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.

 

Oct. 30-Nov. 22

Dixie’s Happy Hour
Island City Stage
Wilton Theater Factory
2304 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors
(954) 519-2533

Right now, the world needs a drinking buddy, and there’s no one more qualified for the job than Alabama’s favorite daughter, Dixie Longate – a gal who’s never too far away from a cocktail. All protective measures will be taken. Masks are required. Video tickets Nov. 15-25.

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Nov. 19

City Reads
City Theater
National Award for Short Playwriting Contest
Give Miami Day
Reading All Day
(305) 755-9401

In November and December City Theater will be reading 24 finalist plays and the winning play and talking with the playwrights who wrote them all.

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Nov. 27-Jan. 3

7 Deadly Sins
Miami New Drama
Colony Theater
1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
(305) 674-1040
Limited Availability

A diverse group of playwrights will premiere seven newly commissioned short plays, each focused on one deadly sin: Lust, Greed, Envy, Wrath, Sloth, Gluttony and Pride. In rotation over 90 minutes, small groups of theatergoers will maintain social distance, listening through headphones, while actors perform behind the windows of seven transformed Lincoln Road storefronts.

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Nov. 28-Jan. 3

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Actor’s Playhouse
Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
(305) 444-9293

In conjunction with TBD, available now for pre-order. Staged exclusively for this production and captured live, this streaming event conjures the powerful spirits of Christmas and brings all the magic of live theatre home for the holidays. This is an online production of a one-man edition with famed Tony winner Jefferson Mays playing all 50 roles.

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Nov. 30

The Trip to Bountiful
Palm Beach Dramaworks
West Palm Beach
Reading 7:30 pm
Tickets are free, but reservations are required.
(561) 514-4042

Carrie Watts lives unhappily with her overprotective son Ludie and his shallow, resentful wife Jessie Mae in their cramped Houston apartment. She longs to make one last trip to her idealized hometown of Bountiful, a place that nourished her soul, but Ludie has repeatedly refused to take her there. Horton Foote’s play was later made into a television movie. One of three “Home for the Holidays” virtual readings.

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Dec. 3

City Reads
City Theater
National Award for Short Playwriting Contest
Reading 7 pm
(305) 755-9401

In November and December City Theater will be reading 24 finalist plays and the winning play and talking with the playwrights who wrote them all.

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Dec. 5-Dec. 29

Madeline’s Christmas
Actor’s Playhouse
Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
(305) 444-9293

“In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.” The day begins like any other day for the girls and their caretaker Miss Clavel, but soon ends in disaster when everyone but Madeline gets the flu. Saddened that they may not be able to go home for Christmas, the girls and Miss Clavel take to their beds. Can Madeline save the day for everyone with the assistance of a mysterious Rug Merchant?

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Dec. 7

The Last Night of Ballyhoo
Palm Beach Dramaworks
West Paul Beach
Reading 7:30 pm
Tickets are free, but reservations are required.
(561) 514-4042

In this Tony Award-winning comedy-drama, set in Atlanta in 1939, the Freitag-Levy family are well-to-do German Jews who are so assimilated that they know little about and are uneasy with their own heritage. Enter Joe Farkas, newly employed in the Freitag family business, a mensch from Brooklyn of Eastern European descent who is comfortable in his own skin. The second of three “Home for the Holidays” virtual readings.

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Dec. 10

City Reads
City Theater
National Award for Short Playwriting Contest
Reading 7 pm
(305) 755-9401

In November and December City Theater will be reading 24 finalist plays and the winning play and talking with the playwrights who wrote them all.

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Dec. 11-13

A Christmas Carol
The Musical
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Amaturo Theater
201 SW 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
(954) 462-0222

Join Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and a host of characters for a traditional holiday tale. Especially adapted for family audiences, this musical production of the Charles Dickens classic is a way to celebrate the season with the entire family. A Co-Promotion with The Performance Project.

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Dec. 17

City Reads
City Theater
National Award for Short Playwriting Contest
Reading 7 pm
(305) 755-9401

In November and December City Theater will be reading 24 finalist plays and the winning play and talking with the playwrights who wrote them all.

