The Adrienne Arsht Center. Carnival Studio Theater Season

Nov 2010 through May 2011.

altThe Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County announces new and ongoing partnerships for the 2010-2011 Carnival Studio Theater Season, featuring four dynamic programming initiatives: The Best of South Florida, Groundbreaking New Work, Critically acclaimed National and International Theater, and Family-friendly Theatrical hits all presented in the Carnival Studio Theater within the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House. This diverse new season highlights world-class theater, dance, and music that breaks boundaries, cross-pollinates artistic genres, and expands the future of the performing arts.

In an effort to support and expand the performance opportunities for stellar local artists and arts organizations, the Adrienne Arsht Center launches a series of unique partnerships this season. The collaborations provide a world-class stage for established and emerging Miami-based artists to showcase their work and can also include artistic guidance, marketing support and, in some cases, financial assistance. Partnerships for the 2010-2011 season include a second co-presentation with Mad Cat Theatre, following the success of BroadSword in the 2009-2010 season; the premiere engagement of Miami’s newest artistic collaborative, Zoetic Stage; and showcase opportunities for groups that have long represented Miami’s diverse performing arts community (Brazz Dance Theater, M Ensemble), plus ongoing partnerships with City Theatre and Teatro Avante.

Replica By Daniel Arsham, Jonah Bokaer, and Judith Sanchez Ruiz
November 12th, 2010

Replica is new multi-disciplinary performance work created in collaboration by acclaimed Miami visual artist Daniel Arsham, performance and media artist Jonah Bokaer, and choreographer Judith Sanchez Ruiz. Arsham created the extraordinary set for the Adrienne Arsht Center’s 2007 Merce in Miami premiere performance, and with Replica comes full circle – collaborating with former Merce Cunningham dancer Bokaer and Cuban-born choreographer Ruiz to present a groundbreaking performance art event for Miami. The work will have its Miami premiere at the Adrienne Arsht Center on November 12, followed by an outdoor performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art on November 13. Replica examines memory loss, pattern recognition, and perceptual faculties as they apply to the human body. The piece employs built spaces, objects, lighting, and other media to create the illusion of an expanded space through the use of video and/or still images. Replica creates situations onstage that could not veritably exist in physical space. This happens through the use of creative geography in video and built spaces, transporting movement to different locations that appear to be just outside the audience’s sightline. With original commissioned music by ARP/Alexis Georgopoulos, Replica envisions a world full of imagination, movement, and stunning visuals.

Going Green the Wrong Way
November 18th – 20th, 2010

Performance art meets stand-up comedy when Miami’s award-winning Mad Cat Theatre Company returns to the Adrienne Arsht Center! This time, Mad Cat Theatre founder and artistic director Paul Tei teams up with irreverent West Coast performer Kristina Wong in her sidesplitting comedy Going Green the Wong Way. Described as “Brutal but hilarious…a woman who takes life’s absurdities very seriously,” Wong burns up the stage with signature humor and inventive theatrics as she takes the audience along the hilarious pitfalls and triumphs of sustainable living. This is a love story about a girl and the bio-diesel car that betrayed her, a vehicularly impaired Robinson Crusoe travelogue across America, and an earth-scorching treatise on global consumerism.  Along the way she’s guided by shifty hipsters fronting as mechanics, oil-soaked birds, and catcalling DUI lawyers.

Michael McKeever’s South Beach Babylon
December 2nd – 12th, 2010
Zoetic Stage will kick off its inaugural season with the world premiere of Michael McKeever’s wickedly funny and sexy new play South Beach Babylon. The play explores the lives of five South Beach artists during the weeks leading up to Art Basel in a fascinating look at what it takes to create art without selling one’s soul in contemporary America. McKeever is South Florida’s most successful playwright and his plays have been produced throughout the United States and Europe. He has been nominated numerous times for the Carbonell Award for Best New Work and has won the honor three times.

Forbidden Broadway
December 14th – 26th, 2010

The sidesplitting savagery known as Forbidden Broadway, which took Miami by storm in 2008 and broke box office records for the Carnival Studio Theater returns for two weeks only, December 14-26, starring the acclaimed New York cast! Now celebrating its 29th hilarious year, this exciting return engagement features all new Broadway victims, many that have recently played in Miami including Wicked, Spring Awakening, and Mamma Mia! as well as many Broadway hits soon to have their Miami premieres, such as Jersey Boys and Beauty and the Beast. Plus, hilarious new looks at old favorites Phantom of the Opera, Little Shop of Horrors, Les Misérables, and Chicago. Rounding out the laughs are Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, a comic tribute to Stephen Sondheim, plus lots more Broadway past and present.

Rosie Herrera Dance Company
January 28th – 30th, 2011

“Rosie Herrera is a real big time talent,” says Charles Reinhart, the director of the American Dance Festival. In Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret, Miami native choreographer Rosie Herrera takes you on a vivid journey through dreams featuring a cast of Miami’s most exciting and innovative break-dance, modern dance, theater and drag performers. Herrera will also share her new piece Pity Party, a glittery rollercoaster of emotion sure to surprise and inspire.

