Christopher Demos-Brown’s Fear Up Harsh, which had its Zoetic Stage world premiere at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in November, has been selected as one of six finalists for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association new play award. The largest national prize for new work that premiered outside New York City in 2013, the award gives $25,000 to the winner, with $7,500 each going to two citation recipients. Miami playwright Nilo Cruz won the top prize in 2003 for Anna in the Tropics just before the play received the Pulitzer Prize for drama.
Demos-Brown’s play, about the divergent lives of a disabled Medal of Honor winner and the female soldier who was his comrade in Iraq, was chosen from among 28 nominated scripts, along with I and You by Lauren Gunderson, Smokefall by Noah Haidle, H2O by Jane Martin, Stupid F**king Bird by Aaron Posner and Seven Spots on the Sun by Martin Zimmerman. The winner and citation recipients will be announced April 5 during the 38th annual Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Demos-Brown and Zoetic artistic director Stuart Meltzer are traveling to Kentucky for the ceremony.
“It’s a tremendous honor for me to be a finalist for such a prestigious award,” says Demos-Brown, whose day job is as a lawyer. “It’s also very satisfying that Zoetic Stage is succeeding in its goal to produce work that gets recognized nationally.”
The play has also received five nominations for South Florida’s 38th annual Carbonell Awards, with winners to be announced during a show and ceremony at 7:30 p.m. March 31 at the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Fear Up Harsh is in the running for best new work and best production of a play, and cast members Karen Stephens, Stephen G. Anthony and Jessica Brooke Sanford are nominated for acting honors. Tickets to the Carbonells are $25 in advance, $35 at the door. The Broward Center is at 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-462-0222 or visit www.browardcenter.org for information.
Focus on Indian Jews
The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU will present a free lecture on a Jewish colony in southern India. Florida International University distinguished professor Nathan Katz, an expert on Indian Jews, will speak about the Jews of Cochin, a prosperous group who lived in harmony with their Hindu, Muslim and Christian neighbors in the early 20th century. Katz lived in Cochin, a coastal city in the southwestern state of Kerala, for a year during the mid-’80s. There he studied the 2,000-year-old enclave of the Jewish diaspora. All but a handful have now emigrated to Israel.
The event takes place at 7 p.m. March 31 at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. For information, call 305-348-3909 or visit jmof.fiu.edu.
Mad Cat scratch
Miami’s Mad Cat Theatre Company is seeking applications for its third annual Nine Lives Scholarships. High school and college seniors who intend to pursue a career in theater are invited to apply for the awards, which will be a minimum of $500 each, though the company is trying to raise funds through power2give.org to make each scholarship $1,000. Past winners include Vanessa Elise, Christian Frost, Emilie Paap and Arielle Hoffman.
Applicants need to submit a resumé or short biography, a headshot and a brief statement about why they’re passionate about theater and want to pursue it as a career. Email submissions by May 27 to email@example.com or mail to Mad Cat Theatre, P.O. Box 347621, Miami, FL 33134-7621. Winners will be announced in June. For more information, visit www.madcattheatre.org.
• FEAST Miami (FEAST stands for Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics) is accepting proposals for art projects through Thursday. The meals-based micro-funding project, co-founded by Chef Loren Pulitzer of Meals That Heal and curator Susan Caraballo, hosts pop-up dinners at art venues to provide financial support for new and emerging creative work. Guests give a minimum donation for the dinner, vote for their favorite project, and the money raised funds the winning proposal. The first FEAST Miami is April 27 at Miami Light Project’s Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26th St., Miami, with organic and locally-sourced ingredients used to prepare the evening’s dishes. Visit www.feastmiami.org for information.
• A retrospective of Miami Herald photojournalist Carl Juste’s work from his 25-year career opens at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep at 7 p.m. Saturday as part of the school’s 60th anniversary Artist Alumni Series. Images from Juste’s past exhibits at the ACND Gallery of Art, such as Cachao, 2007; Havana & Haiti, 2008, and Invictus: Haiti Unconquered will be included. The exhibition runs through April 30 at the school, 4949 NE Second Ave., Miami. Call 305-751-8367 or visit www.acnd.net.
• You Make Me Sick: I Love You, a solo exhibition highlighting a decade of work by Miami-based artist Antonia Wright, is on view at Spinello Projects, 2930 NW Seventh Ave., Miami, through May 3. Curatorial advisor Tami Katz-Freiman organized the video, photography and sculpture by three themes: gender politics, bodily endurance and extreme emotion or action in the public sphere. Call 786-271-4223 or visit spinelloprojects.com.
• HistoryMiami’s newest exhibition, Some Like it Hot, curated by Miami-based artist Brandon Opalka, spotlights Miami’s street art scene with exclusive works of studio art, visual design and graffiti by local trailblazers of the genre including 2alas, Lo Castro, George Sanchez-Calderon and the MSG crew. See the works at 101 W. Flagler St., Miami., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free for members and children under 6 (non-member adults pay $8, seniors and students $7, children 6-12 pay $5). Call 305-375-1492 or visit www.historymiami.org.
Christine Dolen, Galena Mosovich and Jordan Levin contributed to this report. Send news to cdolen@MiamiHerald.com (theater), jlevin@MiamiHerald.com (dance, pop and Latin music), jwooldridge@MiamiHerald.com (visual arts) or khamersly@MiamiHerald.com (jazz, classical music).