The plays will be read at 8 p.m. Monday at the Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores. On the bill are So I Was Wondering by Christopher Demos-Brown, Lyd by Jessica Farr, The Purple Troll by Tony Finstrom, F**k You, Cancer! by Avi Hoffman, The Opponent by Michael McKeever, Wearing Hope by Deborah L. Sherman, Ex-Communication by Matt Stabile, We’re in the Money by Paul Tei, Be Nice to Me, My Girlfriend Has Cancer by Andie Arthur and one more by Demos-Brown. The event is being coordinated by The Naked Stage’s Antonio Amadeo (he and wife Katherine Amadeo are behind the annual 24-Hour Theatre Project), with Amy London and Hoffman directing.
Participating as actors are Elena Maria Garcia, Gregg Weiner, Sally Bondi, Sofia Citarella, Barbara Bradshaw, Elizabeth Dimon, Clay Cartland, Jeffrey Bruce, Harriet Oser, Angie Radosh, Andy Rogow, Dave Corey, Niki Fridh, Michaela Cronan, Arielle Hoffman, George Schiavone, both Amadeos and Stabile.
“I said, ‘Let’s do it. Let’s take theater and use it to raise awareness.’ Antonio is so fast, he just ran with it. I’m just speechless. It blows me away how not even an hour-long conversation could blow up to become something so huge,” says Castellano, who will be with her extended family in the audience on Monday. “It will be hard to watch these plays. But I’ll be sitting there with a handkerchief or a box of Kleenex.”
Admission to the one-night-only event is $15. For information, call 305-751-9550 or email Arthur at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lovett, Harris added
Two new concerts, one by Lyle Lovett and the other by Emmylou Harris, have been added to the Live at Knight series at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Lovett kicks off the series Oct. 16 with an acoustic concert, and Harris follows Nov. 9. Both take place in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall. Tickets for Lovett’s show are $39-$95, for Harris’ $29-$125.
Also going on sale to the public are tickets to I Love Lucy Live on Stage, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Israeli contemporary dance company Batsheva, the Ballet Nacional de España, the Jazz Roots program Georgia on My Mind: Celebrating Ray Charles, the University of Miami-Arsht production of Peter and the Starcatcher and Zoetic Stage’s Detroit.
The Arsht is located at 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org.
Big musicals are often hard to come by during the summer in South Florida, but lovers of the form have a couple of of choices thanks to an impressive community theater and a musicals-in-concert series.
The Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts has opened the biggest production in its 20-year history, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Les Misérables, in the Susan Katz Theatre at the River of Grass Arts Park, 17195 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines. Professional actor James Cichewicz stars as Jean Valjean in the large-cast, big-budget musical, which runs through Aug. 3. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Tickets are $14-$24. 954-437-4884 or www.pptopa.com.
Palm Beach Dramaworks continues its series of concert-style musicals with Frank Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella beginning Friday and running through July 27. William Michals, whose Broadway credits include Emile in the revival of South Pacific and both Gaston and the Beast in Beauty and the Beast, will play grape farmer Tony Esposito. Jessica Hershberg, recently an alternate in the title role of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway, plays Tony’s love Rosabella. Also in the company are Jim Ballard, Jeni Hacker, Laura Hodos, Shane Tanner, Bill J. Adams, Oscar Cheda, Ken Clement, Matthew Korinko, Abby Perkins, Roland Rusinek, Elizabeth Sackett, Stephanie White and Anthony Zoeller. Clive Cholerton directs, with musical direction by Howard Breitbart.
The show previews at 8 p.m. Thursday. After the opening, regular performances are 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday-Sunday at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Tickets are $40. 561-514-4042 or www.palmbeachdramaworks.org.
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