South Florida Theater Calendar 2020-2021

Theater in South Florida is back. Coming back. Sort of. Productions are being announced, dates are being put on a calendar, well, written in the digital equivalent of pencil. Things could change, likely will change on a weekly basis. Some work will be live, some pre-recorded, some will occur on an actual stage, some on the screen of your tablet. But it will be local companies with performers you know from past seasons. There’s enough movement for audiences to begin making plans, so we are re-opening our calendar.

Note that many have postponed their traditional on stage season an entire year but fully intend to resume. Many are willing to refund paid subscriptions, but they hope that people will accept leaving the expense as either an investment in the company’s future or at least as a credit against next season’s tickets.

We will try to keep this calendar up to date, but it always will be a good idea to phone or email the company in advance. We advise that you read entries carefully for exactly when and where and how a production is available.

For live performances, know that each county has imposed a series of stringent health safety requirements and some venues have gone way beyond that.

Jan.22 – May 7

New Play Festival for A New Year
Theatre Lab
Live online
www.fauevents.com
(561) 297-6124

Once again, the troupe has scheduled an extensive set of play readings every 21 days through May, held this season online. The first offerings on Jan. 22 include at 5 p.,m. an afternoon of short plays selected from submissions by participants in October’s Playwright’s MasterClass Series. Then at 7 p.m.  Last Night In Inwood by Alix Sobler, the playwright of last season’s The Glass Piano.  The plot is described as “A major disaster in Manhattan has everyone on the island looking for high ground. For Danny’s family and friends, that higher ground happens to be her one-bedroom apartment in Inwood. As the world outside goes to pieces, Danny tries to keep the peace among the assorted characters gathered in her space. They might make it through this crisis, if they can manage to survive each other.” The work will be directed by Theatre Lab Producing Artistic Director Matt Stabile and performed by Meredith Bartmon, Avi Hoffman, Patti Gardner, Jovon Jacobs, Nate Promkul and Marlo Rodriguez.

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April 2-18

The Niceties
Island City Stage
2304 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors
(954) 519-2533

The office of a white, liberal, lesbian history professor at an elite ivy league university explodes with conflict when a black student arrives to discuss the thesis of her essay: “A successful American Revolution was only possible because of the existence of slavery”. Video tickets April 9-19.

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April 15-25

A Love Like This
New City Players/ Art Prevails Project
At the Broward Center, 201 Southwest 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale,
BrowardCenter.org

The companies have teamed for an outdoor, socially-distant, live theatrical performance  composed of original short plays, music, and poetry through the lens of Black creatives in South Florida. This work depicts trials and tribulations of human beings, “an open and honest look at relationships -romantic, familiar and platonic – through the eyes of some of South Florida’s talented creatives of color,” a news release stated. It “takes us from a barbershop to a college dorm room to a cafe during the pandemic through a curated collage of short plays, music and poetry that take the audience on an emotional journey.

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April 16 – 7 p.m.

In the Red and Brown Water
New World School of the Arts
Available online – one performance

The play written by Tarell Alvin McCraney (NWSA 1999 alumnus) will be presented online as a one-time premiere, performed by eleven juniors and seniors enrolled in the NWSA college theater program. In the Red and Brown Water is part of a trilogy of the Brother Sister Plays. It takes place in San Pere Louisiana and it is the story of Oya a girl who has great hope but has to fight her inner struggles and those within the community she lives in. A combination of the stories of the pantheon of Yoruba Gods, poetry and contemporary urban influences. The play takes you on a great journey of humanity combining humor, pain and the search for love, acceptance and redemption. The heart and soul of the people in the play are around and within each of us.

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April 19-25

Borrowed
Zoetic Stage / Broadway United
Streamed on Vimeo
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/149963076599

Jim Kierstead’s psychological thriller is a two-character play and an intense ride as two strangers who meet for what is only to be a brief encounter, get more out of their time together than either could ever have imagined. Borrowed explores the universal and haunting themes of fathers, sons, love, loss, and, ultimately, forgiveness. This out-of-town production is part of Zoetic’s online Virtual Play Reading Series that focuses on new plays by new writers, giving them exposure and the opportunity to develop their work, after hearing it presented in front of a virtual audience.

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April 22-May 30

A Chorus Line
The Wick Theatre
7901 N Federal Highway, Boca Raton
(561) 995-2333

Here are the true-life tales of the Broadway dancers – as they share the ordeal and joy of a live audition. Tony Award for Best Musical in 1976 and a Special Tony Award in 1984 for Longest Running Musical.

