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APRIL 06, 2015

Miami Theater Center announces its 2015-16 MainStage season lineup

Miami Theater Center announces its 2015-16 MainStage season lineup.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACT:

Federica Wallis

(305) 751.9950, ext. 234

federica@mtcmiami.org

 

MIAMI THEATER CENTER ANNOUNCES THE LINEUP FOR ITS 2015-16 SEASON featuring

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS’ OUT CRY and AUDIENCE FAVORITE ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND

Plus… the four artists who have been selected for its SandBox Series,

presented with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Miami, FL April 6, 2015 – Miami Theater Center announces its 2015-16 MainStage season lineup, featuring the return of audience favorite — Lewis Carroll’s ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND (October 21-November 20, 2015), which has become an iconic presentation of MTC, as well as Tennessee Williams’ OUT CRY (March 31-April 24, 2016). ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND has been adapted for contemporary audiences by MTC Artistic Director STEPHANIE ANSIN and MTC Resident Artist FERNANDO CALZADILLA. Both productions will be directed by ANSIN, with costume, lighting, and set design by CALZADILLA. Performances will take place in MTC’s Art Deco theater located at 9806 NE 2nd Avenue in Miami Shores.

Tickets to all MTC productions, classes, and camps will go on sale Sunday, September 13, 2015. (See below for further information about tickets, show dates, and times.)

Time, space, and cultures collide in ANSIN and CALZADILLA’s interpretation of ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. In this visually stunning adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic English fairytale, Alice tackles the challenges of an ever-changing dream world infused with a contemporary South Florida flavor. This lush, multi-sensory adaptation is appropriate for the entire family to enjoy.

MTC’s production of ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND commemorates the 150th anniversary of the book, which was published in 1865. During the run of the show, more than 5,000 of Miami-Dade school children will come to MTC to experience the production at no cost. As part of MTC’s Theater Inclusion Program (TIP), the performance on October 25 will include accessible services: ASL (American Sign Language), open captioning and audio description.

Tennessee Williams’ OUT CRY (also known as The Two-Character Play), explores the themes of obsession, commitment, and control. It is a play within a play about brother and sister actors who find themselves abandoned by their entire troupe because they have run out of money. They are trapped performing in a play that’s a failure. As they move in and out of performance, they have difficulty differentiating themselves from their roles and reality from illusion. They really should run away and change their lives, but theater is what they were born to do and they can’t stop, even if it kills them.

The set for OUT CRY will incorporate the structure and key elements from the set of MTC’s recent productions of Hedda Gabler and The Seven Year Itch. However, this production will utilize the entire 330-seat theater as opposed to the 74-seat onstage seating riser that was used for the two MainStage shows in 2014-15. OUT CRY is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

“This season’s lineup offers our community an opportunity to experience a wide palette of innovative productions designed to entertain, educate, and inspire audiences of all ages,” said MTC Founder and Artistic Director Stephanie Ansin. “I’m excited to offer South Florida audiences our interpretation of Tennessee William’s Out Cry. My uncle told me about the play 20 years ago. He said it was one of his favorites, and I’ve been waiting for the right moment to direct it,” Ansin added. “It’s an exaggerated version of my experience working in theater – the exhilaration, the challenges, and the bond created among people who dedicate their lives to art. We want to infect South Florida with a passion for live theater by engaging new audiences and taking them to surprising places, and sending them home looking forward to their next visit.”

MTC is also proud to announce the artists who have been selected for its 2015-16 SandBox Series, which offers talented theater artists the opportunity to create, rehearse, and perform a new work in MTC’s SandBox, a 50-seat black box space. The artists selected are: Danilo de la Torre and David Rohn/Homo Sapiens Collab (Genus Genet); Rebecca Joy Fletcher (Ringing True); Joshua Jean-Baptiste/Lab 9 (Them Beaux); and Lazaro Godoy (BrookDale). Additional details about their productions will be announced later in the season. The SandBox Series is presented with support from a generous Knight Arts Challenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

PERFORMANCES DATES/TIMES AND TICKET INFORMATION

The MTC MainStage season launches with ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND on October 21st and the show runs through November 20, 2015. There will be one weekend of performances on October 24, 2015 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM and October 25,* 2015 at 2:00 PM, as well as weekday performances that will be held Tuesday through Friday at 10:00 AM.  MTC’s production of Tennessee Williams’ OUT CRY begins with two preview nights on March 31 and April 1 at 8:00 PM, followed by the official Opening Night on April 2, 2016 at 8:00 PM. The show runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM and Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM through April 24, 2016.

Tickets to MTC MainStage and MTC SandBox Series productions, classes/workshops, and theater camps will go on sale Sunday, September 13, 2015 and may be purchased online at www.mtcmiami.org or by calling 305.751.9550. Tickets to ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND are $35, and tickets to OUT CRY are $45. (A limited number of Opening Night tickets to OUT CRY, priced at $150 each, include access the post-performance reception with the show’s cast and creative team.) Tickets to MTC SandBox Series shows are $25. Group, student, and senior ticket prices are available for all shows.

Miami Theater Center recently announced its new partnership with Mad Cat Theatre Company, led by Founder and Artistic Director Paul Tei. Mad Cat is MTC’s first official Resident Company, and the intrepid theater company will present three new plays (starting this summer): Lazy Fair by resident playwright Theo Reyna in August 2015; a show (to be determined) in February/March 2016; and Gerald Ford Superfreak by Jessica Farr, Theo Reyna and Paul Tei in May/June 2016. The company will also launch a new contemporary concert series, entitled Mad Cat Live!, in summer 2015.

