Founded in 2010, we are dedicated to serving the local arts community. Our shows include 2 full length plays and our ever popular Short Cuts series consisting of 8 short, 10 minute plays. Our shows are a combination of original comedies and dramas submitted by local South Florida playwrights and chosen for production via a calculated selection process. We are all original, all the time!
We produce our 3 original shows each season at the Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton, Fl. Tickets are available at willowtheatre.org or by calling 561-347-3948
Murder at the Butcher’s will kill you with laughter. Be prepared to join the cast of this crazy mystery farce as the audience participates in the mayhem when Benny Benjamin and his wife Miriam find a body in the refrigerator of their butcher shop in Brooklyn. Oh, and by the way, don’t insult it by calling it just “a fridge.” Benny wants you to know it’s an American Arctic 421B Super Cooler, with integrated stucco embossed corrosion resistant... Well, he’ll tell you more at the show. Benny and Miriam struggle to cover up a crime they didn’t commit and hide the truth they don’t know. Meanwhile, their daughter loves the delivery man, their neighbor has eyes for the detective and even the dead man has romantic designs. No doubt there’ll be blood on the floor. But don’t worry, it’s a butcher shop! The body is cold, cold, cold, but ticket sales are hot, hot, hot. Get yours now!
Al Pessin is a former foreign correspondent with more than 15 years overseas in a nearly 40-year journalism career at the Voice of America. Al was a member of the Pentagon press corps from 2005-2011 and took numerous trips to Afghanistan with Secretaries Rumsfeld and Gates. In addition, he has been posted to Hong Kong, Islamabad, Beijing, Jerusalem and London, and was a correspondent at the White House and in New York. He has had articles published in the LA Times, Politico, thehill.com, and Defense One among other news outlets. His novel, Sandblast will come out in the spring with two sequels in the works. Murder at the Butcher’s is Al’s first play and it has already been chosen as a finalist in the Royal Palm Literary awards with winners to be announced Oct. 20.
Teresa wrote, directed and acted in her first play when she was 6 years old and has enjoyed telling people what to do ever since! She is thrilled to be directing this excellent cast and plans to bring the house down with laughter! She is chairwomen of the executive board of the Playgroup and has performed in multiple capacities both in front of and behind the scenes serving as actor, director, producer, artistic director, stage manager, stage hand, tech director, set designer, gopher and truck driver. Teresa also co-facilitates the monthly actors/writers workshop and writes the monthly newsletter. She is happily married to fellow actor and hunk Nick LoMonte.
In alphabetical order:
Luis Diaz, David Ehrlich, Fran Friedman, J.C Gutierrez, Nick LoMonte, Julie Mandel, Daniel Malone, Elli Murray, Alina Robert, Megan Zorrilla
November 22 and 23 8pm
November 23 and 24 2pm
The Playgroup’s wildly popular shorts program came back for its 9th season, featuring the very best in South Florida playwriting talent: comedies, dramas and a few surprises. Eight amazing ten-minute plays by South Florida playwrights.
Teresa Biber LoMonte
Young Entrepreneurs by Judy Marilyn Goldstein
When you care enough to shut others up.
Going Up Again by Cynthia Morrison
Help can come from where you least expect it.
Therapy Dog by Les Abramovitz
You can’t put lipstick on a dog.
Larry by Steve D’Oliveira
What if God was one of us?
One Smear Fits All by Marc Rohr
Truth is in the imagination.
A Closed Space - In the Dark by Gale Baker
Sometimes things become clearer in the dark.
The Other Side by Brian Dever
Who would you want as your eternity partner?
A Clean Sweep by Susan Shafer
Love can come in dirty places
Jill Brown, Fran Friedman, Mark Kroczynski, Daniel Malone, Jacqueline Misholy, Rachel Swanzy, Tom Turner, Gabriel Vasquez
Sometimes an old dream, like an old friend, can show up when you need it the most.
Donny Hollenbeck thinks he has created the perfect life for himself. He has a lucrative writing career, a nice girlfriend, and a great looking home in Florida. But when Bobby Cramer, a character from a novel he abandoned years ago, pays him a visit, he starts to realize the place where his dreams took a wrong turn.
Philip Middleton Williams’s first play was The Hunter, followed by Dark Twist, The Purer, Brighter Years, Here’s Hoping, Can’t Live Without You, Ask Me Anything, Last Exit, A Life Enriching Community, and Which Way to the Beach. A Moment of Clarity was a finalist in the City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting in 2017. His work has also been seen in the South Florida One-Minute Play Festivals, the Midwest Dramatist Conference 2017 and 2018, The William Inge Theatre Festival New Play Lab 2016 and 2017, Odenbear Theatre of Taos, New Mexico, Theatre Roulette of Columbus, Ohio, and the 2018 Short+Sweet Festival of Sydney, Australia. He is a member of The Dramatists Guild.
Robert Ayala, Carla Jackson Heller, Leslie Kandel, A. J. Ruiz, Anthony Wolff
JERRY JENSEN (Guest Director) is very excited to work with The Playgroup and Philip Middleton Williams, with whom he collaborated on three one acts for New Theatre’s Miami 1-Acts, Last Exit, A Life Enriching Community and Which Way to the Beach. Jerry’s directed shows for nine local theater companies including: Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues & Rumors; The Lion in Winter; A Thousand Clowns; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; My Fair Lady; All The Great Books (Abridged); The Cocktail Hour, The Dining Room, Private Lives, It’s Only a Play!, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Kindertransport, and The Goodbye Girl - The Musical He’s also been in high demand as Production Stage Manager for over two dozen productions, including Hair for MNM Productions at the Kravis Center, The Addams Family Musical and Murdered to Death at Evening Star Productions, Island City Stage’s revival of The Timekeepers at Levis JCC; 3 shows for the B’Nai Torah Theater Arts Series; a full season at The Plaza Theatre, and two seasons for twelve New Theatre productions, including several world premieres. As Executive Director of the Wichita Center for the Arts, he oversaw the Midwest Premiers of Stephen Schwartz’s Children of Eden and Rags and the World Premiere of John Caird’s eventual Tony-nominated Broadway musical Jane Eyre. Additionally, he’s acted in over 60 shows in 9 states, locally in 12 Angry Men, Doubt, Bent, Footloose, and 1776. A great big thank you to everyone in The Playgroup and the Willow Theatre staff for bringing this play and its characters literally to “life”.
Our first show of this season opened with a very funny original play, Approaching the Speed of Life
Doris and Ned are spending a lovely Christmas Eve with their daughter Sadie. The holiday spirit is dampened by the sudden appearance of their estranged son, Junior, dressed in a prison jump-suit. The police arrive shortly, hot on Junior's trail, but where did Junior run off to? It's a cat and mouse game and a not-so-typical Christmas for the family - or the police.
Todd Caster, playwright, is co-founder of Theatre Arts Group in New York's Hudson Valley and The Palm Beach PlayMakers in Delray Beach, Florida. His most notable works produced by The Playgroup LLC include Broken Angels, Little Piggies, and Surfing the Rubicon. He has had over 30 short plays produced by a myriad of regional and national theaters and has had two monologues published by Meriwether Publishing and are included in Audition Monologues for Young Women and The Theatre Audition Book 2. Todd is the newly elected Artistic Director and Producer of the Playgroup and lives in West Palm Beach, Florida with his wife, Mary Ellen.
Approaching the Speed of Life promo video