Summertime is prime time in South Florida, and City Theatre is no exception! This summer brought the annual Summer Shorts Festival, the Next Gen Workshop Readings for young playwrights in both Miami and Broward counties, as well as our yearly playwriting conference CityWrights!
The 22nd season of Summer Shorts: America’s Short Play Festival ran during the month of June, bringing South Florida audiences some of the most exciting and thought-provoking shorts from playwrights and composers countrywide, including works from Chisa Hutchinson, Steve Yockey, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and the winners of our National Award for Short Playwrighting, Christyn Budzyna, Charles Cohen, and Helen Park.
June was an action packed month at City Theatre; in addition to Summer Shorts, we hosted our annual playwright’s conference CityWrights! This year CityWrights participants not only met and mingled with prominent playwrights and industry experts, but also workshopped with these talented folks in order to deepen playwriting skills. By tackling the complex relationship between art and politics, CityWrights attendees, guest artists, and presenters alike gained a deeper understanding of the role of art in politics as well as the unique relationship playwrights have to political change through their art. Of course, it didn’t hurt that it all took place at the luxurious Epic Hotel in downtown Miami!
Even if July is the languid Saturday afternoon of the season, there is never a dull moment at CityTheatre! Currently we are working on our upcoming productions of Shorts Gone Wild and a groundbreaking full-length production of Robert Schenkkan’s Building the Wall.
Shorts Gone Wild boldly makes way for 10 minute plays chronicling unique stories from the LGBTQ+ community. Filled with both humor and heart, Shorts Gone Wild is a much needed opportunity for LGBTQ+ voices to fill the stage as well as a great opportunity for those in the the greater Miami area to actively uplift the stories of their diverse and thriving community. Shorts Gone Wild opens to the public on August 18th!
But wait! There’s more! Opening this September is Robert Schenkkan’s Building the Wall, a harrowing depiction of a potentially tragic near future. As real life becomes more like fiction daily, the time for conversation is crucial no matter how unsettling conversation can become. Building the Wall is Schenkkan’s direct response to the immigration policies being put in place by the Trump Administration. Opening as part of the National New Play Network’s Rolling World Premiere series, Building the Wall is sparking conversations nationwide. City Theatre is proud to be showcasing this timely work and proud to help foster dialogue locally.
City Theatre was also honored to be joined by Robert Schenkkan himself for an evening of discussion, both of his play and the current state of the union.
Building the Wall opens on September 20th, 2017.