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It’s Wednesday, March 7, and Billy Corben’s world premiere play Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy has been in rehearsal for some time with Miami New Drama. It opens the next day for a week of audience previews and script tweaking at the Colony Theatre.
Passions erupt as art, commerce and international politics collide and conflict in the world premiere of Carmen Pelaez’s intriguing Fake at Miami New Drama. This play centering on a possible forged masterpiece about to be auctioned needs a good deal of additional work, but its promise gleams and begs for further productions.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has awarded $2 million to Miami-Dade County to complete the project for GableStage-FAU’s theatre department to rebuild and reopen the Coconut Grove Playhouse.
The insightful examination in the play One Night in Miami from Miami New Drama depicts four different approaches used by African-American icons — Malcolm X, Jim Brown, Sam Cooke and the champ then known as Cassius Clay — to awake America to racial injustice and to demand equity when they met in February 1964.
Amid the rise of the #metoo movement, the surprise in the new play Queen of Basel, subtitled “Or an unapologetic response to Strindberg’s Miss Julie,” is just how closely this modern-day riff still echoes the sadly timeless themes of the 1888 original. But Hilary Bettis’ script, expand and dig deeper into Strindberg’s naturalistic examination of a war between the sexes mingled with a war of economic class distinctions.
The co-production of Miami New Drama and the Asolo Repertory Theatre Company resonates so deafeningly with the current zeitgeist that it seemed to have been written last month. This merciless razor-sharp lampoon is a rabbit punch at the solar plexus of society in 2018.
Amazingly, in 2017 with its video games, alt right-antifa strife and uber-sophistication, Our Town is still our town. And no more so than in Miami New Drama’s inventive and often touching production that underscores the values of community in a time when our country seems as divided as it has ever been.
With genuine uncertainty of how successfully it will play, Miami New Drama artistic director Michel Hausmann keeps calling his unique undertaking “an experiment.”
He’s mounting Our Town with one little twist: In his turn-of-the-century New Hampshire village of Grovers Corners, some families speak English, some speak Spanish, some speak Creole.
If you know where to look, certainly you can find reliable warhorse titles in the upcoming theater season in South Florida, but it’s easier to find vibrant, contemporary and challenging offerings.
Once it gets going, Miami New Drama’s A Special Day, is a hallmark of wily invention and Brechtian artifice, a celebration of theater’s ability to create something from nothing in front of our eyes.