Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall December 11 thru March 8 In the Keating Theatre
Overview A powerful play based on the life of Justice Thurgood Marshall. From a childhood in the back alleys of Baltimore to the Supreme Court of the United States, Justice Marshall overcame many adversities. A journey of epic proportions, Thurgood is an eye-opening, humorous, and uplifting portrait of a true American hero.
MONTAE RUSSELL (Thurgood Marshall) this veteran television, theatre, and film actor is pleased to make his Florida Studio Theatre debut. He was seen on NBC’s ER for fifteen seasons as Paramedic Dwight Zadro, and won the SAG Award for Best Dramatic Ensemble four times. His film and cable credits include The Player’s Club, HBO’s Laurel Avenue, TNT’s Lily in Winter opposite Natalie Cole and Marla Gibbs; a three year stint on One Life to Live; and has made countless television episodic appearances -- Shameless, Detroit 187, Cold Case, to name a few. His extensive stage credits range from Broadway’s King Hedley II, A Few Good Men, Prelude to a Kiss to Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Fences at the Kennedy Center, the NY Public Theatre’s East Texas Hotlinks, The Cleveland Playhouse’s African American production of The Glass Menagerie. Recent regional performances are Thurgood (Pittsburgh Public Theater), The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry, (Los Angeles Theatre Center). He has performed in 9 of the 10 August Wilson plays, and will soon become the first actor to appear in all 10. He’s a University of Pittsburgh grad, and earned his MFA from Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts. He’s a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, and is active in the South Los Angeles area with his non-profit organization Successful Youth Los Angeles. For more info: MontaeRussell.com. When praises go up, you know the rest…
KATE ALEXANDER (Director) is the Associate Director of FST and the Founder of the FST Theatre School. Ms. Alexander has directed numerous productions and premieres on the FST stages including South Beach Babylon, The Columnist, Talley’s Folly, Jericho, Next Fall, The Savannah Disputation, Ghost- Writer, Two Jews Walk into a War..., I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Sylvia, Shotgun, The Miamians, Brooklyn Boy, The Exonerated, Wit, Proof, Lobby Hero and Ten Unknowns. Ms. Alexander is also a resident actress for the past 20 years. Some of her leading roles were seen in the plays: Edward Albee’s The Goat, Filumena, Master Class, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women, Edward Albee’s The Play About the Baby and Golda’s Balcony. Ms. Alexander is the recipient of numerous acting, directing and public service awards, including FAER, She Knows Where She’s Going Award (Girls, Inc.), The Woman of Light Award (Westcoast Center for Human Development), The Woman of Power Award, the Sarasota County Arts Leadership Award, and the Education Award, SMJF. She is also the co-author of The Animated Short, co-authored by Karen Sullivan, with a second edition now available.
GARRY ALLAN BREUL (Stage Manager) returns to FST after stage managing The Underpants, The World Goes ‘Round, The Columnist, The Best of Enemies, Our Son’s Wedding and The Last Romance. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. He has worked summer stock at the Melody Top Theatre and served as director with the Experience Theatre Company in Milwaukee. Since coming to Florida, he has served as Associate Artistic Director with the Asolo Theatre Company, where he directed the regional premieres of the plays, Eastern Standard and Quarry. He has stage managed and directed with the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre, and is Artistic Director for the Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project, a group of individuals that are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS who perform and produce staged readings to raise awareness and funds for PWA/AIDS support organizations. Garry has enjoyed stage managing with American Stage, St. Petersburg Opera, freeFall Theatre and the West Coast Black Theatre Troupe. He has served as Company Manager with Florida Studio Theatre as well as Volunteer Coordinator with American Stage.
SUSAN ANGERMANN (Costume Designer) started her career in costuming in New York where she designed and constructed costumes for various productions in theatre, opera, film and television. In 1993 she moved with her husband, Chris, and son, Erik, to Sarasota, and designed several productions at FST. She returned to FST in January 2009 as Costume Shop Manager and recently designed The Prima Donnettes, By Gershwin, That’s Life Again, Night Train to Memphis, Shake, Rattle and Roll, Urban Cowboys and Let’s Twist Again: with the Wanderers.
DAVE UPTON (Lighting Designer) is an NYC based lighting designer and is happy to be returning to FST to light Thurgood after recently designing lighting for Monty Python’s Spamalot. Off Broadway David has designed The Bonus Army, Bigger than I, and The Mnemonist of Dutchess County. Regionally David has designed for companies including The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Merrimack Rep, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Gulfshore Playhouse, Orlando Shakespeare, World Science Festival, Universal Studios Singapore, Florida Rep, Northern Stage, Tennessee Shakespeare, Orlando Rep, University of Miami, Adrienne Arsht Center, and ReVision Theatre among others. www.dmujrdesigns.com
BRUCE PRICE (Scenic Designer) is currently the Production Manager for Florida Studio Theatre. In the past 12 years Mr. Price has overseen the technical aspects of over 100 productions at FST and Stage Managed over 25 productions. In addition Mr. Price has designed sets, lighting and costume for dozens of production over his 28 year career. Mr. Price has a MFA in Directing from the University of Houston where he studied with Edward Albee, Jose Quintero and Stewart Ostro. Mr. Price has worked regionally at The Alley Theatre and Stage Repertory Theatre both on stage and backstage.
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