Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Meet the Cast: "Blame It On Beckett" at Island Theater Company

The cast of "Blame It On Beckett," from left: Jared Wagner,
Abby Yetter, John Moulton and Mai Puccio.
Here's the cast and some more info on the Island Theater Company comedy "Blame It On Beckett."

John Moulton as dramaturg, Jim Foley
Mai Puccio as famous playwright, Tina Fike
Jared Wagner as theater general manager, Mike Braschi
Abby Yetter as literary intern, Heidi Bishop

"Blame it On Beckett," sponsored by Centennial Bank, will run for nine shows at the Rose History Auditorium, 180 S. Heathwood Drive, from November 1-16.

Tickets, $20, are available at Centennial Bank, the Marco Island Historical Society Gift Shop,, 239-394-0080 and at the door. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; curtain for Sunday matinees is 2:30 p.m.

Complete press release below.

The cast of "Blame It On Beckett."
Island Theater Company Announces cast for John Morogiello comedy "Blame It On Beckett"

    Marco Island, FL: (September 11, 2013) . . . The Island Theater Company is pleased to announce the cast of "Blame It On Beckett".

The cast includes:
  • John Moulton as dramaturg, Jim Foley
  • Mai Puccio as famous playwright, Tina Fike
  • Jared Wagner as theater general manager, Mike Braschi
  • Abby Yetter as literary intern, Heidi Bishop

    John Moulton made his stage debut earlier this year in ITC's Mama Won't Fly.  He had several signature parts, including bar-keep "Mitch", truck driver "Red", and his most memorable and fashionably dressed character, "Spud Farley", complete with spike heels. This is John's first lead role.

    Mai Puccio is a graduate of Bennington College with a BA in Theater Arts.
She has appeared in many theater productions in Naples and on Marco Island
including Wally's Cafe, Art of Murder, Crimes Of The Heart, Annie, Fiddler
On The Roof.  She gave an  amazing performance in the lead role of Myrtle
Dyrtle in ITC's debut production A Bad Year For Tomatoes. She most recently
performed the role of Myra Bruhl in Marco Players Death Trap.
Jared Wagner is a graduate of AADA in New York and has an extensive
background in theater.  In addition to performing in over forty shows from
South Bend to New York to Marco, he includes improv in his list of credits.
Earlier this year Jared debuted on Marco as Clifford Anderson in Marco
Players production of Death Trap.   Some of his favorite roles include Mrs.
Turnblad in Hairspray, Thenardier in Les Miz, Marcellus in Music Man and Dr.
Einstein in Arsenic and Old Lace.

    Abby Yetter began acting in community theater productions at age 5.  She
graduated high school early and completed her B.A. in 3 years. She has a
long list of credits in theater, film, television, commercials and
voiceovers. She has been trained in acting, dance, and voice and has
performed in numerous productions throughout  Pennsylvania, New York and Las
Vegas. Her favorites include Peter Pan, Annie, Les Miserables, and Rumors.
This is Abby's first performance in Southwest Florida and with ITC.

    "Blame it On Beckett" is an interesting look at human nature and the
phenomenon of what people will do to get ahead. It is a theme that everyone
can relate to on some level.
    The main character, Heidi Bishop, is a wide-eyed dramaturgy intern, eager
to better American drama. What she encounters instead is an endless stream
of bad scripts by desperate playwrights, and an literary office filled with
cynicism and turf battles, led by her bitterly hilarious boss Jim Foley.
When Heidi's efforts to improve things run into unintended consequences, she
is forced to confront her idealism with reality to save her career,
reputation, and relationships.

    "A little gem of a comedy. Morogiello clearly knows his milieu.
    "Witty. It specializes in the sort of insider's winking jokes that make
audiences feel clever." The New York Post
    "Blame it On Beckett", sponsored by Centennial Bank, will run for nine
shows at the Rose History Auditorium / 180 S. Heathwood Drive, from November 1 through 16.
Show days and dates:
Thursday...November 14
Friday...November 1, 8, 15
Saturday...November 2, 9, 16
Sunday...November 3, 10

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Centennial Bank / 615 Elkcam Circle,
or at the Marco Island Historical Society Gift Shop / 180 S. Heathwood.
Tickets are also available online at, by calling
239-394-0080 or at the door.  Evening performances begin at 7:30 pm. Sunday
matinee performances are at 2:30 pm.  Doors open half hour prior to

The November 1st Opening Night tickets include the "Meet the Cast" party,
hosted by Centennial Bank, immediately following the performance.
Group discounts are available!  To reserve seats for a group of 10 or more,
please call the Box Office at 239-394-0080 to make your reservations and
receive 10% off on your order. Student groups receive additional discounts.
    Volunteers are the backbone of any theater group.  The Island Theater
Company is always looking for energetic, fun, friendly folks who can help
"behind the scenes" with set construction, painting, and technical support.
Please call 394-0080 if you are interested or would like additional
    For additional information or photos regarding "Blame It On Beckett"
contact the Island Theater Company office (239) 394-0080.

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