News Items: Dreyfoos’ Metamorphoses, Alliance’s Onesies, Kultur Festival

Dreyfoos Does Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses This Weekend

The Dreyfoos School of the Arts’ Theatre Department is undertaking an ambitious student production: Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, an impressionistic interpretation of the works of Ovid. The drama, directed by Bruce Linser, is being presented Feb. 23-26 at the Brandt Black Box Theatre on the campus, 501 S. Sapodilla Ave. in West Palm Beach. Tickets and information are available through www.awdsoa.org/arts/performance-calendar.php or by calling the box office at (561) 802-6052.

Alliance Fund Raiser Monday With Plays By Della Ventura & Sirois

Onesies, short plays by David Michael Sirois and Mark Della Ventura, will provide the centerpiece of a fund raiser for the Alliance Theatre Lab, hosted at GableStage at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 5.

Sirois was nominated for a 2011 Carbonell for Best New Work for his world premiere, Brothers Beckett, performed last season at The Alliance, a small theater based in Miami Lakes. Della Ventura was nominated for a 2011 Carbonell for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Brothers Beckett.

The plays will be directed by Todd Allen Durkin, and feature Shira Abergel, Della Ventura, Marcia Garcia, Rayner Garranchan, Liam Gonzalez, Betsy Graver, Aubrey Shavonn Kessler, Mariah Reed, Sirois and Christian Vandepas.

All proceeds go toward the costs of the troupe’s 2012 season opener: the world premiere of Sirois’ Off Center of Nowhere March 16-April. 8.

GableStage, which has donated the space, is located at The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue in Coral Gables.

Reading Monday of Gospel According To Jerry

A staged reading of Richard Krevolin and Irwin Kula’s play The Gospel According to Jerry will be held at 7 p.m. March 5 as part of the American Jewish Theater’s entry in the Kultur Festival 2012. Local actors Lela Elam and Jeffrey Bruce will perform the piece at the 5th floor of the Wimberly Library at Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton.  A question and answer session with Krevolin will follow the reading.

The plot is described as “Jerry Silver is a divorced rabbi from New York experiencing a mid-life crisis. Nia Thompson is a reserved, church-going African-American gospel singer desperate to lose weight. Their lives intersect when Nia signs up for an overeaters’ anonymous group led by Jerry…. The play explores Jewish and African-American relations, stereotypes and spirituality.”

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