Artist and playwright Vanessa Garcia is a Miami-born Cuban-American who is making art in her hometown after graduating (summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) from Barnard College in 2001. Her Miami company, The Krane, is home to a group of versatile artists who do both visual arts and theater projects, one of which is debuting now in Coconut Grove.
Garcia's Cloudcuckooland, subtitled "A Play About Life, Love and Miami," is inspired by Aristophanes' The Birds. Set in present-day Miami, it follows a mid-20s Cuban-American woman named Bobby as she decides to enter a competition to build a flying machine. In her dreams, she encounters lost aviatrix Amelia Earhart (that's Cristina Morrison as Earhart and Nicole Garcia as Bobby in Stefan Pinto's photo at left) and another woman who's good at flying, Mary Poppins. The play explores love, faith, determination and the bonds of family, in a city where hope and danger coexist.
Cloudcuckooland, an adventurous young artist's reaction to a classic, is definitely not the same old thing in South Florida theater. It runs this weekend at Abanico Theatre, 3138 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 ($15 for students, $7 for children). For info, call 305-450-9931.