Creature Is Hunted in World Premiere, Mister Beast, by Miami's Mad Cat Troupe

News   Creature Is Hunted in World Premiere, Mister Beast, by Miami's Mad Cat Troupe The fringe-friendly Mad Cat Theatre Company in Miami will open its eighth season Nov. 9-Dec. 1 with the world premiere of Mister Beast by local playwright Marco Ramirez.

Performances of the modern-day fable — about an animal attack on a boy, and the possibly monstrous results — are part of the Miami Light Project's Light Box Studio Series.

According to Mad Cat production notes, "When an 11-year-old boy becomes the victim of a vicious animal attack, his estranged mother and father join forces to find whatever did it. A cop, a comic book nerd, and a mysterious doctor help them on their hunt. And then there's the gypsy woman who suggests that — in four days — the boy will become an animal himself."

Mister Beast features Mad Cat company members Joe Kimble, Carbonell Award nominee Erik Fabregat, Scott Genn and guest actors Ceci Fernandez, Pete Rogan and Megan Blanchette.

The staging is directed by Mad Cat's artistic director and founder Paul Tei, and features the work of Mad Cat Theatre Company's award-winning resident sound designer Natan Samuels. Tei is set and costume designer, and Sevim Abaza handles the light design.

Playwright Marco Ramirez is a Miami native and a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. His plays have been produced at the New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), the Hippodrome State Theater, City Theatre's Summer Shorts and the Humana Festival of New American Plays. He is the two-time winner of the Latino Playwriting Award at the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival, and recently received a commission to write a full-length play for the Kennedy Center's Educational Theatre Program. In 2007 his short play I am not Batman was awarded the Heideman Award for best ten-minute play by Actors Theatre of Louisville. He has worked under the mentorship of playwrights Leslie Ayvazian, Lonnie Carter, Liz Diggs and David Ives, and is currently a guest artist teaching playwriting at Miami's New World School of the Arts. In March of 2008 his play Macon City will be performed at Florida Stage's Second Annual New Works Festival. Mister Beast is his first world premiere at the Mad Cat Theatre Company. He is currently working on three full-length plays: One is about bigfoot, one is about a giant and one is about his father. Performances are scheduled for Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 PM and Saturdays at 3 PM at The Light Box, 3000 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL.

For more information call (305) 576-6377 or visit www.madcattheatre.com or www.myspace.com/madcattheatre.

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Mad Cat, "a local theatre company that specializes in its own brand of irreverent humor and original material," was founded by actor/writer/director Paul Tei in the fall of 2000 with a cast and design team made up of Miami-based artists. Since their inaugural production of Helluva Halloween in October of 2000, they have been named "Best Fringe Theater" by the Miami New Times in 2003 and 2005 and have brought South Florida six seasons worth of world premieres including Here in My Car by Ivonne Azurdia and Paul Tei, Portrait by Ivonne Azurdia, Seventy Scenes of Halloween by Jeffrey M. Jones, Tin Box Boomerang by Ivonne Azurdia, Cope by Paul Tei, Fell in Love with a Girl by Samara Siskind, Trembling Hands by Ivonne Azurdia, Artful Dodgers (Carbonell Nomination Best New Work) by Paul Tei.

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