Actors’ Playhouse begins new season with The Toxic Avenger

Actors' Playhouse begins new season with The Toxic Avenger

Pictured is the cast of The Toxic Avenger: (l-r) Dexter Carr, Julie Kleiner, Clay Cartland, Laura Hodos and Joshua Dobarganes.

Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre has begun the 2015-16 Mainstage Season with the Florida premiere production of the Off-Broadway musical comedy The Toxic Avenger playing through Nov. 8.

Based on Lloyd Kaufman’s 1984 cult film of the same name, The Toxic Avenger is a charming and hysterical love story that has it all — an unlikely hero, his beautiful girlfriend, a corrupt New Jersey mayor and two guys who play every other character in the play; including bullies, monsters, old ladies and stiletto-wearing back up singers. “Toxie” is an unconventional contemporary love story with an environmental twist that will rock the house and leave audiences laughing out loud.

In this production, which features several new songs and revised book by the Tony Award-winning creative team of Memphis, Bon Jovi founding member and keyboardist David Bryan and prolific playwright Joe DiPietro, Carbonell Award Winner Clay Cartland takes center stage as the righteous superhero in the title role.

The cast for The Toxic Avenger also features Julie Kleiner as Sarah the blind librarian, Toxie’s hot love interest, Laura Hodos in the duel role of the corrupt Mayor Babs Belgoody as well as Ma Ferd, and Dexter Carr as The Black Dude and Joshua Dobarganes as The White Dude.

Directed by award-winning artistic director David Arisco, The Toxic Avenger will feature music direction by David Nagy, scenic design by Gene Seyffer, set dressing and prop design by Jodi Dellaventura, lighting design by Eric Nelson, sound design by Shaun Mitchell and costume coordination by Ellis Tillman.

Actors’ Playhouse has acquired the Off- Broadway costumes for its production designed by David C. Woolard, along with original mask and prosthetics designed by Louis Zakarian.

“The Toxic Avenger is a hysterical, hot new musical that will have the community buzzing, Arisco said. “This show is traditional Off-Broadway funny and rock-thehouse contemporary, all at the same time.”

The show, which opened on Oct. 16, will play through Nov. 8. Evening performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with afternoon matinees on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Tickets for weeknights and matinees are $45 and on Friday and Saturday evenings, $53. The theater offers a 10 percent senior discount rate the day of performance and $15 student rush tickets 15 minutes prior to curtain with identification. Discounts are based on availability and exclude Saturday and Sunday.

Group discounted rates are offered for 15 or more through the group sales department. Single tickets may be purchased through the box office at 305-444-9293 or online at

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