Theatre Lab kicks off new reading series every 21 days through May; Juggerknot Theatre Company produces second world tour monologues in Long Distance Affair.
A celebration not a competition. The prevailing message from arts professionals and supporters Monday sought a seismic change in the prevailing philosophy of the Carbonell Awards that recognize excellence in South Florida theater.
The county plan for the Coconut Grove Playhouse is still alive in court, Kravis hires new CEO Terrence Dwyer and Broward County awards $2.5 million in grants.
The Finstrom Festival of New Work, a new national playwriting contest, has just opened for entries – a competition whose finalists will undergo workshops, staged readings and possibly a full production at Zoetic Stage in Miami.
The Carbonell Awards is taking an intermission on judging shows until fall 2021, using the time to reinvent itself, actively soliciting suggestions from the community and committing to increasing diversity on its board and panels.
Initiatives address the elimination of live theater due to the pandemic and also criticism from theater artists about processes and diversity.
The much-loved playwright and patron Tony Finstrom died in December 2018, but the curtain has not come down on his effect on the South Florida theater he championed. The Silver Palm Awards that he co-founded and helped fund will continue “in perpetuity” thanks to a legacy gift that has come to fruition, according to the Our Fund Foundation that will administer the Tony Finstrom Fund.
Palm Beach Dramaworks postponed its live on stage season, but it continues an aggressive online parade theatrical presentations for free in November and December with a three-play Home for the Holidays series: readings of The Trip to Bountiful, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and A Christmas Carol.
Samuel French, one of the major playscript publishers in the nation, is releasing a new acting edition of the Thornton Wilder classic Our Town featuring some scenes translated into Spanish and Creole pioneered by Miami New Drama’s 2017 production.
The Wick Theatre and Actors’ Playhouse have scheduled their first productions inside their main auditoriums. The Wick opens this weekend with a John Denver tribute concert and the Playhouse offers the family musical Madeleine’s Christmas at the end of the month.
Palm Beach County may be famous for the number and generosity of arts donors, but recent losses paint a deeply unsettling portrait. Survey responses from 33 non-profit arts groups produced an estimated total $48 million in revenue already lost and expected to be lost by the end of the calendar year due to the pandemic.