Hart has over thirty years of vast accounting and finance experience to include 10 years with KPMG, one the world’s largest international public accounting firms. Most recently, Mr. Hart expanded his private practice to form R3 Accounting LLC. Mr. Hart has extensive experience dealing with SEC and other regulatory matters, such as initial and secondary public offerings, private placements, formulating responses to various SEC inquiries, compliance with SEC reporting requirements (Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K), dealing with banks, private investors and investment bankers in obtaining debt and/or equity financing, and appearing before the IRS representing clients on IRS audits. He also has widespread experience with mergers and acquisitions, including transactional documentation. back and front office systems implementations for small to medium sized businesses, business consulting with small public and private companies and their executives and various other accounting, finance and tax services. Mr. Hart holds bachelor’s degrees in Accountancy, Economics and Business Administration from Thomas More College, and has been a certified public accountant since 1984.

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STAFF / CAST

ANDY ROGOW

Artistic Director

ANDY ROGOW (Artistic Director) most recently directed and was involved in the creation of Waist Watchers, the Musical at the Plaza Theatre which had its premiere in 2007 at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre and then toured nationally as well as playing extended runs in Atlanta and St. Louis. He is the founding Artistic Director of the Island City Stage in Ft. Lauderdale where he directed their recent production of Pig Tale. Under his leadership Island City Stage garnered a 2012 Silver Palm Award for Best New Theatre as well as a Best of 2012 choice of SFGN newspaper. He is well known as the director of Steve Solomon’s My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy as well as its two sequels which have been touring the country continuously since 2004.

He earned his BFA from New York University and an MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. During his tenure as Artistic Director of the Hollywood Playhouse in Hollywood, Florida he directed Sally Struthers and Dawn Wells in Always, Patsy Cline, the world premieres of The Comet’s Tale, Eye of the Beholder, Harry and Thelma in the Woods, and Beau Jest – The Musical  as well as directing and/or producing critically acclaimed and award-winning productions of The Fantasticks, Man of La Mancha, A Grand Night for Singing, Ruthless, Nunsense Amen starring Greg Louganis and Fiddler on the Roof starring Avi Hoffmanfor which he received a Carbonell Award nomination for Best Director.  Mr. Rogow is originally from Chicago and is a member of The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and is a past President of the Theatre League of South Florida.  He currently serves as Chair of the Our Fund CEO Network Committee.

MICHAEL LEEDS

Associate Artistic Director

MICHAEL LEEDS (Associate Artistic Director): wrote and directed the B’way musical, Swinging On A Star that was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Musical. Off-B’way he directed and choreographed Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah – The Songs of Allan Sherman (starring Tovah Feldshu & Mary Testa), for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Best Director and Best Choreographer. Other Off-B’way credits include directing and choreographingLypsinka – A Day In The Life, Showing Off (starring (Donna Murphy), and Hot Klezmer for AJT.

Mr. Leeds has directed for Playwrights Horizons, the York Theatre and the Goodspeed Opera House among others. His adaptation and production of Arthur Miller’s Playing For Timewon a Festival First at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it was where it was given its European premiere. He directed and choreographed A Little Night Music for the Houston Grand Opera starring Frederica Von Stade and Thomas Allen and 70, Girls, 70 for the York Theatre’s Musicals In Mufti series starring Jane Powell and Charlotte Rae. For film, he has choreographed End of Summer, starring Jacqueline Bisset and Peter Weller and co-wrote with Linda Yellen: The Simian Line, starring William Hurt, Lynn Redgrave, Tyne Daly and Harry Connick Jr., and The Last Film Festival (starring Dennis Hopper, Jacqueline Bisset, Leelee Sobieski & Chris Kattan).

Mr. Leeds rewrote and directed a new version of Cole Porter’s Red, Hot And Blue for the Goodspeed Opera and Paper Mill Playhouse. He also directed the Florida Grand Opera production of Marc Blitzstein’s Regina starring Lauren Flanigan. He directed the World Premiere of Henry Covery’s new play,The First Step at the New York International Fringe Festival.

