Meet the Cast

Josh Berresford

Josh Berresford has been seen on such networks as NBC, ABC, HBO, MTV, Biography Channel, Discovery Channel and the here! TV Network.  He created the TV pilot, "Wolf Island" with writer Timothy O'Leary.  "Wolf Island" had the honor of having a staged reading at the SAG Foundation last summer.

Josh first caught the public’s attention in his role as series regular, Cory, on here! Television’s, Dante’s Cove, leading to future television roles, including Boardwalk Empire on HBO, MTV's Eye Candy, NBC Television’s series Kings, the Biography Channel’s Celebrity Close Calls and Discovery Channel’s Mob Confessions. Josh can also be seen in the frequently-televised infomercial fitness video, Insanity.

Josh has appeared in national print advertisements for Progessive Auto Insurance, Asics, Bunavail, Enbrel, Seroquel, State Street Investments and HBO’s Big Love.  Josh works behind the camera as well, lending his voice to numerous commercials.  His voiceovers include Bud Light, Pizza Hut, The History Channel, Sharpies, Vitamin Water, Mike & Ike Candies, Sunny Delight, Channel One and Brother P-Touch Labels.  As a man dedicated to helping those in need, Josh did a Public Service Announcement for “Drug Free America.”

In addition to his work in television, Josh has appeared in independent movies, including such noted films as the international indie film, Aleksandr's Price, Screaming in Asian, Aversion, The Way I See Things, Take Out, Missing Jane and Yitzy.  Josh's most recent theater performance was as Roy Bryant in Emmett, Down in My Heart (Based on the true story of Emmett Till which started the Civil Rights Movement) at the Castillo Theatre for The Allstars Project on Theatre Row in New York City.  Other stage credits include such Off-Broadway productions as Birdy’s Bachelorette Party, Pirate Pete’s Parrot and the starring role in the New York City Fringe Festival production of Pieces on the Board, written and directed by Tim O'Leary, writer and co-creator with Josh Berresford of the TV Pilot "Wolf Island", which had a staged reading for the SAG Foundation last summer.


Matthew Pappadia

New Yorker, Matthew Pappadia is thrilled to be a part of "Happy Ending". Most recently, Matthew Pappadiareceived his masters degree in Occupational Therapy with plans to use theater to improve the well-being of LGBT youth. Since graduation, Matthew has helped develop many new works for film, with his most recent involvement in the series Don't Schmuck It Up (Ashley). Matthew also maintains a career in international modeling, having been featured in Vanity Hype Magazine last August. He will be preparing soon for his third stand up comedy show with the Boulton Center of New York. As well as performing, Matthew Pappadia is the CEO of PapsFitness, an online health and wellness consultation business. "I have two pockets: one for gratitude, one for humility, and with them, I feel like the richest man in the world". 

A World Premiere of a New Play

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May 4th - May 28th

Thursday: 8:00pm

Fridays: 7:00pm

Saturday: 5:00pm & 8:00pm

Sunday: 5:00pm

Tix: $35-$50



Empire Stage, 
1140 N. Flagler, 
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33304


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About the play

This marks for the first time Ronnie Larsen has written a play set in Ft. Lauderdale and the first time he has premiered a new play in Ft. Lauderdale. Taking place firmly at the end of 2016, Happy Ending introduces you to a simple, perfectly professional massage therapist who goes about his day job never knowing who his next client might be. When a new customer walks in the door -- full of conflicting signals, hidden agendas and forbidden topics -- all of the job's usual decorum goes out the window. Watch as rules get broken, skin gets bared, the truth gets twisted and things get steamy in playwright Ronnie Larsen's sexy two-character play Happy Ending, hitting Ft. Lauderdale's Empire Stage.


Contains Nudity and Sexual Situations

Happy Ending - Excerpt

MR. MILLER:  This is a real massage, right?

ANDY:  Absolutely. 

MR. MILLER:  Nothing funky, right?

ANDY:  What do you mean?

MR. MILLER:  Nothing crazy, right?  

ANDY:  Nothing crazy.

MR. MILLER:  Just a real, straight up massage, right?

ANDY:  Have you had bad experiences in the past?

MR. MILLER:  No, I’ve never done this before. First time.  Swear to God. 

ANDY:  You’ve never had a massage before. 

MR. MILLER:  Well, not from a guy.  My wife use to give me massages but I didn’t pay her.  I went to one of those Oriental places and after 5 minutes this gal in a kimono had her hand on my junk and I was like, “No way, Sayonara, I’m outta here.”  Not what I was looking for, you understand.  

ANDY:  I understand. 

MR. MILLER:  I just want to be totally clear. 

ANDY:  Mr. Miller, you are making yourself absolutely clear. 

MR. MILLER:  I just want to make sure we’re both on the same page.