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.
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.
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.