Performing Arts

FUNDarte’s ‘Writing in Sand’ looks at Miami’s migrant women

Playwright David Ives will visit GableStage for a discussion and fundraiser in suport of the theater’s upcoming production of his ‘New Jerusalem.’
Playwright David Ives will visit GableStage for a discussion and fundraiser in suport of the theater’s upcoming production of his ‘New Jerusalem.’

The world of migrant women in Miami goes under the artistic microscope in Writing in Sand, a world premiere multidisciplinary work by Carlos Caballero, featuring Cuban actress Mabel Roch, Brazilian dancer-choreographer Lucia Arantanha, Haitian musician Inez Barlatier and text by writer Griselda Ortiz. Presented by FUNDarte, the piece explores autobiographical material from the three performers to explore the realities of displacement, trauma, assimilation in Miami and other themes.

Performed in Spanish with English supertitles, Writing in Sand will be presented in the On Stage Black Box Theater at Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami. Performances are at 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and admission is $20 ($15 for students and seniors) via Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or For information, call 305-547-5414 or visit


In the spring, GableStage is planning to produce New Jerusalem, a David Ives play with the illuminating subtitle The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656. But on Nov. 23 as a fundraiser for the production and for the theater’s educational programming, producing artistic director Joseph Adler is bringing in Ives and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins (head of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science) for a provocative discussion of Spinoza’s philosophy, how a writer develops a historical event into a drama and much more.

The conversation takes place at 6 p.m. at GableStage in the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. It will be followed by cocktails, a buffet and a silent auction in the hotel’s Aragon Room. Tickets are $125 for subscribers, $150 for everyone else, and $100 of each ticket is tax deductible. For information, call 305-445-1119 or visit


Pianist Margarita Shevchenko will perform the first Chopin Salon Series concert of the season at 4 p.m. Sunday, playing works by Tchaikovsky, Scriabin and Chopin. Winner of a dozen top prizes at major international piano competitions, Shevchenko will return to South Florida Feb. 20-March 1 to serve as one of nine jurors for the 2015 National Chopin Competition, presented by the Miami-based Chopin Foundation of the United States at Miami-Dade County Auditorium.

Sunday’s concert takes place at the LaGorce Country Club, 5685 Alton Rd., Miami Beach. The concert and a wine reception are free to Chopin Foundation members ($55 to add dinner), $45 for others ($100 for the concert and dinner). Reservations are required. For information, call 305-868-0624, email or visit


Long before Dennis Scholl became vice president/arts for the Knight Foundation and his wife, Debra Scholl, became chair of local arts support group Locust Projects, they were known for their collection of American contemporary art. Much of that has now been given to institutions like the Pérez Art Museum Miami as the Scholls have turned their eyes toward contemporary aboriginal art.

Beginning in February, works by nine major aboriginal artists will be presented at five American museums in an exhibition titled No Boundaries. Art from the Scholls’ collection will travel to the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Oregon’s Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University. The show opens at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, where Dennis Scholl is a board member, on Sept.17.


Four actors, three of them also the playwrights, will present their solo work as part of Alliance Theatre Lab’s The Originals festival, which is getting get a fleeting run through Nov. 23. Casey Dressler is performing her play The Wedding Warrior, Michele Brino her play Bedroom, Bathroom and Beyond, and Vanessa Elise her play Noise: An Interruption at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. Matthew Glass performs Something Something Über Alles by Assurbanipal Babilla at 3 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Elise and Glass recently performed those shows at New York’s United Solo festival.

The shows go on at at the Main Street Playhouse, 6766 Main Street, Miami Lakes. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students. For information, call 305-259-0418 or visit


There’s lots cooking at Miami Theater Center, where the run of Stephanie Ansin and Fernando Calzadilla‘s adaptation of Hedda Gabler has now been extended. The new take on a Henrik Ibsen classic will get four additional performances at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Nov. 23 at MTC, 9806 NE Second Ave, Miami Shores. Tickets are $35, available by calling 305-751-9550 or visiting

MTC is also seeking theater artists to present work during the 2015-2016 SandBox Series, an initiative supported by a Knight Arts Challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Applicants must be at least 18 and proposing new work. Each must supply a bio, an artist’s statement, a written project narrative, a two-minute video of themselves describing the project and two short video clips of prior work. The deadline to submit is 4 p.m. Feb. 2, and applications are available on the theater’s web site. Those selected get a $5,000 commissioning fee, a six-week residency, 75 hours of rehearsal time and three weekends to perform six showings of the new work.

Resident artist Calzadilla will lead a rasaboxes workshop in the SandBox from 7 to 11 p.m. Dec. 1-6. Designed for those 18 and older, the technique devised by Richard Schechner integrates a psychological and physical approach to actor training. The cost is $240, and participants must attend all six sessions.


▪ City Theatre is presented seven short Florida-themed plays at 6 p.m. Monday at Miami Book Fair International’s new lounge, The Swamp. On the bill are Risen from the Dough by France-Luce Benson, Hey Girl by Jessica Farr, Sand and Sam by Lauren Feldman, The Crocodile’s Bite by Vanessa Garcia, A Pair of Monologues by Gail Garrisan, Roof by Ricky J. Martinez and Swamp Girl by Marj O-Neill Butler. Admission is free, and the Swamp Pavillion is on the southeast corner of Northeast Third Street and Second Avenue. Call 305-755-9401 or visit

▪ The Greater Miami Symphonic Band performs Rhapsody in Blue at 3 p.m. Sunday at the University of Miami’s Gusman Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables. Santiago Rodriguez will be the piano soloist on the George Gershwin classic. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students and children over 5. Call 305-273-7687 or visit


▪ Photographer Seth Browarnik will show a collection of images detailing the process of hand bottling the Facundo Rum Collection, a luxury line of sipping rums from Bacardi, which he shot at the company’s blending facilities and distilleries in Mexico. 24 Hours in Mexico: A Photo Exhibition is open to the public one day only from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Melin Building in the Design District, 3930 NE Second Ave., Miami. Guests will experience the four types of Facundo Rum while they view more than 30 behind-the-scenes images. Space is limited and guests must RSVP to to attend. For more information, visit

▪ Meetinghouse, a new gallery space in the penthouse of the Huntington Building in downtown Miami, is hosting an opening reception Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. Local and national artists explore past cooperatives such as Roycroft, Bauhaus and the Shakers, via a diverse array of drawings, prints, photos, videos, furniture and sculptures. University of Miami architect Veruska Vasconez, collaborating with painter Jenny Brillhart, mixed-media artist Moira Holohan and writer Molly McGreevy, donated the space. Proceeds from the show will go to the participating artists. The gallery is at 168 SE First St., Miami. Call 786-282-5617 or visit

▪ The Bass Museum of Art presents Curator Culture as part of its salon-style series in which practicing curators; contemporary artists and other influential art professionals talk shop. Join Jerome Sans, curator of One Way: Peter Marino, in discussion with Silvia Karman Cubiñá, executive director of the Bass, and Charles Locke Moffett of Sotheby’s from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Reply to Complimentary valet parking is available. The event is free for museum members and “basspass” holders or $10 for non-members. Call 305-673-7530 or visit  

Christine Dolen, Jane Wooldridge and Galena Mosovich contributed to this report. Send news to (theater), (dance, pop and Latin music), (visual arts) or (jazz, classical music).