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SEPTEMBER 01, 2016

Miami Theater Center Announces 2016-2017 Season and a Journey of Cultural Exploration

Miami Theater Center Announces 2016-2017 Season and a Journey of Cultural Exploration

MIAMI THEATER CENTER ANNOUNCES 2016-2017 SEASON AND A JOURNEY OF CULTURAL EXPLORATION

 

Highlights Include:

The Legend of the Pink Elephant by Luckner Bruno Jr. with music by Luciano Stazzone

Comic Cure’s Mr. Multiple Personality with Freddy Stebbins

Journey to Mutum: a Cultural Encounter with the Yawanawá of the Brazilian Amazon

Mad Cat Theatre Company’s comedic variety show, Why Not? With Richard Nixon
Everybody Drinks the Same Water by Stephanie Ansin and Fernando Calzadilla

5th Annual SandBox Series: Mujeres, new work by Latina and Hispanic Women

Inside the Box, three innovative, live performances by Lazaro Godoy, Fernando Calzadilla, and Natasha Tsakos

 

 

MIAMI, FL (August or September 2016) – This year Miami Theater Center presents a broad spectrum of intriguing artists representing diverse cultures and perspectives sharing stories of journeys – both literal and figurative – that explore the challenges we all experience in our lives. MTC invites audiences of all ages and abilities to immerse themselves in these colorful, inspiring expressions, and take journeys of their own – driven by the transformational power of the performing arts.

 

This season’s new performances showcase interdisciplinary and vibrant cultural collaborations across a broad range of art forms — beginning with Luckner Bruno, Jr.’s The Legend of The Pink Elephant. Uplifting music, stilt break-dancing, extreme acrobatics, giant puppetry, and aerial artistry combine to tell the big tale of a little elephant that was born different. Fun for the whole family, this magical, multi-generational theatrical performance confronts the contemporary scourge of bullying, and shares a wonderful message about self-confidence and courage – perfect for audiences of all ages.

Thanks to the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, MTC embarks on a journey of Indigenous initiatives. “We are very grateful for the collaboration of all of our partners and for the NEA’s support in helping us build relationships with Indigenous people from this continent and others,” says Stephanie Ansin, MTC’s founder and artistic director. The “Indigenous Allies” project will consist of two parts.

 

Featuring rituals never-before-seen in the United States, Journey to Mutum: A Cultural Encounter with the Yawanawá of the Brazilian Amazon launches its five-city North American tour at Miami Theater Center. This incredible work with Indigenous Celebration is part one of the “Indigenous Allies” project. Be among the first to experience an intimate, once-in-a-lifetime encounter with a culture that lives in true harmony with nature. From deep in the Amazon forest of Acre, Brazil, eight members of the Yawanawá Tribe take a journey from their home to share their sacred songs, ancestral dance, language, and spiritual heritage. The “Journey to Mutum” experience is brought to us by MTC’s wonderful collaboration with Indigenous Celebration, The Kampong of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, and Florida International University’s Program in the Study of Spirituality .

 

In bringing Journey to Mutum to Miami, MTC lends their support to Indigenous Celebration’s mission: “To facilitate the transfer of wisdom between Indigenous people and the modern world through a celebration of culture while empowering Indigenous peoples to thrive as natural guardians of the environment.” In addition to the “Journey to Mutum” experience, the Yawanawá will host a “Family Day” of tribal games, body-painting, story-telling, jewelry-making, and dancing on the luscious grounds of The Kampong in Coconut Grove. Additionally, a fundraising “Dinner for Mutum” will also be held at The Kampong.

 

Part two of the “Indigenous Allies” project is a collaboration with Indigenous Direction  (Native American theater artists Larissa FastHorse of Sicangu Lakota Nation and Ty Defoe of the Oneida/Ojibwe tribe) and Houston Cypress of the Miccosukee Tribe. The project begins with FastHorse and Defoe visiting South Florida to help create relationships among MTC, Indigenous people of South Florida, Indigenous peoples from other countries who are currently living in South Florida, and non-Indigenous allies. The second phase of the project includes a one-day writing workshop for South Florida’s Indigenous communities, as well as a week-long playwriting workshop and a series of presentations for Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists.

