Friday, May 22, 2009

Summer Shorts! Summer Shorts! Summer Shorts!

Erin Joy Schmidt is Betty the Clam Girl, (a theatrical song) by Michael John LaChiusa, which is featured in Undershorts, part of City Theatre√Ę€™s annual Summer Shorts festival. Photo: George SchiavoneIt's that time of year; the afternoon rainstorms have become a daily occurence, eyeglasses fog up when you step out the door, and City Theatre is in full production with Summer Shorts.

There are three stories out about City Theatre's annual celebration of extremely short plays, and that's appropriate given the festival's three part programming this year:

  1. Signature Shorts: the basic format that started it all
  2. Shorts 4 Kids: a program of short plays for children and families
  3. Under Shorts: plays with a more adult theme, playing later in the evening.

Andie Arthur brings us an in-depth look at Summer Shorts in Miami Artzine.
Although the set up is different this year, Summer Shorts continues its tradition of celebrating the diversity and wonder of South Florida talent. Directors for the 22 plays and two mini-musicals in Shorts 4 Kids are all local favorites.
Along with celebrating local directors, four of the shorts are written by local playwrights: Michael McKeever, Christopher Demos-Brown, Andrew Rosendorf and Marco Ramirez.
Arthur has a complete cast list, and interviews each of this year's featured playwrights.

Onelia Collazo Mendive has a good overview in the Miami Theater Examiner; her take on Shorts 4 Kids:
A new Shorts 4 Kids line-up for families with tunes penned by Grammy Award Winner Cyndi Lauper and breakout artist Lisa Loeb (“Stay: I Missed You”) along with a mix of fast and funny plays for families and a new “Create-a-Short” Contest featuring the work of young artists...
Her article includes a video clip. It's, um, brief.

   David Hemphill, John Manzelli and Erin Joy Schmidt star in the world premiere of Andrew Rosendorf's <em>Orlah.</em>  The Miami Herald has it listed as Critic's Pick. Given the format of the Critic's Pick, Christine Dolen can do little more than give us the facts, but it's all there.
David Hemphill, John Manzelli and Erin Joy Schmidt are featured in Andrew Rosendorf's Orlah
Summer Shorts plays at the Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts May 28 - June 21. It moves up to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts for a brief run from June 25 - 28.

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