by Lane Michael Stanley

November 14 to December 15, 2019

Runtime: 70 Minutes

Lipstick is a silly, sweet farce with a heart of gold and a drawer full of sex toys.

You’ll meet Anna, who is hurriedly preparing for a first date; Mal, her gay best friend whose potential suitors keep magically appearing at her door; and Cara, her ex, who is supposed to be getting married…to a man!   And that’s just the beginning of the cavalcade of visitors crashing the evening and adding to the confusion.  Needless to say, chaos and hijinks ensue.

Directed by Andy Rogow


VANESSA ELISE (Anna) holds a BFA in Theatre from New World School of the Arts. Some stage credits include: Miami Motel Stories (The Commissioner, Vivian), Wrongful Death… (Death), Collective Rage (Betty 3),  Waiting for Godot (Laura), Diego and Drew Say I Do (Tia Maria), and Clark Gable Slept Here (Estella). Her original one woman show, Noise: An Interruption (Amaya), was chosen to perform in NY’s United Solo Theatre Festival on Theatre Row in November 2015. Elise was honored with a Silver Palm for Outstanding New Talent and a Carbonell nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Wrongful Death… and Clark Gable… . Proud member of the South Florida Theater League. Mommy, Bonita, the Del Pinos, Ojitos, my tribe —Los amo.

DEAN NIGRO (The Bandit Guy) was born and raised in Las Vegas, and received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Arizona Repertory Theatre’s professional actor training program and his MSHE from Purdue University Global.  Credits include The Boys Upstairs, Looking for Dick, Finding Jane (Empire Stage), and Rabbit Hole (New City Players).  Past credits include Jeffrey and The Ritz from NYC’s Gay Pride series at the Lincoln Center (Off-Broadway), and the European tour of Grease!  Regional credits include Carousel, Last Night of Ballyhoo, Cabaret, Blood Brothers, Forever Plaid, Merrily we Roll Along, Will Rogers Follies, and Measure for Measure.  He’s very fortunate to be back on stage with ICS; thank you Andy and Marty!  Love you, my “Ofdean”!

RACHEL GIL de GIBAJA (Cara), a recent FIU Theatre grad, is thrilled to be performing in her first professional role out of school. At FIU, her credits include: La Nona, Little Shop of Horrors, Dancing at Lughnasa, A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, and Boeing Boeing. Thanks go out to her loving family, friends, and entire support system who have seen her through everything! @bajarae

PETER BISUITO (Hank) has been actively involved in live theater for over 30 years with leading roles such as Bill Snibson in Me and My Girl, Jeff Douglas in Brigadoon, Paul Bratter in Barefoot in the Park, and many others. Peter also boasts a successful comedy career with sold out shows in predominate theaters in 5 countries such as his 2 sold out shows at The Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. He recently shot a pilot episode to a new sitcom he created called Vent and Chester which is about 2 middle-aged gay men living in Fort Lauderdale due to be out in 2020. Follow him on social media:  @mybigfunnypeter  and   @ventandchester.

ABBY NIGRO (Kelly) is delighted to be working with Island City Stage for the first time! She is a proud graduate of Florida Atlantic University. Most recently, you may have seen her at Theatre Lab as Reenie in Tar Beach, or as Lisa in Falling with New City Players. She would like to thank her friends and family for their continued and incredible love and support!

Christina N. Alexander (Dorothy) is pleased to join cast of “Lipstick” and is excited for her first production at Island City Stage!  She has been a featured performer in various theatrical and vocal performances in the United States and around the world. Her original theatrical piece HATE: An American Love Story addressed issues of gender, sexuality, race, and faith.  Some of her performance credits include: Various Cruise Ships, Dreamgirls, RENT, Little Shop of Horrors, Mahalia: A Gospel Musical, It Ain’t Nothing But the Blues, and Harlem Duet.  She has toured and taught Music, Theater, and Musical Theater for over a decade, on several continents.

COREY ROSE (Mal) is a South Florida actor with a passion for activism through art. Currently pursuing a BA in Multimedia Journalism at Florida Atlantic University, Corey is continuously on a mission to grow as an artist and a person. Corey would like to thank his friends for all their encouragement along the way, and Island City Stage for the opportunity to bring Mal to life! Instagram: @realcoreyrose