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Dec. 21

A Christmas Carol
Palm Beach Dramaworks
West Paul Beach
Reading 7:30 pm
Tickets are free, but reservations are required.
(561) 514-4042

In the tradition of Charles Dickens reading his own work, this presentation will showcase PBD luminaries reading his 1843 novella. The final “Home for the Holidays” virtual reading.

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Jan. 6

Charlottesville
Palm Beach Dramaworks
New Year/New Plays Festival
Reading 7:30 pm
Admission to Zoom Readings is free, but reservations are required.
(561) 514-4042

When Civil War reenactor Curtis Jenkins is accused of being racist, he begins a fantastical journey through American race relations. As the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally explodes into violence, Curtis must confront the truth about his family legacy and his own beliefs.

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Jan. 7

The Surest Poison
Palm Beach Dramaworks
New Year/New Plays Festival
Reading 7:30 pm
Admission to Zoom Readings is free, but reservations are required.
(561) 514-4042

It’s the era of Prohibition, and Alexander Gettler, a chemist whose research helped create the field of forensic toxicology, must try to catch a murderer and convince the federal government to stop poisoning alcohol. Inspired by the real-life work of Gettler and journalist Lois Long.

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Jan. 7-Feb. 14

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

The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.

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Jan. 7-24


Always . . . Patsy Cline
Lake Worth Playhouse
713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth
(561) 586-6410

The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death.

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Jan. 8

Dorothy’s Dictionary
Palm Beach Dramaworks
New Year/New Plays Festival
Reading 7:30 pm
Admission to Zoom Readings is free, but reservations are required.
(561) 514-4042

After a violent incident at his high school, Zan is forced to choose between juvenile detention and community service. But when he is assigned to read to Dorothy, a librarian who has just entered hospice care, neither of them is sure he’s made the right decision.

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Jan. 9

Twenty-Two
Palm Beach Dramaworks
New Year/New Plays Festival
Reading 7:30 pm
Admission to Zoom Readings is free, but reservations are required.
(561) 514-4042

We lose 22 veterans daily to suicide, 22 men and women who survived combat but return home broken. The play follows one man and one woman affected by this unspeakable choice, and the hope they find in each other.

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Jan. 10

The Prey
Palm Beach Dramaworks
New Year/New Plays Festival
Reading 2 pm
Admission to Zoom Readings is free, but reservations are required.
(561) 514-4042

A tale of beauty, love, and murder in the heart of the Everglades. Set in 1912 and inspired by actual events, the play is a chilling interpretation of one of Florida’s most notorious killings.
There will also be a discussion, TBD, at noon on Saturday, January 9.

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Jan. 21-31

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

A pinnacle of Beckett’s characteristic raw minimalism, Endgame is a pure and devastating distillation of the human essence in the face of approaching death.

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Feb. 5-14

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

A world premiere. Tara, a young, lonely woman, drops out of college unbeknownst to her mother and becomes a surrogate for Gabriel and Elliott, a well-established gay couple. Suddenly, Tara finds herself carrying not only their future child, but a terrible secret as well. Video tickets Feb. 12-22.

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Feb. 18-March 7

Deathtrap
Lake Worth Playhouse
713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth
(561) 586-6410

Comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a dry spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college-a thriller that Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway smash. Sidney’s plan, devised with his wife’s help, is to offer collaboration to the student for co-credit. Or is it?

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March 4-April 4

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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March 11-21

Sweat

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

This play takes a look at the de-industrial revolution through the lens of a history play, but also delves into the issues of today: the economy, immigration, race-relations in America, and politics. By Lynn Nottage, 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner

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March 25-April 11

Next to Normal
Lake Worth Playhouse
713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth
(561) 586-6410

Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, this play explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness.

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April 2-18

The Nicelties
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-May 9

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

The Little Sisters of Hoboken are taking over The Wick in this musical comedy, with songs including “So You Want to Be a Nun,” “We’ve Got to Clean Out the Freezer,” and “Tackle that Temptation.”

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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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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 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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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. 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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March 3-April 3, 2022

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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