 

The exploration of cultural journeys continues at Miami Theater Center with the provocative, medieval murder mystery, Everybody Drinks the Same Water – a story of three teenagers of different religions and warring cultures that work together to discover who poisoned their city’s water supply. This production is back by popular demand – and one of several shows created by local team: writer-director Stephanie Ansin, writer-designer Fernando Calzadilla, composer-sound designer Luciano Stazzone, and choreographer Octavio Campos. An all-local cast of veteran actors and rising talent bring this thought-provoking script to life. Elaborate set and costume design, evocative choreography, and an original score will transport 21st century audiences to 13th century Cordoba, Spain – where a climate of violence, intrigue, and suspicion among Christians, Jews, and Muslims unexpectedly brings forth romance and unity. “With Water, my goal is to offer an opportunity for South Florida residents and visitors to look back at this period in time, ask important questions, and hopefully learn valuable lessons that can help us heal conflicts in today’s society,” says Ansin of this unique journey into the past.

 

MTC and Comic Cure proudly next present Mr. Multiple Personality, starring Master Impressionist Freddy Stebbins, voted Miami’s Best Comedian of 2016 by Miami New Times. Freddy trained with “The Groundlings” – the same prestigious American improv troupe responsible for some of SNL’s biggest names. His weekly stand-up show was recently acclaimed in the Miami Herald as the “place to be.” In Mr. Multiple Personality, Freddy combines freestyle character impersonations, stand-up comedy, satire and accent-dialectic expertise in this installment. Proceeds will benefit Pridelines, a non-profit organization that supports, educates and empowers South Florida’s LGBTQ youth and the community at large through safe, affirming programs and services to promote dialogue, wellness, and foster social change.

 

The cultural quest continues with brand new work by Latina and Hispanic artists commissioned by MTC’s 5th Annual SandBox Series: MUJERES. First in the series, Supa’ Nova tells the story of an undocumented immigrant with intergalactic superpowers. Written and performed by Venezuelan-born, American-raised actress, Maria Corina Ramirez, the multi-media, one-woman show features a dance ensemble that follows Maria as she overcomes life’s challenges – finding the courage to stand up and own her voice. In Retiro, Puerto Rican, interdisciplinary producer and filmmaker, Natalia Lassalle, integrates film, choreography, installation, and live performance in her touching exploration of what it means to be a woman. Venturing into the personal lives of women over 65 years of age across Miami, Puerto Rico, and Québec – Retiro melds the autobiographical with the surreal to illustrate the volatility of time, the reconstruction of memories, and the aging process in women. Volcanic is a powerful dance solo created and performed by Spanish dancer-choreographer, Carlota Pradera. A collision of earth, fire, and ice gives birth to the myth of a dynamic heroine as she sets out on a brave quest against death to regain her true north.

 

Next, MTC presents INSIDE THE BOX. Held in The SandBox, MTC’s intimate black box theater, INSIDE THE BOX begs the questions: Is it art? Is it performance? Is it performance art? These unique presentations are yet another example of Miami Theater Center’s tagline, Passion Made Performance. Experience three intriguing and innovative live performances in the performers’ own art installations by dancer, choreographer, artist, and teacher Lazaro Godoy; performance artist, writer, and set, costume, and lighting designer Fernando Calzadilla; and conceptual director, producer, and performance artist Natasha Tsakos.

The season continues with Mad Cat Theatre’s presentation of Why Not? With Richard Nixon, written by Jessica Farr, Theo Reyna, and Paul Tei – and featuring Cliff Burgess, Jessica Farr, and Noah Levine. MTC invites you to experience the “all-around mad genius” of Mad Cat Theatre’s director, Paul Tei. Miami New Times says, “Mad Cat produces theater that is everything good theater should be: witty, intelligent, daring, and thought-provoking.” In this riotous comedy, Richard Nixon hosts a late night public access television show out of his house on Key Biscayne with the help of his best friend, Bebe Reboso, and his daughter, Tricia Nixon. They tackle the news of the day, struggle to entertain their audience, and Nixon interviews modern day presidential hopefuls in this colorful variety show – challenging his guests’ ability to lead the country as it stands.

 

Next in Mad Cat’s line-up, Audience is a satirical story that seeks to shine a light on the darkness of censorship and tyrannical rule. Written by Václav Havel in 1978, Audience deals with the travails of Havel’s alter-ego Ferdinand Vanek. Recently released from jail for anti-government activities, Vanek is stuck in the bleak office of the foreman of the brewery where he has been forced into menial labor. The tedious bureaucracy and constant paranoia of life under the Communists have driven the foreman to alcoholism and to the brink of insanity.

