A less frequented area of Doral is set to become a focal point for the highest form of performing arts in the city with the inauguration of El Paseo de las Artes.
The cultural space, which is located on 3635 NW 78 Ave., will open its doors Thursday with the debut of a comedy titled, Instrucciones para una bofetada (Instructions for a slap on the face), starring Flor Núñez and her daughter Andrea Núñez.
“El Paseo de las Artes, without a doubt, is the artistic proposal with the most strength and relevance recently presented in the City of Doral,” said Miguel Ferro, director of the project. He highlighted the fact that Armando and Angela Esquivel, of the Cuban-Colombian entrepreneurial group Solare, “haven’t held back any efforts in support of this wholesome theater project.”
Instrucciones para una bofetada, a comedy penned by Chilean writer Jose Ignacio “Chascas” Valenzuela, depicts a confrontation between a young actress and a telenovela diva on the first day of filming.
“I’m constantly being proposed new projects but as soon as I read el Chascas’ script I knew I had to do it,” said actress Flor Núñez.
The plot involves a crisis when both characters discover that the script calls for the novice actress to slap the veteran actress on the face.
“There’s no one better than them to interpret the experienced actress and the emerging talent,” said director and producer Rosalba Maldonado, who is convinced that “with Flor and Andrea, applause is guaranteed.”
In reference to Ferro’s initiative, Núñez said that it seemed “marvelous” because it represents an opportunity for many actors, directors and talented writers, living in Miami to develop their skills and careers.
“It should be applauded especially because it’s Doral, where a space for performing arts, in which multiple shows can take place at once, doesn’t exist,” said the actress, who plans to take advantage of the upcoming season to have fun and “disconnect” from the drama, Mientras te olvido (While I Forget You), which has kept her on the road as it tours through several U.S. cities.
El Paseo de las Artes will feature a program from Thursday through Sunday and include musical, dance and theater productions. All of the performances are in Spanish. The space will include an open-air area with seven cargo containers designed to accomodate short acts, two covered stages and several bars serving food and drinks.
“The garden area offers the perfect ambiance to hang out with friends and family while waiting for performances to start,” added Ferro, who explained that theater seasons will run for six weeks and said that becuase the plays are brief, and cost only $5 each, he wouldn’t be surprised if the public wanted to see more than one a night.
The list of plays includes Alicia, su conejito y sus ganas. Feroz, Vuelo 114, Quejas en la cama, Lo mío es lo tuyo and Salte.
“There’s no requirement on the number of plays a person must watch but the experience is so contagious that the public usually opts to watch several,” said Ferro, who also is vice president of production and programming at Mira TV. His career includes more than 30 stage productions and he is founder of Microteatro Miami, with headquarters in Spain.
Just a few short steps away from the containers is the Teatro del Centro, with a capacity for 100 people, which is where comedians, singers and actors will present their shows.
Spanish-speaking comedian El Cunaguaro will perform his act El Chinchorro at 10:30 p.m. Thursday. Other acts for May include ventriloquist Carlos Donoso.
“El Paseo...will also include a concert hall, which can accomodate 600 spectators including those in the VIP area and will only open Saturdays and Sundays, featuring shows which encompass a higher level of technical complexity,” Ferro said.
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If you go
What: El Paseo de las Artes
When: Opens Thursday
Where: 3635 Northwest 78th Ave., Doral.