News: Timekeepers to Return, Plus Double Down Your Donation At Broward Center

Michael McKeever watches in horror as Matt Stabile abuses Mike Westrich in Island City Stage’s The Timekeepers

Michael McKeever watches in horror as Matt Stabile abuses Mike Westrich in Island City Stage’s The Timekeepers

Just In Time(keepers): A Second Chance

If you missed Island City Stage’s Timekeepers last October, the company plans to team up with the West Boca Theatre Company to remount the show to run three weeks in December at the Levis Jewish Community Center.

Much could happen in the next eight months, but the entire cast plans to reprise their work.

The script by Fort Lauderdale’s Dan Clancy is the moving tale of a Jewish watchmaker and a gay man thrown together in a life-or-death work detail to repair timepieces. The production originally mounted in the tiny Empire Stage won Carbonells last month for best play, best director Michael Leeds, best actor Michael McKeever, best sound David Hart, best lighting Preston Bircher and best set design Michael McClain.

Island City Artistic Director Andy Rogow wrote in an email Saturday, “When Myrna Loman of West Boca Theatre Company came to see The Timekeepers last November she immediately knew the impact it would have on her audience. She pulled me aside after the show and asked if we would be interested in producing it with her in the fall of 2014 in Boca. I have known Myrna for years and I knew she had developed a loyal audience over the years. “

Rogow wrote, “I was also excited about the possibility of the show reaching a wider audience, especially the Jewish patrons that we didn’t have the resources to reach in a large way. It seemed like a natural partnership. After the production received six Carbonell Awards it also became an exciting prospect that for the first time in many years South Florida audiences would have the opportunity to see a Carbonell Award-winning production intact with all of its original artists.”

Challenging At Broward Center

The multi-faceted $56 million expansion of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts is progressing, but the total funds needed have yet to be raised, so its foundation has created a limited-time way for donors to double the worth of their contributions.

A donor who wishes to remain anonymous will match up to $ 1 million in giving to the ENCORE! capital campaign. The catch is the gifts must come within the next six weeks to be eligible.

To date, $54 million has been raised through public and private giving, leaving a balance of $2 million to meet the $56 million campaign goal.

To take advantage of the ENCORE! challenge or for more information, contact the Foundation at (954) 468-3284, e-mail foundation@browardcenter.org or visit www.browardcenter.org.  Naming opportunities are still available.

The latest milestone of the ENCORE! expansion project was the recent grand opening of the Huizenga Pavilion, overlooking the New River. The Pavilion, a two-story structure with floor-to-ceiling windows, offers 3,500 square feet of event space in the second floor Porter Riverview Ballroom.  On the first floor, waterside dining will be available at the New River Bistro, slated to open in the fall.  Outside, the Wendt Terraces feature views of the river, while the Von Allmen Plaza provides an entrance to all the offerings at the Broward Center.

The Rose Miniaci Arts Education Center which opens this summer will feature the JM Family Studio Theater, a 2,100 square-foot education hall, as well as classrooms and coaching space.  It will enable the Broward Center for the Performing Arts to serve even more children in its arts-in-education program, one of the largest in the United States now serving more than 150,000 students annually.

The first of the Broward Center spaces to undergo renovation and renewal as part of this project was the Au-Rene Theater, which now offers new seating, enhanced sound and lighting, updated lobbies and the new all-inclusive Club Level.  In addition, the new Silver Airways Intermezzo Lounge was unveiled, and the Peck Courtyard was refreshed.

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District at 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale.

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