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“Earthquake” – One Night Only, benefitting Mad Cat Theatre Company

A new play, “Earthquake,” written and directed by Mad Cat Theatre Company member Jessica Farr will be performed one night only, in a benefit performance, as part of the South Beach Comedy Festival. Proceeds going to the Mad Cat Theatre Company.

In an attempt to crawl out of obscurity and find himself relevant once again, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Trevor Winston writes a new “hard hitting, important play” bent on changing the lives of its audience members. But as the play passes through the producer’s fingers, the rehearsal process, and the egos of those presenting the work onstage, Trevor discovers he is creating “sensationalist disaster porn disguised as altruism.” With his eyes set on a successful Broadway opening that doesn’t completely overlook his original intentions, Trevor finds himself compromising his work for all the wrong reasons. What happens in the eleventh hour when all of his choices hang in the balance and fate grasps him in its hands? Earthquake may just shake up Broadway after all.

The comedy will also be directed by Jessica Farr, with Paul Tei as artistic director. The performance is 8:30 pm on Wednesday, April 8 at The Gleason Room Backstage at the Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach.

Earthquake will feature Antonio Amadeo†, Noah Levine (company member), Bonnie Sherman† (company member), Andres Maldonado, Carey Hart (company member), Caiti Wiggins, Michael Gioia and Amanda Corbin†. † Member Actors’ Equity Association

Sound Design by Matt Corey and Costume Design by Karelle Levy (company members).

Mad Cat first took part in the South Beach Comedy Festival in 2010. The company expresses express gratitude to the Performers’ Union: Actors’ Equity Association through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the union Artists to appear on this program.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.madcattheatre.org. Tickets may also be purchased at The Fillmore box office located at 1700 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach. Telephone number 305-673-7300. For all festival information and tickets visit www.southbeachcomedyfestival.com. The festival runs from April 8th to 11th, 2015 featuring Hannibal Buress, Bill Burr, Mark Normand, Patton Oswalt, and Michael Yo with more shows to be announced soon!

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New Name – New Space – New Members – The Alliance Theatre

The Alliance Theatre Lab has changed its name to The Alliance Theatre and has moved to Barry University’s Pelican Theatre. Artistic Director Adalberto J. Acevedo is now joined with new Manager Director Juan Carlos Besaers.

The Alliance Theatre’s first performance following the changes is “Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune,” February 26 through March 15. Preview performance, with a talk-back after the show, will be at 8 pm Wednesday, February 25. Times for the regular performances are 8 pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 7 pm on Sundays. Adalberto Acevedo is director.

The Alliance Theatre Lab was founded by Acevedo in 2004. In 2008, it began producing full seasons, with its first world premier, “Brothers Beckett” by playwright David Michael Sirois. The Alliance Theatre Lab has received 7 Carbonell nominations and Three Silver Palm awards.

Acevedo and Besaers have refocused the Alliance as a group of theater artists that focus on contemporary works that demand “our audience participate in the collaboration that is theater,” said Acevedo. Allison O’neil is the new company manager and dramaturge.

The theater will be presenting a new four-play season this fall. Every Thursday will be “Student Night.” Any student with a valid ID can see the show for $10.

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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.