Written and Directed by Deborah Bostock-Kelley | Stage Managed by Athena Schorsch | Sound and Lights by Rachel Tew | Set Dressed by Shirley Overton | Original Music by Janet Scaglione

Contributing Authors: Stephan Bielawski, Tom Bostock, LeeAnn Smith, Martha Velez, Felicia Sabartinelli, Newt Pantalones, Georgia Kosloski, Barry Silber, Kym Welch, Norma Caltagirone, Shirley Overton, Danielle Trzcinski, Amy C. Ragg, Alexa Sheppard, Naomi Sample, Marc Sanders, Ashley Kix and multiple anonymous writers.

DIRECTOR’S NOTES 

Being back stage, preparing for a show is where lifelong friendships are born. You arrive 60 to 90 minutes in advance, get dressed, do your hair and makeup, and wait for the audience to be seated, hold for latecomers, so to pass time, you talk quietly in the dressing rooms…. about anything and everything. During “Love, Loss and What I Wore” this year, the conversation somehow turned to bras and boobs. I was literally shocked at how many breast cancer survivors were together in this crowded dressing room in a show about memories of clothing. It was at that moment that “Breast Advice” was born.

Before I even had a venue, I posted a request on Facebook for people’s true stories about breasts. Fran Powers posted a comment that Powerstories would host this production, should it come to be. I then held my breath and waited. In less than a month, credited and anonymous writers shared their honest, funny, eye-opening, and heart-breaking stories about breast sizes and shapes, the space between breasts, uneven breasts, sports bras, augmentation, third boob syndrome, gender fluidity, men’s appreciation, man boobs, breastfeeding, and breast cancer. Some bravely are telling their own stories, performing in this production.

Once the monolouges were organized and compiled into something that felt like a show, I asked Fran if we could donate a portion of the tickets sales to The Affirmations Project, a local nonprofit that provides support to breast cancer and domestic abuse survivors, a group that helped a dear friend of mine, a breast cancer survivor. Of course, the response was “Yes.”

Inspired by performing in “Love, Loss and What I Wore” and “The Vagina Monologues,” “Breast Advice” is a play I hope that after seeing, you feel that I and my talented cast did for breasts what Eve Ensler did for vaginas.

CAST (IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE)

Olivia Salgado Mancuso – Narrator

Olivia has loved theater her whole life, and is thrilled for the chance to finally step onto stage again for the first time in years! When she isn’t getting involved with the arts, Olivia studies at Eckerd College, works part-time, and takes care of her (numerous!) animals with her best friend. She has previously worked on the crew of productions with Carollwood Players and Vivid Theater, and is so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such an exciting and empowering new show. Thank you for coming out and supporting local theater-we couldn’t do it without you.

Constantine Kyriakou

For seven years now Constantine Kyriakou has persued acting. This year he joins us fresh off his first lead Musical role in THE PRODUCERS at CAROLLWOOD PLAYERS. He wants to take a moment to thank you, yes you reading this, because you help keep his and many others dreams of art alive.

Naomi Sample

Naomi Sample has been doing theatre since 1987 when she changed her major from Computer
Science to Theatre. She graduated 1990 from University of South Alabama with a BFA IN
Theatre, and moved to California. She performed with traveling and community theatre, and as
a movie extras. She recently moved to the Tampa Bay area from the San Francisco Bay area 3
years ago this July. She has recently been in THE RABBIT HOLE at West Coast Players,
LOVE LOSS AND WHAT I WORE at Carrollwood Players, and ANYTHING GOES at Eight
O’Clock theatre. She enjoys performing and when she is not doing her MAJOR role as Mommy
Dearest, she can be found reading, gardening and planning the next adventure.

Suzy Block Duic

has had boobs – well, real ones since…college. Prior to that they were more like tiny little mounds. Looking younger, however, was beneficial as she was lucky to have had the opportunity to perform in commercials and in the children’s chorus at the New York City Opera as a child. Older actors playing younger characters theoretically brought more maturity to the set/stage and Suzy’s young appearance was a plus back then. Suzy didn’t love looking younger then, but – as we know – things change! Suzy is honored to once again work with the wonderful Deb Kelley and an added bonus is that some of the proceeds will benefit The Affirmations Project. Recent favorite roles include: Writer in “Once Upon Uhh” (Deb Kelly – TBTF); Love Loss and What I Wore, Ann Putnam in “The Crucible” and Grace Hoylard in “Bus Stop” (CWP); Deidre in “Out of the Mouths of Poets (Lab Theatre Project) and Mary Smith in “Run for Your Wife” (EBDT.) A special thanks to Deb for trusting her with her work and to Suzy’s family and friends for their continued support. Suzy performed all of the aforementioned shows with her current boobs.