 

And finally, MTC and Mad Cat conclude on a provocative note with Firemen Are Rarely Necessary by Theo Reyna – a dark comedy about some light censorship, set in the not- so-distant future in Florida. Florida’s Governor banned the use of the phrases “climate change” and “global warming” by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in 2011. By 2015, he had the ban extended to most other state agencies. Fireman are Rarely Necessary examines what happens when it becomes increasingly difficult to find the right words to describe a world where things have gone terribly wrong.

 

 

MTC does more than present insightful, provocative productions and innovative new works. By providing a stage for local artists, MTC invites the community to experience diverse stories from unique voices they won’t hear anywhere else.  And makes them accessible to audiences who wouldn’t ordinarily get to hear them – students, children confined to hospitals, and the differently abled – all right here in Miami Shores.

 

Led by Founder and Artistic Director Stephanie Ansin, the team at Miami Theater Center produces thought-provoking contemporary works and newly imagined adaptations of classics that bring the transformational power of theater to audiences of all ages and abilities. Programs include: MTCperformance – original theater, fresh adaptations, and innovative new works; MTCeducation – learning opportunities for students, professionals, and the general public; and MTCfilm – partnerships with O Cinema and local film festivals that turns our stage into a movie theater 100 times a year. To learn more, visit www.mtcmiami.org

 

The Miami Theater Center season begins in September 2016 and continues through Summer 2017. Additional information on programming follows below, and further details will be announced in the coming months at www.mtcmiami.org.

 

 

 

MIAMI THEATER CENTER | 2016-2017 SEASON

 

ON THE MAINSTAGE:

 

The Legend of the Pink Elephant

Conceived, Directed and Choreographed by Luckner Bruno, Jr., original music score by Luciano Stazzone

September 9-24, 2016

 

Embrace diversity. Celebrate differences. Amid a spectacle of circus arts, music, dance, and theater, a young elephant takes a journey that changes his life – and encourages us all to value our diversity and individuality.

 

Tuesdays – Fridays at 10am

Saturdays at 7pm

Sundays at 3pm

Recommended for ages 6+

Tickets: $25 General Admission; $15 Students with valid ID, Seniors & Children under 12

 

Miami Theater Center – MainStage

9806 NE 2nd Avenue

Miami Shores, FL 33138

 

For tickets & information call: 305-751-9550

 

Journey to Mutum: a Cultural Encounter with the Yawanawá of the Brazilian Amazon

September 29 – October 1, 2016

 

Sacred music. Tribal dance. Experience the never-before-seen rituals of the Yawanawá Tribe of the Brazilian Amazon here on our stage, and be among the first to welcome them to Miami. They will journey from their home to bring an Indigenous celebration that is sure to transport you – don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime event.

 

Thursday, September 29 & Friday, September 30 at 10am

Saturday, October 1 at 8pm.

Appropriate for all ages

Tickets: $30

 

Miami Theater Center – MainStage

9806 NE 2nd Avenue

Miami Shores, FL 33138

 

For tickets & information call: 305-751-9550

 

 

Everybody Drinks the Same Water

By Stephanie Ansin & Fernando Calzadilla

Directed by Stephanie Ansin

October 26 – November 30, 2016

 

Suspicion and intrigue give rise to romance and collaboration in this medieval murder mystery. Three teenagers of different religions set out on a journey to discover who poisoned their city’s water supply – and create unity amongst their warring cultures.

 

Tuesdays – Fridays at 10am

Saturdays at 7pm

Sundays at 3pm

Recommended for ages 8+

Tickets: $25 General Admission; $15 Students with valid ID, Seniors & Children under 12

 

Miami Theater Center – MainStage

9806 NE 2nd Avenue

Miami Shores, FL 33138

 

For tickets & information call: 305-751-9550

 

 

IN THE SANDBOX:

 

Mr. Multiple Personality

September 16, 2016

It’s the final installment of the Miami Shores Summer Comedy Series! Comic Cure, Comedy for a Cause, invites you to laugh away the heat with Master Impressionist Freddy Stebbins.

 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Tickets: $25

 

Miami Theater Center – The SandBox

9806 NE 2nd Avenue

Miami Shores, FL 33138

 

For tickets & information call: 305-751-9550

 

 

5TH Annual Sandbox Series: MUJERES, new work by Latina & Hispanic Women

 

Supa’ Nova

November 4 – 19, 2016

One-woman show written and performed by Maria Corina Ramirez

 

A woman. An undocumented immigrant. With intergalactic superpowers. Watch this multi-media, one-woman show featuring a dance ensemble that follows Maria as she overcomes life’s challenges, and finds the courage to stand up and own her voice.

