Broadway's Herrera Stars in FL World Premiere of When the Sun Shone Brighter May 12-June 20

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12 May 2010

Christopher Demos-Brown's When the Sun Shone Brighter, the story of a charismatic young Cuban-American politician tangled in a web of sex, lies and ambition, begins May 12 in a world-premiere production by Florida Stage. Tony Award nominee John Herrera is among its players.



This fifth show of the 2009-10 season is also the final production that will play the company's strip-mall home in Manalapan, FL, before the move to the new home — the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach.

The new drama by South Florida writer Demos-Brown is billed as "a fiery and sultry new play" about the young Mayor of Miami, who decides to run for Senate. His ambition is his undoing. Producing artistic director Louis Tyrrell will direct. This play contains strong language, adult themes and brief nudity.

Opening is May 14. Performances will play to June 20.

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The cast includes Dan Domingues as José "Joe" Sanchez-Fors, Jr.; Tony nominee John Herrera (Neville in Broadway's The Mystery of Edwin Drood) as Manny Arostegui; Natasha Sherritt as Liz Sanchez-McGovern; Bill Schwartz as José Sanchez, Sr.; Brandon Morris as Det. Dwayne Grant; and Cliff Burgess as Anthony "Tony" Rinaldi.

The creative team includes Kent Goetz (scenic designer), Richard Crowell (lighting designer), Michiko Kitayama Skinner (costume designer) and Matt Kelly (sound design).

Demos-Brown is a writer and practicing attorney. Most of his writing deals in some way with South Florida, where he was raised and still lives. When the Sun Shone Brighter was a finalist for the National New Play Network's 2008 Smith Prize and a winner of the Actors' Playhouse 2008 "Page to Stage" Competition. His other plays include Tropical Depression (developed with the support of The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis) and Our Lady of Allapattah (getting its world premiere in the coming season at GableStage in Coral Gables, FL).

For information, visit www.floridastage.org.