LeeAnn Smith

LeeAnn is so thankful for this opportunity to be a part of this important show with such a talented cast and writers. Many MANY moons ago she attended a performing arts Highschool in Miami and went on to Southern Methodist University as a BFA major until her life took a dramatic change in direction. She has a bachelors degree in Nursing and is a proud mom of two very artsy teenagers who share her love of attending live theatre. Last year she played Mrs Cratchit in the 2018 Carrolwood Players production of A Christmas Carol which rekindled her passion for being on stage. She is grateful for the most supportive family and friends that always encourage her to be her best and do what brings her joy. LeeAnn recently wrote and directed her first one act play that was performed at The Tampa Bay Theatre Festival. She enjoyed the experience so thoroughly that she set a new goal to have a full length play completed by the end of this year. She jumped at the opportunity to write about breasts because there really is so much to say. It’s fascinating to her that this particular body part made up of fat can bring us such joy, pain, anxiety, or heartache. She hopes you enjoy the show and all the emotions that boobs evoke.

Deborah Bostock-Kelley

Deborah Bostock-Kelley is excited to perform in her original play. She caught the acting bug after a ginormous gap after high school, discovering her love again at Carrollwood Players. Though she is usually writing, directing, or producing, you can ocassionally catch her in a holiday production or staged reading. She was last seen at Carrollwood Players in “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” “The Vagina Monologues,” “The Laramie Project,” “A Christmas Carol,” and in the one acts. She is grateful for the talent that surrounds her and hopes you enjoy the production.

Athena Schorsch

Athena Schorsch is an artist originally from Connecticut who has been living in St. Petersburg for the past 3 years. As a lover of the arts, she’s happy to be involved in such a thought provoking production.

Newt Pantalones

Newt Pantalones, a graduate from Howard W. Blake High School and genderfluid artist native to the Bay area, performs regularly with the Crazy Random Happenstance. Aside from performing, Newt is a sewing specialist for the Walt Disney Company and also designs and creates her own costumes for performances and cosplays. She is very pleased to be a part of the very first performance of Breast Advice.

Meagan Morales-Correa

Meagan Morales-Correa studied Theater and Performance at SUNY Purchase. She is currently working with the American Immersion Theater as an Improv Actor. She’s been in several one-acts, stage reads, and plays around the country. The most recent play being “An Act of the Imagination” at Carrollwood Players. She feels honored to be on the stage with such amazing actors tonight, showing support for the things we often take for granted on our chests.

April Brunner

April Brunner is excited for her acting debut in Breast Advice. As a lactation counselor, breastfeeding supporter, women’s advocate, and mother of two- she is excited to share the stage for the first time with her husband, Andrew Brunner. Enjoy personal stories and hillarious moments retold on stage for the audience’s pleasure. You are sure to laugh and cry- and look at breasts in a whole new light. Enjoy the show!

Andrew Brunner

Andrew is still fairly new to the acting world, especially in the Tampa area, and is very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this production. Some of his prior plays he has performed in is Disaster: The Musical, A Miracle on 34th Street, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Excursion Fare and even performed in an original short play, Junkie, at the 2019 Tampa Bay Theater Festival.

Kari Tepfenhart

Kari Tepfenhart has been involved in the theatre, both onstage and behind the scenes for several years. She most recently appeared in The Roach Motel at Carrollwood Players’ One Act Weekend. Kari is currently co-producing her first show with CWP, “Auntie Mame”, which will debut in January. She is thrilled to be performing in Breast Advice, as she has had a love/hate relationship with her own boobs for nearly 40 years.

Kym Welch

Kym Welch has been performing in Tampa community theatre since 2012. She has had loads of fun in varied roles at Carrollwood Players, New Tampa Players, and WestCoast Players. from the blood-hungry plant in Little Shop to a tough mother in Doubt. Whatever it is, she just enjoys being onstage and entertaining an audience.

Georgia Kosloski

Georgia Kosloski is so excited to be able to bring Frankentit to LIFE!! She loves all things theater and has treaded the boards at many local community and professional theater companies. She wants to thank Deb Kelley for always being there and the administer of chances for new writers and undiscovered talents. She also wants to thank the people of Powerstories for always taking on interesting new works and hosting these stories. She would like to thank her husband ( her lobster) and daughters ( her jewels ) and all her friends, family and the amazing cast and crew.  God Bless You on Your Journey.

