5 & Dime Presents 'All New People'

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Jville's hippest and newest Theatre Company is presenting a great angsty comedy in the Springfield environs! "All New People" will debut in late February at Pangea Live on Liberty Street, and will witness the return of several alumni from the Springfield Theatre district for the first time in the seven years since the end of the era! Join us for more details after the jump!

The 5 & Dime, A Theatre Company is honored to present the North Florida premiere of All New People by Zach Braff, actor, director and screenwriter best known for television’s Scrubs and the acclaimed film Garden State.  Performances will be held at The Pangea Live, 956 N Liberty St, in Downtown Jacksonville.  Dates and times are February 22, 23, March 1, 2 at 8:00pm and Sunday, March 3 at 5:00pm. Tickets are $15, or discounted for advance sale at $10.  For reservations visit www.The5andDime.org.  The show does contain adult content.

All New People begins with Charlie, taking a winter getaway at a friend's empty summer house. The abandoned location seems just right for the sullen Charlie to make his final escape, until his solitude is interrupted by a parade of misfits. In come a British realtor, the local fireman, and a girl for hire, and the mood turns from angst to amusement and back again. This league of losers gathered at the vacation house on Long Beach Island proves that the heartbroken can be hilarious.

This new production is one that audiences will want to see twice, as the director has challenged each of his four actors to take on two roles in alternating performances. When asked about the perfecting two roles for performance Actor Amanda Morales (Kim and Emma) said, “I find that it's been really useful to compare the very different views on sexuality between Emma and Kim.” Actor Daniel Austin (Charlie and Myron) added, “I would encourage anyone who's coming to the show to strongly consider seeing it with the two different castings- It will be an entirely different experience, and I think it speaks to the play's message strongly to view the same show with "all new people" in it.”

Zach Braff’s work combines coming of age with coming undone, and finds moments of laughter in unexpected places. Actor Carl Vorwerk (Charlie and Myron) reflected, “I think ANP, although a drama, enjoys a fair bit of dark humor.... taking unfortunate real life circumstances, suicide, depression, death, and making light of it is a common human coping mechanism that is prevalent in much of Zach's work.”

From Left: Carl Vorwerk, Amanda Morales, Kat McLeod, Daniel Austin

DANIEL AUSTIN  is a proud graduate of the University of Florida with a BFA in Theater Performance. Born and raised in San Diego, California, Daniel recently returned from spending two years living and learning in New York City. He was last seen in FORBIDDEN BROADWAY at Theatre Jacksonville and ROCKY HORROR at The Edge. Favorite roles include: Lenny in MARISOL, Beethoven in DOG SEES GOD, and Claude in HAIR (Players by the Sea). Daniel is making his debut with The 5 & Dime in ALL NEW PEOPLE.

CARL VORWERK. As a Jacksonville native, Carl attended school at Douglas Anderson for Performance Theatre. After graduating, he moved to England to continue his studies at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA). In 2009, he moved down to London where he acquired a position on the Board of Directors of the award winning Sell A Door Theatre Company. Performance credits include: Saul in WHERE THE SOLITARY EAGLE FLIES (Rosemary Branch Theatre, London); Holden Caulfield in LAST WORD (BBC Radio 4); Davy in BY ORDER OF IGNORANCE (Greenwich Playhouse, London); THE RAILWAY CHILDREN (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Prior Walter in ANGELS IN AMERICA and Eric Young-Love in PRIVATES ON PARADE (LIPA). Carl is currently the head of Drama at Pine Forest School of the Arts. ALL NEW PEOPLE marks his debut with The 5 & Dime.

AMANDA MORALES  was last seen onstage as Magenta in the October 2012 production of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (live). She recently appeared at Players by the Sea as Bitsy Mae Harling in SORDID LIVES, Maggie in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, Nan/Lina in THREE DAYS OF RAIN, Angelina in THE WILDEST, Irene in DIVIDING THE ESTATE, and was an ensemble member in both TOMMY and REEFER MADNESS. She has also appeared on the ABET stage as Annabella, Margaret, and Pamela in THE 39 STEPS and as Karen in THE CHILDREN’S HOUR. Favorite past roles include Velma in CHICAGO, Ariel in FOOTLOOSE, and a principle in THE LARAMIE PROJECT, and THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES. ALL NEW PEOPLE is Amanda’s debut with The 5 and Dime.

KAT McLEOD  is a FSU School of Theatre graduate. She has stage managed many Jacksonville favorites such as Player’s By the Sea’s PARADE, URINETOWN and REEFER MADNESS. Her past stage credits include EVIL DEAD, THE MUSICAL (Shelly) and MATT AND BEN (Matt Damon). This is Kat’s debut on the Jacksonville stage and her first show with The 5 & Dime.

The cast and crew also include Actor Kat McLeod, Director Ron Shreve, Assistant Director Brandon Mayes, Production Designer and Manager Lee Hamby, and Costume Stylist Juliet Fixel.

Both Daniel Austin and Juliet Fixel were among the youngest performers in the Springfield Theatre district back in the mid 2000s!  Lets all hope that this is the beginning of a return of performance to Jville's oldest district!

The 5 & Dime, is continuing its tradition of hosting exciting and innovative artistic events in Jacksonville’s Urban Core.  For more information and reservations visit www.The5andDime.org.