Brief Scenes, Entrances And Exits, Prompts From The Wings

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One Acts: An Evening Of Short plays

In collaboration with Thinking Cap Theater, Girls’ Club hosts a evening of short plays inspired by the current exhibit “The Moment. The Backdrop. The Persona.” It is scheduled for Saturday, January 31 from 6-10 pm. It is free and open to the public.

Local writers Nicole Stodard, Jessica Farr and Matt Stable have selected works from the exhibit as a launching point for a series of one-act plays to be presented within the galleries of Girls’ Club.

Inspired by works by Leah Brown, Rosemary Laing and Lori Nix, the three playwrights have created original performance pieces focusing on the essential elements of story telling – plot, setting and character.

The event takes place in conjunction with the “Flagler Village” and “FATVillage Arts District” neighborhood artwalks. Free shuttles will be available to take visitors to participating venues.

The plays will be performed twice throughout the evening, with an early and late performance. Free parking available.

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One Night Florida Premiere of Song of Solomon Starring Robert Cuccioli.

The Wick Theatre and local musician-educator Drew Tucker present Tony nominee Robert Cuccioli in a concert reading of the musical-in-development Song of Solomon this Monday, January 19 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $40. Call The Wick at (561) 995-2333 or click the events calendar on www.thewick.org. The musical written by Andrew Beall and Neil Van Leeuwen has had several developmental readings and productions with an eye to a finding a berth on Broadway. If the work is successful, it might also return in more fleshed out form to the Wick. Cuccioli was the original lead in Broadway’s Jekyll & Hyde.

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Free Readings Presented by Pigs Do Fly Productions

Two free readings of 12 brand-new 10-minute humorous plays will be presented January 25 and February 1 at Books & Books at 265 Aragon Avenue in Coral Gables.  These contemporary comedies were written to reflect Pigs Do Fly’s mission of highlighting “vibrant, healthy people over 50 who are doing interesting things with their lives.”

Audiences will be asked for their opinions at the end of each reading. The top four selections, along with plays by Michael McKeever, Michael Leeds, and Marj O’Neill-Butler will form Pigs Do Fly’s next production, scheduled to take place in May.

Beverly Blanchette will direct the January 25 readings.  She will also read, along with Todd Caster, Michael DeGrotta, and Ellen Wacher.

Carbonell Award-winning actress Karen Stephens will direct the February 1 production.  Actors participating in that reading are Carol Sussman, Bonnie Robinson, Jerry Weinberg and Michael DeGrotta.

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“The Tempest” To Be Featured At Free Shakespeare in the Park Events

The Tempest, one of Shakespeare’s last plays, is known for its elegiac tone, but it also has action, a couple of battle scenes with choreographed sword fights, lots of enchanting rhymes and guaranteed laughs. The Miami-Dade based Shakespeare in the Park company is producing the show at three different locations from Jan.16-31.

Starring visiting artist Edward Lewis French from London as Ariel and a cast of regional professional actors, The Tempest features period costumes and original music written for this production. It’s free and no ticket is required. You can bring your favorite beach chair (or rent one), drinks, food, even have a little picnic! If your Elizabethan English is a little rusty, fret not! The acting and action speak for themselves.

Three different locations are available. Check out Shakespeare in the Park to see which best fits your schedule. According to its website: The mission of Shakespeare Miami is to promote literacy, culture and a passion for the arts through free productions of the works of William Shakespeare.