As part of its mission of nurturing new work, New Theatre is giving myriad South Florida theater artists the chance to write, act and direct in its here-and-gone Miami New Stages Festival.
The first event is dubbed Mx2, which translates to “monologues times two,” and it takes place at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday — that’s tonight — at Artistic Vibes, 12986 SW 89th Ave., Miami (just north of The Falls shopping center). It’s an intriguing idea: Have two pairs of actors and directors interpret the same monologue.
So those who go will see She Wanted Me by Marjorie O'Neill-Butler, with Danielle Rollins directing Ruki Etti and Ruben R. Diaz directing Jessica Gorwky; Orange Cat by Glenn Hutchinson, with Lucia Aratanha Lund directing Roberto Lobo and Juan Espinosa directing Mabel Mir; Escort Wanted by Doug Shear, with Vanessa Elise directing Daniel Leonard and Wayne E. Robinson directing Danielle Rollins; Helping Hand by Mark Walter Braswell, with Paul Steinsland directing Danielle Rollins and Tatyana Marie-Carlo directing Connie Fernandez; Cookie by Frank Quintana, with Zack Myers directing Amber Lynn Benson and Francesca Toledo directing Randy Garcia; and Mudding Sonatina by Cynthia Joyce Clay, with Evelyn Perez directing Carlos Enrique Baños and Lisset Rivera Robinson directing Roselyn Moreno.
Theater fans can also go bigger by going to the company’s Miami 1-Acts Festival, the second part of the New Stages Festival, on Saturday and Sunday. Fifteen one-act plays involving more than 75 theater artists will be presented in two programs at Main Street Players, 6766 Main St., Miami Lakes. Program A goes on at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Sunday; Program B at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday.
Single tickets are $12, but you can get a three-event pass (to Mx2 and both one-act programs) for $30. Visit www.new-theatre.org for information.