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A different season advance: Quietly, oh so quietly, the 2016-2017 theater season in South Florida is shaping up to be as notable for tidal growth, contraction, ebb and flow as it is for the actual productions scheduled.
Antonio and Katherine Amadeo, who separately and together championed cutting edge work through their Naked Stage company and who helped unite the local artistic community with their 24-Hour Theatre Project, plan to leave the state. Their departure ends their plans to open a new venue in West Palm Beach focused on exciting younger audiences about theater as an entertainment option.
The Naked Stage, the 8-year-old company that has won acclaim and awards despite a tiny budget and no permanent home, is planning to open a 145-seat theater in a former antiques shop on Clematis Street in West Palm Beach in 6 to 12 months.
The Carbonell Awards will bestow its highest honors this month: Arsht Executive Vice President and Carbonell President oScott Shiller will receive the George Abbott Award, actress-director-producer-dancer-union leader-teacher Iris Acker will receive the Howard Kleinberg Award, and The Naked Stage troupe which created The 24-Hour Theatre Project will receive the Ruth Foreman Award.
For a century, August Strindberg’s tragedy Miss Julie has been interpreted as a seesaw of power exercised through class and sexual politics. But in Naked Stage’s operatic production, as lives lie in ruins, everyone ultimately is revealed a slave, never a master, when they toy with those three elements.
The snowbirds have gone home, but South Florida theater never seems to go dark these days. This year-round trend has never been clearer than right now with a calendar is jammed with an overwhelming cornucopia of options over the next two or three weeks. Here’s an incomplete overview:
Time is not always kind to continuing enterprises like The Naked Stage’s annual fundraiser The 24-Hour Theatre Project. But the seventh edition on Monday proved once again to be stronger and more consistent than each previous year while preserving its ambiance of camaraderie amid the chaos.
Not quite as life-and-death as the TV series 24, but every bit as nail-biting, the Naked Stage’s 24-Hour Theatre Project is one of the most highly anticipated events of the theater season.
As we’ve said, this is the summer of free staged readings of works in progress and works being considered for future production. There’s two more intriguing entries slated for Monday night the 5th at GableStage and Naked Stage including three works by Christopher Demos-Brown.
In theater, that most mutable and evolving art form, the passage of time is the forgotten factor in what the audiences see. So while having critics review a show opening night is unavoidable, even necessary, it’s also problematic. What a patron sees a week or three later in run may not be what the opening night audience saw.