Tag Archives: Barbara Stein
Some South Florida theaters are scrapping some of what they plan to put on stage this season or next. Some are leaving support positions unfilled. Some plan smaller cast shows. Some have sidelined plans for growth. Theaters are scrambling to cope with an unexpected 90 percent slash in state funding. But theater champions vow to fight back by organizing patrons and leading citizens to influence lawmakers.
Teenagers may hold the survival secrets for South Florida theaters to build a crucial new generation of patrons. Students say they seek theater that is relevant, affordable, accessible, less elitist, touching the head and the heart, marketed through cyber-word of mouth, and pumped with sensory candy. Above all, their interest has to be stimulated as early as elementary school.
In the six years since the Coconut Grove Playhouse shuttered, irreplaceable theatrical history has festered in a fetid, crumbling structure, endangered by everything from larcenous-minded vagrants to Florida’s infamous mold-rich climate.
But in a third-act development worthy of a melodrama, Actors Playhouse in Coral Gables and the University of Miami library’s special collections division have rescued some of the Grove’s treasures.
Actors Playhouse’s 2012-2013 season will feature something old, something new, something you may have heard of but likely never seen, and something only the playwright’s mother is aware of — and all intriguing: In The Heights, Godspell, Fox on the Runway and The Last Five Years