The performing arts in South Dade will get a new space to shine when the Deering Estate’s newly renovated 95-seat theater opens its doors this Saturday.
The $70,000 project, funded by a grant from the Knight Foundation, converted the estate’s former Visitor Center Auditorium into a new community theater.
“It’s an unbelievable opportunity to allow our programming to further in theater and literary arts,” said Kim Yantis, exhibit specialist and cultural arts program coordinator at the Deering Estate. “Before we had the space, we weren’t exactly restricted, but we weren’t a destination for community theater. This opens a slew of wonderful opportunities to accommodate community partners”
The theater will kick off festivities at 6:30 p.m. Saturday with an invite-only VIP opening reception for representatives of the Knight Foundation, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and other local government agencies.
At 8 p.m., the first of two shows for the weekend will inaugurate the stage, as the second annual South Florida “One-Minute Play Festival” brings America’s largest and longest running short-form theater company to the Estate.
“It’s exciting, We’ve never opened a space before. I’m really honored,” said Dominc D’Andrea, founder and artistic director for the One-Minute Play Festival. “One of the challenges last time is that we were working in a non-traditional setting, so having a chance to come down and collaborate with what the space looks like and might feel like, we get to set a precedent for how the rest of the community works.
The show features more than 30 established and emerging South Florida playwrights commissioned specifically for the event. Tickets are $20 per show and can be purchased online.