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April 22-May 2

A Class Act
J’s Cultural Arts Theatre
Michael-Ann Russel JCC in North Miami Beach
www.marjcc.org/buytickets

The work by New Jersey playwright Norman Shabel, originally produced Off-Broadway at New World Stages, the play is described as “a sophisticated thrill ride that exposes the startling inner workings of our legal system. This show examines a world in which greed pervades, the loyal suffer, and morality is always relative. The performance schedule is unique in that it adheres to Jewish religious observation. Thursday night shows begin at 7:30p. There are no performances Friday nights due to Shabbat. Saturday night shows begin with a complimentary kosher wine and cheese reception at 8:30 and the performance beginning at 9:30p. Sunday performances begin at 5pm.

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April 24, 76:30 p.m.

Topsy Turvy
Slow Burn Theatre Company
At the Broward Center for the Performing Arts
201 Southwest 5th Avenue , Fort Lauderdale
https://www.browardcenter.org/events/detail/topsy-turvy-cabaret

A one-night only cabaret of song and dance from Slow Burn veterans. The evening will be held at socially distanced tables in the Broward Center back parking lot where it has been holding other events.

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April 24

Zoetic Schmoetic

Thompson Plaza for the Arts
Adrienne Arsht Center with Zoetic Stage
1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami
(305) 949-6722

This is a fast-paced eighty-minute performance of high-energy outdoor, improv comedy show, with a little help from the socially distanced audience.

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April 29-May 16

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
Lake Worth Playhouse
713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth
(561) 586-6410

The time is 1959, a seedy bar in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday’s last performances, given four months before her death.

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April 30, 8 p.m.

Joint, or Angelita de Miami
Fantasy Theatre Factory
At Sandrell Rivers Theater
6103 NW 7th Ave., Miami
https://tickets.ftfshows.com

One-night staged reading of a new play by Ricky J. Martinez, former artistic  director at New Theatre. Directed by Deborah Kondelik. The play is based on the Golden Apple of Discord: the most famous of Greek Mythology’s Apples, which was a Golden Apple that indirectly started the Trojan War. The play replaces the Golden Apple with the “Silver Conch”, which sounds to announce that the last of Zeus’ bastard children conceived with a mortal, lives in Miami: Angelita. She is beloved, beautiful, and fleeing the wrath of Hera, Zeus’ wife, she turns to the safety of a theater company in Miami. Tickets: $5 (in person)

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May 7 – 7 pm

New Plays for New Year Series
FAU Department of Theater and Dance
777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
(561) 297-6124
Suggested Price: $10, with a continuation of our “Pay What You Can” ticketing

FAU is presenting a reading of a new play every 21 days. As always, the readings will be followed by a talk-back with the audience and artists about the play and the process of new play development.

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May 13-23

Mr. Burns, a Post Electric Play

Lake Worth Playhouse
A Black Box Series
713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth
(561) 586-6410

After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of “The Simpsons” episode “Cape Feare” entirely from memory.

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May 18-23

Anastasia
Ziff Ballet Opera House
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami
(305) 949-6722

This show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing con man and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love and family.

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June 3-20

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Lake Worth Playhouse
713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth
(561) 586-6410

This genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage.

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June 3-July 3

Summer Shorts
City Theater
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami
(305) 949-6722

America’s Short Play Festival returns in 2021 celebrating City Theatre’s 25th year of “shorts” with TWO different programs of ten-minute plays and musicals.
Program A: All New Anniversary Shorts
Program B: Best of the Fest Anniversary

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June 4-13

Bright Colors and Bold Patterns
Island City Stage
2304 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors
(954) 519-2533

Josh and Brennan are about to get married in Palm Springs on a lovely Saturday afternoon. The night before their friend Gerry has arrived, furious that the invitation says “Please refrain from wearing bright colors or bold patterns.” Video tickets June 11-21.

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June 11-27

Cowboy
M Ensemble
Performing at Sandrell Rivers Theater, Miami
Details to  come

The play by Layon Gray (Ensemble’s Kings of Harlem) had a short world premiere at the National Black Theater Festival in 2019. Ensemble leaders Patricia The story is a fictional drama based on a real African-American lawman/bounty hunter.

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June 16-July 3

Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds
Carnival Studio Theater
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami
(305) 949-6722

This musical featuring the music and lyrics of Bob Marley. Mama says ‘breathe easy’ but Ziggy’s afraid to leave the house. With the help of Dr. Bird and his feathered friends, Ziggy’s reminded that “every little thing, gonna be all right!”

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June 22-27

Jesus Christ Superstar
Ziff Ballet Opera House
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami
(305) 949-6722

50th Anniversary National Tour. This production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival.

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July 23-24

In the Heights
Ziff Ballet Opera House
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami
(305) 949-6722

This musical tells of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. This performance, originally scheduled for May 8-9, 2020 and postponed to September 18-19, 2020, has been rescheduled to July 23-24, 2021. Orders placed for the previously scheduled dates will be honored.

