Performing Arts

Artists from Miami and Cuba team for ‘Yellow Dream Road’ world premiere

‘Yellow Dream Road’ is a world premiere collaboration between Havana’s Teatro El Público and Cuban artists based in Miami.
‘Yellow Dream Road’ is a world premiere collaboration between Havana’s Teatro El Público and Cuban artists based in Miami.

Coming to a South Florida stage (or venue) near you, Rogelio Orizondo’s Yellow Dream Road gets a collaborative Miami-Cuba world premiere; stars Audra McDonald, Will Swenson and Lea DeLaria will bring their Broadway talents to Fort Lauderdale’s Parker Playhouse; playwright Israel Horovitz will speak about his work in Boca Raton; What if Works is taking three solo shows to two libraries; and the University of Miami is bringing a lesser-known Stephen Sondheim show to life.


Artists from Havana’s Teatro El Público and Cuban artists living in Miami have collaborated on the world premiere play Yellow Dream Road, a piece written in Miami by Cuban playwright Rogelio Orizondo. Directed by Carlos Díaz of Teatro El Público, the play about the relationship between Miami and Havana features Lili Renteria, Mabel Roch, Javier Fano, Mabel Valiente and Alegnis Castillo in the cast. The title Yellow Dream Road suggests the yellow brick one in The Wizard of Oz, a key thematic thread running through Orizondo’s play.

Presented by FUNDarte, the University of Miami, Teatro El Público and Miami-Dade County Auditorium, the play will be performed at the auditorium’s On.Stage Black Box in Spanish with English supertitles. Performances are 8:30 p.m. Nov. 19-21, 5 p.m. Nov. 22. Tickets are $25 ($20 seniors and students), available via Ticketmaster. Call 305-547-5414 or visit


The Parker Playhouse will host six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald and her Tony-nominated hubby Will Swenson in a concert-and-conversation event with Sirius Broadway channel radio host Seth Rudetsky on Jan. 2. And on Feb. 13, Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria will perform at the Parker with guest host (and drag diva) Varla Jean Merman. Both shows are part of the Parker’s Broadway Concert Series.

Tickets, which range from $46.50 to $126.50, are now on sale, with two-show subscriptions running $84 to $228. Both shows begin at 8 p.m. at the Parker, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale. For information, call 954-462-0222 or visit


▪ Playwright Israel Horvitz returns to South Florida for a Playwrights Forum evening at Theatre Lab on the campus of Florida Atlantic University. On Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., actors will read three short Horovitz plays — Breaking Philip Glass, Beirut Rocks and What Strong Fences Make — followed by a post-show discussion with the playwright. Tickets are $20 ($10 for students). Call 800-564-9539 or visit The Theatre Lab is located in Parliament Hall on the campus at 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton.

▪ The Miami theater company What if Works is taking a trio of one-act plays to two libraries. Rhythm of Beauty by Juanita Castro is about Colombian pop singer Katiushka Mendoza, who died while having plastic surgery; A Detail of Frida by Maleeha Naseer, performed by Amanda Quintero, focuses on artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera; and La Guarachera de Cuba by Lisset Riera is about Celia Cruz. Performances are at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Kendall Lakes Regional Library, 15205 SW 88th St., Miami; and 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Miami Main Public Library, 101 W. Flagler St. Admission is by donation. For reservations and information, call 305-271-1073.

▪ The relatively obscure Stephen Sondheim musical Saturday Night is is currently onstage at the University of Miami’s Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, 1312 Miller Dr., Coral Gables. Written in the mid-1950s and based on a play by Casablanca screenplay authors Julius J. Epstein and Philip G. Epstein, the show didn’t get its first professional production until 1997. It’s at the Ring through Nov. 21. Performances are 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10-$25. For information, call 305-284-3355 or visit

Christine Dolen: 305-376-3733, @christinedolen