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Breaking News: State Approves Last Hurdle To County/FIU/GableStage Theater On Coconut Grove Playhouse Site
A new regional theater and educational complex was cleared this afternoon to arise on the site of the Coconut Grove Playhouse. A signed, executed lease with the state, which owns the property, is expected to arrive in the mail as soon as this week.
At a minimum, Thursday’s opening of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s fresh spin on Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra is a watershed event for the region. But this co-production of GableStage, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Public Theater lays out a put-up-or-shut-up challenge to South Florida audiences and funders: Do you want to become a major theatrical hub?
The Miami-Dade County Commission voted to allow the mayor to negotiate away debts that remain a deal-breaking roadblock to the resurrection of the Coconut Grove Playhouse as a Jan. 15 deadline closes in.
The Miami-Dade County Commission faces a decision Tuesday that could make or break the resurrection of the Coconut Grove Playhouse as deadlines close in. With discussions still underway on deal-killing debts, the commission will consider whether to authorize the mayor to incur $120,000 of expenses to seal outstanding deals before Jan. 15.
The Governor’s cabinet gave crucial approval Tuesday to Miami-Dade County, Florida International University and GableStage partnering to reopen the historic Coconut Grove Playhouse as a professional theater and educational complex.
The creation of a new theater on the site of the Coconut Grove Playhouse came one step closer at midnight Monday when the state’s lease application process closed with only one party expressing interest — a partnership among Florida International University, Miami-Dade County and GableStage. But pending lawsuits threaten the future of the deal.
Breaking News: FIU Proposes Partnership With County And GableStage To Operate Closed Coconut Grove Playhouse
By Bill Hirschman Another option has emerged for the future of the Coconut Grove Playhouse — a partnership among Miami-Dade County, Florida International University and GableStage to operate a 300-seat theater with an annual $2.6 million budget. The arrangement was …
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.
The state of Florida will take ownership of the shuttered Coconut Grove Playhouse Friday morning as officials warned a month ago, a state spokeswoman confirmed Thursday afternoon.