Miami Theater Center’s Stephanie Ansin and Fernando Calzadilla got into the business of re-imagining classic theater two years ago with their production of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters. For their just-announced 2014-2015 season, the duo plans more of the same, this time taking on Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and George Axelrod’s The Seven-Year Itch. Artistic director Ansin will stage both shows, and Calzadilla will design costumes, lighting and sets.
Running Oct. 23-Nov. 16, Hedda Gabler will feature Jessica Farr in the title role, along with Paul Tei, Gregg Weiner, John Dennison, Diana Garle, Kitt Marsh, Kate Young, Linda Bernhard, Theo Reyna and Caroline Shannon. The Seven-Year Itch runs Feb. 19-March 15, with a cast featuring Aaron Glickman, Betsy Graver, James Howell, Joe Ferrarelli, Farr, Bernhard and Garle.
The theater has also scheduled the first production in its SandBox Series, Voices of the Island: A Caribbean Fantasy. Running Nov. 7-22, the piece is the creation of the artist collective Lab9 — Rayner Garranchan, Edson Jean, Joshua Jean-Baptiste and Maria Corina Ramirez. Devon Dassaw, Andres Maldonado, Jean and Ramirez are in the cast.
Tickets to the two mainstage shows are $35 each; admission to the SandBox show is $20. Miami Theater Center is located at 9806 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores. For information, call 305-751-9550 or visit www.mtcmiami.org.
‘BROADWAY’ ON BEACH
Broadway stars Linda Eder (Jekyll & Hyde), Barbara Cook (Tony Award winner for The Music Man) and Billy Porter (Tony winner for Kinky Boots) will headline the 2015 South Beach Broadway Series, an inaugural venture at the Colony Theatre from producers Matthew Lombardo and Rick Murray. The duo brought Broadway talent to Fort Lauderdale’s Parker Playhouse last season, also presenting stars at Provincetown’s Paramount Theatre.
Eder kicks off the series Jan. 30-31, followed by Cook Feb. 27-28 and Porter March 20-21. Subscriptions for the three-show series are $99 to $299 and are now on sale. The Colony is at 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. For information, call 305-434-7091 or visit www.colonytheatremiamibeach.com.
Actors’ Playhouse in Coral Gables will begin its season in less than a month with Murder Ballad, a steamy Off-Broadway rock musical by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash. Set in a bar, the show tells the story of a woman, her husband and her “former” boyfriend. Artistic director David Arisco now has his cast: Blythe Gruda, from the theater’s award-winning productions of Floyd Collins and Songs for a New World, as Sara; Mark Sanders, from Actors’ Next to Normal, as Sara’s husband Michael; and Chris Crawford, who was in Zoetic Stage’s Assassins, as Sara’s lover Tom.
The show runs Oct. 8-Nov.2 at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, and single tickets are now on sale. Previews are at 8p.m. Oct. 8-9. Regular performances are 8p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 3p.m. Sunday, with an extra matinee at 2p.m. Oct. 15. For information, call 305-444-9293 or visit www.actors playhouse.org.
▪ A free public symposium on the origins and legacies of World WarI will take place at 2p.m. Saturday at the New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach. Keynote speaker Michael Neiberg of the Army War College will deliver an address titled Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I. At 3, panelists Dominique Reill and Michael Miller of the University of Miami and Jessica K. Adler of Florida International University will hold a discussion and question-and-answer session. The event also features World WarI music and a post-symposium reception. Tickets are required. Call 305-375-1600 or visit www.eventbrite.com/e/world-war-i-a-century-later-tickets-12603339929 for information.
▪ On Sundayin the Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall at Lynn University, music and a movie script come together with a reading of the feature film Roses Are Blind. Wendy White wrote and directs the story of a college student sent to a psychiatric ward by her family as it tries to keep a secret from coming out. The evening begins at 6p.m. with a cocktail reception and music by violinist Yasa Poletaeva and pianist Darren Matias. The reading follows at 7, with admission by donation. The concert hall is on the Lynn campus at 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton. For required tickets, call 954-829-0638 or visit www.eventbrite.com/e/roses-are-blind-a-preview-event-to-the-feature-film-tickets-12791091499#lightbox_contact.
▪ Individual tickets for The Book of Mormon at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. The show by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez remains one of New York’s hottest tickets. It plays the Arsht, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, Dec. 2-14. For information, call 305-949-6722 or visit www.arshtcenter.org
▪ New World School of the Arts photography professor Maria Martinez-Cañas spent six weeks in Umbria, Italy, collaborating with the other recipients of Civitella Ranieri Foundation fellowships. While in residence in a 15th century castle, Martinez-Cañas also photographed 4,200 images for what she hopes will become another limited edition portfolio.
▪ Conundrum Stages returns to its Ghost Light series at 8p.m. Tuesday with a reading of God of Vengeance by Donald Margulies. Tennessee Williams’ Eccentricities of a Nightingale will be read Sept. 22, followed by an evening of short plays, music and poety on Sept. 30. All events are at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Dr., Fort Lauderdale. Admission is free. Call 954-678-1496 or visit www.conundrumstages.net.
▪ Miami artist Santiago Rubino pays tribute to Aldous Huxley’s groundbreaking The Doors of Perception in a solo show of the same name at Spinello Projects, 2930 NW Seventh Ave., Miami. Rubino’s hyper-figurative drawings, made over a three-year period, reflect surreal or half-realized dreams through the use of Renaissance cartooning, classical landscapes, postmodern graffit, and futurist character animation. The exhibition is on view through Oct.4. For more information, call 786-271-4223 or visit www.spinelloprojects.com.
▪ Pérez Art Museum Miami presents the first major U.S. retrospective on the Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, featuring the Miami debut of Brazilian band Alma Tropicalla and DJ Marcello Bentine. Public gallery access begins at 7p.m. A talk with Milhazes and Tobias Ostrander at 2p.m. Saturday is free with museum admission. Jardim Botanico is on view through Jan.11. The museum is at 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; call 305-375-3000 or visit www.pamm.org.
▪ The renovated MDC Musuem of Art + Design will reopen from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday with new installations and exhibitions throughout the building. Included are The Universe Within 6pne by Asser Saint-Val , swing/SPACE/Miami through Nov.9; LEBO Pops Up: Artworks by David Le Batard, MDC Collection Gallery through Oct.4; Work/Work curated by Katherine Pill, Main and Skylight Galleries through Nov.14; and the ongoing Cuban Exile Experience and Cultural Legacy Gallery on the first floor of the Freedom Tower. Admission to the museum, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, is free. Call 305-237-7710 or visit www.mdcmoad.org.
▪ Breakthrough Miami’s second annual Support-A-Scholar Celebration at Wynwood Walls, 2550 NW Second Ave., Miami, is Saturday from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., featuring collaborative murals by Ryan the Wheelbarrow, Brandon Opalka, Marcie Ziv, Santiago Rubino and the Breakthrough Miami scholars, with all murals available for auction. Proceeds benefit the non-profit’s eight-year academic enrichment program. You can fund a scholar for $1,600 or purchase tickets to the event for $150 per person. VIP tours of the Walls will be offered along with food by Wynwood Kitchen & Bar. Online registration is open through Friday at www.breakthroughmiami.org. For information, call 305-646-7210.
Christine Dolen and Galena Mosovich contributed to this report. Send news to cdolen@MiamiHerald.com (theater), jlevin@MiamiHerald.com (dance, pop and Latin music), jwooldridge@MiamiHerald.com (visual arts) or khamersly@MiamiHerald.com (jazz, classical music).