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A busy World Theatre Day

Saturday is World Theatre Day -- did you know that? -- and though South Florida doesn't have an array of offerings specifically tied to that celebration, two one-time events (a conference and a play) reflect the day's international theme.

Poster-Teatro-cubano_v5[1] At the University of Miami, a conference titled Protagonistas de los 60brings together Cuba's most important living playwrights from the 1960s.  Videostreamed live and subtitled Caminos, esplendor y obstáculos del teatro cubano, the conference (which takes place in Spanish) features appearances by Havana-based Eduardo Arrocha, Antón Arrufat, Abelardo Estorino and Jesús Ruiz; Eduardo Manet, who lives in Paris; Matías Montes Huidobro, who lives in Miami; and Rafael Mirabal, who makes his home in West Palm Beach.

The conference begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday with a session on the collaboration of theater designers and theater artists in the '60s.  Panels in the afternoon will examine the achievements and obstacles faced by the decade's playwrights.  Both sessions will be video streamed live; for instructions, click here.  The conference takes place in the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavillion at the Otto G. Richter Library, 1300 Memorial Dr., Coral Gables. Seating is limited. E-mail d.perezementeria@umiami.edu for information.

(Poster by Anna Veltfort)


Jamaica Also on Saturday, actor-playwright Debra Ehrhardt brings her solo show Jamaica, Farewell to the Miramar Cultural Center at 8 p.m.  Ehrhardt's third autobiographical solo show (the first two were Mango, Mango and Invisible Chairs) tells the story of her flight from Jamaica in the 1970s -- something that happened, she says, with the unwitting help of an infatuated CIA agent.

Tickets to Jamaica, Farewellare $32 and $37.  The Miramar Cultural Center is located at 2400 Civic Center Pl., Miramar.  For information, call 954-602-4500 or visit the venue's web site.  Get more information on the show at its web site