From Auction Block to Hip Hop
February 3rd – 6th, 2011

Following on the heels of the tremendously successful presentation of David Lamb’s Platanos and Collard Greens at the Arsht Center last fall, Lamb’s second play From Auction Block to Hip Hop makes its Miami debut! A clever, witty theatrical work, it is a meditation on modern day minstrelsy that asks how far one hip hop mogul will go selling stereotypes of Black, Latina, and Asian women of color in his chase for the almighty dollar. If you’ve ever wondered where music is heading, how it got there, and what the beat sounds like, run to see From Auction Block to Hip Hop.

Miami Made Weekend featuring Here & Now
February 28th – March 6th, 2011

Featuring Here & Now, Incubator, and Outloud Showcase Performances. A full weekend program of local South Florida artists, working on the cutting-edge of new, contemporary performing arts in this showcase of commissioned and in-progress works.

Crowns by Regina Taylor
February 2011 – Dates TBD

M Ensemble, Florida’s oldest existing black theater group, celebrates the glorious millinery of church-going African-American women with Crowns, a play with music, at the Arsht Center. Written by Regina Taylor, and based on Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry’s book Crowns, Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats, the stunning stage adaptation highlights the role of hats in Southern black culture, the endurance of black women in the South, and the unconquerable urge for self-expression. Crowns traces the journey of Yolanda, a street-smart kid from Brooklyn sent to live with her grandmother in South Carolina after her brother is shot. Culture clash ensues when Yolanda’s hip-hop swagger clashes with the down-home church cro
wd. Lively speeches, songs, dances, and dramatic action shape this touching story of one young woman’s journey and a community’s sacred history. Crowns delivers the gospel on hats!

Mistura Fina
March 11th – 12th, 2011

An evening of Afro-Brazilian and contemporary dance, featuring the intoxicating works from Brazz Dance Theater’s strong and stirring repertory. MISTURA FINA will feature an evening of high-energy, beautiful, and moving contemporary dance works by Augosto Soledade. The company’s repertory combines Afro-Brazilian dance with modern dance, inspired by the culture, history, and literature of Brazil.

Catwalk Confidential
March 17th – 20th, 2011

Before there was Kate, before there was Naomi, and before there was Claudia, there was Robyn Peterson, über model. Catwalk Confidential tells her story, in the Miami premiere of a one-woman show that won rave reviews on London’s West End and at the Edinburgh Festival. Written by and starring Robyn Peterson, Catwalk Confidential is part fairy-tale, part memoir, and part romance. Funny, cautionary and at times moving, the show tells the story of 16 year-old Robyn, fresh from Miami, who gets caught up in the world of high fashion on the boulevards of Paris in the early 1970s. Robyn became one of the top models of the period, working with photographers such as Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin and designers Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent and Kenzo. Her face appeared on the covers of Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire. Amidst this whirlwind life of glamour, sex and drugs, Robyn discovers there is one thing to fear above all else – age – there is always a younger girl waiting to step into your stilettos!

The Sparrow
April 7th – May 1st, 2011

“Among the very best original theater pieces I have ever seen!” – Chicago Tribune. Straight from sold-out shows and rave reviews in Chicago, The Sparrow is a moving theatrical tour de force for the famed House Theatre of Chicago ensemble. The Sparrow tells the story of Emily Book, a small-town girl returning home 10 years after a tragic accident that claimed the lives of her entire class. As the town struggles to accept the strange girl who reminds them of their collective loss, Emily attempts to hide the special powers that make her different.

Celebrity Autobiography
May 5th – 15th, 2011

Hailed as “the funniest show in town, hands down,” (New York Post), Celebrity Autobiography has taken New York by storm and now makes its Miami debut in a series of uproarious performances featuring superstar memoirs acted out live on stage by fellow superstars! Created and developed by Emmy® Award-nominated writer/performer Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel, Celebrity Autobiography features a first rate comedic ensemble of stars from stage and screen performing from the actual memoirs of a wide range of celebrities. From Vanna White’s panel flip-outs to the Jonas Brothers’ sibling synergy and Sylvester Stallone’s secret stash in the fridge, no topic is off limits and every celebrity autobiography gets the full comic treatment. The roster of superstar guests who have appeared in Celebrity Autobiography reads like a who’s who of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, including Matthew Broderick, Martin Short, Mario Cantone, Rosie Perez, Alan Cumming, Florence Henderson, John Leguizamo, and Brooke Shields.

Summer Shorts
June 2nd – 26th, 2011

Featuring Signature Shorts and Undershorts. City Theatre’s Summer Shorts is the hottest ticket for the coolest night in town. Signature Shorts is the series that put City Theatre’s “shorts” on the map! A “short” is a one-act play running 5-20 minutes. Now celebrating its 16th anniversary season, this year’s Signature Shorts features South Florida’s finest talent in a brand-new mix of hilarious comedies and heartfelt dramas in one fast and furious program. Undershorts is City Theatre’s late-night series of short plays that are provocative, irreverent, and hilarious. Featuring an all-new roster of edgy plays, undershorts pushes the envelope with social and political material reflective of the times in one fast and furious program. Undershorts contains adult content, language, and nudity. Not appropriate for those under 17.

International Hispanic Theatre Festival
July 7th – 24th, 2011

The acclaimed International Hispanic Theatre Festival (IHTF) of Miami, presented by Teatro Avante, American Airlines (the festival’s official airline) and the Adrienne Arsht Center, is celebrating its twenty-sixth season in the company of distinguished theatre groups from Latin America, Europe, and the United States.

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1300 Biscayne Boulevard
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www.arshtcenter.org

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