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GableStage to close out its season with Terrence McNally’s ‘Mothers and Sons’

 

GableStage artistic director Joseph Adler has switched the final show of the company’s current season, jumping on the chance to produce Terrence McNally’s just-closed Mothers and Sons. The Tony Award-nominated play, which replaces The Performers in the Sept. 20-Oct. 19 slot, is about a mother whose son died of AIDS paying an unexpected visit to his former partner, a guy now married to a younger man and raising a son with him.

Performances of Mothers and Sons, which follows the July 19-Aug. 17 run of Samuel D. Hunter’s The Whale, are 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday (no performances Sept. 25 or Oct. 3 due to the Jewish High Holy Days, additional shows at 8 p.m. Sept. 24 and Oct. 1). Tickets cost $40-$55. GableStage is at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. For information, call 305-445-1119 or visit www.gablestage.org.

CINTAS fellowship

Competition for the 50th Jubilee CINTAS Foundation Fellowship in visual arts, music composition, architecture and creative writing is now open, with a deadline of Aug. 1 for submissions. The fellowship promotes and supports the work of artists of Cuban descent. Past winners include writer Oscar Hijuelos, composer Tania Leon and artist Andrés Serrano.

Winners in all categories will be announced Oct. 10 at Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art + Design in Miami’s Freedom Tower, where the exhibition Impact and Legacy: 50 Years of the CINTAS Foundation is currently on display. Each winner will receive $10,000 and the chance to complete the project outlined in his or her proposal. For detailed information about the fellowship competition, visit www.cintasfoundation.org. Information about the museum is at www.mdcmoad.org.

New Theatre fest

Many folks do cookouts and fireworks for the Fourth of July weekend, but the artists at New Theatre have an alternative way to celebrate the holiday: a summer presentation of its Miami 1-Acts Festival. Sixteen playwrights, 16 directors and more than 45 actors are involved in the program, a benefit for New Theatre.

On Program A are Soulmates by Matt Stabile, Aliens, Mr. President by David Victor, Truvada Whore by Josh Mesnik, Papeles by Patrick H. Pino and Brad Beckman, Lasso by Vanessa Garcia, Railing It Uptown by Shirley Lauro, All This Time by Alexis Roblan and Conversation on a Couch by Brian Cohen.

Program B features Friends with Monsters by Ruben R. Diaz, Shooting Stars by Todd Caster, Burying Shakespeare in Hialeah by Will Cabrera, Dar a luz by Raquel Almazan, Last Exit by Philip Middleton Williams, Multiple Choice by Frannie Nejako, A Million Things to Be by Danella Diaz and Frailty by Clint Hooper.

The festival will be held at Artistic Vibes, 12986 SW 89th Ave., South Miami-Dade. Program A is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday and 5:30 p.m. July 6. Program B is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. July 6. The Fourth of July celebration will begin at 3 p.m. with burgers, hot dogs, music and fireworks on the bill, along with the art.

Admission costs $12 to one program, $20 to both. For information, call 305-443-5909 or visit www.new-theatre.org.

‘Pippin’ cast

Early casting news about the national tour of Pippin, which kicks off in Denver in September and lands at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts March 31-April 12: Directed by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus (whose The Donkey Show played Miami’s Arsht Center in the summer of 2012), the circus-styled show will feature former Voice finalist Sasha Allen as The Leading Player and Book of Mormon touring cast member Kyle Selig as Pippin. Of special note: Tony winner John Rubinstein, who played Pippin in the original 1972 Broadway production, returns to the show as Charles (aka King Charlemagne, Pippin’s father). He’s playing the part at Manhattan’s Music Box Theatre through July 27, then will set out on tour.

The coming-of-age musical, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson, won the 2012 Tony as best revival of a musical. The production is part of the 2014-15 Broadway in Fort Lauderdale season, with subscriptions priced from $185 to $593. For information, call 800-764-0700 or visit www.broadwayinfortlauderdale.com.

Visual arts

•  Portraits of Solitude, an exhibition of works by Miami-born artist Hernan Bas and London-based Kaye Donachie, explores isolation and individual utopias in the De la Cruz Collection’s project room beginning Tuesday and going through Oct. 11. The exhibition is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The collection is at 23 NE 41st St., Miami. Call 305-576-6112 or visit www.delacruzcollection.org.

• O Cinema Wynwood presents Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case, a political documentary on the famous artist’s battle against the Chinese government for human rights and free expression. It will be shown at 5 and 7 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Tickets cost $11 ($9.50 for students and senior citizens at the door, $7.50 for members). O Cinema is at 90 NW 29th St., Miami. Call 305-571-9970 or visit www.o-cinema.org.

• Miami-based artist Gustavo Oviedo hosts an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday for Nothing Goes to Waste, his solo exhibition at ArtCenter/South Florida’s Project 924, 924 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Oviedo creates and re-creates using canvases, photography, vinyl, drawings, video and found objects. The exhibition is on view through Aug. 24. The reception is free and open to the public with a Facebook RSVP at www.facebook.com/events/661722143906014/. Call 305-674-8278 or visit www.artcentersf.org.

• The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University has announced a new series of major international exhibitions titled 3 Giants of Chinese Contemporary Art, which opens this month and runs through May 2015. The works of three Chinese art icons — Simon Ma (July 12-Oct. 19), Wang Qingsong (Nov. 8-Jan. 18) and Xu Bing (Feb. 14-May 24) — represent a rare comprehensive survey of China’s recent art movement. Each exhibit will open with a free reception. Call 305-348-2890 or visit www.thefrost.fiu.edu.

• Every Thursday night in July, in conjunction with Caribbean: Crossroads of the World, the Pérez Art Museum Miami presents a selection of videos and films challenging the conventional notions of the region. The event is free with museum admission, and each showing is from 7 to 9 p.m. (space is limited). PAMM is at 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Call 305-375-3000, email education@pamm.org or visit www.pamm.org/caribbeanfilm.

• The Orlando Museum of Art has awarded Miami artist Agustina Woodgate the first Florida Prize in Contemporary Art, a new $20,000 award for artists working in the state. Woodgate was selected over nine nominees in the current exhibition for her “conceptually engaging and aesthetically seductive” wall hangings made with stuffed animals, according to museum director Glen Gentele, who established the prize. For more information, visit www.omart.org.

Christine Dolen and Galena Mosovich 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).

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