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Mad Cat Theatre Company returns to the South Beach Comedy Festival with the new play Earthquake, written and directed by company member Jessica Farr.   In an attempt to crawl out of obscurity and find himself relevant once again, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Trevor Winston writes a new “hard hitting, important play” bent on changing the lives of its audience members.  But as the play passes through the producer’s fingers, the rehearsal process, and the egos of those presenting the work onstage, Trevor discovers he is creating “sensationalist disaster porn disguised as altruism.”  With his eyes set on a successful Broadway opening that doesn’t completely overlook his original intentions, Trevor finds himself compromising his work for all the wrong reasons. What happens in the eleventh hour when all of his choices hang in the balance and fate grasps him in its hands? Earthquake may just shake up Broadway after all.

Mad Cat first took part in the festival in 2010 with the reincarnated story of St. Patrick, Shepherd’s Pie by Ivonne Azurdia and Paul Tei.  In 2011 they inaugurated the Gleason Room Backstage at the SBCF with The Preservation Society by Paul Tei.  Yes, leave it to Mad Cat to turn a wake into a comedy. The troupe returned in 2013 with an eccentric cast that brought fashion icon Isabella Blow back to life in Charming Acts of Misery, which later developed into the internationally buzzed about Blow Me by Jessica Farr. In 2014, the company presented the doozy Gerald Ford Superfreak by Jessica Farr, Theo Reyna and Paul Tei.  So whether it’s how snakes were really driven out of Ireland, figuring how to get a coffin into a comedy festival, helping an ex-president get his freak on, or finding humor in existential plight, Mad Cat is sure to make you laugh, think, and laugh some more, and is thrilled to be back at the 10th Annual South Beach Comedy Festival with its irreverent sense of humor. 

Earthquake is made possible by the South Beach Comedy Festival, The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre, LiveNation, Barry University, Theatre Authority and with the support the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners.

One Night Only Benefit Performance on Wednesday April 8, 2014 at 8:30 pm (bar opens 7:45 pm).  Tickets are on sale now! General Admission Tickets $30 plus applicable service fees and VIP $60 plus applicable service fees.   VIP tickets include premium table seating and a Mad Cat Shot Glass & Button.  Tickets may be purchased at The Fillmore box office located at 1700 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach.  Telephone number 305-673-7300.  Tickets may also be purchased online at   

The festival runs from April 8th to 11th, 2015 featuring Hannibal Buress, Bill Burr, Mark Normand, Patton Oswalt, and Michael Yo with more shows to be announced soon! The South Beach Comedy Festival is one of the premiere entertainment events in the country. Now in its 10th Year, SBCF is a comedy extravaganza taking place in the iconic Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre. SBCF features an extensive variety of acts from the top performers in the world to up and coming and new, emerging stars. There is literally something for everyone! Live Nation, the world’s largest live performance promoter, acts as the producing partner of the festival. Treat yourself to a laugh a minute experience at the South Beach Comedy Festival!  For all festival information and tickets visit