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Friday - 8 p.m.

Saturday - 8 p.m.

Sunday - 2 p.m.

All Tickets are $20

Pay-what-you-can preview on Thursday, November 18th at 8 p.m.

Cast & Creative Team

Cast: Helenmary Ball, Dorian Elie, Torreke Evans, Jess Rivera, Talia Segal, Alex Velasco Suro

Director: Daniel Douek

Stage Manager: NJ Saroff

Set & Lighting Designer: Brian Douglas

Costumes, Puppets, Props: Helenmary Ball

Sound Designer: Daniel Douek

Projection Designer: Sebastian Sears

Movement Choreographer: Torreke Evans

Dramaturg: Sarah Weissman

Make-Up: NJ Saroff

Stage Crew: Breanna Stewart

Producer: Marianne Gazzola Angelella

November 19 - December 12, 2021

Maricela de la Luz Lights the World is a fanciful play by Academy-award nominated writer José Rivera. The story follows the adventures of Maricela and her brother Riccardo as they save the world from impending climate catastrophe, reminding audiences that the power to change the world lies within each of us.

Photos by Kiirstn Pagan

Cast Bios
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Helenmary Ball (Ensemble, Costumes, Puppets, Props) is a stage/film actor and costumer. also works in the horror film genre having featured roles in Witch’s Brew, WNUF Halloween Special, and Call Girl of Cthulhu for Midnight Crew Studios. She could go on and on, she’s been acting since she was 9, but will spare you. In the last few years she has performed in Memories and Legends with Wolfpack Theatre Co., The Miser with Twin Beach Players and The Royal Family with the Salem Players. She has appeared in The House of Bernarda Alba, Top Girls, Tales of Ordinary Madness, Hamlyn, Les Belles Soeurs, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Three Tall Women and 10x10x10 at Fells Point Corner Theatre, as well as Death of a Salesman at Vagabond Players. She has costumed over 40 shows. She is delighted to work with Daniel Douek again! (she/her)

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Dorian Elie (Ensemble) is a multi-platform performance artist located currently in Baltimore, Maryland. He has been training in the art of singing, acting, dancing, and more since the age of 10 and has recently taken up content creation/video editing. You can check out his creative journey via his youtube/instagram channels @Melanindragon. He is excited for this opportunity and would like to thank Fells Point Corner Theater and the amazing cast and crew for this opportunity. (he/him)

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Torreke Evans (Ensemble, Movement Choreographer) is an Atlanta native and is excited to be making his way in Charm City. A graduate of McDaniel College, where he studied English and Theatre, Torreke has graced stages like the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in Boston, as well as Atlanta's Alliance Theatre and Aurora Theatre. His credits include Children of Eden (Ensemble), The Cat and the Hat (Boy), King Henry VI Part 3 (King Henry), The Actors Nightmare (George Spelvin). With a background in dance, Torreke is elated to have been the Movement Choreographer for the magical worlds you get to see on stage. #BLM (he/him)

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Jess Rivera (Maricela de la Luz) is a humble Boricua icon and sex symbol from Baltimore, MD. This is her second production with Fells Point Corner Theatre. Recent work includes The Most Massive Woman Wins at The Strand Theatre, Evil Dead: The Musical at Deer in the Spotlight Productions, The Battle of Broken Mirrors, and Shattered Space at The Scattered Players, and Love and Information at Fells Point Corner Theatre. To my third culture siblings living between worlds, who have made a home in the middle: YOU ARE ENOUGH. You are, como dice Alexis Mateo, "FANTASIA! SABOR! BRILLANTE! COMO EL SOL! SICKENING, NO? BAILALO!" Always take your space. ¡Viva Puerto Rico! (she/her)

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Talia Segal (Ensemble) is an actor, singer, musician and songwriter, based in the Baltimore-Washington area. She is proud to be making her FPCT debut! Previous roles include Rose in Ponzi! The Musical (Lo Notes Productions), Brenda in Dreamer/Seeker (Capital Fringe), Mother in A Christmas Story (Landless Theatre Company) and Sordid in the world premiere of Being (TSI Playtime Series, NYC). Talia’s newest album of original songs will be released on December 20th, 2021. For more information, please visit (she/her)

