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!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
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.
Read the reviews and find out what people are saying about “The Goldberg Variations”.
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.
DON’T FORGET YOUR FLEXPASS
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
by Taylor Mac – rehearses end of October and runs Nov. 9-Dec. 10. Dir. Andy Rogow
- ISAAC – Early to mid twenties male, military; the entire play for Isaac is one long attempt at squashing down a major PTSD explosion
- 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.
- ARNOLD – father to Isaac and Max, 58 years old. Has had a stroke and is now basically a slower, older Harpo Marx.
- PAIGE – CAST
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- JOHAN – Rolfe’s boyfriend. 18-22 years old. Good looking, athletic, smart, a bit of a rebel.
- FRAU SCHMIDT – Von Trapp’s housekeeper, 50ish. Loyal to the Von Trapps, Aunt to Johan and privy to his secrets