Up & Coming — New Theatre’s Boomfrog & FIU’s New Plays

New Theatre has announced its second entry in its Boomfrog Series of theater works with a bit of an edge and aimed at a younger, diverse audience: Bird in the Hand by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas slated for March 22-April 7.

The news release describes the work this way: “In this wry comedic play, an adolescent Felix recalls working summers at his father’s tropical-bird theme park in Miami, where imported flamingos serve as a metaphor for his feelings of entrapment, estrangement and disconnection. Through movement, video and sound, the birds played by actors help Felix reconstruct foggy and embellished memories of his past.”

Cortiñas has won several recognitions including “playwright of the year” from El Nuevo Herald’s 1999 year-end list. His second play, Sleepwalkers, won the Carbonell Award for best new work when it was produced by the Area Stage in 1999.

The play will be directed by New Theatre Artistic Director Ricky J. Martinez and Literary Manager Steven A. Chambers with a cast that includes Kristina Abreu, Michelle Antelo, Gabriel Bonilla, Sammantha Hernandez, Ivan Lopez, Vanessa Thompson and Fidel Urbina.

General admission is $25. Students rush tickets at the door if space is available. Through the”25 under 25″ program, the first 25 students under 25 years old get in free March 22-24.

For tickets, call (305) 443-5909 or visit www.new-theatre.org.

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You can get a preview of the work of the upcoming generation of playwrights at free staged readings of new plays by Florida International University students at the school’s annual New Plays Festival at 8 p.m. March 22-23.

The plays, chosen by the faculty from an open call for entires, will be staged at FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus, 11200 SW 8 St., Miami, in the Duxieme Maison Room 150.

This year’s program includes: Catalyst (excerpt) by Jason Caceres, directed by Nelly Tores; Good Luck Gina by Caitlyn Lincoln, directed by Rachel Rodriquez; Mistress Emily by Danielle Rollins, directed by Caitlyn Lincoln; Nobody’s Got My Back But Me (excerpt) by Amanda Sparhawk, directed by Ana Garabitos; No Us by Rei Capote, directed by  Tatiana Pandiani,and You’re Gonna Pay for This by Tatiana Pandiani, directed by Stephanie Sandoval.

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