Stasz/Pruitt Productions

A Kind Kind Man

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Thursday, February 24 7:30pm
Saturday, February 26 2:30pm
Wednesday, March 2 9:00pm
Friday, March 4 6:00pm
Saturday, March 5 7:00pm



Under the guidance of seasoned director Zach Stasz, A KIND KIND MAN, features the stand-out cast of Jeffrey Coyne, Tali Custer, and Victoria Guthrie. When 14-year-old Flora shows up on Willard's doorstep selling toothpaste with a smile, Willard's repressed masculinity surfaces -triggering desires to drop his perfect muffin baking wife and run off with the unwilling Flora to the Virgin Island. Little Red Riding Hood meets dentistry in this sinfully funny farce.

Directed by Zach Stasz and Produced by Elliott Pruitt and Zach Stasz, A KIND KIND MAN is a must-see as part of Horse Trade Theater Group's 2011 FRIGID Festival. Written by Catherine Weingarten, the show was first conceived at POWERHOUSE Theater's 2010 Playwright Apprentice Readings Festival and directed by Playwrights Horizon's Head of creating original work, Tomi Tsunoda. This playwright is sure to turn heads with her provocative language and outrageous situations.

Tali Custer (Flora) is graduating in May from Pace University with a BFA Degree in Acting and a Dance minor. NYC: Serenade (Red) at La MaMa E.T.C., NY premieres of Angels as We Fall and Mommy Made a Monster at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, and Box at the IRT Theater. Pace: Spring Awakening (Martha), Macbeth (Witch #3), and the premiere of West20East, and collaborative production directed by Broadway's The Lion King's resident director Darren Katz. She is a member of Improbable Stage Company, a NY based movement theater company, and is currently studying part time at Atlantic Acting School. Thanks and love to Mom and Bill.

Jeffrey Coyne (Willard), a trial attorney with fourteen years' experience, caught the acting bug with a lead role in the feature film "Pussyfoot." In May of 2010 Jeffrey moved to the stage appearing in a lead role in the one act play "The Dog House" and he followed that with a lead role in the one act "A Family Dysfunction" as well as roles in "The Patent Application" at the International CringFest, "Julius Caesar", and also playing Lord Montague in "Romeo & Juliet" at Wings Theatre. He is very excited and filled with gratitude to be involved in A Kind Kind Man at the 2011 Frigid.

Victoria Guthrie (Petunia) was recently seen Off Bway: in “The Shanghai Gesture” at The Julia Miles Theater directed by Bob Kalfin (Tony and Drama Desk award winner) and has participated in readings at Primary Stages. Television: “The Onion News Network” premiers this Jan. on the IFC and “Michael and Michael Have Issues”. Film: numerous projects in the film festival circuit. Victoria studied with Terry Schreiber (T. Schreiber Studio) and Casey Childs (Primary Stages).

Catherine Weingarten (Playwright) is a sophomore at Bennington College studying drama and gender. She started off her playwriting with a masculine 24 hour play at Bennington college. She was then a finalist in the college wide playwriting festival for her play, "Venus mars and Torturous Change your life Intense Idealistic Love." artistically directed by Sherry Kramer and received a reading of her play. Since then she has studied with Nastaran Ahmadi as a Vassar Powerhouse playwriting apprentice, Abi Basch and Sherry Kramer.

Zach Stasz is originally from Rochester, NY and graduated from Nazareth College (2008) with a BA in Theatre Arts and Mathematics. NYC productions include Sure Thing, The Philadelphia, and The Universal Language at the Producers Club. Rochester productions include BASH, Wonder of the World, An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein, and Fat Pig. Zach is co-founder of Stasz/Pruitt Productions and a Soundpainter enthusiast.

Elliott Pruitt, one half of the creative team at Stasz/Pruitt Productions, is honored to start out a brand new and promising year by premiering a new play in the 2011 Frigid Festival. Originally from Rochester, NY, Elliott is currently spending most of his time in his home town; working on other projects for Stasz/Pruitt Productions. 2011 is going to be an extrodinary year for the company as they take it to another level of performance and creativity.

"Tali Custer (Flora) delivers a captivating performance...."


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