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Alexander Velasco Suro (Riccardo de la Luz) is beyond the moon to be a part of this show. This is Alex’s first production since the pandemic began, and is very happy to (cautiously) be on the stage. Alex has been acting since discovering a passion for theatre during high school and has worked with several companies in the Baltimore area. Though primarily an actor, Alex has also done costume design, tech, and stage crew work. This is Alex’s first collaboration with Fells Point Corner Theatre. Alex’s favorite projects include Mamma Mia! (CCP), Barnum (Heritage Players), and Carrie the Musical (SUFT). When not on stage, Alex can be found dancing to Whitney Houston while flipping eggs at his job at Kitsch Cafe. Alex would like to thank Tricia, Matt, Phil, and Tara for all the everything it took to help me grow. Alex would also like to thank Max for having a house that’s ten minutes from the theater, and Jackie for having a work day that ends at 4 so he had time for rehearsals. (he/him)

Creative Team Bios

Daniel Douek (Director) is thrilled to be back at FPCT after directing here Tying the Knot in 2015 and acting in The Miser, The Marriage of Bette and Boo and Tales of Ordinary Madness. He has appeared in numerous shows and musicals and directed shows like Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity and Man of La Mancha. Favorite acting past credits are Tito Merelli in Lend me a Tenor, Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone, Franz in The Producers, Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and Gary in I Hate Hamlet. Thanks to the board of FPCT for engaging me in this roller coaster of creativity, to our amazing producer Marianne, wise and energetic Bruce, fantastic stage manager NJ and to our creative designers. Happy to work again with Brian Douglas after Man of La Mancha. And thanks and kudos to our cast full of energy and talent, seeing you on the stage transports me to another world!! As always thanks to mi amor, mi vida Shealyn for supporting me! (he/him)


NJ Saroff (Stage Manager, Make-Up) has done theatre since they were 4 years old primarily writing and acting up until 8 years ago when they joined the technical side. They’ve been stage managing the last 4 years, in productions with Stars, Spotlighters, CCBC, ACME, and Truepenny. This is their second show with Fells Point Corner Theatre. They have written some performed plays and did some assistant directing at other companies. When they aren’t studying, writing or helping to create performing arts pieces they enjoy making teas, coffee drinks, and reading books. Their work would not have been possible with out the dedicated support of their friends and educators. (they/them)

Brian Douglas (Set & Lighting Design) has been working steadily in the entertainment industry for over 4 decades, sometimes even making a living at it. More comfortable on the stage than behind the scenes, he has, however, found similar success in directing, lighting and set design, and special effects, for which he received a number of awards. With a strong background in “event” theatre, Brian worked as a Production Manager with the Miss America Organization in Philadelphia and also led the team responsible for the record setting run of Terror Behind The Walls, a haunted attraction set in an actual, abandoned 19th century prison there. Notably, he collaborated with Director Daniel Douek, designing the set and lighting for Man Of La Mancha in Laurel. Brian regularly appears in Shakespearian plays at the Maryland Renaissance Festival where he also portrays a member of the Royal Court. (he/him)


Sebastian Sears (Projection Design/Set Painting) is a visual artist/designer and stage manager. Over the past six years, he has been involved with several productions around Baltimore and has operated/stage managed the annual 10x10x10 in 2018 and 2019. Notable Set/Scenic Designer moments include Rapid Lemon’s Voices in the Rubble/Endgame and Crusade as well as Baltimore Shakespeare Factory’s 2020 Season Announcement video. Notable stage management moments include FPCT’s The Quickening and Jerusalem. He is thrilled to be back (and seeing everyone in-person) at FPCT with the opportunity to utilize his creative skill sets in this new experimental hybrid model! (he/him)

Breanna Stewart (Stage Crew) is an interdisciplinary artist from Maryland, with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Shenandoah University. She has a love for theater that incorporates social-political topics and discussions of multiculturalism. This is her first time working with Fells Point Corner Theater, and she excited to be a part of this production! (she/her)


Sarah Weissman (Dramaturg) is pleased to artistically partake in her first full-length show at Fells Point Corner Theatre after a few years as a member! Previously, she served as dramaturg for A Shayna Maidel at the Strand Theatre, and Pygmalion and Vinegar Tom, both at Spotlighters. Sarah also performed in that production of Vinegar Tom, as well as in a reading Stories from the Fringe: Women Rabbis Revealed!, initially a collaboration between The Strand and the Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills. By day, she has the pleasure of serving as the Communications Specialist with Maryland Humanities. Thanks to her family, friends, and Marianne for the support. (she/her)

Marianne Gazzola Angelella (Producer) welcomes you to FPCT and Maricela de la Luz Lights the World. Her own two children (now 32 and 35!) were smitten with this magic hero's quest story of identity, self confidence, and hope. The creative team: actors, designers, and crew, have collaborated to bring you and your family their interpretation of this story.  As a creative drama instructor who began her teaching and performance journey here at FPCT, this production brings her great joy! (she/her)

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