NEW SCREENPLAY PREMIERES AT LAKE PARK MIRROR BALLROOM
On Tuesday evening, January 22nd, writer/producer/director Peter Marzilli presented his latest screenplay to a packed house of avid fans eager to hear his words. Smoke & Mirrors, the story of a stage crew determined to save the theater that had been their home for twenty years, focuses on the battle between protagonist John Merchant and antagonist Foster Brimson, a corporate raider hiding behind the mask of patron on the arts.
Marzilli, an alumnus of The Burt Reynolds Institute for Film & Theatre, studied acting for the stage and musical performance at Southeastern Massachusetts University, Eastern Connecticut State University and California Institute of the Arts.
Marzilli chose his actors from among the very talented professionals who study at The Burt Reynolds Institute, many under the master himself – Burt Reynolds. Reynolds, who is known for supporting his students in all their endeavors, sat front and center, surrounded by his dedicated staff and students from BRIFT.
Smoke & Mirrors was presented as a staged reading, meaning that no costumes or sets were used. The actors were seated on the stage, script in hand, and only stood to present their lines as s scene demanded. This allowed the audience to focus on the dialogue and plot without being distracted by set changes. To help the audience understand the evolving storyline, Douglas Rill, Chairman of the BRIFT board of directors, provided narration.
Marzilli, who is Special Events Director for the Cuillo Centre for the Arts and Assistant Technical Director for Palm Beach Opera, is a recipient of the Rhode Island Arts Grant and the Outstanding Achievement in the Performing Arts Award from the Newport Arts Society. He is a master craftsman and set designer, who enjoys creating unique backdrops for the many stage shows he manages.
For more information, visit Peter Marzilli’s website at: http://www.petermarzilli.com/