One more time from the soapbox: Miami's Tarell Alvin McCraney is one of the hottest young playwrights in both the United States and England, but we've yet to see a full-fledged professional production of his work here at home (though it's not for lack of trying by a couple of companies, who were turned down when they went after rights to produce The Brothers Size).
That won't change this weekend, but McCraney-curious folks can experience the power of his words and imagination when his play Wig Out!gets a two-performance staged reading as part of the Miami Made lineup at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
The African American Performing Arts Community Theater's Teddy Harrell Jr. is directing Giordan Diaz, Joseph Long, Lela Elam, Kristoff Skalet, Eric Bendross, Ya Ya Browne, David Podein, Marcell Black, Nathalia Lemos, Alexia Maxwell, Leondra Mitchell and Kevin Johnson in the free reading of McCraney's piece about two competing drag houses, and the families born of them.
Showtime is 3 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday in the Arsht's Peacock Foundation Studio inside the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. To request a free ticket, visit the Arsht web site.
And by the way: Three San Francisco-area theaters (American Conservatory Theater, Magic Theatre and Marin Theatre Company) are joining forces to produce McCraney's acclaimed trilogy, the Brother/Sister Plays (each will stage one part, and the three plays will run at the same time next fall). Could that be a model for a trio of South Florida theaters?
(Carol Rosegg photo from Vineyard Theatre production of Wig Out! in New York)