Now celebrating its Fifth Anniversary Season, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County proudly presents the Miami premiere of Catwalk Confidential, an alluring journey into the world of 1970’s Paris high fashion. Written by and starring former über model ROBYN PETERSON, this autobiographical one-woman play recounts her arrival in Paris as a fresh-faced 16-year-old from Miami chosen to model for some of the world’s top fashion houses. In a whirlwind of glamour, sex and drugs, ROBYN soon discovers that there is one thing to fear above all else – AGE. And especially the younger girl vying for a place on the catwalk! Catwalk Confidentialmakes its Miami debut in the Carnival Studio Theater (Ziff Ballet Opera House), March 17 – 20, 2011.
Tickets to Catwalk Confidential are on sale now. Tickets are $40 and may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at www.arshtcenter.org.
Before Kate, Naomi, and Claudia, ROBYN PETERSON was the model to watch. Part-memoir and part cautionary tale, PETERSON offers a revealing, funny, and cautionary look at the designers, models and photographers behind the glamour and decadence at the upper echelon of fashion — and what they sacrificed to get to the top.
“Catwalk Confidential, serves dual points in the Adrienne Arsht Center mission – we are importing the finest work from the international stage for the enjoyment of Miami audiences and, at the same time, we have the honor of presenting the work of yet another Miami native on our stage,” said John Richard, president and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. ”This insider’s look is tailor made for Miami audiences who experience high fashion at every turn.”
An Emmy-nominated actress whose appearances include “The Sopranos,” “L.A. Law” and “Cold Case,” Robyn Peterson was raised in Miami and became one of the top models of the 1970’s, working with prominent photographers, such as Alice Springs, Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin, and celebrity fashion designers such as Christian Dior, Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent. In her heyday, Peterson modeled for some of the world’s top Haute Couture houses, walking runways and appearing in magazines that defined fashion. Her face has graced the covers of Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire. PETErson is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild.
Featuring vintage photography from her model days as the visual backdrop, Catwalk Confidential is written and performed by Peterson herself and directed by award-winning actor, director, writer, teacher and producer extraordinaire, Tony Abatemarco. A graduate of The Juilliard Drama Division, Abatemarco has won top honors for his lead performances in The Mystery of Irma Vep (Ovation & LA Weekly Theater Award), Bach at Leipzig (L.A. Drama Critic’s Nominee), La Bête (Ovation Nominee), Camaralenta (LA Weekly Theater Award & L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Nominee), and his original Four Fathers (LA Weekly Theater Award and Dramalogue), as well as for his direction (6 LA Weekly Theater Award’s, 18 Dramalogue). Abatemarco is a guest director and adjunct Professor at the USC School of Theatre and an Endowed Chair at Santa Monica Emeritus College. He is the author of 10 plays – the most recent are Beautiful and Working Class.
Catwalk Confidential is generously underwritten in part by Adrienne Arsht Center Premier Members Sharon Dresser and Steven L. Cantor, Rita and Jerome J. Cohen, and Julio F. Gallo, M.D., F.A.C.S.