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New Theatre plans world premieres, Miller classic for its 30th season

New Theatre artistic director Ricky J. Martinez has put together a 30th anniversary season featuring two world premieres, an Arthur Miller classic and an in-negotiation Broadway play.
New Theatre artistic director Ricky J. Martinez has put together a 30th anniversary season featuring two world premieres, an Arthur Miller classic and an in-negotiation Broadway play.

New Theatre was born in Coral Gables three decades ago, created by founders Rafael de Acha and Kimberly Daniel de Acha, and now we know how the company will celebrate its 30th anniversary season.

Artistic director Ricky J. Martinez has announced three of the four plays that will make up the celebratory season of a company that now performs in an intimate space at the sleek South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. A pair of world premieres from South Florida playwrights, an Arthur Miller classic and a still-in-negotiation Broadway show form the lineup.

The season will begin in November-December with the world premiere of Two Weekends and a Day by City Theatre cofounder and literary director Susan J. Westfall. The bittersweet play follows two couples through devastating moments and mid-life crises depicted, as the title suggests, over the course of two weekends and a day.

Roof!, a new play by Martinez, will get its New Theatre world premiere in April-May. Set during a Friday rooftop barbecue at the home of two young Cuban-American roommates, this “ode to Miami” also features a Colombian bombshell, a British hunk, a black drag queen and other characters who find themselves tested by a life-shattering moment.

Miller’s towering classic, Death of a Salesman, will be staged in May-June of 2016. The Broadway-tested show will run in January-February.

Four-play flexible memberships are available for $100. New Theatre, which is presenting Deborah Zoe Laufer’s Leveling Up through June 21, performs at SMDCAC, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay. For information, call 305-443-5909 or visit www.new-theatre.org.

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