Miami's scrappy Ground Up & Rising had a hit with artistic director Arturo Fernandez's play September 10th, about young New Yorkers before and after the life-changing Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Several company members are giving Los Angeles a shot, so the group has formed Ground Up West. First project is a reading of September 10th at 8 p.m. May 4 at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble in L.A. In the cast are Natalia Brea, Arnaldo Carmouze, Bill Cobbs, Austin Herbert, Sheaun McKinney and Carbonell Award winners Kameshia Duncan, Bechir Sylvain and Andrio Chavarro. Cobbs is directing the free reading, but to make a reservation, call 405-514-0612 or email the box office.
Also on the company's drawing board: Los Angeles productions of The Meeting and the new play The Hate You Gave: The Tupac Shakur Story, written by and starring another South Florida actor, Meshaun Arnold. Ground Up is also planning to produce September 10th in New York, and the company plans to bring the Obie-winning Living Theatre to South Florida. For info, visit the company's web site.
* The ongoing South Florida Theatre Festival has cancelled its forum on Yiddish theater because of participants' schedule conflicts. But it has expanded a forum on ethnic theater, to be held Tuesday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. at New Theatre in Coral Gables. Charles Perez of WPLG-Channel 10 will moderate.
* The PlayGround Theatre's production of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, a South Florida-set adaptation by artistic director Stephanie Ansin, continues through May 4. But the company has delayed its scheduled production of Sarah Ruhl's The Clean House due to renovations to the theater once Alice closes. That show, PlayGround's first aimed at adult audiences, will be part of the 2008-2009 season.