Dance Nation: Regional Premiere of An NY Times Acclaimed Comedy
South Florida's award winning professional theatre company, Thinking Cap Theatre at The Vanguard, has secured performance rights to Clare Barron's hot, new comedy about competitive teen dancers! DANCE NATION premiered in New York City in the spring of 2018-- Thinking Cap Theatre's production will be the play's first regional production!About the Play:Somewhere in the middle of America, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plots to take over the world. Their mighty leader, Dance Teacher Pat (played by Carbonell Award Winner John Manzelli) shares a passion for dance that rivals that of Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller. Dance Teacher Pat is "making the future with dance!" Nationals are one month away. And if the troupe's new routine is good enough, victory (and a gawdy 4 foot trophy) will be theirs at the Boogie Down Grand Prix in . . . Tampa Bay, FL! Thought provoking, moving, and uproariously funny, Dance Nation is a play about budding dreams, growing up, and finding one's soul in the heat of it all. The tremendously talented cast also includes Elena Maria Garcia (Fuacata), Beverly Blanchette, Jim Gibbons, Jeanine Gangloff Levy, Bree-Anna Obst, Emma Magner, Carol Sussman and Jordan Patriarca. Directed by Nicole Stodard. Choreographed by Kevin Black.About the Playwright:Clare Barron grew up in Wenatchee, Washington. Her plays include You Got Older (HERE/P73) Baby Screams Miracle (Clubbed Thumb Summerworks); Solar Plexus (Ensemble Studio Theatres Marathon of One-Act Plays); and a boy put this girl in a cage with a dog and the dog killed the girl (developed at The Atlantic Center for the Arts, Colt Coeur, and The Bushwick Starr). She is the 2014 P73 Playwriting Fellow. She is a member of Youngblood at EST and a recipient of an EST/Sloan grant to develop Old Four Legs a play about a prehistoric fish. She is also an actor and has appeared in Target Margins Uncle Vanya and The Tempest in NYC, and Masrah Ensembles Arabic-English production of Mud in Beirut, Lebanon. Most recently she appeared in The Consultant (Long Wharf Theater) written by Writer/Director Lab alumna Heidi Schreck.
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