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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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).