South Florida’s arts season has usually wound down by this time of year, but an insanely busy theater calendar contradicts that notion. Four productions have joined the Wick Theatre’s already-open Ain’t Misbehavin’ this weekend, and next weekend brings a cluster of eight — yes, eight — openings.
The Fats Waller revue Ain’t Misbehavin’ is at Boca Raton’s Wick Theatre ( www.thewick.org) through June 1. Newly open this weekend are Christopher Durang’s Chekhov parody Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which runs at GableStage ( www.gablestage.org) in Coral Gables through June 15; Mark St. Germain’s Scott and Hem (about F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway), running at Actors’ Playhouse ( www.actorsplayhouse.org) in Coral Gables through June 8; Thinking Cap Theatre’s U.S. premiere of Sarah Kosar’s hot dog, running at Nova Southeastern University’s Black Box Theatre in the Don Taft Center in Davie through June 1 ( www.thinkingcaptheatre.com); and Karoline Leach’s Tryst, which will be at Palm Beach Dramaworks ( www.palmbeachdramaworks.org) in West Palm Beach through June 8.
Next week, the theater calendar gets really crowded. After a Thursday preview, Zoetic Stage opens its production of Amy Herzog’s The Great God Pan on Friday for a run through June 8 in the Carnival Studio Theater at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (www.arshtcenter.org). The Naked Stage brings its production of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie to Barry University’s Pelican Theatre in Miami Shores from Friday through June 8 (www.nakedstage.org). New Theatre opens its production of Johnna Adams’ Gideon’s Knot on Friday at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, where it will run through June 15 (www.new-theatre.org). Coral Gables’ Area Stage (www.areastagecompany.com) offers its professional production of Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen’s [title of show], opening Friday and running through June 8.
Also next week, after Thursday-Friday previews, Fort Lauderdale’s Island City Stage (www.islandcitystage.org) opens its production of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s The Pride at Empire Stage, where the show runs from Saturday through June 22. Fort Lauderdale’s Andrews Living Arts Theater (www.andrewslivingarts.org) presents Dale Wasserman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, previewing Friday, opening Saturday and running through June 8. Boca Raton’s Outré Theatre (www.outretheatrecompany.com) opens Stephen Dolginoff’s two-man musical Thrill Me on Thursday for a run through June 8 at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center. And Manalapan’s Plaza Theatre (www.plazatheatre.net) will open its production of Donna Moore’s Cougar the Musical on Thursday for a run through June 29.
That should keep any theater lover happy — and busy.
Teens to compete
Two sets of talented Miami teens will head to major cultural competitions this summer.
Two dancers from Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, the Aventura ballet troupe and school led by Vladimir Issaev, will compete in the 2014 USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss., June 14-29. Kaori Fukui and Jun Tanabe will be among the 97 dancers in the international event, competing respectively in the female and male senior divisions. Held every four years, the Jackson competition draws dancers from around the world to compete for scholarships, cash prizes and contracts with the ballet company directors who attend to look for talent. (Miami City Ballet founding artistic director found a number of dancers, including former principal Luis Serrano and current guest artist Katia Caranza, there.)
And six teenagers from Tigertail Productions’ WordSpeak program will compete in the national poetry competition Brave New Voices, held in Philadelphia July 16-19. Tigertail’s WordSpeak program fosters teenage writers, poets and performers with workshops and classes led by local and visiting artists. The team heading to Philadelphia is led by award-winning playwright and performer Teo Castellanos. The six youths — Maylin Enamorado, Christell Roach, and Wesly Oviedo from Miami Arts Charter; Steffon Dixon from DASH; Celestelle Webster from Miami Lakes Senior High, and Al Alexandre from North Miami Senior High — were selected from 1,000 students who participated in Tigertail’s WordSpeak and SpeakOut programs. They will join 500 fellow youth poets from 50 cities across the U.S. for Brave New Voices, a 16-year-old event that is the premiere national poetry slam for youth between ages 13 and 19.
South Florida poetry lovers will be able to see the 2014 WordSpeak team on June 26 in a free performance at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. For details go to www.tigertail.org.
Women in film
Filmmakers, TV producers and other industry professionals will join the African American Women in Cinema (AAWIC) to announce the opening of their new South Florida office in Hollywood. The organization, comprised of veteran directors, screenwriters and actors, will hold a pre-launch ceremony at noon May 28 at Grille 401, 401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.
“We want to be where the industry is flourishing,” said Terra Renee, founder and president of AAWIC, which is headquartered in New York. “We recognize that Greater Miami and Greater Fort Lauderdale have become increasingly important to the creative services arena, and we want to be a part of the continued growth that the overall film industry is experiencing here.”
In business for 16 years, the AAWIC’s main goal is to expand, explore and create opportunities for minority women filmmakers in the entertainment industry by providing resources, film festivals, script readings, workshops and seminars.
Cirque Dreams’ Broadway hit Jungle Fantasy will bring its family-friendly spectacle to the stage at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts July 22-27. Created and directed by Cirque founder Neil Goldberg, the show features aerialists, contortionists, acrobats, jugglers and musicians in an imaginative encounter with exotic creatures.
Performances at Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave., are 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $34.50-$74.50. Call 954-462-0222 or visit www.browardcenter.org for information.
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