During the 2015-16 season, MTC will also present, in partnership with O Cinema Miami Shores at MTC, more than 300 screenings of the best of first-run independent films, as well as art and foreign films and family film days. For further information, visit www.mtcmiami.org/whats-on/#ocinema.

Miami Theater Center is committed to fostering creativity and originality in the arts in South Florida. MTC’s education programs are led by MTC’s Resident Artists and Teaching Artists, as well as other theater professionals affiliated with the theater. MTC offers a variety of classes; workshops; and panels; each season, as well as winter and spring break theater camps (December 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, and 30; and March 21-25) for students ages 6-12 and two three-week sessions of musical theater summer camps (June 13-July 1 and July 18-August 5) for students ages 6-16.

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

MTC MainStage

ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND

by Lewis Carroll

Adapted by Stephanie Ansin & Fernando Calzadilla

Photography and Videography by Maria Teresa Alvarado

Choreography by Octavio Campos

Original Music and Sound Design by Luciano Stazzone

Set, Costume & Lighting Design by Fernando Calzadilla

Directed by Stephanie Ansin

Only One Weekend!

Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM;

Sunday, October 25*, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Weekday Morning Performances:

October 21 – November 20, 2015

Tuesdays-Fridays at 10:00 AM

Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, FL

Tickets: $35

Time, space, and cultures collide in ANSIN and CALZADILLA’s interpretation of ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. In this visually stunning adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic English fairytale, Alice tackles the challenges of an ever-changing dream world infused with a contemporary South Florida flavor. MTC’s lush, multi-sensory adaptation is appropriate for the entire family to enjoy.

*As part of Miami Theater Center’s Theater Inclusion Program (TIP), the performance on October 25 will include accessible services: ASL (American Sign Language), open captioning, and audio description.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is funded, in part, by the Ronald M. Ansin Foundation and Ophelia and Juan Js. Roca.

 

OUT CRY

by Tennessee Williams

Set, Costume & Lighting Design by Fernando Calzadilla

Directed by Stephanie Ansin

Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Preview Nights: Thursday, March 31 and Friday, April 1, 2016 at 8:00 PM

Opening Night: Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 8:00 PM

(The show runs through April 24, 2016: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM.)

Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, FL

Tickets: $45 (A limited number of Opening Night tickets, priced at $150 each, include access the post-performance reception with the show’s cast and creative team.)

 

Tennessee Williams’ OUT CRY (also known as The Two-Character Play), explores the themes of obsession, commitment, and control. It is a play within a play about brother and sister actors who find themselves abandoned by their entire troupe because they have run out of money. They are trapped performing in a play that’s a failure. As they move in and out of performance, they have difficulty differentiating themselves from their roles and reality from illusion. They really should run away and change their lives, but theater is what they were born to do and they can’t stop, even if it kills them.

 

MTC SandBox Series

GENUS GENET

by Danilo de la Torre and David Rohn/Homo Sapiens Collab

November 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28, 2015

Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00PM

Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, FL

Tickets: $25

RINGING TRUE

by Rebecca Joy Fletcher

January 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 and February 5, 6, and 7, 2016

Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00PM

Sundays at 2:00PM

Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, FL

Tickets: $25

THEM BEAUX

by Joshua Jean-Baptiste/Lab 9

April 29, 30 and May 6, 7, 13, and 14, 2016

Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00PM

Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, FL

Tickets: $25

BROOKDALE

by Lazaro Godoy

June 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, and 25, 2016

Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00PM

Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, FL

Tickets: $25

 

Tickets to MTC MainStage and MTC SandBox productions, classes/workshops, and theater camps will go on sale Sunday, September 13, 2015. For reservations, visit www.mtcmiami.org or call the box office at (305) 751-9550.

*All programs, artists, ticket prices, availability, dates, and times are subject to change without notice. Visit www.mtcmiami.org for up-to-date information for details and schedules.

Editor’s Note:

High-resolution photos are available upon request.

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About Miami Theater Center:

Led by our 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. Our programs include: MTCperformance – original theater, fresh adaptations, and innovative new works; MTCeducation – learning opportunities for students, professionals, and the general public; and MTCfilm – a partnership with O Cinema that screens the best in independent cinema at MTC several nights a week.  To learn more, visit www.mtcmiami.org.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation:

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org

Miami Theater Center’s supporters include:

State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; National Endowment for the Arts; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs; Ansin Foundation; The Batchelor Foundation, Inc.; Citizens Interested in Arts, Inc.; The Green Family Foundation, Inc.; The Herman Abott Family Foundation, Inc. – Ms. Nancy Abbot; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; The Kirk Foundation, Inc.; Louis Leibowitz Charitable Foundation; ; Peacock Foundation, Inc.; The Shepard Broad Foundation, Inc.; The Shubert Foundation, Inc.; Carnival Cruise Lines; Gonza Executive Search, LLC; Kahn-Carlin & Company, Inc.; Unite Miami Shores, Microsoft Foundation, Miami Foundation and Give Miami Day, Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc.; SocialMiami.com; Shutts & Bowen LLP; Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.; Wells Fargo; WSVN Channel 7; James L. Ansin; Ronald M. Ansin; Audra Cherry and Boklyn Wong; Nancy Thornton Hector; Ann Kelly; Jeffrey S. Miller; Kevin J. Miller; and Ophelia & Juan Js. Roca.