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July 23-Aug. 8

We Will Rock You
Lake Worth Playhouse
713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth
(561) 586-6410

Featuring more than 20 hit Queen songs including “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “We Will Rock You,” “Somebody To Love,” “We Are the Champions,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” and many more, “We Will Rock You” follows two revolutionaries as they try to save rock ‘n’ roll in a post-apocalyptic world.

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August 3-8

Hairspray
Ziff Ballet Opera House
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami
(305) 949-6722

You Can’t Stop the Beat! This is the Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenomenon that inspired a blockbuster film and live television event. Join 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960s Baltimore as she sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world?

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Sept. 28-Oct. 3

Hadestown
Ziff Ballet Opera House
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami
(305) 949-6722

Welcome to Hadestown, where a song can change your fate. Winner of eight 2019 Tony® Awards including Best Musical and the 2020 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album, this new show is a love story for today… and always.

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Oct. 8-24

Peter and the Starcatcher
Lake Worth Playhouse
713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth
(561) 586-6410

Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair… and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.

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Oct. 14-Nov. 14

Breaking Up is Hard to Do
The Wick Theatre
7901 N Federal Highway, Boca Raton
(561) 995-2333

Take a trip back to 1960 and a Catskills resort with a trove of hit songs by Neil Sedaka.  Breaking Up is Hard to Do features Didi Conn and Barry Pearl, stars of the original production of Grease.

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Oct. 31-Nov. 14

Murder on the Orient Express

Maltz Jupiter Theater
1001 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter
(561) 575-2223

Just after midnight, an avalanche stops the Orient Express in its tracks. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. With a luxury train full of suspects and an alibi for each one, it’s the perfect mystery and a gripping whodunnit, adapted from Agatha Christie’s critically acclaimed mystery novel.

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Nov. 12-28

The Importance of Being Earnest
Lake Worth Playhouse
713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth
(561) 586-6410

Oscar Wilde’s enduring satire is a romp through Victorian society, filled with one-liners and double entendres that still pack a mighty comic punch today. Enjoy the mirth as Jack and Algernon avoid the petty obligations of late-Victorian society whilst pursuing the hands of Gwendolen and Cecily.

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Nov. 30-Dec. 19

Sweet Charity

Maltz Jupiter Theater
1001 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter
(561) 575-2223

Dance hall hostess Charity Hope Valentine is a hopeless romantic with dreams of finding the right guy, but she just can’t seem to make a match. This high-energy, dance-filled, Tony Award®-nominated musical features unforgettable classics like, “If My Friends Could See Me Now” and “Big Spender” and captures all the humor and heartbreak of life in the Big Apple.

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Jan. 11-Feb. 6

Big Hit Broadway Musical

Maltz Jupiter Theater
1001 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter
(561) 575-2223

This much-anticipated musical features a touching story, emotional scenes, and a score spanning two decades of hits! Chronicling the struggles and triumphs of making it big, this is a Tony® and Grammy Award®-winning musical!

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Jan. 14-30

9-5 The Musical
Lake Worth Playhouse
713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth
(561) 586-6410

Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot!

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Feb. 18-March 6

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap
Lake Worth Playhouse
713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth
(561) 586-6410

As news spreads of a murder in London, a group of seven strangers find themselves snowed in at a stately countryside guesthouse. When a police sergeant arrives, the guests discover – to their horror – that a killer is in their midst!

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Feb. 20-March 6

I Hate Hamlet

Maltz Jupiter Theater
1001 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter
(561) 575-2223

In this offbeat comedy, the ghost of a legendary actor returns to his old apartment in New York to convince television star Andrew Rally to take an offer to play Hamlet. Does Andrew take on the dream role to play Hamlet or does he pursue the life of a celebrity with all of its fame and glory?

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March 3-April 3

Damn Yankees
The Wick Theatre
7901 N Federal Highway, Boca Raton
(561) 995-2333

Based on Douglas Wallop’s novel, The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant, the musical comedy is jammed packed with classic songs.

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March 22-April 10

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Maltz Jupiter Theater
1001 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter
(561) 575-2223

The arrival of American Soap Queen Christine Colgate in the French Riviera has attracted the attention of conmen Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson. The two scoundrels agree to a competition: the first to swindle $50,000 gets the right to exclusively deceive and cheat in this Tony Award®-nominated comedic musical.

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March 25-April 10

The Wizard of Oz
Lake Worth Playhouse
713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth
(561) 586-6410

Follow the yellow brick road in this stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s beloved tale, featuring the iconic musical score from the MGM film. Watch as young Dorothy Gale travels from Kansas over the rainbow to the magical Land of Oz.

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