Jack’s an actor; Olivia’s a playwright. They’re better at kissing than communicating!
Can they learn the language of love? Watch as they perform classic scenes: “first date,” “awkward breakup” and “happy ending.” A meta-theatrical romantic comedy from South Florida.
Kimberly Patterson presented Fluency at the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival and the 2008 Orlando International Fringe Festival.
Jill Jichetti (director/Olivia): is a director, performer and writer in several genres. Previous directing credits include Kimberly Patterson’s Goat Song at the Midtown International Theater Festival. Jill is a Member of Rake Theater and the Artistic Director of Lifeblood Theater Company. Jill’s FringeNYC writing/directing credits for Lifeblood include The Boy on the Other Side of the World (2007) and Reference Material [3am Pie] (2002). As a 2008 recipient of an Excellence Award in Literary Arts from the Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island (COASI), she performs her blog-published fiction, “Angels Dares'”, at COAHSI’s Summerfest in June. The story, a fictional serial yet to be concluded, can be found on her homepage JillWrites.com. She has written numerous one-acts and ten minute plays, two of which were presented at Sundog Theatre’s Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry. She has also reviewed theater for OffOffOnline.com. Jill received her Master of Arts from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2001 where she concentrated her studies in Playwriting and Interdisciplinary Ideas of the Postmodern. She has taught several levels of writing classes in the English Department at the College of Staten Island (City University of New York). At CUNY, she has also taught classes in technical theater and stage management.
Martin Soole (Jack): A native of Iowa and graduate of Webster Conservatory, Martin works consistently in Film, Theatre, and T.V. He can be seen playing lead roles in the upcoming films “The Children of Fleeting Light” and The Samsung Mobile Fresh Film “Regularly Scheduled Programming”.
Nicole Serra (stage manager): Nicole is a stage manager/actress/director and graduate of University of Miami, where she received a B.A. in Theatre and English Literature. She has also trained at Queen Mary, University of London, as well as SITI Company and the Barrow Group in NYC. She served as Associate Director of the Drama program at Theatre Arts Center for two years and has also worked with The Foundry Theatre, City Lights Youth Theatre, The Watermark Ensemble, and the CASA program through Queens Theatre in the Park.
Jenny DeJarnette is depressed. She’s just been dumped by her boyfriend, is panicked about money, and is still struggling with the recent death of her father. She figures that spending the summer in Florida, house-sitting for her grandparents, will be a tranquil vacation — an opportunity for her to regroup and take control of her life again. But the universe has other plans. It’s tropical storm season, and a hurricane is heading her way. Is Jenny prepared for yet another disaster?
Written by: Kimberly Patterson
Directed by: Kimberly Patterson and Rob Yoho
Starring Alyson Innes as Jenny
Sound Design: Christopher Hudspeth
Alyson Innes (Jenny)
Alyson, born in Hollywood, Florida, is a true Florida native. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a Bachelor of Science degree With Distinction in 2000. She has experience both onstage (in Macbeth and Barefoot in the Park) and backstage, and perfected her comic timing (and balloon animal creation) by working as a clown. Currently, she can be seen performing almost daily in Orlando courtrooms: she graduated cum laude from the University of Miami, School of Law with her Juris Doctor in 2003. Alyson loves spending time with her family, volunteering, traveling and photography.
Rob Yoho (co-director)
Rob is a proud soon to be graduate of the Rollins College Department of Theatre Arts (Performance and Directing Emphases) and he couldn’t be more pleased to be working on Tropical Depression. Prior directing credits include Mr. Marmalade (Rollins College), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Co-Directed with Aléa Figueroa-Yoho, Eyes Pry’d Open Theatre Co.), Proof, and Dinner with Friends (Emma’s Attic at the Titusville Playhouse). In June of this year, Rob will be working as a Touring Actor/Director for Missoula Children’s Theatre, partnered with his wonderful wife, Aléa Figueroa-Yoho. Rob is a proud member of Orlando’s Empty Spaces Theatre Company, where he is currently working on the directing staff of Nine Parts of Desire and performing in Peg O’Keef Fixes the World, also premiering at the 2010 Orlando Fringe Festival. His sincerest thanks go out to Kim and Alyson.
Kitty McCrory (Fat Tom)
No, the cat doesn’t appear on stage. But he’s definitely an important cast member! You know… like Godot.
I have never actually been in a hurricane.
Aly has been in several, as have Rob and Chris (our sound guy). For the creation of this play, I had to do a lot of research. I read articles, watched a video of Hurricane Charley, and sent around a survey for folks to fill out. I asked everyone I came across to tell me about their experiences.
It was extremely gratifying to hear people in the audience give a knowing chuckle or two as my character went about her preparations. One person came up to me on the Lawn o’ Fabulousness to tell me how glad he was that we acknowledged that wind was the primary focus of a hurricane — not thunder and lightning, which is often used for effect.
I believe this summer’s hurricane predictions come out today or tomorrow. Some forecasters are concerned about the low-pressure system that’s already birthed itself near the Carolinas, a week before hurricane season actually kicks off. Other people are worried about how the oil spill will play in to all of this. If the oil gets into the Loop Current (which it seems like it’s poised to do), we could end up with oil all along the entire Florida coastline, exacerbated by storm winds and coastal flooding. A woman on the radio this morning is doing what she can to control any potential hysteria: “The oil isn’t going to KILL you. But a hurricane is going to be a little more serious. That’s what we need to pay attention to right now.” Straight to the point.
I’m going to feel kind of bad if we have a rough season in Florida this year. Of course, if we do get a hurricane, I’ll also get lots of first-hand knowledge to use for my script revisions.