Performing Arts

July 20, 2014

Outré Theatre leaving Boca Raton for the Broward Center

Memorial for producer Jay H. Harris set for Tuesday at GableStage.

Boca Raton’s Outré Theatre Company, based for its first two seasons at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, is making a major move. After performing its season opener at the Sol/Evening Star Productions space in Boca Raton, the company will stage the rest of its 2014-2015 season at Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

“It’s a phenomenal opportunity for us,” artistic director Skye Whitcomb said in a statement thanking Broward Center executives Shelly Bradshaw and Jill Kratish. “… when they gave us this wonderful opportunity, we couldn’t pass it up.”

Outré’s season will begin Oct. 24-Nov. 9 with Yussef El Guindi’s Back of the Throat at Sol/Evening Star, 3333 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton. The company will present Othello Dec. 5-21 in the Broward Center’s Abdo New River Room, which will also be the location for its production of the musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson May 1-17. A staged reading of Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh will be presented in the center’s new JM Family Studio Theatre March 6-7. Outré is also scouting for a non-traditional venue to do a concert version of the punk rock musical Rooms: A Rock Musical.

The Broward Center is located at 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. For information on Outré, visit

Harris remembered

Producer Jay H. Harris, who passed away last month at 77, will be memorialized in a celebration of his life at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at GableStage. A behind-the-scenes force in South Florida theater, Harris contributed funds and advice to numerous companies, led the board of the region’s Carbonell Awards and produced shows on Broadway, in London and around the country.

Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz, whose play Anna in the Tropics was produced by Harris in London, will be one of those remembering the man who was mentor, supporter and friend. Others scheduled to speak are Promethean Theatre founder Deborah L. Sherman, Mosaic Theatre founder Richard Jay Simon, GableStage artistic director Joseph Adler, Actors’ Playhouse artistic director David Arisco, director Amy London and Harris’ New York-based producing partner Bill Franzblau.

GableStage is located in the eastern end of the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. For assured seating, call the box office at 305-445-0651.

Movie, play set

Fort Lauderdale’s Thinking Cap Theatre is presenting two different works, a movie and the regional premiere of the play Church, by playwright Young Jean Lee.

The movie The Shipment, written and directed by Lee, features five actors exploring unsettling African-American stereotypes. The film gets two showings on Tuesday, at 6 and 8 p.m., at Cinema Paradiso, 503 SW Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $10.

From Aug. 8-24, Thinking Cap is presenting Church, a play-with-music exploring the sermons, songs and dance of worship. Nicole Stodard is directing the site-specific production in a revival-style tent in the parking lot of the theater’s future home at The Vanguard — a former church — at 1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. In the cast are Scott Douglas Wilson, Vanessa Elise, Ann Marie Olson and Carey Hart as evangelists; Sabrina Gore as the choir director and lead singer of the praise band; and Mariah Busk, A.J. Calaluca, Michael Friedman, Amy London and Miles Smith are in the band.

Performances of Church are 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday, with a 10 p.m. late-night performance on Saturday. Tickets are $28 (students $15). Call 813-220-1546 or visit

In brief

• The singer-songwriter duo Johnnyswim will perform the first-ever concert at the Broward Center’s new Mary N. Porter Riverview Ballroom at 8 p.m. July 27. Tickets are $22.50, available by calling 954-462-0222 or visiting
•  Charles Castleman, an acclaimed violinist and professor at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, will become professor of violin at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. Castleman will teach at both places during the 2014-2015 school year, then join the UM faculty full-time in the fall of 2015.
•  Nuestro pueblo, a Spanish-language version of Our Town by Thornton Wilder, is being presented by the Max Ferrá-led Actors’ Arena at Miami Dade College’s North Campus through Aug. 3. Free performances happen at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday. The show goes on at the Lehman Theatre, 11380 NW 27th Ave., Miami. For info, call 305-237-1505.
• Alto saxophonist Nestor Zurita and tenor sax player Felipe Lamoglia will perform a tribute concert to the late soprano sax star Steve Lacy at 8 p.m. Saturday. The performance is at Arts at St. Johns, 4760 Pine Tree Dr., Miami Beach. Tickets are $15 ($10 for students and seniors). Call 305-613-2325 or email

Visual arts

• Cannonball is accepting applications from artists of all disciplines, curators, museum professionals, scholars and other cultural producers based in Miami-Dade County for its next phase of local artist residencies in downtown Miami. Successful applicants will live and work in the nonprofit’s facility for nearly a year, from Jan.5 to Dec. 20, 2015. The deadline for submission is Aug. 4 at 5 p.m. For more information, contact artistic director Gean Moreno at 786-347-2360, or
• PechaKucha Miami and Carl Hildebrand host a group of local luminaries — including Marte Siebenhar of the Bakehouse Art Complex, Constance Collins of Lotus House and Steve Rios of Florida Reach — in the presentation of 20 images related to resilience, each shown for 20 seconds to spark fast-paced dialogue. PechaKucha Night Vol. 28 takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32nd St., Miami. Tickets are $10, and the event is limited to 150 people. For information, visit or
• The Haitian Heritage Museum celebrates a decade in Miami with the inaugural Fête Blanc, Société des Arts 6-9 p.m. Saturday in the Design District at 4141 NE Second Ave., Suite 105C, where the museum’s current installation Toussaint Louverture is on view. Guests are encouraged to dress in cool, white clothing. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door, which includes a one-year membership, small bites, a comedy show and live music. Event proceeds will go toward the museum’s ongoing cultural programming. RSVP to or call 305-371-5988;

Christine Dolen and Galena Mosovich contributed to this report. Send news to (theater), (dance, pop and Latin music), (visual arts) or (jazz, classical music).

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