M Ensemble Postpones, Cappies Gala, 2 From Thinking Cap, New Theatre Gala, House Theatre Workshop, Mom’s Day Stories

The Merry Month of May – Late Additions

There are a lot of updates in the calendar and theater-going opportunities for the region.

–M Ensemble’s Jar The Floor slated to open May 3 has been postponed until an unspecified date in early June.

–Thinking Cap Theatre is quite busy with two different programs.
First, there are two one-act comedies under the umbrella title, Love Burns, May 10 -26 at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Dr., Fort Lauderdale. A Date With a Stranger and All About Al, by NYC-based playwright Cherie Vogelstein, are set in a coffee house, and explore romantic relationships, from the exhilarating jolt of a first meeting to the precarious contemplation of a break up. Directed by Nicole Stodard, the cast includes Shira Abergel, Ashley Price, Mark Della Ventura  and David Michael Sirois (both 2011 Carbonell nominees for Brothers Beckett). Tickets $25 and includes a 15-minute intermission with live music, coffee and dessert bar.

Second, at the same theater for six performances, May 12-26,  is Radio Plays, a performance of classic scripts from the Golden Age of Radio, including material by Fibber Magee & Molly, The Bickersons, and Burns & Allen, performed by the Imagination Radio Players with voices and sound effects faithful to the original network comedies and dramas of the era.  The show is directed by Kitt Marsh and stars Berry Katz, Fern Katz, Jerry Weinberg and Elayne Wilks. Admission is $15.

Full schedule and tickets for both can be had online at www.thinkingcaptheatre.com or (954)678-1496. Cash only at the door.

–The 10th annual Cappies Award Gala, recognizing outstanding theatrical work and journalistic arts criticism in Broward and Palm Beach counties, will be held May 15 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. The Cappies, “Critics and Awards Program,” trains  high school theater and journalism students as critics. The students  attend shows at other schools, write reviews and publish those reviews in local newspapers. For tickets and more information, visit  www.browardcenter.org. Tickets arer$20.

–New Theatre holds its annual fundraiser, the sixth edition of Miami Stories 2012, at 7:30 p.m. May 12 at its new home at Roxy Performing Arts Center, 1645 SW 107th Avenue, Miami.  The unique program features one-act plays written by local celebrities: James R. Kaufman, managing partner of Kaufman, Rosin & Co; Rocky J. Arriola, president and CEO of Inktel Direct Corp.,  and Eric R. Sisser, president and CEO of Eric R. Sisser, Inc. The emcee will be David Samson, president of the Miami Marlins. Tickets are $100 and can be reserved by calling (305) 443-5909 or visit www.new-theatre.org

–Members of the House Theatre of Chicago will share their insights in developing new work in a free six-hour workshop  at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Peacock Education Center, Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.

The workshop co-sponsored by the South Florida Theatre League is open to actors, directors, writers and designers. Reservations are required by calling (786) 468-2270. Please pack your own lunch. There will be a 30-minute break for lunch.

The House was founded in 2001 by a group of friends with a mission of exploring the ideas of community and storytelling in order to create a unique theatrical experience. Since becoming eligible in 2004, The House has been nominated for 45 Joseph Jefferson Awards (17 wins) and became the first recipient of  Broadway in Chicago’s Emerging Theater Award in 2007.

Participants in this hands-on workshop will deepen their understanding of an ensemble-based, collaborative setting for art-making, build performance vocabulary and an awareness of production aesthetics and participate in the generation of material and story development through creative brainstorming. House artists will lead participants through ensemble building games and exercises to create a playful and open space in which to collaborate. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn how The House approaches new work–exploring how an outline for a story can develop through writing and imaginative storytelling that is informed by dance, music, magic and spectacle. Participants will be up on their feet and moving and should come dressed comfortably.

— Celebrate Mother’s Day by taking in the Miami Beach Arts Trust’s Memories of My Mother on Sunday, May 13, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Banyan Room at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach.  This reading of new stories by actors Linda Bernhard, Natasha Weisfeld, Andy Quiroga and Giordan Diaz is a fund-raising event to support miamiartzine.com, an online South Florida arts magazine. For more information and reservations, email marj@miamiartzine.com or call 305-458-0604.

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