Mad Cat Theatre Company, Inc. at Miami Theater Center

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The SandBox at Miami Theater Center 9816 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami Shores, Florida 33138

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Charming Acts of Misery

Performing at Mad Cat Theatre Company, Inc. at Miami Theater Center (Apr 17 - Apr 17)

Runtime: 1 Hour 3 Minutes


One Night Only!  April 17th at 7:00 pm or 9:30 pm at the BACKSTAGE of the Fillmore Miami Beach as a part of the South Beach Comedy Festival.  1700 Washington Boulevard, Miami Beach.  VIP tickets are limited.  Reserved seating on first two rows and a special gift from Mad Cat.

Mad Cat Theatre Company is back and yes, the third time is the “charm”, after such previous hits as “Shepherd’s Pie” at the festival in 2010 and “The Preservation Society” at the festival in 2011.

This time Mad Cat company member, Jessica Farr has written a new play “Charming Acts of Misery” that follows the ups and downs of fashion muse Isabella Blow (1958-2007) known to most for her brazen individual style and for discovering Alexander McQueen. As an English magazine editor, Isabella had a pension for pushing the bounds of convention not only in the fashion world, but in her own life. She suffered from depression which led her to seven suicide attempts, one of which was finally successful. She is remembered as a woman of many shades and hats, both tragic and trailblazing.

With this fabulously fashionable figure of endless creativity under the microscope, our heroine pieces together moments of a life in a narrative that can only be summed up as a lifetime lived in full regalia.

Spanning several decades, this whirligig ride into Isabella’s life traverses both the fashion scene and the underpinnings of its central character’s psyche. We follow “Issi” through the jungles of Sri Lanka, New York City and London until the lines between her public and private life become intensely blurred. Get ready South Beach and put a hat on it!

“I don’t bite models. I’ve already had my lunch.” — Isabella Blow

Directed by Paul Tei (last seen on the finale of American Horror Story and known to all as Barry the money launderer on Burn Notice).  Featuring Erin Joy Schmidt, Gregg Weiner, Noah Levine and Yevgeniya Kats.

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Mad Cat Theatre Company, Inc. at Miami Theater Center

Mad Cat is the resident theatre company of Miami Theater Center located in Miami Shores.

Our Mission:

Born in 2000, Mad Cat Theatre Company’s mission is to provide theatre that provokes its audience to re-imagine its surrounding world.  To promote debate by creating work that illuminates the darker regions of our mental and emotional landscape.  To sniff out and ultimately create brazen stories that explore the hypermodernity of society.  Mad Cat Theatre Company is committed to deconstructing itself and its environment through original works, adaptations, multi-media, live music, dance, puppetry and poetry.

PRODUCTION HISTORY ~ Helluva Halloween, Shepherd’s Pie, Here In My Car, Portrait, Shoot, Seventy Scenes of Halloween, Tin Box Boomerang, Cope, Fell In Love With A Girl, Trembling Hands, Betty's Summer Vacation, Arful Dodgers, Action, Matt & Ben, Waiting for Godot, Painted Alice, Terminal Baggage, Mr. Marmalade, Animals and Plants, Everything Will be Different – A Brief History of Helen of Troy, Mister Beast, Some Girl(s), Mixtape, Broadsword, Viva Bourgeois, Shepherd's Pie at the Colony Theater, BroadSword (again, but this time at the Arsht Center), Going Green the Wong Way (Miami and San Francisco and other places in between), The Preservation Society, So My Grandmother Died, Blah Blah Blah, Macbeth & the Monster, RPM, the Hamlet Dog & Pony Show, Cat Lady, Charming Acts of Misery, Blow Me, MIXTAPE 2, Gerald Ford Superfreak, Centralia, The-Star Spangled Girl, Earthquake and Mad Cat and More at the South Beach Comedy Festival, RAM and Lazy Fair.

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