New figures show that the COVID-19 pandemic continued to gut punch the arts community in Miami-Dade County through last month with a total loss estimated at nearly $43 million and costing more than 5,300 jobs across the non-profit and cultural organizations, the county reported Tuesday.
All the world’s a stage, in the case of Long Distance Affair, literally. Sitting in your living room in South Florida late this month, theater fans will be able to watch short plays beamed to them from Singapore, London, Paris, Madrid, New York City, and, oh, yes, Miami in an innovative experimental paradigm from Juggerknot Theatre Company.
Playwright E.M. Lewis is the 2020 recipient of the Harold and Mimi Steinberg / American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award. The Steinberg/ATCA Award, which comes with a $25,000 prize, recognizes playwrights for the best scripts that premiered professionally outside New York City during 2019.
Trivia contests, master classes, solo performances, new play development online, lectures, podcast-like schmoozing interviews, requests for video audition, 24-hour theater projects, even soliciting subscriptions for specific dates. The ghost light may be lit across the South Florida theater scene, but nearly every troupe is aggressively keeping the genre’s profile inescapable.
Already, the COVID-19 pandemic has cost the Miami-Dade arts and culture world an estimated $22.9 million and affected 1,700 jobs just through the end of March, according to the first figures from an ongoing survey by the county Department of Cultural Affairs.
Joseph Adler, a titan who helped transform South Florida’s cultural landscape by mounting unblinking, dynamic work and aggressively championing local artists, died Thursday. Passionate and outspoken, curmudgeonly and supportive, gruff and loving, but unassailably a skilled artist, Adler had been a force of nature as producing artistic director of GableStage since 1998.
Measure For Measure Theatre will deliver the entire Angels In America epic in a free online reading over the next two weeks in one of the most unusual arrangements the region has yet seen. The live-only reading on Facebook separates Tony Kushner’s legendary work into one-hour segments, each segment cybercast by itself spread over six days beginning this Friday.
Theatre Lab is creating a second Online Monologue Festival culminating with an April 27 performance to benefit behind the scenes workers in South Florida theater such as stage managers, designers, technicians, administrators, box office employees and similar people.
Main Street Players, the Miami Lakes company that transformed from a community theater to professional status, has announced the winners of its 2020 New Play Competition Winners.
Many South Florida theater companies are reaching out online to stay connected with their communities with free opportunities for interaction and learning, among them New City Players in Fort Lauderdale, MNM Theatre Company in Palm Beach County and Miami New Drama in Miami Beach.