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FIU students and grads come Unhinged

Mike_headshot Eight young theater artists -- Ashley Alvarez, Jose Grau, Dixon Gutierrez, Morgan Howland-Cook, Bertha Leal, Michael Leon (that's Michael, the artistic director, in the photo), Matthe Mur and Denisse Schwartz -- believe there's room for another professional company in Miami-Dade County.  Particularly a company that gravitates toward experimental/engaging interpretations of plays.

Mostly current and former students at Florida International University, they have founded a company called Unhinged Theatre, planning a six-show season which they'll kick off Dec. 11 with a production of Jose Rivera's References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot. (Note, however, that the Miami Lakes-based Alliance Theatre Lab has already announced a production of the same play for January. Curious.)

Also on the Unhinged docket: Patrick Hamilton's Gaslight, Stephen Adly Guirgis' Den of Thieves, Paula Vogel's Mineola Twins, Craig Lucas' Stranger and Shel Silverstein's A Night of Shel Silverstein.

Rivera's play runs Dec. 11-21, with performances at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday.  Tickets are $15 ($10 students). The show goes on at Studio 1415, 1415 NE 129th St., North Miami.  For info, call 305-785-7377 or visit the Unhinged web site.

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