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A free and reimagined 'Othello'

SoBe Arts' production of Twelfth Night continues on Miami Beach through next weekend, but at least for tonight, there will be two productions of William Shakespeare's plays in the neighborhood.

Othello Press Photo1 Ground Up & Rising, an ambitious young bi-coastal troupe (it operates in South Florida and Los Angeles), is bringing its new production of Othello to Miami Beach's Flamingo Park tonight at 8 -- and admission is free.

Reiss Gaspard has the title role in the play, which is set in a primal, post-apocalyptic Venice.  Also in the cast are Arnaldo Carmouze, Jennifer Lorenzo, David Gallegos, Claudio Pinto, Rachel Chin, George Schiavone and Heather Gallagher.  Ground Up artistic director Arturo Fernandez has staged the production, which he hopes to bring back as part of a still-developing season at a yet-to-be chosen theater space.  Wherever the now-homeless troupe lands, Fernandez is hoping for the kind of intimate black-box space that first connected the edgy, peripatetic Ground Up with diverse audiences.

Flamingo Park is located at 13th Street and Meridian Avenue on Miami Beach.  For more info, check the company's web site.