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The protagonists’ primary fear in Lungs — bringing a child into an environmentally crumbling world and an economy in freefall – is secondary to the challenging script’s focus: examining the fragility and tensile strength of relationships – both given a solid production by New City Players.
Forgive the sappy saccharine metaphor, but it’s inescapable: Spring has arrived for South Florida theater with buds and shoots peeping out of the what was not barren but rocky ground. All you have to do is look at the Florida Theater On Stage calendar or Facebook or the inbox of your email for the next two or three weeks with programs competing head-to-head not just online but in person.
A look back at 2020: Yes, South Florida theater was crippled by the pandemic. But its acolytes remained driven to express their artistry, and patrons remained ravenous for their work. They continued to explore projects, create avenues and seek paychecks with efforts ranged from filmed full-fledged productions to monologues newly penned in bedrooms.
Drive-in theater, theater behind storefront glass, podcasts: In spurts over 7 months, South Florida theater artists have been preparing experiments online and live, for free, for pay or donations. As many are coming into view this fall, they are coalescing into a new if temporary paradigm that holds out hope for the survival of the genre.
The virus hasn’t stopped South Florida companies from planning, rescheduling and retooling projects.
The prestigious 2020 Remy Awards honoring “unsung heroes who provide outstanding service behind the scenes” have been announced by the South Florida Theatre League: Matt Stabile, Tim Davis, Steven M. Weinger, Gustavo Meimbiela, Marialaura Leslie, Kenya Anthony-Moore, Art Garcia and Judson Wright
Trivia contests, master classes, solo performances, new play development online, lectures, podcast-like schmoozing interviews, requests for video audition, 24-hour theater projects, even soliciting subscriptions for specific dates. The ghost light may be lit across the South Florida theater scene, but nearly every troupe is aggressively keeping the genre’s profile inescapable.
Many South Florida theater companies are reaching out online to stay connected with their communities with free opportunities for interaction and learning, among them New City Players in Fort Lauderdale, MNM Theatre Company in Palm Beach County and Miami New Drama in Miami Beach.
In-depth report: Sets still standing on stages are silent pledges that these productions and theater itself in South Florida will resume – albeit in what many believe will be a different world. But what that cultural world will look like for audiences and artists could not be more uncertain, say theater professionals who have had to rethink and rethink again their plans. It’s different from when other disasters have struck Florida like hurricanes; this one may be open-ended.
Other than two crippling developments, South Florida theater 2019 was marked by a wide array of what seemed like points on a volatile stock market chart marking the ebb and flow of an evolving arts community. Welcome to our annual idiosyncratic highly-subjective look back on the year.