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Topical new theater

Living Newspaper Flyer David Hemphill and David Sirois, both currently in GableStage's production of Farragut North, were college classmates at Miami's New World School of the Arts.  Now the two have joined forces with other artist-friends to launch a theater company, The State Theatre Project. 

In April, the group intends to produce Christopher Shinn's Dying City,featuring Sirois and fellow New World alumna Betsy Graver, on dark nights at GableStage.  To raise money for the show, the State Theatre Project is bringing an original fund-raising event to GableStage at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Dubbed "An Evening of Living Newspaper," the program of four new short plays is inspired by the topical Living Newspaper series done by the Federal Theatre Project from 1935-39.  Hemphill, the founder and artistic director of the State Theatre Project, intends to turn the Living Newspaper event into an ongoing series.

For the first event, the plays are by South Florida writers Christopher Demos-Brown, Michael McKeever, Ashley Olberding and Sirois.  In the acting company are Carbonell winners Barbara Bradshaw and Gregg Weiner, Deborah L. Sherman, Robert Strain, Marckenson Charles, Jackie Rivera, Andy Quiroga, Gladys Ramirez and Sirois.

The company is asking for a donation of $15 ($5 for students) for the show.  GableStage is in the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables.  For more information, phone 305-445-1119 or visit the GableStage web site.