 

Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm

Tickets: $25

 

Miami Theater Center – The SandBox

9806 NE 2nd Avenue

Miami Shores, FL 33138

 

For tickets & call: 305-751-9550

 

 

Retiro

April 7 – 22, 2017

Video and live performance created by Natalia Lassalle

 

A powerful exploration of what it means to be a woman. To grow old. And to remember. This piece, which is part documentary video and part live performance, is a journey into the lives of women over 65 years of age across Miami, Puerto Rico and Québec. Retiro melds the autobiographical with the surreal to illustrate the volatility of time, the reconstruction of memories, and the process of aging in women.

 

Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm

Tickets: $25

 

Miami Theater Center – The SandBox

9816 NE 2nd Avenue

Miami Shores, FL 33138

 

For tickets & information call: 305-751-9550

 

 

Volcanic

May 26 – June 10, 2017

Dance solo choreographed and performed by Carlota Pradera

 

This powerful dance performance emerges from the collision of earth, fire, and ice, giving birth to the myth of a dynamic heroine. Watch as she sets out on a brave quest against death to regain her true north.

 

Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm

Tickets: $25

 

Miami Theater Center – The SandBox

9806 NE 2nd Avenue

Miami Shores, FL 33138

 

For tickets & information call: 305-751-9550

 

 

A NEW SERIES: INSIDE THE BOX

 

Is it art? Is it a performance? Is it performance art?

Come experience three intriguing and innovative live performances presented inside the performers’ own art installations in our intimate studio theater, The SandBox.

 

January 27 – January 29, 2017

Lazaro Godoy

 

April 28 – April 30, 2017

Fernando Calzadilla

 

June 16 – June 18, 2017

Natasha Tsakos

 

Tickets: $25

 

Miami Theater Center – The SandBox

9816 NE 2nd Avenue

Miami Shores, FL 33138

 

For tickets & information call: 305-751-9550

 

in residence at MTC…

 

MAD CAT THEATRE COMPANY

 

Why Not? With Richard Nixon

September 29 – October 9, 2016

by Jessica Farr, Theo Reyna & Paul Tei

Directed by Paul Tei

Featuring Cliff Burgess, Jessica Farr & Noah Levine

 

Mad Cat shows off their comic chops with a homegrown variety show hosted by…. Richard Nixon!

 

Thursdays – Sundays at 8pm

Tickets: $30

 

Miami Theater Center – The Sandbox

9816 NE 2nd Avenue

Miami Shores, FL 33138

 

For tickets & information call: 305-751-9550

 

 

Audience

February 1 – March 12, 2017

by Václav Havel

 

Bureaucracy. Paranoia. Censorship. Life under Communist rule drives a brewery worker to alcoholism and despair.

 

Thursdays -Saturdays at 8pm

Sundays at 3pm

Tickets: $30

 

Miami Theater Center – The SandBox

9816 NE 2nd Avenue

Miami Shores, FL 33138

 

For tickets & information call: 305-751-9550

 

 

Firemen Are Rarely Necessary

July 6 -16, 2017

by Theo Reyna

 

A dark comedy that shines a light on censorship. In Florida’s not-so-distant future, it’s increasingly difficult to find the right words to describe a place where things have gone very wrong.

 

Thursdays – Saturdays at 8pm

Sundays at 3pm

Tickets: $30

 

Miami Theater Center – MainStage

9816 NE 2nd Avenue

Miami Shores, FL 33138

 

For tickets & information call: 305-751-9550

 

 

Special Events

 

Fundraiser:  Dinner for Mutum

September 30, 2016

Event planning and catering company Lasso the Moon is creating “Dinner for Mutum,” a fundraiser in support of the Traditional School of Mutum.

 

Friday, September 30

7pm

Tickets: $150 per person. Sponsorship packages available.

 

The Kampong

4013 Douglas Road

Miami, FL 33133

 

For tickets & information call: 305-751-9550

 

 

Family Day at the Kampong

October 1, 2016

Enjoy interacting with Yawanawá Tribe members and experiencing their games, body painting, music, dancing, and jewelry-making surrounded by the lush, tropical gardens of The Kampong.

