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New Theatre kicks off 1-Acts Festival

 

New Theatre’s 1-Acts Festival Summer Session, showcasing 16 new one-act plays by 16 playwrights, returns for a second year Friday through July 7.

The plays are grouped into two programs of eight. Program A is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday and 5:30 p.m. July 7; Program B will be at 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. July 7.

Program A consists of Chapter 1. The Adventure Begins by Frannie Nejako, directed by Kenya Moore; A Kiss Between Friends by Brian Cohen, directed by Jerry K. Jensen; He Always Cheats by Juan C. Sanchez, directed by Will Cabrera; Power of Laughter by Ruben R. Diaz, directed by Ricky J. Martinez, Make Up Sex by Cabrera, directed by Francisco Martinez; Ask Me Anything by Philip Middleton Williams, directed by Bill Roudebush; Ben’s Key by Ken Kurtz, directed by David Victor; and Life Imitates Art by Michael Leeds and Marj O’Neil Butler, directed by Stephanie Sandoval.

Program B features Full Circle by Catherine Bush, directed by Wayne G. Robinson; 75 Cents by Victor, directed by Steven A. Chambers; MIA: Westchester by Renier J. Murillo, directed by Kimberly Polewski; Northbound and Down by Todd Caster, directed by Diaz; Priceless by David Caudle, directed by Stephen S. Neal; Interview by Jonathan Rose, directed by Stephanie Rodriguez; Stand Down by Martinez, directed by Eileen Suarez; and La Migra Taco Truck by Raquel Almazan, directed by Mimi Davila.

The festival is a fundraiser for New Theatre, which has a mission of producing new works. Performances will be at the Roxy Performing Arts Center, 1645 SW 107th Ave., Miami. Tickets are $10; 305-443-5909, new-theatre.org.

Marjie Lambert

Director departing

Seraphic Fire has announced that Shawn Crouch, founding director of its Miami Choral Academy, will leave at the end of July to pursue full-time doctoral studies in composition at the University of Miami.

Launched four years ago with a Knight Arts Challenge matching grant, the academy has offered tuition-free, after-school choral music education to more than 600 students at low-income Miami-Dade elementary and middle schools.

“The work Shawn has done with MCA is nothing short of amazing. He has given countless students the gift of performing music, and has developed a cutting-edge music curriculum which MCA will be able to build on for years to come,” Seraphic Fire founder and artistic director Patrick Dupré Quigley said in a statement.

Crouch, who was trained in composition at Yale University and the New England Conservatory, has written works that have been performed by Chanticleer, Seraphic Fire, the Phoenix Chorale and other groups.

More information about the academy is at miamichoralacademy.org. Inquiries about the director’s position may be sent to mcasearch@seraphicfire.org.

Kathy Martin

MDC celebration

Miami Dade Colle ge celebrates the recent reopening of the historic Koubek Mansion and Gardens, 2705 SW Third St., Miami, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 9 by inaugurating its renovated theater. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and MDC alumnus Nilo Cruz will perform a monologue, and Olga Maria Touzet Guillot, daughter of famed Cuban singer Olga Guillot and composer René Touzet, will make an appearance. Admission is free, but reservations are required at 305-237-7750.

Galena Mosovich

Free ‘Zoo Story’

Ground Up & Rising theater company will present free performances of Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story at Miami Beach Botanical Garden the next two Sundays, July 7 and 14.

Collin Carmouze, Ground Up’s new artistic director, and Sheaun Mckinney, the company’s co-founder, will star in the productions, which will be offered at 5 and 7 p.m. both days.

The Zoo Story, which Albee wrote in three weeks in 1958, is a one-act play about two men who meet in Central Park and have a casual conversation that escalates into violence. Visit groundupandrising.org for more information.

Marjie Lambert

On view

•  William John Kennedy: The Museum Edition, a limited-edition portfolio of five photographs of Andy Warhol taken in 1964, is on view at KIWI Arts Group, 117 NE First Ave., Miami; kiwiartsgroup.com.

•  Focus on Tamarac: The Faces of Cancer, 50 photographic portraits of cancer survivors, caregivers, and health professionals by Susan Buzzi, opens from 6 to 9 p.m. July 9 and runs through July at the Tamarac Community Center, 8601 W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac; 954-597-3620.

Galena Mosovich

Compiled by Miami Herald staff. Send news about theater to cdolen@MiamiHerald.com; dance, pop and Latin music to jlevin@MiamiHerald.com; visual arts to jwooldridge@MiamiHerald.com and classical music and jazz to kmartin@MiamiHerald.com. Add events to our calendar at MiamiHerald.com/events.

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