Monday, July 5, 2010

Mondays are Dark

We're a little late because of the July 4th Holiday - but better late than never!  Enjoy your Monday reading list.

The Quarter-Century Mark
Mario Ernesto will shoot me a dirty look for putting it that way, but his International Hispanic Theatre Festival is in its 25th year.  Read about it in The Miami Herald.

The Drama Queen reports that Marco Ramirez' Broadsword has finally had its world premiere - in Atlanta, Georgia.  Like many people who've seen it staged not once, but twice, by Mad Cat, you may be confuzzled.  But it turns out that those where "developmental" productions, and certainly there were differences between those two productions.  Adjectives aside, we saw it first, and it's hard to imagine anyone doing it better.

Talk about Green...
BroadwayWorld reports that Whole Foods Market raised over $4,000 for Actors' Playhouse last week.
Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre raised an even $4,444 thanks to Whole Foods Market in Coral Gables' Community 5 Percent Day, June 23. The generous donation is the result of Whole Food's commitment to donate five percent of the day's net sales to a local non-profit organization.
Honey!  I'm Home!
The Miami Theatre Examiner reminds us that Babalu is coming to Miami, and it's bringing Miamian Raúl Esparza with it.
This performance features Arnaz’s daughter, actress-singer-dancer Lucie Arnaz, Broadway star Raúl Esparza, fiery Fosse femme fatale Valarie Pettiford, a rare appearance by Desi Arnaz, Jr. on percussion, and the original musical arrangements from the Desi Arnaz Orchestra.

Babalu features music direction by Ron Abel; performances by local Miami dancers; and choreography by Ramon Del Barrio.
Honey! We're in our New Home!
The Palm Beach Daily News reports that Florida Stage has finished its move to the Kravis Center.

Looking for a Few Good Plays
The Alliance Theatre Lab  will be reading new plays in August, and yours could be one of them.  See their blog for details.

Palm Beach Play Readings
The Shiny Sheet reports that the Four Arts Society is presenting a series of play readings and performances.
Storyteller and librarian Elena Lanz will lead the play-readings. Everyone who wants to read a part can. “Once people see that it’s not scary, they start creeping up and wanting to play someone,” Lanz said. “This is about getting everyone involved in reading.”
Girl Play
Miami Artzine was at The Women's Theatre Project, and they have a gallery up from last weekend's Second Annual Lesbian Play Reading Festival.

Is The Gusman Going Down? and The Miami Herald reports that Mayor Tomás "Miami is not a City" Regalado wants to pull all city funding out of the historic crown jewel of downtown Miami.  All $478,000 of it. To be fair, the former Olympia theatre has been poorly managed, running shows only 85 nights a year.  But with solid management and 52 weeks of programming, The Gusman Center would be the key to reviving a blighted downtown in any other city in the country.  Regalado says the city can't afford; someone with even a lick of vision would see that the city can't afford not to.

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