Putting Actors Over 50 in the Spotlight

Past Shows

Impressions

By Michael Leeds

July 20 – August 6
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 8 pm
Sunday at 5 pm

Performances will take place at The Abyss Theatre
2304 N Dixie Hwy, Wilton Manors, FL 33305

Degas. Monet. Renoir. Artists who painted indelible images that have lasted for centuries. The Impressionists introduced a new way of looking at the world, allowing the eye and the imagination to re-define the people and places they painted. With Impressions, Michael Leeds employs three exceptional actresses to bring to life the women in their paintings. From a Degas dancer to a Monet matron, Impressions imagines who these women are and what they’re thinking. Art literally brought to life.

MICHAEL LEEDS: (Writer/Director) B’way: Swinging On A Star (Writer/Director Tony Award nom. Best Musical).  Off-B’way: Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah – The Songs of Allan Sherman (Drama Desk Award nom. Best Director/Best Choreographer), the European Premiere of Arthur Miller’s Playing For Time (Edinburgh Fringe Festival First Award), A Little Night Music at Houston Grand Opera starring Frederica Von Stade and Regina for Florida Grand Opera starring Lauren Flanigan. Film:  choreographed End of Summer starring Jacqueline Bisset, co-wrote The Simian Line starring William Hurt and Lynn Redgrave, and The Last Film Festival starring Dennis Hopper. His many South Florida directing credits include Mack And Mabel (Carbonell Best Musical) and The Light In The Piazza (Carbonell nom Best Musical, Silver Palm Award for Direction).  Michael is Associate Artistic Director of Island City Stage where his directing credits include The Twentieth Century Way (Carbonell nom. Best Ensemble), The Timekeepers (6 Carbonell Awards including Best Director and Best Production of a Play), the World Premieres of Have I Got A Girl For You, POZFeeding The Bear and his own play Who Killed Joan Crawford? which received the 2016 Award for Best New Work of 2016 by the Broward/Miami New Times.  His other plays include The First Step – Diary of a Sex Addict, The Gift, Impressions.   Michael teaches an ongoing weekly acting class. (www.LeedsWorkshop.com)

Patti Gardner has performed on most of the South Florida stages and is a multiple Carbonell Award nominee and recipient, having received the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance in Lips Together, Teeth Apart with Palm Beach Dramaworks.  Some productions include Our Town, Picnic (Palm Beach Dramaworks), The Trouble With Doug (Arts Garage), Pippin, Chicago (Raton Theatre Guild) The Anarchist (Primal Forces Productions), Sons Of The Prophet, Defiance, Casa Valentina, Superior Donuts,Stalking The Boogeyman (GableStage), Into The Woods, Company (THEATREZONE). Patti will be performing with Island City Stage this summer in Stuart Meltzer’s play, The Goldberg Variations. Patti has performed nationally with Menopause The Musical for sixteen years and extends love and gratitude to her ever-growing (soon to have fourth grandchild) family.

Karen Stephens, a South Florida Theatre veteran, was most recently seen in the developmental production of Allison Gregory’s, Motherland, at FAU’s Theatre Lab, and as GOD in MTC’s Everyman. A multiple Carbonell nominee, Karen was awarded Best Actress for Zoetic Stage’s Fear Up Harsh and New Times Best Actress for The Women’s Theatre Project’s production of Sarah Jones’ award-winning, Bridge and Tunnel. TV appearances include Bloodline, Burn Notice, The Glades. For more info www.karenstephensonline.com

Barbara Sloan has been acting in the South Florida area for over 20 years.  Some of her favorite roles include Vivian Bearing in Wit, Virginia Wolf in Vita and Virginia, and the one-person shows High Dive and 2.5 Minute Ride. She has earned 6 Carbonell nominations, a Silver Palm and New Times Award for Best Actress in a Drama. Barbara also teaches physical theatre, movement, and yoga, and is a voice over artist.  She has been a proud member of Actors Equity for 20 years.

Ellen Wacher (Executive Producer) has been a proud and active member of SAG-AFTRA for many years and currently serves as Vice President of the SAG-AFTRA Miami local.  Her activity on the SAG-AFTRA National Women’s Committee and her recent project – a live screening of a report on Women over 50 in SAG-AFTRA clearly brought into focus for her the need to better recognize actors (and audiences) over 50 – from theater to television and film. Ellen has a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Michigan and prior to becoming a full time actor (Rumors, The Sisters Rosensweig, Joseph Andrews, The False Witness) she had successful careers in other fields. She is a former teacher, having worked at all levels, teaching a variety of subjects to a diverse student population. Most recently she was a College Instructor of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Ellen was also was a government lobbyist working with the State Legislature specializing in transportation issues.   For more information about Ellen Wacher, visit www.ellenwacher.com.