For ten years Mr. Leeds co-directed, with Albert Stephenson, the Drama League’s annual benefit honoring Liza Minnelli, Kander & Ebb, Hal Prince, Rosie O’Donnell and Chita Rivera among others. As a songwriter, Mr. Leeds’ work has appeared Off-B’way in Martin Charnin’s Upstairs At O’Neals and the No Frills Revue, as well as on CBS’s The Comedy Zone. Mr. Leeds has also collaborated on Miracles, a musical he wrote with Joe Stein, with a score by Sheldon Harnick, Stephen Schwartz, David Shire and Marvin Hamlisch. He directed and choreographed Mating Habits of the Urban Mammal, a musical comedy he co-wrote with Peggy Gordon, Brian Lasser and Timothy Graphenreed for the Broward Stage Door Theatre in Coral Springs. Since coming to South Florida, he’s directed the inaugural season of Laffing Matterz at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the new Lisa Loeb musical, Camp Kappawanna for City Theatre, The First Stepand Last Call for Empire Stage, The Boys In The Band for Rising Action Theatre, A Little Night Music (Carbonell nom. Best Musical), The Glass MenagerieCome Blow Your Horn, Mack & Mabel (Carbonell Award Best Musical), Steel MagnoliasLast of the Red Hot LoversMy Fair LadyLend Me A TenorBeau Jest and The Light In The Piazza(Carbonell nom. Best Musical, Silver Palm Award for Direction) for the Broward Stage Door Theatre. As Associate Director of Island City Stage, The Twentieth Century Way(Carbonell nom. Best Ensemble), Body Awareness and the critically acclaimed The Timekeepers. For The Plaza Theatre, Driving Miss Daisy and Chapter Two.

Michael studied with renowned Acting Coach, Larry Moss for ten years.

Visit Michael Leeds’ Website
MARTIN CHILDERS

Managing Director

Managing Director, Martin Childers, comes to Island City Stage from Pikeville, Kentucky, where he has worked for the last 15 years as the Executive Director of one of Kentucky’s longest running professional theatres, Jenny Wiley Theatre originating in Prestonsburg, KY. Childers led the organization through 15 years of growth, increasing programming from three months to year round, overseeing housing construction for 36 actors, technicians and musicians, commissioning new works like the Feud Series and Ghost Stories, and negotiating and securing a new indoor facility in the city of Pikeville hosting year-round programming. Childers brings almost 20 years of fundraising and marketing experience to Island City Stage. “I am proud of the work I did in Eastern Kentucky but look forward to advancing the work of Island City Stage in South Florida.”  Childers can be reached at md@islandcitystage.org.

MARTIN CHILDERS

Managing Director

Managing Director, Martin Childers, comes to Island City Stage from Pikeville, Kentucky, where he has worked for the last 15 years as the Executive Director of one of Kentucky’s longest running professional theatres, Jenny Wiley Theatre originating in Prestonsburg, KY. Childers led the organization through 15 years of growth, increasing programming from three months to year round, overseeing housing construction for 36 actors, technicians and musicians, commissioning new works like the Feud Series and Ghost Stories, and negotiating and securing a new indoor facility in the city of Pikeville hosting year-round programming. Childers brings almost 20 years of fundraising and marketing experience to Island City Stage. “I am proud of the work I did in Eastern Kentucky but look forward to advancing the work of Island City Stage in South Florida.”  Childers can be reached at md@islandcitystage.org.

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JULY NEWSLETTER

ARTISTIC NOTES

Andy Rogow, Artistic Director

The opening night of a world premiere play is both incredibly exciting and terribly nerve racking. I want the vision of the playwright to be realized while also hoping that the audience is rewarded with an entertaining and thought provoking play. Of course, it doesn’t hurt if the critics like it as well! “The Goldberg Variations” was a rewarding challenge on many levels, as the actors and I worked nightly with playwright Stuart Meltzer to clarify the relationships of the family and in which dimension of son Caleb’s mind they were playing. The end product has audiences laughing a lot and even shedding a tear or two at the end. It’s these responses that inspire me to do what I do. Thank you for being my inspiration production after production.

 JOINING FORCES FOR FUN!

This summer, Island City Stage joined up with the City of Oakland Park to present a two-week drama camp for 12 junior high students. The camp, led by Island City Stage board members Rick Karlin and Peter Lovello taught the basics of stage craft; blocking, acting, singing and movement as well as technical aspects such as set and costume design. The two-week camp, which took place at Oakland Park’s Gordon Library, culminated in a performance for family and friends of the camp’s attendees. This was the first step in expanding Island City’s scope to include a youth theater.

SHORTS 5 UP NEXT!

