Fort Lauderdale, FL – The World Premiere of A Measure of Cruelty by Joe Calarco plays Mosaic Theatre from April 19, 2012 – May 13, 2012. While in real life the true Michael Brewer burned youth attends trials with his accused now 16 year olds youthful offenders possibly being charged as adults. A play by award winning authour Joe Calarco at Mosaic Theatre using the real 911 calls, breaking news reports and the true heinoues story of Michael Brewer who was burned by rubbing alcohol poured over his entire body and lit ablaze comes to life on stage in A Measure of Cruelty.
The burned child who jumped into a swimming pool was left with burns on over 65 % of his body. Now after attending a burn unit and months of physical rehabilitation Michael is left with scars all over his arms, back, and chest. America is left with eternal scars and the story to tell on stage while the true life story plays out in the court system. This and many herendese acts of bullying have opened the window sheding light on our young society that has turned its head away from respecting life and educating our youth. A Measure of Cruelty by Joe Calarco may not tell the precise story but by using real life details and added characters he is sharing a semblance of a horrific change in our society that is noted everyday violence on news stations across the nation.
The story could be told with many breaking news stories but by using Michael ‘s surviving story and Americas most horrendous buring of a child the audience will be left with scars that can be exposed and talked about long after the play and our court system decides on life changing decisions. Judgment is left to the audience and the future of our youth who can change and respect life in the future. We must all thank Funding Arts Broward/Knight New Work Award as this production was made possible by them.
The play disciption from Mosaic Theatre states “As a peaceful South Florida neighborhood is rocked by headlines, a local bar owner struggles to keep the peace with his son. But as a storm grows ever closer, the men are forced to come to terms with each other and their long-guarded secrets. Starring Todd Allen Durkin with his burning performance, Dennis Creaghan with a heroic performance and Andrew Wind playing a real life character that only a mother could love or a theatre audience patron.
Who can respect the bringing to life a person that has taken away the innocence of countless survivors? Only live theatre, the art of re-telling a horrific true life event on stage by actors who give every ounce of energy to their characters and play. Directed with decisive vison by Richard Jay Simon. The cast may be the stars but Richard Jay Simon has to be commended for choosing some of the best professional actors the state of Florida has to offer. Telling a hurtful true life story is not easy but with help of Senic Design by Douglas Grinn using a bar with the every intricate piece of detail from an air conditioner unit to the first dollar the bar ever made posted behind the bar with family and bar patrons photos setting the mood and scene.
The Michael Brewer Project based on a true story of local youth pouring flamable liquid and burning another child inspired A Measure of Cruelty which is now at the Mosaic Theatre. Award winning authour Joe Calarco has used real life 911 phone calls, TV news reports and the true story of youth who doused rubbing alcohol on a 15 year old child burning 65 % of the young boys body. A Measure of Cruelty sheds light on burning issues of a horrific story by using Dennis Creaghan as a bar owner who is trying to raise monies for the local victum while his son Todd Allen Durkin deals with his own psychological scars of war. All have secret crimes that try to help us all understand our dysfuntional society. Child attacker Andrew Wind may show you another side to this burning story. Whether you are left with hate for this young man or empathy from his childhood. We are left with the burning question of how do we teach respect of life? This play may be the first step to education.
The excellent production team includes Director Richard Simon, Associate Director Jon Saldivar, Production Stage Manager Linda Harris, Senic Designer/Techinical Director Douglas Grinn, Lighting Director John Hall, Sound Designer Matt Corey, Costume Designer K. Blair Brown, Properties Master Terry Lawrence and Assistant Stage Manger Igor Yachmenov.
World premiere of Joe Caralco’s A Measure of Cruelty at the Mosaic Theatre. Production photos by George Schiavone. For tickets call 954-577-8243 or visit www.mosaictheatre.com. Mosaic Theatre is located at 12200 W Broward Blvd., Plantation, FL.
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