Performing Arts

South Florida Arts Scene: New World seniors go it alone with solo theater shows

Alto Carla Jablonski will perform with the Greater Miami Symphonic Band at its holiday concert Tuesday at the Universityt of Miami’s Gusman Hall.
Alto Carla Jablonski will perform with the Greater Miami Symphonic Band at its holiday concert Tuesday at the Universityt of Miami’s Gusman Hall.

Catch some of South Florida’s theater stars of tomorrow — for free — when 14 graduating college seniors from Miami’s New World School of the Arts present their original solo shows under the guidance of festival coordinator David Kwiat. Seven actor-playwrights will perform their shows Thursday and Friday, with the second group performing Jan.8-9.

Program A features Reality Check by Marcela Paguaga, Heartaches by Icela Guernica, Confessions of a Party Girl by Sarah Rumbaut and The Bite by Casey Sacco. Program B presents The Itch To Stitch by Eddie Morales, For the Love of Dog! by Kelly Ziegler and A Scarlett Affair by Jessica Gorwky. See Program A at 5 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday, Program B at 8 p.m. Thursday and 5 p.m. Friday.

Program C includes Runaway Thoughts by Selena Castellon, This Is Your Life Andrew Cunanan by Mark Guardamino, A Cinderella Story? by Krystel Mills and They Came From Above! by Christopher Ferrer. On Program D are Girl, Running by Michelle Hernandez, Doubts of Wonder by Gloria Cardona and Would I Lie to You? by Danny Cruz. Catch Program C at 5 p.m. Jan . 8, 8 p.m. Jan. 9; Program D at 8 p.m. Jan. 8, 5 p.m. Jan.9.

All of the solo performances happen in the Louise O. Gerrits Theater on the eighth floor at New World, 25 NE Second St., Miami. For more information, call 305-237-3541 or visit


The Greater Miami Symphonic Band will celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah with a concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday featuring singers from the Florida Grand Opera and Seraphic Fire. Soprano Rebekah Diaz, alto Carla Jablonski, tenor Kunya Rowley and bass Graham Fandrei will perform, with Gary Green and Robert Longfield conducting.

Included on the program are Rocket Sleigh by Delvyn Chase, Rhapsody for Hanukkah by Stephen Bulla, Christmas Festival by Leroy Anderson and Fantasia on Kingsfold by Longfield. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for students and children over age 5. The concert takes place at the University of Miami’s Gusman Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables. call 305-273-7687 or visit for more information.


▪ Playwright and television writer Marco Ramirez, who grew up in Hialeah and launched his career in Miami, is having continued success with his new play The Royale, inspired by the story of groundbreaking black heavyweight champ Jack Johnson. After a world premiere in Los Angeles and another production at San Diego’s Old Globe, the play is now headed for productions at Chicago’s American Theater Company and London’s Bush Theatre.

▪ Alexander Dinelaris Jr., who attended Barry University and has written the book for the Broadway-bound Gloria and Emilio Estefan musical, has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for co-authoring the screenplay of Birdman, an Oscar contender starring Michael Keaton. Dinelaris, director-screenwriter Alejandro González Inarritu and Nicolas Giacobone will find out if theirs is the winning screenplay on Jan.11.


▪ The Wolfsonian-FIU hosts a winter festival Sundayfrom noon to 5 p.m. for families to explore the galleries, make a holiday card with artist Mary Larsen and decorate cookies from Ice Box Cafe. The event is free for children under 12 and accompanying adults. For more information, contact Maria Trujillo at The museum is at 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Call 305-531-1001 or visit

▪  Back on Earth, a Tragicomedy in Two Parts is an exhibition by Miami artists Brandon Opalka and Hugo Montoya at the Emerson Dorsch gallery in Wynwood. New works by the duo include large-scale installations, sculptures, paintings and video in an interactive environment, all aimed at investigating the search for meaning and the absurdity of the endeavor. The exhibition is on view Tuesday-Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. through Jan. 31 at the gallery, 151 NW 24th St., Miami. Call 305-576-1278 or visit

▪ Pérez Art Museum Miami presents a winter series by the bay titled Movies (Not Really) About Museums. Films will be shown every third Thursday, beginning this week at 7 p.m. with Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 psychological thriller Vertigo. Wine and cheese plates, movie theater concessions and cocktails are available for purchase. Attendance is free with museum admission. The museum is at 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Call 305-375-3000 or visit

▪ Broward Cultural Division’s Public Art & Design Program is looking for five artists or artist teams to design, fabricate and install site-specific artworks in Terminals 1 and 2 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Budgets for each project range from $380,000 to $430,000. The application deadline for the call to artists is Dec. 30. For more information, contact administrator Christina Roldan at 954-357-8542 or visit

▪ Markowicz Fine Art Gallery’s pop-up space is open through Jan. 31 at 309 NE 23rd St., Suite 100, Miami Beach, until its permanent home is completed in the Design District. The new 4,000-square-foot location will occupy two stories at 110 NE 40th St., Miami. For more information, call 305-308-6398 or visit

▪ Works by the late sculptor Manuel Carbonell and Brazil-based Japanese artist Yutaka Toyota are on display at the Banco do Brasil Americas in an exhibition titled Brickell Urban Encounter. See it free from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, through Feb. 27, at 800 Brickell Ave., Suite 103, Miami.

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