DON’T FORGET YOUR FLEXPASS


Seriously!  The 2017/18 Season Flexpasses are now available and offer the best value while ensuring that you won’t miss a second of next season’s exciting offerings.

Flexpass memberships offer huge savings and convenience! Your pass is good for any performance during the run of a production. The Flexpass works around your schedule and offers these other benefits as well.

  • $47 savings off regular priced tickets
  • No processing Fees (processing fees are scheduled to begin July 17)
  • $5 off any additional tickets purchased
  • Discounts on special and added productions
  • Exchange privileges
  • Early notification of upcoming events
    ALL for only $150 for five (5) Productions!

Invest in your community and ensure that you don’t miss out on any of Island City Stage’s award-winning, thought-provoking and entertaining productions by becoming a Flexpass member. Shows include: Hir, Zanna Don’t, The Radicalization of Rolfe, Mr. Parker, and Shorts Gone Wild 6.

Buy Flexpass
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AUDITIONS! – 2017-2018 SEASON

Island City Stage will be holding auditions for Equity (Special Appearance) and Non-Equity performers for its 2017-2018 season on February 27 from 4:00pm -10:00pm at the theater – 2304 N Dixie Hwy, Wilton Manors. Please email icscasting@aol.com for an appointment. Please prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue (we may request a second one) and, if you wish to sing, a contemporary Broadway up-tempo and ballad.

CAST BREAKDOWNS

HIR

by Taylor Mac – rehearses end of October and runs Nov. 9-Dec. 10. Dir. Andy Rogow

  1. ISAAC – Early to mid twenties male, military; the entire play for Isaac is one long attempt at squashing down a major PTSD explosion
  2. MAX – 17 year old. It is highly preferable that this actor be someone who was born biological female that now identifies as transgender or gender queer. Will consider young men who may have feminine qualities or vice-versa.
  3. ARNOLD – father to Isaac and Max, 58 years old. Has had a stroke and is now basically a slower, older Harpo Marx.
  4. PAIGE – CAST
ZANNA DON’T

rehearses end of December and Plays Jan. 10-February 18 Dir. Andy Rogow; Music Director – Michael Ursua; Choreographer – Andy Fiacco

All are seniors in high school (as in the movie Grease). Seeking strong singer/actors, all types, who move very well.

  1. ZANNA (tenor/baritone to high G): the heart and soul of Heartsville; a hip fun-loving matchmaker, driven to make the world better, even if he doesn’t always fully think through his choices
  2. STEVE (baritone to E flat above middle C); the new guy in town; All-American high school football hunk, but self-effacing and shy; hoping desperately to fit in, his dreams will alternately be fulfilled and shattered
  3. KATE (belt to C, plus few other higher notes mixed in): sweet, innocent over-achiever who, like Steve, is not quite prepared to have her world thrown upside down
  4. MIKE (tenor/baritone to high G): all-around good guy; captain of the chess team, which makes him the king of the school, but with a humble appreciation of the simple joys in life, like finding that one special guy to settle down with
  5. ROBERTA (belt to high F); tough as nails on the outside, a hopeless romantic on the inside; perennially unlucky in relationships, she heroically, and comically, never gives up her pursuit of true love
  6. TANK (tenor/baritone to high G): Zanna’s sidekick and the school DJ; somewhere between nerdy and ultra-cool, he’s also hopelessly in love with Zanna; doubles as DINER CUSTOMER and TEX
  7. CANDI (belt to C, plus a few other higher notes mixed in): the school’s narrow-minded busy-body, the one you love to hate; doubles as DINER CUSTOMER and LORETTA
  8. ARVIN (baritone to E flat; should have a few low notes as well): Candi’s browbeaten sidekick; a nice guy who just sort of goes with the flow; doubles as DINER CUSTOMER and BRONCO
THE RADICALIZATION OF ROLFE

by Andrew Bergh – rehearses in March and plays March 29 – April 29 Dir. Michael Leeds

  1. ROLFE – The Rolfe you know from the Sound of Music- Seventeen going on eighteen. Should look Aryan and be able to sing. He’s a bright young man who gets caught up in events beyond his control
  2. JOHAN – Rolfe’s boyfriend. 18-22 years old. Good looking, athletic, smart, a bit of a rebel.
  3. FRAU SCHMIDT – Von Trapp’s housekeeper, 50ish. Loyal to the Von Trapps, Aunt to Johan and privy to his secrets
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