Norma Tomasello Caltagirone

Norma Caltagirone (Trish) is one of 14 honorees in the first (2019) class of Professors Emerti at Hillsborough Community College.  She enjoys family, friends, journaling, travel, and theatre. Recent roles: Martha (“Take the Couch”) in Gulfport; Mae (“Denying Gravity”) with SAGES; three plays with Tarpon Arts and two appearances in “A Christmas Carol” at SPCT. She is also a 32-year/charter usher at the Straz and a former Board President at StageWorks, in Tampa.

Rachel Tew

Breast Advice Sound and Lights Tech

Rachel Tew enjoys the finer things in life, such as $5 wine and cuddling with her cat. Her previous Powerstories Stage Management credits include”Sonia Flew,” “Conversations in Bed,” “These Shining Lives,” and “Raising Twelve on a Nickle and a Prayer.” In addition to stage management, Rachel is also an accomplished sound designer, and was recently nominated for a Theatre Tampa Bay Award for her sound design in “These Shining Lives.”

Shirley Overton

Breast Advice Set Dresser

Shirley is excited to be part of this amazing production. Not only does she have an opportunity to dress the stage for the actors to bring other’s experiences to life, she is a first time writer about her own experience.

PLAYWRIGHTS

Boobage

A Tampa Native, Stephan has acted and directed on numerous stages in the Tampa Bay area over the years. As an actor, Stephan’s favorite roles include Joe Keller in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons and Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank. Stephan directed the award-winning David Mamet plays, Glengarry Glen Ross and American Buffalo. He is, however, a first-time writer. He thanks one of his closest theatre buddies, accomplished playwright/director Deb Kelley, for inspiring him to try his hand at writing.

Boobs

Tom Bostock is a 74-year-old writer with slightly off center sense of humor. When he first started writing many years ago, he remembered something his mother told him: “there is nothing wrong with being poor, and everything wrong being ignorant.” That was the beginning of a lifelong love of the written word. Over the years, he has written for every genre, from science fiction and child fiction to mystery and fairy tales. 2 of his one act plays were chosen for performance by the Tampa Bay Theater Festival. He is delighted that one of his pieces will be part of this timely play that asks and answers questions about women’s attitudes and experiences with their breasts.  He also writes for several online magazines including Tampa Bay News and Lifestyles and Boomerz. He’s been asked how he become a writer. His answer is always the same … just write!

“A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.”

Chest Pimples

Deborah Bostock-Kelley is a multi-time playwright and founder of Breast Advice. In 2018,she received a Theatre Tampa Bay Jeff Norton Dream Grant to produce her play with Peter Nason, A Necessary Conversation, a show about gun violence at Straz Center’s TECO Theatre. The show won 2018 Best Actor and Best Actress from Broadway World, Tampa Bay. She’s had works competing in every year of the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival and was recently honored with the inaugural Tampa Bay Theatre Festival Denise Deneen Award recognizing her work in the theatre community. Her one acts have also been performed at Carrollwood Players One Act Weekend, 4×6 Festival, and Tarpon Arts. She co-writes and produces The ThinkFast Experiment, a 12 hour women-only playwriting experience. She also produces Life Amplified music showcase for local charities and has been recognized as both Fox 13’s Hometown Hero and Bay News 9 Every Day Hero for work in the community.

Retrospective Reflections of my Breasts

Norma Caltagirone is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology, retired from HCC-Ybor Campus, now traveling and acting in community theaters in the Tampa Bay area.

Weird Boobs

Ashley Kix finds comfort in comedy and try to see the funny in depressing situations. My monologues may be unconventional, but I make up for it with my “colorful” descriptions. I hope you enjoy this very honest story.

Frankentit or The Tale of Two Titties

Georgia Kosloski is a devoted wife and mother. She loves to act and is a magical masseuse with mad baking skills.She is a witty, opinionated, loving loyal person who will always fight ferociously for truth, fairness and the rights of the underdog. She is an animal lover and a friend to all loving creatures.

Man Boobs & Tattoos

Dane Markle-Klapp has been working as a professional actor, musician and writer for many years, while living in LA, New York City, Colorado and now Florida. He attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and has won many awards for his performances.

Dysphoria

Newt Pantalones is a community actor and artist who is trying out writing monologues. He can be seen in between Tampa and Orlando costuming and probably drinking copious amounts of coffee. He/him and She/her.

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Amy C. Ragg

Amy C. Ragg is a blogger, editor, breast cancer survivor, middle school teacher, actor, director, artist, and writer. Breast Advice marks the first time her words have been brought to life on stage. She is grateful beyond words for this opportunity and for all of the people who have loved and supported her in her journey. Peace & Love

The Hope Chest

Felicia Sabartinelli is an actress, artist, poet, and writer who currently resides in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Felicia’s writing has been featured online & in-print with Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Dr. Oz’s The Good Life, Country Living, Women’s Day, USA Today, Huff Post, Elephant Journal, Thirty on Tap, The Things, ETC. She was also a featured speaker for a Colorado TEDx event in 2018.

