THE STUDIOS OF KEY WEST – one of the leading multidisciplinary arts & culture organizations in South Florida and the Florida Keys – is pleased to announce the continuation of StudioWorks, a streaming theater series that brings innovative productions to at-home audiences. Though February, an original digital theater production will be released and available to stream each month. Created by theater artists all over the country, StudioWorks productions can be purchased individually or as a subscription at vimeo.com/ondemand/studioworks.
The third show, Repair, will be available on Friday, January 13. This cinematic and theatrical hybrid was filmed on location in a working garage in Queens. Two worlds collide over a tragic incident when a car pulls into a closed body shop one night in the middle of a downpour. When the mechanic goes outside to let the driver know the shop isn’t open, he quickly discovers that nothing about the encounter is random. Repair was written by Michael Marrero and Julio Trinidad, directed by Michael Marrero, and stars Leon Addison Brown (Drama League Award nominee) and Julio Trinidad. Tony Award-winning sound designer Sun Hee Kil composed the score.
“Our goal was to combine theater and film into a unique hybrid,” says co-writer and director Michael Marrero.“We shot on location at a garage in Corona, Queens, in the middle of winter which was challenging but added the authenticity we were looking for. Almost all recording of plays are set on stage, by bringing an audience to the actual location we were able to blur the lines between the theatrical and filmic even further. It was cold, it was greasy, pigeons were roosting in the rafters, all these elements saturated the experience for the audience and the crew. For the filming we kept the camerawork loose and intuitive with no boundaries. At times the camera operators would be following the actors ‘onstage’ as the action unfolded. The experience was a unique and wonderful challenge.”
“This project was a multi-layered undertaking,” adds co-writer and co-star Julio Trinidad. “Its two major components were the story that we wrote on the page, and the story we wanted to create on set. The play is a dramedy about a driver and a mechanic trapped in a repair shop. We watch as these individuals struggle to survive each other as a horrific truth is laid bare compelling the other to murder. The story that existed beyond the page is what made this production special. It was all about how a community embraced the energy of this traveling circus of filmmakers, who had the ambition of turning a functioning mechanic shop into a theater space. Our intention to collaborate and bring Broadway talent, a crew of Tony and Emmy-winning artists, all to inspire the possibility of this art within our marginalized communities. ‘The world’s a stage’ as they say, and we intend to explore every bit of it.”
StudioWorks productions can be purchased as a package for $35 for the full season all four shows. Individual plays can be purchased beginning the day of their release for $10 each. The productions are available to stream for six months starting on November 11, or six months from date or purchase.
StudioWorks’s four-production series offers dynamic performances by noted theater, television and film actors including Michael Urie, Ann Harada, Colby Lewis, Constance Shulman, and Leon Addison Brown, among others. Featuring great stories and showcasing remarkable contemporary talent, the series includes an exclusive mix of virtual world premiere productions. The season will finish in March with an encore presentation of nationally-acclaimed Smithtown, the inaugural streaming play produced by The Studios in 2020 in an effort to keep theater alive during the pandemic.
OTHER SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
The Mon Valley Medium
This darkly comedic tale takes place when a murder sends a working-class community into chaos. Written, directed and performed by Pittsburgh native Alec Silberblatt, the story centers on Mack, a local man, who relays the story as he struggles with the guilt he feels about his role in it all.
Unstuck as F@#k
The piece iswritten and performed by Orlando Bishop and directed by Anika Larsen. Over the course of 70 minutes, LA-based entertainer and comedian Bishop commands the stage as he tells the hilarious and at times heartbreaking story of his life—from growing up in the concrete jungle of Flatbush, Brooklyn to his years in the ivory tower of Yale—and all the ups and downs that came after.
FEBRUARY 10, 2023
The Studios will re-release Smithtown, a play acknowledged around the country by The New Yorker,TheaterMania,andThe New York Times. Smithtown was written by Drew Larimore and directed by Stephen Kitsakos, Artistic Associate of The Studios of Key West. The story consists of a series of four interconnected but distinct monologues featuring an ensemble of top Broadway and television actors: Michael Urie (Broadway revival of Torch Song, “Ugly Betty”), Ann Harada (Avenue Q and Cinderella on Broadway), Colby Lewis (Chicago’s Hamilton, “Chicago Med”), and Constance Shulman (“Orange is the New Black” on Netflix, The Rose Tattoo on Broadway). Incisively dark and funny, Smithtown shines a spotlight on the ways we communicate, and miscommunicate, in a rapidly evolving digital era, when the rules of conduct change by the minute, and loneliness and isolation seem to be the order of the day.
THE STUDIOS OF KEY WEST is known for its Artist Residency Program, which offers residencies to the brightest and most promising talent. Writers, visual artists, musicians and theater artists are invited to spend one month on the island, creating, collaborating, and producing original work. Several of the StudioWorks productions have resulted through these collaborations. More information about the program can be found at tskw.org.