South Florida is about to get a new not-for-profit theater company, one run by artists with impressive and diverse credits.
Miami New Drama, which will be led by Venezuelan-born director, producer and playwright Michel Hausmann, will also feature the work of Tony Award-nominated playwright-director Moisés Kaufman as artistic associate.
The company will launch Jan. 14-Feb. 7 with the musical The Golem of Havana, a work written and directed by Hausmann. With music by Salomon Lerner and lyrics by Len Schiff, the show tells the story of a Hungarian-Jewish family living in Havana on the brink of the Cuban Revolution. The piece incorporates the music and traditions of two worlds, asking questions about family, community, religion and politics. It will play Miami Beach’s Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road.
Miami New Drama’s next show will be Working on a Special Day, featuring the Mexican company Por Piedad in a piece about the life-changing encounter between an overworked housewife and a mysterious bachelor, set against the backdrop of rising fascism on the day of Hitler’s 1938 visit to Mussolini's Italy. Performed in English, the show will be presented in April at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26th St., Miami. And in October-November of 2016, a production of Kauffman’s Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde will be presented in English and in Spanish at the Colony.
“We are bringing together a mix of the best local, national and international talent that will not only connect with Miami’s dynamic and multicultural theatergoers but that will also elicit emtional responses from our audiences,” Hausmann said in a statement.
For his part, Kaufman said, “Our vision is to produce and import world-class theater to reach and engage audiences that are as diverse as the city itself.”
For information on the company, visit miaminewdrama.org.