In her spare time, Felicia shares her journey with food allergies on her blog; Ms. Allergic to Everything. She also enjoys games nights, traveling the world, and binge watching her favorite TV shows.

Training Bra & The Workout

Naomi Sample, being a novice, figured here is a good place to start her writing career. Maybe it’s a career. I mean so many crazy things happen, why not write them down and see if anyone else is entertained.

Tommy Loves Titties

Marc S. Sanders is a playwright of three full length plays and several one act plays. His most recent full length production “Arnie & The Itch” was produced in 2018 and was loosely inspired by his own life, coming of age in New Jersey during the time of his Bar Mitzvah. The idea came to him following the loss of his mom in 2014. Marc has been involved as an actor, director, playwright and producer in the Tampa Bay Area for close to 30 years. His continued drive is supported by A & J. “I’ve changed my mind. I’m gonna rewrite the necktie scene without the necktie.”

The Space Between

Alexa Sheppard is a twentysomething year old Girl Scout who was proudly raised by strong, independent women. She plans to apply their teachings by embracing her own femininity and uniting with her fellow sisters in support of gender equality, especially if that involves some titty talk. Estrogen is a force that can be used to take on the world, so show them what you’ve got, girl!

Just a Typical Guy’s Obsession

Barry Silber is a native New Yorker who has resided in Florida for over fifty years. Barry has been an active member in Community Theater for over 35 years as an actor, director, and playwright. Recently, he was awarded a Carrollwood Players’ Nancy Award for Best Featured Actor for The Fox on the Fairway. He is most proud of his play, And a World to Carry On (Laura Nyro Remembered), which has been produced twice in Tampa.

Barry has been married to married to Muffie (yes, that is really her name) since 1997, has two children, Emily and Brian, and is thrilled to be a Zayde to Richard and Blair-Bear. Much thanks to Deb Kelley for accepting his monologue, and for being an advocate for women’s issues.

Breast Thoughts: An Evolution

LeeAnn Smith is a wife and mother of two incredible teenagers who loves anything and everything to do with love theatre.

The Breast Crawl

Gretchen Suarez-Pena is a long-time playwright and lover of the theatre. Her most recent success was winning overall best full length play at the 2018 Tampa Bay Theatre Festival for her show Conversations in the Car. She also won first prize for her piece Dry Spell at the 30 by Ninety Theatre in Mandeville, Louisiana in their Night of One Acts Competition. Dry Spell was also showcased at the 2018 Tampa Bay Theatre Festival Short Play Competition. Other plays include: Conversations in Bed, Martha and Mary, Trafficked, When the Bell Rings, and Melina.

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Danielle Trzcinski is an actress, writer, and producer whose works have been performed at Lincoln Center, 54 Below, Theatre Row, and all over the world. Currently her musical comedy “Little Black Dress” for which she co-wrote book, lyrics, and stars in is on its’ national tour and has played over 15 cities and counting.  This summer her play “The Bridge Play” was Off Broadway at 59E59. Danielle was last seen on tour as Anastasia/Tasha in Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody! for which she wrote one of the songs, “Please Don’t Spank My Butt”.  Danielle was the lyricist, book writer, and star of Non-Equity the Musical! which was voted top ten shows at the NYC Fringe Festival.  A Canadian Comedy Award nominee,  favorite roles include Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, a lube commercial,  and most famously Dora The Explorer’s MAP in Nickelodeon’s Story Time Live! Much thanks to Deb, her family, and all the incredible stories shared for this show.  www.daniellet.org @Danielletrz

No Scars for Elsie

Martha Velez has multiple credits as actor on Broadway, off-Broadway, film, Tv & as recording artist with Bob Marley and Eric Clapton. Produced playwright, composer, director of musical theatre- American Heartbeat, Amazing Wild Knights, Jolly Corks performed at the Straz Center – Doctorate in Cultural Mythologies and Depth Psychology, Masters in Clinical Psychology – Psychotherapist.

Miracles Do Happen

Kym Welch is not a writer. She just owns pens. And sometimes those pens put words on paper. She also has a weird brain. And sometimes that brain talks to the pens. And, together, they occasionally write about Kym’s boobs and other stuff, whether she likes it or not! They hope you enjoy listening to her story as much as they enjoyed writing it.

ANONYMOUS SUBMISSIONS

Et tu, Boob-eh?
The Weight of Levitation
My Journey with My 34Ds