A photo on Facebook was the catalyst to entice eight alumni to return to re-stage the popular 2002 production of Glengarry Glen Ross. Many ‘likes’ later and a conversation in the comments, all eight cast members are returning – on their own dime – to reprise the popular 2002 production. Several alums are traveling thousands miles. After eleven years, they are all working members in the performing arts community – including Actors’ Equity Association members, high school and university drama teachers and other artists. Closing weekend of FIU Theatre’s annual Alternative Theatre Festival sees this reunion.
This year’s Alternative Theatre Festival is being hailed by Theatre Chair Marilyn Skow as a “Summer of Alumni Giveback”. The alumni agreed to reprise their performances on our stage as special fundraisers for our Theatre Student Scholarship Fund.
The Alternative Theatre Festival opens with the Alumni Showcase (June 20, 21, 22) and closes with a reunion of the 2002 cast of Glengarry Glen Ross (August 8, 9, 10). Other Festival productions are Bachelorette by Leslye Headland (directed by Stephanie Sandoval), Reverse Psychology by Charles Ludlum (directed by Marina Pareja), and A Thousand Years a new play by Kenny Finkle (directed by Michael Yawney – a development piece). Performances are at 8:00PM at the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center, Black Box Theatre.
Closing weekend of FIU Theatre’s annual Alternative Theatre Festival sees the reunion of Glengarry Glen Ross.
About the returning 2002 cast – Glengarry Glen Ross:
Meshaun Labrone Arnold
Meshaun had performed his one-man piece Right To Remain… Tupac internationally in London and nationally in Washington D.C. and at multiple theatre festivals. He has also published a book of poetry “Grasping at Needles”. Meshaun was voted Best Actor in Miami New Times Best Of 2009.
IMDB.com-Meshaun Labrone Arnold
Daniel has been on and off the stage over the last five years. His most recent successes include being part of an award winning sketch comedy troupe, Sitcoms Blow, where he has performed in a variety of venues including the Santa Monica Playhouse as well as the world famous Hollywood Improv located in Hollywood, CA. He will be working on a web series this fall following the success of the YouTube hit ‘Lie Detector’.
He is currently a coordinator on the Emmy award winning Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Ivan R. Lopez
Ivan is thrilled to revive this production of Glengarry Glen Ross and share the stage with his college friends again. He discovered his passion for acting and the theatre while taking an Introduction to Acting class as a student at FIU. Since then, he has acted in over 40 plays and short films in New York, Denver, and Miami. Some favorite roles include Katurian in The Pillowman (White Rose Miami), Hal in Proof (White Rose Miami), Davey in second. (S12E – NY), Treves in The Elephant Man (Denver Center), and Felix in Bird in the Hand (New Theatre). He co-founded and is currently the co-Creative Director of White Rose Miami, a theatre, film and creative education company. He is an adjunct professor at FIU, teaching Introduction to Acting and Dramatic Literature classes. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the National Theatre Conservatory and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Florida International University.
White Rose Miami
Jose (Joe) Llorens
Joe graduated with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from FIU in 2003. During his time here he had the pleasure of working with some of the most talented and driven artists he’s ever met. He remembers Glengarry Glen Ross as his favorite acting experience while at school, and is honored to be back on stage with this collection of brilliant actors.
After his graduation, Joe went on to perform as an Equity Cast Member of Walt Disney World for several years. He is currently living in Winter Garden, FL, and can be seen in commercial spots for Publix Supermarkets and Brighthouse Networks.
Ramon joined FIU’s Theatre program in 2001. He dove into his theatre classes, eager to augment his performance experience as a musician with the high quality acting training provided by FIU Theatre’s excellent faculty. After graduating with a BFA four years later, Ramon spent several years working at various area theatres. Eventually, he transitioned to a career in education, using his training as an actor to play his most important role ever: as a teacher shaping and inspiring the young minds of tomorrow.
Ricky is an award winning actor who has continuously performed on South Florida stages. He has also had roles in USA’s “Burn Notice, Starz Network’s “Magic City”, and A&E’s “The Glades”.
IMDB.com-Ricky Waugh; rickywaugh.com
Also starring: Gustavo David Ortiz and Danny Suarez.
FIU Theatre Presents: ALTERNATIVE THEATRE FESTIVAL 2013
“Glengarry Glen Ross”* | August 8, 9, 10 – 8:00PM
by David Mamet; directed by Wayne E. Robinson, Jr.
Lie. Cheat. Steal. All In A Day’s Work.
– Special alumni reunion, with the entire original 2002 cast reprising their roles!*
Performances contain adult language and situations, not recommended for children.
Tickets*: *Alumni Showcase and Special Alumni Reunion Shows will be fundraisers for
FIU Theatre Student Scholarships, with a suggested $20 donation at the door.
Location: Black Box Theatre, Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center
FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus | 10910 SW 17th St., Miami, FL 33199
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