Briefs: 1-Minute Play Festival, Alice at the PlayGround, Pino Plays the Roxy, +Harry Warren, AAPACT, Park Vista

Minutemen – and Women.

You’ve heard of one-act play programs and ten-minute play, but now comes The First South Florida One-Minute Play Festival.

More than 40 playwrights with South Florida connections have written (or are still writing) these very brief exercises in dramaturgy for two benefit performances slated for 4:30 and 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Ave. in Miami.

Tickets are $25 per show and can be purchased online at or by calling the Deering Estate Ticket Office at (305) 235-1668 ext. 233.

The proceeds will benefit the Theatre Lab, a year-long series of playwright workshops presented by the South Florida Theatre League and the Deering Estate.

Among the playwrights: Michael McKeever, Michael Yawney, Juan C. Sanchez, Gene Excaliber, David Sirois, Mark Della Ventura, Vanessa Garcia, Kimberly Patterson, Marj O’Neill-Butler, Andrew Rosendorf, Kenny Finkle, Sheri Wilner, Deborah Zoe Laufer, Andie Arthur, Carmen Pelaez, David Caudle, Stacy O’Neill, Neena Beber, Edith Freni and Jorge Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas. The plays will be directed by Steven Chambers, Elizabeth Price, Nicole Stoddard and Ricky J. Martinez

The project is being presented by the New York-based One-Minute Play Festival, Deering Estate and the South Florida Theatre League. The event is partly underwritten by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Curiouser and Curiouser

PlayGround Theatre’s current revival of its unique multi-media revision of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland will stage a special “sensory-friendly” performance at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11.

The four-year-old Theatre Inclusion Program uses modifications to sound and lighting, noise canceling headsets, a quiet room and a special pre-show illustrated guide to help special-needs audience members with autism or sensory processing disorders.

Tickets are $10 per adult and $5 per child for the performance at the theater located  at 9806 NE Second Ave. in Miami Shores. For tickets and information call (305) 751-9550 or visit

The Voice of Experience

The Roxy Theatre Group’s production this month of the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying features a cast and orchestra of about 70 students from 25 schools and colleges in Miami-Dade County, but one part has a high-power name attached.

Danny Pino, a Miami native and star of TV’s Cold Case and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, has recorded the wry voiceover of the author of the linchpin advice book that the hero is consulting to get ahead. Past productions have cast Walter Cronkite and Anderson Cooper as the voice.

The Florida International University alumnus has served on the company’s advisory board since its inception and taught several workshops there.

A new release quoted him as saying, “At a time when arts programs are being de-funded, Roxy is more rare and essential to the creative youth in our community. I had a fantastic time recording the voiceover…, especially knowing I could collaborate with the talented and committed young artists in my hometown. I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this production and hope that our community further realizes the importance of cultivating creativity and encouraging self expression in all forms.”

The musical plays at the Roxy Performing Arts Center at 1645 SW 107th Ave. in Miami from Feb. 17-Mar. 3. More details are available at (305) 226-0030, email or visit

The Roxy Theatre Group is a non-profit organization that has been training performing arts students ages 3 to 17 in acting, dance and voice since 2002.

Off the Beaten Path

Among the shows opening during the next couple of weeks that you might not have heard about:

–The songs of  three-time Academy Award winner Harry Warren are featured in a songbook revue this weekend in At Last: The Songs of Harry Warren through this Sunday at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.  His work includes who penned “I Only Have Eyes For You,” “That’s Amore,” “Chattanooga Choo-choo” and the showstopping numbers featured in the musical 42nd Street. For tickets and more information, call (877) 311-7469 or visit

–The Park Vista Theatre in Lake worth is hosting a new musical version if the movie Boynton Beach Club from Feb. 10-12 with a script written by the film’s director Susan Seidelman. For more information, visit

–The African American Performing Arts Center will present Fathers and Other Strangers written by Jeffrey Stetson  Feb. 22-Mar. 18 at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, Wendell Narcisse Theatre, 6161 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami. Feb. 22 and 23 are previews. The plot of the play is described as “A faceless victim of America’s oppressive system of racism and civil injustice works tirelessly to raise his son. He lives and dies a failure, believing he has nothing to offer his son except an example of what never to become. Now, as a noted psychiatrist, the son treats the very people who would never have seen his father as a man. While exploring his own success, pain and rage he discovers the meaning of love and frees himself from the crippling legacy of his father.” It was awarded the Theodore Ward National Playwriting Award in 1988.  For more information, call (305) 456-0287 or visit

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