Thursday, Feb 20 - Saturday, Feb 22 - 8 PM
Thursday, Feb 27 - Saturday, Feb 29 - 8 PM
Thursday, Mar 5 - Saturday, Mar 7 - 8 PM
Richmond Historical Home
2521 Stuart Ave
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Directed by Chelsea Burke
Chelsea Burke (Direction) is a theatre artist originallyerge (World Premiere, Firehouse Theatre); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Associate Direction, Virginia Repertory Theatre; Molly House, Girlfriend, Hand Grenades (Richmond Triangle Players); and In Love and Warcraft (Assistant Direction, Kennedy Center MFA Workshop). She is excited to bring this special story to life with two of her favorite Richmond artists. Love to Gabrielle and Levi for all of your incredible focus and dedication, Pooh Corner, Goose, and Ma for all the love and support a gal could ask for. See more of Chelsea's work this spring at TheatreLAB (The Revolutionists opening February 27), SPARC (The Robber Bridegroom opening March 21), and The Children's Theatre at Willow Lawn (Freckleface Strawberry opening April 24)
Set in 1930’s upperclass New York and taking place in a Richmond historical home, socialite Dame Florence Fosrter Jenkins catapults obliviously to infamy along with her partner In crime pianist Cosme Mcmoon, a Mexican American composer/Pianist who comes to New York ready to be discovered only to take a position as accompanist to Dame Jenkins out of desperation, when his own dreams shrivel up. What ensues is a hilarious poignant tale of deep deep friendship.
Gabrielle Maes as Florence Foster Jenkins
Gabrielle Maes moved directly to Jerusalem after her piano degree to continue her studies. She returned and acquired a BFA in vocal performance and a graduate degree in Voice from the University of Concordia , Montreal Canada where she was awarded the Mills Purchase prize for best performer in her final year.
She has lived and performed in 9 countries including Malaysia where she was winner of the Boh Cameronian Award for best actor for her role as Florence Foster Jenkins in the play “Souvenir.” The first woman and the first Caucasian to ever win. She is winner of Canadian Broadway Idol and was nominated for a Mecca Award for best actor for her creation of the one woman show “Bedraggled”.
Since moving to Richmond, she has performed extensively as a singer/actor and has produced many high level edgy performances, engaging groups like Jefferson Baroque, Richmond Latin Ballet Quill Theatre Intertwining various disciplines. She has just started her own radio show on WNTW.
She has taught at the National Theatre School of Canada as well as Lasalle College of Performing Arts and runs her own private studio in Richmond.
Levi Meerovich as Cosme McMoon
Levi Meerovich is absolutely delighted to be joining the illustrious Gabrielle Maes for this wonderful project. Recent credits include Malvolio in TWELFTH NIGHT (Richmond Catholic Theatre), URINETOWN, LEVEL 4 (TheatreLAB), Riff Raff in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (RTP), ATLANTIS, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (Virginia Rep), PRELUDES (RTCC Award for Supporting Actor in a Musical), and WRONG CHOPPED (Firehouse Theatre). Much love to Chelsea, for always having his back, both as a colleague and a friend; his family and friends for helping him grow; and Payton. Enjoy the crazy rhythm!, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (Virginia Rep), PRELUDES (RTCC Award for Supporting Actor in a Musical), and WRONG CHOPPED (Firehouse Theatre). Much love to Chelsea, for always having his back, both as a colleague and a friend; his family and friends for helping him grow; and Payton. Enjoy the crazy rhythm!