 

Saturday, October 1

10am – 2pm

Tickets: Free with admission to The Kampong ($15 adults; $5 children 4 -12; 3 and under free)

 

The Kampong

4013 Douglas Road

Miami, FL 33133

 

For information call: 305-751-9550

 

 

Holiday Bazaar

December 10, 2016

 

Make your stage debut and polish off your holiday shopping all at once! The entire MTC theater will transform into a magical shopping village with the best in local art, jewelry, and unique gifts for the holiday season. Come get your shop on and enjoy cupcakes, mimosas, and festive activities for the kids!

 

Saturday, December 10, 12pm-6pm

 

Miami Theater Center – MainStage

9806 NE 2nd Avenue

Miami Shores, FL 33138

 

For more information call: 305-751-9550

 

 

 

MTCeducation

 

Winter Break Mini-Camp

December 26, 2016 – January 6, 2017

Monday – Friday

9am – 4pm

Ages 6 – 12

Cost: $480

 

Miami Theater Center – The SandBox

9816 NE 2nd Avenue

Miami Shores, FL 33138

 

For registration & information call: 305-751-9550

 

 

Rasaboxes

January 16-21, 2017

taught by Fernando Calzadilla

 

Experience the theory and practice of rasaboxes, a technique devised by Richard Schechner that will teach you to learn to embody eight basic, emotional-energetic states (rasas). This integration of acting, movement, and voice will provide you with a concrete physical tool to access, express, and manage your emotions within the context of performance. Taught by our own, award-winning Resident Artist, Fernando Calzadilla, who is one of only six licensed rasaboxes instructors in the world.

 

Monday – Saturday, January 16-21

Cost: $120

 

Miami Theater Center – The SandBox

9816 NE 2nd Avenue

Miami Shores, FL 33138

 

For registration & information call: 305-751-9550

 

 

Spring Break Mini-Camp

April 10 – 14, 2017

Monday- Friday

9am – 4pm

Ages 6 – 12

Cost: $240

 

Miami Theater Center – The SandBox

9816 NE 2nd Avenue

Miami Shores, FL 33138

 

 

*Musical Theater Summer Camp Session 1

June 12 – 30, 2017

Monday – Friday

9am – 4pm

Ages 6 – 12

 

*Musical Theater Summer Camp Session 2

July 17 – August 4, 2017

Monday – Friday

9am – 4pm

Ages 6 – 12

 

*Teen Theater Workshop

Summer 2017, exact dates TBD

10am – 5pm

Ages 13 – 18

 

*Exact locations in Miami Shores to be confirmed.

All summer programs culminate in performances at:

 

Miami Theater Center – MainStage

9806 NE 2nd Avenue

Miami Shores, FL 33138

 

For registration & information call: 305-751-9550

 

YEAR-ROUND

 

Field Trips

300 Miami-Dade County Public & Private school children experience our magical performances each morning.

 

InSchool

MTC Teaching Artists bring theater education to Miami-Dade County Public School students.

 

OnCall

MTC Teaching Artists bring the healing power of theater to children and teenagers who are too sick to leave the hospital.

 

MTCfilm

Partnerships with O Cinema and local film festivals turn MTC into a movie theater 100 times a year.

 

For more information visit:

 

Miami Theater Center

9806 NE 2nd Avenue

Miami Shores, FL 33138

 

For more information call: 305-751-9550

 

 

 

 

ABOUT MIAMI THEATER CENTER

Your Home for Culture and the Arts

Led by Miami native and Artistic Director Stephanie Ansin, Miami Theater Center creates, develops, and produces stimulating, inspiring, and thought-provoking productions for audiences of all ages and abilities. We are committed to providing the very best in cultural value to our community, and to ensuring that everyone who enters our theater or engages with our organization feels the warmth of our welcome, and the transformational power of the performing arts.

MTC’s initiatives include: MTCperformance, innovative theater, dance, and music; MTCeducation, learning opportunities for students, professionals, and members of the general public; and MTCfilm, partnerships with O Cinema and local film festivals that turns MTC into a movie theater 100 times a year. For more information, visit www.mtcmiami.org or call 305.751.9550.

MEDIA CONTACTS

 

Amber Farson | Jessica Wade Inc. |amber@jessicawadeinc.com | 954.439.6413

 

Jessica Wade Pfeffer | Jessica Wade Inc. | jessica@jessicawadeinc.com | 305.804.8424

 

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