Performing Arts

GableStage’s ‘Disgraced’ preview will benefit the ACLU

Gregg Weiner, Betsy Graver, Armando Acevedo and Karen Stephens star in Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer-winning ‘Disgraced’ at GableStage.
Gregg Weiner, Betsy Graver, Armando Acevedo and Karen Stephens star in Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer-winning ‘Disgraced’ at GableStage. George Schiavone

As the theater season begins, GableStage donates its preview performance of Disgraced to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union, Actors’ Playhouse has its cast (and Off-Broadway costumes) for the season-opening The Toxic Avenger, and a pair of plays dealing with violence are set for Liberty City and Pompano Beach.


GableStage, which will open its production of Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Disgraced on Saturday, is giving its Oct. 2 preview performance to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida. Set during a dinner party involving four people of vastly different backgrounds, the drama takes on politics, religion, Muslim-American identity and Islamophobia, among other topics. Joseph Adler is directing Gregg Weiner, Betsy Graver, Armando Acevedo, Karen Stephens and Angel Dominguez in the play.

The performance is at 8 p.m. with a pre-show reception at 6:30 p.m. at GableStage in the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Tickets are $45, and all proceeds go the the ACLU. For benefit tickets, call 786-363-2719. For GableStage information, visit


The season-opening Actors’ Playhouse musical The Toxic Avenger has its “Toxie.” Carbonell Award-winning actor Clay Cartland will play the toxic-goo transformed “hero” in the hit Off-Broadway musical by David Bryan of Bon Jovi and playwright Joe DiPietro. Based on the 1984 cult film about sneaky doings in New Jersey, the David Arisco-directed show also stars Julie Kleiner, Laura Hodos, Dexter Carr and Joshua Dobarganes. The Actors’ production will also feature the original Off-Broadway costumes.

The show previews at 8 p.m. Oct. 14-15, then opens Oct. 16 at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, where it runs through Nov. 8. Performances are 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday (additional matinee 2 p.m. Oct. 21). Preview tickets are $35, regular weeknight and matinee tickets $45, with Friday and Saturday tickets priced at $53. Seniors get a 10 percent discount, and students can get $15 rush tickets (Saturday-Sunday excluded). For information, call 305-444-9293 or visit


Two plays dealing with different forms of violence are coming to South Florida stages.

▪ Zooman and the Sign, an Obie Award-winning play by Charles Fuller, opens Oct. 2 at Miami’s African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave., where it runs through Oct. 11. John Pryor is directing the show, which features Don Seward as Zooman, a murderous Philadelphia teen who terrorizes his neighborhood — including the killing of a girl in front of witnesses who refuse to talk. Also in the play are Christina Alexander, Chat Atkins, Ray Lockhart, Mario Roberts Jr., Hasani Morey, Samuel Umoh, Cynthia Strachan Saunders and Deana Butler Rahming. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20 ($25 Saturday). Call 305-638-6771 or visit

▪ Cindy’s Spirit, a play by Kenike Miche, is a reworking of Cinderella that deals with domestic violence, bullying, abuse, sibling rivalry and parental abandonment. The show features Sheena Bryan, Vipex Feetz, Ignatius Hines, Toy Leslie, Dejanae Autry and Kensi. The play has performances at 3 and 5 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Emma Lou Civic Center, 1801 NE Sixth St., Pompano Beach. Tickets are $25. For information, call 347-903-2811 or visit

Christine Dolen: 305-376-3733, @christinedolen