Performing Arts

New Theatre raises the curtain on its 30th anniversary season

New Theatre’s Ricky J. Martinez will see his play ‘Roof!’ premiere during the company’s 30th anniversary season.
New Theatre’s Ricky J. Martinez will see his play ‘Roof!’ premiere during the company’s 30th anniversary season.

Lots of activity on the theater front this week, with New Theatre announcing its full season and selling very affordable memberships; free readings of four new plays by South Florida playwrights, and an extension of Palm Beach Dramaworks’ much-praised concert version of 110 in the Shade.

NEW THEATRE

New Theatre, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary this season, will offer a lineup dedicated to new works by playwrights with ties to the company’s past, as well as a great American classic, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller.

The season will begin Nov. 20-Dec. 13 with the world premiere of Two Weekends and a Day, a play about two couples, their friendship and the aftermath of midlife crises, by Susan J. Westfall. From Jan. 29 to Feb. 21, the company will present two plays in rotating repertory: Franz & Albert, a play by Mario Diament about the 1911 meeting of Franz Kafka and Albert Einstein, and Footprints, a play by Sandra Riley about Coconut Grove pioneers Mary Barr and Kirk Munroe. New Theatre artistic director Ricky J. Martinez is represented by Roof!, a play about Cuban-American roommates throwing a rooftop barbecue that leads to a life-shattering moment. It runs April 8-May 1, followed by Death of a Salesman in May through June.

Five-play flexible memberships are just $100. New Theatre performs at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay. For information, call 305-443-5909 or visit new-theatre.org.

FREE READINGS

Four plays will get free staged readings from Saturday through Monday at three different South Florida venues.

From Scratch, a project of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the South Florida Theatre League and the Deering Estate at Cutler, begins its readings at 5 p.m. Saturday with Such Tremendous Faith by Andie Arthur. Her play about a minister’s daughter drawn to a congregation’s divisive new minister will be read at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 7701 SW 76th Ave., Miami. A Gray Divide, Juan C. Sanchez’s play about an instant attraction undone by memory, will be read at 3 p.m. Sunday at Area Stage, 1560 S. Dixie Hwy., Coral Gables. Wrongful Death, a play by Christopher Demos-Brown about a personal injury lawyer’s actions in the aftermath of a plane crash, will be read at Area at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Email Adriana Sanchez-Perez at asp@miamidade.gov for information.

On Monday, Mad Cat is presenting Party Girls by Jessica Farr, who will direct Darcy Damis, Aisha Sofia Duran, Noah Levine, Andy Quiroga, Ben Sandomir, Mikaela Schipani and Ashley Sebok in the reading. The play about a e-book author thrown into the party life of her model friend in Miami will be read at 7 p.m. in the SandBox at Miami Theater Center, 9816 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores. Visit madcattheatre.org for info.

‘SHADE’ EXTENDS

Palm Beach Dramaworks is extending its popular summer concert version of the Harvey Schmidt-Tom Jones-N. Richard Nash musical 110 in the Shade by a week. Based on Nash’s play The Rainmaker, the musical about a drought, a lonely young woman and a con man features Jessica Hershberg, Cooper Grodin, William Parry and Shane Tanner in leading roles, with Clay Cartland, Nick Duckart, Stephanie White, Laren Bell, Nikki Allred Boyd, Chris Brand, Alex Jorth and Matthew Korinko in the cast. Clive Cholerton is the director, Michelle Petrucci is the choreographer, and musical direction is by Howard Breitbart.

Tickets to the elaborate concert production are $42. The additional performances are at 8 p.m. Aug. 28-29, 2 p.m. Aug. 30. Dramaworks performs at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre at 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Call 561-514-4042 or visit www.palmbeachdramaworks.org.

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