The Donkey Show, Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner’s disco reimagining of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is taking shape at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, where it will preview July 13-15 and open July 18.
Paulus’ American Repertory Theatre associate Allegra Libonati is staging the expanded Miami edition of the show, which has been running in Boston for almost three years, but her creative team and cast include plenty of South Florida artists.
Rosie Herrera, the way-hot choreographer and founder of Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, is devising the show’s dances, drawing on the hustle, the bus stop and plenty of ’70s disco moves; her dad, she says, “is like the Cuban John Travolta.”
South Florida singers, dancers, actors and aerialists make up the cast, which can play to as many as 800 people at each performance on the stage of the Ziff Ballet Opera House, which is being transformed into a Studio 54-like venue dubbed Club Oberon.
The performers include singer-songwriter and New World School of the arts grad Shira Abergel, aerialist Stephanie Chisholm, singer Inger Hanna, actor-dancer Rudi Goblen and fellow Herrera company members Liony Garcia and Leah Verier-Dunn, dancer-choreographer Luis Alberto Cuevas, plus Carolina Pozo, Anton Boyarkin, Jimmy Arguello, Marcus Pough, Derick Pierson, Luke Stockton, Joel Brumant, Jose Rivero, Mark Brown, Edson Jean, Katie Stirman, Julissa Calderon, Crystal Peattie and Marissa Simmons.
The Donkey Show is scheduled to run through Aug. 12, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. Though the show follows the story of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, disco songs stand in for William Shakespeare’s text, and some in the audience may be too busy getting a groove on, drinking or snacking to notice the theater unfolding around them.
Dance floor tickets are $60 Friday-Saturday, $45 other days; VIP seating tickets are $75 Friday-Saturday, $60 other days (preview tickets discounted $10). The Arsht is at 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722, arshtcenter.org.